In its second full year, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School is building its enrollment — and rich traditions.

The entire school community — including freshmen, sophomores, faculty and staff — gathered in the school’s new gym on Thursday for an all-school Mass. The liturgy celebrated the end of Catholic Schools’ Week and the beginning of Black History Month.

Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, President, was the presider and he unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner that will be displayed in Querbes Hall throughout the month of February.

In his homily he described Black History Month as a rare opportunity.

“It’s a perfect time to honor past African-American achievements, unite in the present, and inspire everyone to believe in the power of a dream as we join together to shape the future,” Fr.  von Behren said.

CRSV students certainly embody that mission.

The school is part of the Cristo Rey network of high schools across the country that integrate four years of rigorous college academics with four years of professional work experience through its Corporate Work Study Program.

Established in 2019, CRSV models other Viatorian schools which strive to educate its students to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Its mission mirrors the theme of Catholic Schools’ Week this year: Faith. Excellence. Service.

“We are a dynamic, innovative Catholic high school, that seeks to serve families of limited economic means of all faiths and ethnic origins,” Fr. von Behren says. “We are the school where ‘Our HEART is in the WORK’ in Southern Nevada.