Br. Carlos Flórez, CSV, has helped build Cristo Rey St. Viator College Prep from the ground up, literally. As the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, he has been instrumental in growing the school, one grade level at a time.

Justin Anaya holds up his acceptance letter, with Br. Carlos Flórez by his side.

His efforts have the led the school to this year, when the school will welcome its incoming freshman class in August, thus realizing its dream of having all four classes (freshman – senior) enrolled in the first four years of the school’s history.

Just last week, Br. Carlos was named Staff Royal of the Week. According to school leaders, he was nominated for showcasing CRSV’s core value, “Have Faith.”

Br. Carlos is a native of Bogotá,Colombia, who discerned a call to the Viatorians more than 30 years ago. Since joining the community, he has served as a pastoral associate with the Viatorians in Belize, with the Latino community at St. Viator Parish in Chicago, and as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Cristo Rey St. Martin in Waukegan, IL.

Before joining the founding staff and leadership team at Cristo Rey St. Viator, Br. Carlos was a member of the Viatorians’ General Council, which allowed him to travel worldwide meeting Viatorians in the many countries where they serve.

Br. Carlos Florez blesses the throats of students at the end of a Mass celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week at CRSV.

“As he shares the message of who we are as a community, he always highlights our Catholic identity,” said Principal Melissa Gruenhagen. “Br. Carlos has faith in God, our students and in our future students.”

The award further emphasizes Br. Carlos’ commitment to Cristo Rey St. Viator and its mission of empowering students with limited economic means, to become people of faith, purpose and service.