Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, served as president of Cristo Rey St. Martin CollegeDSC_1998 Prep during its early years, from 2005-2008, and he continues to stay involved with the school through a scholarship fund established in his name.

Although he is preparing to retire this summer, as pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, he found time to slip away to return to the school he helped to launch.

On May 1, Fr. Bolser helped students and faculty celebrate the feast of St. DSC_2032Joseph the Worker, one of four all-school Masses held at Cristo Rey St. Martin. The feast day holds special significance for the school community.

“We are a school that works,” says Jim Dippold, campus ministry director. “We celebrate all the good work our students do in the classroom, in the workplace and in the DSC_2037community.”

Plus, he adds, the feast day helps school officials reinforce their mission of forming young men and women who work “for others,” especially in the area of workers’ justice issues.

“It’s an important issue,” Dippold adds, “that impacts a lot of our families. Work dignifies life.”