After more than two years of planning, Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School is underway. Opening faculty meetings took place this week in Las Vegas, where the emphasis was on service leadership.

Fr. Thomas von Behren addresses the opening faculty meeting.

“We held our very first staff development week at St. Viator’s Catholic Church Community Center,” said Associate Dan Schwarz, communications director. “It has been a blessed and great week, coming together as a team and ready to truly begin the mission of Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory — the school that WORKS!”

Fr. Thomas von Behren serves as President of the school.

Next week, the school will hold its work camp, called ACES, or Achievement Career Education Seminar, for new students to prepare for their professional work environment. Associate Deborah Perez will lead the camp as the Director of the Corporate Work Study program.

Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, President, led the faculty meetings. He began working to develop the school’s foundation in June, 2017, immediately after leaving his 12-year role as Provincial Superior of the Viatorians.

Construction is in the final stages.

In his role as president, he is working to ensure its Viatorian identity and mission, as well as academic rigor and work experience.

More Viatorians on staff include Br. Carlos Flórez, CSV, enrollment officer, as well as Br. Rob Robertson, CSV, school counselor.

In keeping with its Cristo Rey model, the school will integrate rigorous college preparatory academics with an innovative Corporate Work Study Program, to prepare young people of limited means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service.

School officially opens the first week of September.