May 4, 2020 — Fr. Christopher Calderón, SJ, has been named as the new dean of students at Cristo Rey Sacramento High School for the upcoming academic year. With over 20 years of experience in Catholic, Jesuit secondary education, Fr. Calderón is committed to the Ignatian ideal of the formation of the whole person, and he is excited to join Cristo Rey’s pursuit of encountering God in all things.
Fr. Calderón was born in South Los Angeles into a large and loving family of Mexican heritage. His grandmother taught him how to pray. His mother modeled for him the importance of humble and generous sacrifice. And his whole family instilled in him the importance of loving bonds.
He attended Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he was blessed to meet the Jesuits. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies with minors in Spanish and theology from the University of San Francisco, where he also served as the community service coordinator for the campus ministry office. After graduation, he joined the Jesuits in 2006; he was ordained a priest in 2017.
As a Jesuit in formation, he studied at Loyola University Chicago, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He also served in a variety of ministries, including as a faculty member and administrator at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, at a L’Arche community in Seattle and as chaplain at a men’s prison. Most recently, he has served as a theology teacher and as the director of community outreach at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.
Cristo Rey Sacramento is rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus and provides a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to high school students with limited financial resources.