Cristo Rey Jesuit

Fr. John Foley Honored

Prior to leaving office, President Bush honored Cristo Rey Network founder Fr. John Foley, SJ, with the Presidential Citizens Medal. The Presidential Citizens Medal, established in 1969, is the second-highest civilian award in the United States.

Jesuit priest from Chicago awarded Presidential Citizens Medal

Rev. John Foley founded Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and related network of schools
By Carlos Sadovi
December 11, 2008

A Chicago Jesuit priest who founded the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the Pilsen neighborhood was one of 23 people to receive the prestigious Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House on Wednesday.

Rev. John Foley, president of the school from 1996 to 2004, was given the award by President George W. Bush. Foley founded the school and the Cristo Rey Network, a Chicago-based association of 22 schools throughout the nation that includes two others in the Chicago area.

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