By Catholic Review Staff
Jesuit Father John W. Swope, president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, received the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Baltimore Region’s 2013 Della Strada Award, in recognition of his commitment to the Ignatian values of service to the poor, and of working and educating for a just society.
Father Swope received the award, which is named after the first church where St. Ignatius and his early Jesuit companions served the urban poor in the center of Rome, at Loyola Blakefield April 21.
In 2007, Father Swope founded Cristo Rey, a Jesuit college prep high school for boys and girls from Baltimore City. All 100 of its alumni have earned acceptance to college. Earlier, he spent nine years in Santiago, Chile, working at a Jesuit-sponsored educational research center.
Founded in Baltimore in 1995, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a national, Jesuit organization comprised of retired men and women who volunteer in service to the poor in their local communities two days per week.
April 23, 2013 CatholicReview.org