Take a Risk to Change the World

World Youth Day 2011Take a Risk to Change the World

Passionist priest Rev. Alex Steinmiller, C.P. is the first and current president of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, AL. The high school is part of the nationwide Cristo Rey network of schools in which high school students spend one day per week working in a corporate setting which helps to defray the cost of their tuition.

"My passion has always been to provide access to the tools that enable young people to reach their highest potential.  The Cristo Rey model will offer young people in the Birmingham area an opportunity to discover the key that can open a door to their greatness," Fr. Alex said upon the school’s launch in 2007.

Fr. Alex assumed the presidency at Holy Family after decades of facilitating programs that motivate and inspire young people to mature into productive, responsible adults. He was involved for some 32 years with "Life Directions," a national program which successfully partners at-risk young adults with their higher achieving peers. His commitment to nurture the promise of young people emerged from his witness of the violence that destroyed many Detroit teens in the early 1970’s.  Since then he has remained active in ministry to young adults and to those who are marginalized either through poverty or discrimination. 

Click here to read the full text of his speech to the young Passionists at World Youth Day 2011:
Living the Passionist Charism for the Transformation of the World

Click here to learn more about Holy Family Cristo Rey High School.

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