Cristo Rey Loses Paul Purcell, Champion of Our Mission

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Paul Purcell. Paul was a true champion of the Cristo Rey mission, dedicated to the education and professional development of Cristo Rey students for nearly 25 years.

Paul always said that, after his family, the thing he was most proud of was his work with Cristo Rey.  Paul was the second Chairperson of the original Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and then served on the board of the Cristo Rey Network.

“I had the privilege of working with Paul for more than 16 years on all things Cristo Rey.” Preston Kendall reminisced, “He was a sincere mentor, strategic thinker, unfailing cheerleader, and generous supporter to me and to all our schools.  Whenever I would write him a note of thanks for his support, his quick response was always to the point, ‘Kids Win!’ I am grateful to have known Paul and find comfort in knowing he was such a positive force in so many lives. Thank you, Paul, and God bless you.”