December President’s Pen: Goodbye, 2020.

Goodbye, 2020, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! With the first vaccines now starting to be distributed and more approvals on the way, 2021 is certainly shaping up to be a much better year – full of hope and promise.  But let’s face it, 2020 set the bar pretty darn low for 2021.  Just thinking … Read More

Corporate Work Study Invites TED Talk Author to Speak

Sean Aiken is the creator of The One Week Job Project – a journey across North America in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. He’s often featured in the media, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America.   In a ZOOM call with the student body, Aiken spoke … Read More

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe with Red Cloud Indian School

Normally, December would find Campus Ministry busy organizing events such as: all-school TAIZE prayer services at CRSM, transporting groups of 15-20 students to the Viatorian Province Center, celebrations of La Virgen de Guadalupe and Las Posadas or The Inns – a re-enactment of the Holy Family’s desperate search for accommodations in Bethlehem before Jesus’ birth.       On December … Read More

Christmas Break and the Beginning of a New Semester

As students finish Christmas break and start looking toward the new semester, which begins on January 4th, their grit and determination during one of the most challenging semesters in memory is inspiring. Safety Student and family cooperation allowed CRSM to maintain its track record of zero cases of COVID-19 transmission within the Cristo Rey school community. Along with the continued … Read More

“Commitment, Appreciation and Grit”: An Interview with Alexis Alvarez

I spoke with Alexis (CRSM ’15, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ’19) at his home during a break from his new job at PwC. He just recently finished his Master’s in Accounting Science and is prepping for the CPA exam, so I promised to keep it brief. That wasn’t easy; he’s a thoughtful guy with some very interesting observations. We … Read More

CRSM to Share in $4 Million Gift from Perry Family Charitable Foundation

Dec. 14, 2020  Waukegan, IL – The Cristo Rey Network and member schools: Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (Waukegan), Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago), and Christ the King Jesuit College Prep (Chicago) announce with deep gratitude that the Perry Family Charitable Foundation has made an extraordinary $4 million gift to the movement. The gift is in honor of Zach … Read More

Can a 16 year old learn confidence and self-advocacy at work?

Stephanie is a junior working for a Cristo Rey business partner in customer service. She has always felt that her job, working for a branch manager, was an ideal position. She enjoys the steep learning curve involved with working in a fast-paced department. But this day brought sad news. She was being moved to another floor. Confused and a bit … Read More

Academic Highlights

As students return from Thanksgiving break, and less than 3 weeks remaining in the semester, CRSM has had 19 weeks of classes with no interruptions. CRSM students continue to do well in AP testing, placing near or at the top of all thirty-seven schools in the Cristo Rey network. Over 75% of CRSM students have a 3.0 GPA or higher. … Read More