The Need is Still There: A Special Food Pantry Event at Cristo Rey

The Northern Illinois Food Bank and Cristo Rey St. Martin have cooperated to hold 12 Mobile Pop-up Markets on campus. The June 24th event at CRSM however, held a special place in the hearts of the friends of the Northern IL Food Bank. Working beside Cristo Rey faculty and students at the Food Pantry, 50 family and friends volunteered to … Read More

Baird “Kids Win!” Grant Brings Student-Run Coffee Shop Within Reach

Cristo Rey St. Martin is honored to have been selected as an inaugural recipient of The Paul Purcell “Kids Win!” Annual Baird Education Grant. The grant award was established as a tribute to former Baird Chairman Paul E. Purcell who passed away in February 2020. Mr. Purcell was a true champion of Cristo Rey for nearly 25 years.  He frequently … Read More

“a dream to buy my mom a house”: An Interview with Czier-Anne Gone

Since her graduation from CRSM in 2013, Czier-Anne earned two bachelor’s degrees – Physics from Loyola University and Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  She took time out to speak with me about her early struggles with the English language, her deep involvement with CRSM, her heroes, and the continuing use of her talent in the sciences.   … Read More

“It’s good to be uncomfortable”: An Interview with Josh Washington

  Josh graduated from CRSM in 2017. I spoke with him just after he received his degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from Loyola University. Josh is a study in humility and competence. His record of achievement is remarkable given his young age – and there is much more to come. Thanks so much for making time for me, … Read More

English III Class Working with 2nd Graders Yields Unexpected Results

Elizabeth Partenach’s English 3 class partnered with Ms. Wachowiak’s 2nd graders at Park School in Round Lake with the goal of creating mentorships and learning to write with purpose.  The English 3 class wrote story books for the 2nd graders to read and review. They acted as “junior” editors for their CRSM writing mentors.  The assignment uncovered a budding children’s … Read More

The Graduation of the Class of 2021

Festivities at Cristo Rey St. Martin began on May 4th as the senior class gathered for activities at their last retreat and a Senior Send-Off Celebration       Saturday, May 29th 2021 Cristo Rey St. Martin Graduation President Kendall’s invocation and blessing spoke to the graduates relating to the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel – “…I am with you always”, reminding … Read More

Dr. Odiotti Wins The Golden Apple Award for Leadership

Principal Odiotti was selected as the winner of the prestigious Golden Apple Leadership Award from a nominated group of more than 120 school leaders from across Illinois. Watch the surprise award ceremony here: Dr. O. donated the prize money he received to CRSM – to support students, alumni and faculty.

Work Study Students Earn Microsoft Certifications

One of Cristo Rey’s missions is to prepare students for work.     Our Certified students “have demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Word and Excel, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.” For those Certified in Word 2019/365, these are some of the skills they have mastered: Advanced Find Options Formatting text & … Read More