2017 Year in Review: Successful Milestones

As construction crews work feverishly to finish the transformation of the once vacant Kmart on Belvidere Road into a highly-anticipated, state-of-the art educational hub for our new home in 2018, we’d like to share some milestones. These successes bring hope for a brighter future not only for students and their families, but also for Waukegan. A snapshot of achievements: • … Read More

Alumni Making a global impact: From Cambridge to Guatemala and Waukegan

Oh, the places they’ve gone! From the Peace Corps in Guatemala to Marian University in Indianapolis, and Dominican University and Arrupe College of Loyola closer to home, about 50 alumni, teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 14, 2017 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing pizza, memories and stories from … Read More

Students get the most out of CRSM by giving of themselves

Manny A., a freshman at CRSM, spends about two-to-three nights after school each week packing lunches, making beds, reading to younger children and serving up kindness to those who need it most. In his first four months of high school, he has accumulated 38 service hours volunteering at PADS Lake County, Roberti Community House, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and … Read More

December President’s Pen: Becoming a light for others

The quick walk over from the old rectory to the school was a bit cold with the sky already completely dark at 5:45pm. When entering our cafe-gym-a-chapa-torium on the second floor of the main school building, things changed completely. The one big room on campus was warm and festive; dozens of folding chairs were set up for a show. Across … Read More

What a growing number of applicants means for the Class of 2022

As Cristo Rey St. Martin’s impact continues to grow in Waukegan, the demand for young people seeking to be admitted to the freshman class continues to grow. This year there were 213 applications for the 108 openings for the incoming class in the fall of 2018, up from 166 last year, and the largest number of applicants since the school … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day brings friends, families and supporters to CRSM

About two dozen parents, grandparents, donors and friends arrived bearing bouquets of flowers to join CRSM students, faculty and staff on Dec. 11, 2017 to celebrate Mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The feast is an annual celebration for Mexican, Mexican-Americans and other Latino groups, many who make pilgrimages and/or gather to pay tribute to … Read More

AbbVie Technology Team Inspires CRSM Students to Become “Techies”

Jose Castaneda is one of those people who gets really excited about technology. At AbbVie Inc., where he is an Information Security/Business Systems Analyst, his boss says that “techies,” Jose’s colleagues who develop the technology, play a pivitol role in the “amazing things we do in health care.” This fall, in tandem with the National Techies Day in October, Jose, … Read More

‘Tis the season for student service

Want to know how CRSM students “holiday?” By giving back to the community. Kicking off the season of giving, almost 60 students, their siblings and CRSM staff, spent the Saturday before Thanksgiving packing children’s books for Catholic Charities to make sure area tots find gifts from Santa under their trees and sorting clothing and household items for the Salvation Army. … Read More

Acting Up: Fundraiser works to fight hunger

Cristo Rey students, their families, teachers and staff played a leading role in alleviating hunger through a combined theater and Empty Bowls production held Nov. 17 and 18, 2017. Bringing the spirit of Christmas to life, students raised almost $1,300 to benefit the Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan. Student thespians performed Humbug by John Wooten, a re-telling of Dicken’s … Read More

Peace Corps transforms alumna into better global citizen

When Susy Gonzalez decided to join the Peace Corps she had just graduated with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University, where the focus was on “empowering vulnerable populations.” “I wanted to go and live the experience firsthand,” says the CRSM Class of 2011 graduate. “I wanted to see how the people lived and to find a … Read More