Preston Kendall Honored by Lake County Judges and Lawyers

Preston Kendall, president of Cristo Rey St. Martin, was honored by the Justinian Society of Lawyers and Judges of Lake County as their “Person of Faith” at a Mass and awards ceremony, Sept. 30, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libertyville. “Through his work at Cristo Rey, Mr. Kendall empowers and encourages his students from under-served and low-income communities to … Read More

Grace: Seeing our students’ lives transformed

Fr. Alain Ambeault, Superior General of the Clerics of St. Viator came to visit us last week along with several members of his Council from all over the world. The Viatorians and their lay partners have been a big part of Cristo Rey St. Martin from the very beginning. Viatorians drove buses for the Corporate Work Study program, assisted with … Read More

Education to Employment: Lunch and learn about careers

In the spirit of Knights helping Knights, and the Lake County business community helping our students, Cristo Rey St. Martin is looking to alumni and other area business persons to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with current CRSM students. New this year, CRSM is launching a series of Monday “Lunch and Learn” sessions in which alumni and … Read More

CRSM principal mentors on and off the mat

Mike Odiotti has led high school and college wrestling teams to winning seasons before earning undergraduate and graduate diplomas from Boston College and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. As principal of Cristo Rey St. Martin, he leads our more than 400 high school students on their journeys toward mastering school, college and life. But on a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: Becoming an architect of social change

Meet Katia Astudillo, a 20-year-old Class of 2015 CRSM graduate whose bold vision is driving her to create a promising career in architecture. A junior at University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent her summer interning for JGMA, the progressive Chicago architecture firm that is transforming the former Waukegan K-Mart into into a vibrant and innovative education facility that will … Read More

Marching to celebrate Hispanic heritage

Viva Mexico! About 100 Cristo Rey St. Martin students, their younger siblings, parents, teachers and staff celebrated Waukegan’s cultural richness and spirit during the annual Fiestas Patrias Parade marching through the city’s downtown on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham greeted CRSM students and parade marchers moments before the parade stepped off from Robert Abbott Middle School and … Read More

Students head to court to celebrate Constitution Day

A group CRSM students in our Advanced Placement United States History class headed to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Sept. 18, 2017 to celebrate Constitution Day with judges and legal professionals from the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Standing before a large American flag, students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang God Bless America to honor the formation … Read More

CRSM celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Cristo Rey St. Martin community joined schools across the country in celebrating the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Presided over by Fr. Jamie Mueller, associate pastor Most Blessed Trinity Church in Waukegan, the Mass called upon the Holy Spirit to bless the new academic year. “What a great way to start the school year … Read More

August President’s Pen: Seeing beyond what is in front of you

Our school-wide assembly on the first day of school was the last in our old campus! Many firsts and lasts will take place this school year as we prepare to finally move to our new building. It is an old building, actually, an old Big Box store being repurposed as a state-of-the-art high school campus. As exciting as the preparations … Read More

Operation School Supplies

For many Cristo Rey families, getting their kids ready for back to school is another financial struggle when they’re trying hard to make ends meet. We are very thankful to two of our Corporate Work Study partners for their contributions this year at the start of school.  La Voz, the Hispanic ERG at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and employees at Hollister Inc. … Read More