Junior shares her family’s inspiring CRSM journey

At 16, Karolyna is one of eight children in her family, and the fourth to have attended Cristo Rey St. Martin. At our recent Elevate fundraiser, she shared how she was inspired by her three sisters who have gone before her through CRSM. She has her sights set on graduating from college and law school to pursue a career in … Read More

Fifth Annual ‘el-ə-vāt fundraiser celebrates the living legacy of CRSM

About 300 guests gathered on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at VenueOne North Shore in Deerfield to support Cristo Rey St. Martin (CRSM) and its mission to help deserving young men and women in Waukegan and North Chicago get to, and through college. Because of the generosity of guests who live in Lake Forest and throughout the North Shore, Cristo Rey … Read More

Colleges, here they come!

Congratulations to the 32 Cristo Rey students who were accepted to more than 20 colleges ranging from Augustana, Cornell College and DePaul, to Loyola, Marquette and St. Mary’s in Notre Dame, Indiana through an invitation to participate for a day in the prestigious Chicago Scholar’s Onsite College Admissions Forum. The one-time event connects students to colleges and universities from across … Read More

CRSM Alumna: An advocate for survivors of violence

Since her freshman year at Cristo Rey St. Martin, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva has been determined to employ her natural compassion toward others into a full-time career. She remembers the epiphany moment when she realized on a Campus Ministry retreat that being nice and a “sensitive person,” who wanted to help others weren’t character flaws. Instead, her innate compassion had a … Read More

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

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