Raising hearts and prayers to take action against violence

“We will not give up. We will not give in,” was the rallying cry on March 14, 2018, one month after the school shooting in Parkland, FL, when CRSM students and staff walked outside to join schools across the country to say “enough is enough” – to school shootings and to gun violence in our country. “It’s a cycle,” said … Read More

Keeping student dreams alive: Prayer Service celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” During his lifetime, Dr. King focused on love by fighting for equality for all and driving out hatred through his work throughout the civil rights movement. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, CRSM students, … 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

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

‘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

Cultural Exchange: Students Spend Spring Break on an Indian Reservation

Cristo Rey in Waukegan and Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota are almost 950 miles and worlds apart. But both share common challenges. In Waukegan there is high unemployment, violent crime, struggling schools and few educational options. In the 2.8 million acre Pine Ridge Reservation of 40,000 people, it is the second poorest county in the United States … Read More

CRSM/Red Cloud cultural exchange featured in The Chicago Tribune

In an article headlined, “Waukegan Cristo Rey students spend spring break with Native Americans,” The Chicago Tribune featured the CRSM/Red Cloud cultural exchange over Spring Break. By Emily K. Coleman The steam was everywhere, rising up from the hot stones in the center of the sweat lodge and sweeping down the curved sides of the structure. Cristo Rey St. Martin … Read More

Immigration Forum at CRSM Informs, Eases Anxiety

“Tengo miedo,” (“I am scared.” “I am concerned and afraid about the future,”) was the collective murmur of the more than 100 people gathered Wednesday night at a “Know Your Rights” information session held at Cristo Rey St. Martin in Waukegan. But Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. attempted to quell the fears. He delivered a forceful message that … Read More