Jonathan’s Good Samaritan: Skunks and Compassion

What is compassion? Compassion is understanding for the suffering of others. Jesus Christ suffered like no other for our salvation. There is no better example of compassion than today’s gospel. When the scholar asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus responds with a story to show what compassion is. “A man fell victim to robbers,” Jesus said.  This man was … Read More

Sahley’s Good Samaritan: Difference, Prejudice, Acceptance, and Love

The story of the Good Samaritan might be a very familiar story to you, but it’s also a story that needs retelling. “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus says. But what does that mean? Help others, respect others, … Read More

Achieving the Mission II: Numbers Aren’t Enough

How do we best measure success and mission fulfillment? Often, we let numbers do the talking for us but numbers aren’t enough! Numbers cannot show smiles on the faces of our students during school assembly. Figures do not document the goosebumps you feel when alumni return to campus to say thank you. Statistics will never quantify the pride parents have as … Read More

August Campus Ministry News: Delegates Attend Viatorian Youth Congress

The Viatorian mission is to “proclaim Jesus Christ and his Gospel and to raiseup communities where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated.” Earlier this month, 6 Cristo Rey St. Martin students had the opportunity to gather with 50 other young people from Viatorian high schools and parishes around the county at Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington IL to experience prayer, … Read More

Achieving the Mission I: By the Numbers

Achieving the Mission: Academically 92% of the Class of 2013 was accepted into a 4-year college or university Over $10.5 million dollars in college scholarships was awarded to our graduating seniors Graduates included a Gates Millennium Scholar, Golden Apple Scholar, Horatio Alger Scholar, Loyola University Scholar and Marquette University Urban Scholar 150 students enrolled in AP courses and 37% of … Read More

Summer Campus Ministry News: CRSM Seniors are “People for Others”

On Friday, May 31, at the Senior Sendoff and Awards ceremony hosted in the Cristo Rey St. Martin multi-purpose room, a number of honors were bestowed on deserving students and faculty members. The most improved and most outstanding students in each class were awarded by their teachers, as well as excelling students in service, athletics, and community leadership. Alumna Wendy … Read More

May Campus Ministry News: Cristo Rey St. Martin is a Place of Prayer

St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to be contemplatives in action.  Amidst the cell phones, text messages, academic studies, corporate work study, jobs and family responsibilities (that’s a busy life!) students at Cristo Rey St. Martin take advantage of opportunities to slow down, let go and let God nourish their spiritual lives through the prayer life of St. Martin’s.  By … Read More

April Campus Ministry News: Good Friday Volunteerism

On Good Friday 2013, a group of Cristo Rey St. Martin students journeyed to Chicago and walked with those on the fringes of society. Through prayer and service they spent this holy day reaching out to those who are hurting in our world, embodying the Good News of Christ to the poor, the imprisoned and the oppressed. View a video … Read More

March Campus Ministry News: CRSM Students Experience Hunger…Spiritual & Physical

“We don’t even realize how other peoples’ lives are, until we’re in that situation.” Daniel Alvarez, Freshman On Wednesday, March 13, students and staff had the chance to participate in the second annual CRSM Lenten hunger banquet. The hunger banquet is a role-playing activity, a metaphor that helps participants to understand hunger and food insecurity through a “taste” of personal experience. … Read More

February Campus Ministry News: Juniors Reflect and Prepare for Lent during Retreat

The class of 2013 recently enjoyed two days of community and faith building on their Junior retreat at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. “It was fun and relaxing, and a break from the stresses of life,” said Maurice Richardson. “I got to talk with classmates I never cross paths with in the hallways.” Through prayer, small group conversations and … Read More