CRSM Pop-Up Food Bank Continues to See High Level of Need

At 3:30 p.m. on a recent blistering hot Thursday, a sea of more than 800 cars snaked their way through strategically formed lines on the east side of the CRSM parking lot. For the next two-and-a-half hours, the cars filled with families, waited for President Preston Kendall to welcome and wave them ahead — four, and sometimes eight cars at … Read More

July President’s Pen: An Interview with Preston Kendall

                                We Are CR: Preston Kendall In celebration of Cristo Rey’s 25th anniversary, “We Are CR” profiles will feature interviews with some of the many people who helped shape Cristo Rey Jesuit High School since its doors opened in 1996. Preston Kendall was part of the founding leadership team for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 1996. As Executive Vice … Read More

June President’s Pen: Marking significant endings and beginnings

June at CRSM marks significant endings and beginnings.  No sooner did we say goodbye to the class of 2021 at an in-person graduation – the first in our new gym – than we greeted our incoming 9th graders to their first week of training and assessments for the Corporate Work Study Program.   In some ways, it felt like we were … Read More

Cristo Rey Going for 100% Student Vaccination

There are three reasons for the success of Cristo Rey’s COVID response: • CRSM nurses • School administration • Families and students of CRSM Nurses Nel Monaco (left) and Amy Horvath (right) working at the 2nd dose clinic for CRSM students and families. Cristo Rey’s successful COVID response began with the quick implementation of a hybrid teaching model, coupled with … Read More

March President’s Pen: A Time for Hope

This week we modified our school schedule to allow students two full days per week of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.  Freshmen and Sophomores responded very favorably to the expansion with about 60% and 62% respectively opting to come in; the response from Juniors (34%) and Seniors (16%) was a bit more disappointing.  Someone asked, “Can’t … Read More

February President’s Pen: Once in a While, Blessed with Grace

Every once in a while I have been blessed with an experience of Grace – a momentary sense of God being present in the here and now.  Something like that happened at CRSM a couple weeks ago when we cohosted with Jewel-Osco our second COVID vaccine drive on our campus.  After helping nearly 1,200 at our initial event, this day … Read More

January President’s Pen: Cristo Rey’s Baptismal Vows

In January 1996, my first day of work at a new job was the press conference that announced the Jesuits would be opening a new and unique college prep high school in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Fr. John Foley, SJ; Sr. Judy Murphy, OSB; and I sat at the table while the Jesuit Provincial announced the planned opening of … Read More

December President’s Pen: Goodbye, 2020.

Goodbye, 2020, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! With the first vaccines now starting to be distributed and more approvals on the way, 2021 is certainly shaping up to be a much better year – full of hope and promise.  But let’s face it, 2020 set the bar pretty darn low for 2021.  Just thinking … Read More