CRSM Earns High Marks on Cristo Rey Network Benchmarks

Academic rigor and commitment to college enrollment truly sets CRSM apart, as evidenced by recent data that shows CRSM reaching top marks among the 38 Cristo Rey Network schools on readiness for college, graduates doing well in college, AP tests and more. Each year the Cristo Rey Network shares an annual data directory which is an opportunity for us to … 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

August President’s Pen: What is Bringing You Hope?

“What is bringing you hope in these challenging times?” Fr. John Foley, SJ was talking by Zoom with a newly hired employee of the Cristo Rey Network office – to introduce himself and talk about the Cristo Rey Mission and its history – when she unexpectedly posed this question to him.  What a way to take the conversation to a … Read More