CRSM Receives Prestigious Driehaus Award for Innovative Kmart Transformation

Cristo Rey St. Martin is honored to be named one of nine top-winning preservation projects in the state by the 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. The adaptive reuse award honors CRSM for converting and transforming the empty Kmart into a thriving, innovative high school – and bringing activity back to the area that sat empty for … Read More

College Fair Helps Students Decide Their Future

More than 50 admissions counselors from colleges and universities filled the chapel and conference rooms, at Cristo Rey St. Martin Sept. 24, 2021, to help students decide their next steps after high school. The third annual college fair was organized by the college counseling department and was open to all CRSM juniors and seniors and their parents. The event gave … Read More

Elevate Festival Fundraiser: Lots of fun, friends and family!

Our annual Elevate Festival, Sept.17, 2021, was a big success as more than 150 friends and families gathered in the school parking lot to picnic, enjoy the live country-rock music from the Wichita Jacks —and most significantly, to help fund and support the mission of Cristo Rey St. Martin. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $200,000 which … Read More

School Year Kicks off with Impressive Achievements

With a firm strategy of requiring vaccination, masks and other public health protocols, CRSM students, teachers and staff are successfully back in school and poised for a strong academic, work and service life undefeated by the disruptions of the past year and a half of the coronavirus pandemic. “This a monumental, magical moment,” President Preston Kendall said, welcoming more than … Read More

Girl Undaunted: An Interview with Laura Pizano

Laura (CRSM ’13, MSOE ‘21) and I first spoke while she was in the middle of her family’s move to a new residence and as she was starting her e-classes at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Like most students across the country, she is adjusting to the tectonic shifts occurring across the academic landscape. She spoke eloquently about the challenges she … Read More

“Success Can Be Defined in Many Ways”: An Interview with Daniela Martinez

I first met Daniela (CRSM ’10, St. Mary’s University ‘14) at an alumni party in downtown Chicago. She agreed to speak with me about her travels from North Chicago to Honduras to Minneapolis and back again. Her casual demeanor and winning personality belies an intensely independent and ambitious person who has her own definition of success. The following conversation has … Read More

“CRSM has always been there for me”: An Interview with Dulce Zarinana

Dulce (CRSM ’16, Carthage ’19) and I met at CRSM the afternoon of the Alumni Christmas party. We spoke about her involvement with Campus Ministry’s volunteer trips, her bachelor’s thesis, early graduation from Carthage College and her aspirations in politics.   The following conversation has been edited and condensed.   Thanks for meeting with me. This worked out well, meeting … Read More