“Challenges Became My Fuel”: An Interview with Brisel Jiménez

I visited with Brisel (CRSM ’15, UIC ’19) during one of her visits to Cristo Rey St. Martin as a new full-time hire at Advanced Group, a staffing company operating across the US and Europe. She shared her experiences at Cristo Rey, University of Illinois at Chicago, and her work with the Corporate Work Study Program in Chicago and San … Read More

Alumni Success Update: Triumphing with True Grit

Meet Viridiana “Vivian” Fajardo, admissions and administration coordinator for CRSM. A member of the Class of 2010, she recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the Valedictorian from Robert Morris College with a degree in Business Management. “We talk about grit a lot here, but today we have a shining example from our own school who worked incredibly hard,” Principal … Read More

February President’s Pen: When the Holy Spirit Slaps Me Upside the Head

We held our second round of admissions interviews last week. Parents or guardians are divided from students and each is interviewed separately.  At times it can be very revealing about the level of parental participation when one doesn’t know their own child’s favorite subject or cannot elaborate on any school activities in which their student participates. On the other hand, … Read More

Welcome to the Class of 2020: Driving New Milestones

On Monday, August 22, 2016 Cristo Rey St. Martin welcomed 401 students – our largest enrollment in the school’s 12-year history. “There have never been more CRSM students sitting in this room,” said Preston Kendall, president. “Surrounding you are the people (faculty and staff) who have so much respect and care for you. Know that in the midst of all … Read More

February President’s Pen: Winning When it Counts

One of our alumni, now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, shared a recent email with our Principal, Mike Odiotti. The email notified him that he made the Dean’s List for his first semester with a 3.4 out of 4.0 GPA. We have many success stories like this. Making the Dean’s list at your college takes hard … Read More

October President’s Pen: CRSM, A Winning Team

I don’t like to lose. I never fancied myself an overly competitive person but recently, after some self-reflection, I have concluded that when I get into something, I am “in it to win it.” That said, I don’t often get into things that are easy to win. Inevitably, I lose with frequency. More often than not, I root for the … Read More