July President’s Pen: Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.  Among his many inspired writings, including The Spiritual Exercises, he is purported to have said, “Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.”  Another saying attributed to him is, “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”  We love our students and we … Read More

June President’s Pen: If not us, who?  If not now, when?

IF NOT US, WHO?  IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Variations of these words are attributed to numerous people over time going back all the way to Hillel the Elder.  Hillel is a significant figure in Judaism and one of the most famous sages of the Talmud.  Rabbinical scholars believe that Jesus of Nazareth was likely familiar with some of his teachings.  … Read More

May President’s Pen: How are things going with Cristo Rey St. Martin?

“How are things going with Cristo Rey St. Martin?”  In these pandemic times that seemingly simple question is really quite complex.  A whole lot is going on right now, some of it heartbreaking, but much of it inspiring and hopeful.  Let’s start with our families.  About 1/3 of our parents lost their jobs in the first couple weeks of lockdown.  … Read More

From Campus Ministry

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, Campus Ministry organized the distribution of school breakfasts and boxed lunches to Cristo Rey families at no cost. Lunches are available each day, 11am-1pm,  Monday through Friday.   Just before the pandemic began… CRSM was lucky to have finished the full week (and the first half) of our cultural immersion exchange with Red Cloud Indian … Read More

Students Lead Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

On Wednesday the student body celebrated Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent with an all-school prayer service. Students received ashes – in the sign of the cross as a sign of repentance and a sign of our faith as we begin Lent together. This was a Taize prayer service, organized and led by students – the musicians, the songs, … Read More

February President’s Pen: Remembering What is Really Important

Our students and Campus Ministry department put on a wonderful Ash Wednesday service here at CRSM.  Based on the Taizé format, it was a prayerful hour of scripture, music and silence.  I really marvel at our students’ deep sense of faith and reverence so apparent during events like these and at our masses.  How gratifying to be among young people … Read More

March President’s Pen: At the Intersection of Faith and Action

Last week when one of our students tweeted, “My bowl turned out so much better than I hoped!” several of us at CRSM knew exactly what she was talking about. Our Campus Ministry office was originally the second floor landing for a back stairway. It’s an oddly shaped affair slightly bigger than most other workplaces on campus and is increasingly … Read More

Walk. Pray. Love. Students Make Lenten Season Holy

Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. For CRSM students, it is also includes a month of events targeted to contemplation, reflective prayer and taking action to embrace the call for mercy. During the Lenten season, CRSM students and staff on several occasions prayed the rosary with detainees at the Broadview Detention Center, holding vigil with immigrants being deported … Read More