CRSM President Preston Kendall featured in The North Shore Weekend

A “Ray of Hope at Cristo Rey,” is the headline for the “Sunday Breakfast with Preston Kendall” profile of CRSM President Preston Kendall featured in the April 7 edition of The North Shore Weekend.  Describing one of his dreams for Cristo Rey St. Martin students, Kendall says: “A couple of generations of Cristo Rey alumni will return to Waukegan and … Read More

President’s Pen: Last Day/First Day: Saying Hello and Goodbye to our Old and New Buildings

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, students, staff and faculty gathered for the last time in the “cafechapaymatorium” before moving to the new school building Tuesday, the following week. Here, President Preston Kendall shares his thoughts on the transformation from closing one chapter in the school’s story in “Last Day.” Below, in “First Day,” he also chronicles the beginning of the … Read More

President’s Pen: “CRSM is making big moves, watch out world!”

Coming back to school after the long holiday weekend was a cold slap in the face, literally!  The boiler had gone out and the thermometer hanging just outside the principal’s office in the “cafa-gyma-chapa-torium” read 47 degrees Fahrenheit inside.  It was just the latest in a series of facilities-related mishaps at our old, frail, grandmother of a campus. We take … Read More

December President’s Pen: Becoming a light for others

The quick walk over from the old rectory to the school was a bit cold with the sky already completely dark at 5:45pm. When entering our cafe-gym-a-chapa-torium on the second floor of the main school building, things changed completely. The one big room on campus was warm and festive; dozens of folding chairs were set up for a show. Across … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day brings friends, families and supporters to CRSM

About two dozen parents, grandparents, donors and friends arrived bearing bouquets of flowers to join CRSM students, faculty and staff on Dec. 11, 2017 to celebrate Mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The feast is an annual celebration for Mexican, Mexican-Americans and other Latino groups, many who make pilgrimages and/or gather to pay tribute to … Read More

President’s Pen: Grateful for our students’ generous spirits of giving

“For it is in giving that we receive.” Was St. Francis crazy or just way ahead of his time? I am more and more convinced that his faith made him prescient. Five students volunteered their time last week, staying into the evening to participate in our annual Thank-A-Thon. Each year, we pull about 150 names from our donor list and … Read More

President’s Pen: Honoring our supporters and paying our blessings forward

Excerpt from President Preston Kendall’s welcoming to attendees and supporters of the Fifth Annual ‘el-ə-vāt fundraiser Oct. 21, 2017 at VenueOne North Shore in Deerfield: Thank you so much for attending our fifth annual Elevate event! Thanks again to our event sponsors whose names are listed in your program booklets. Don’t you love this year’s “Day of the Dead” theme? … Read More

Preston Kendall Honored by Lake County Judges and Lawyers

Preston Kendall, president of Cristo Rey St. Martin, was honored by the Justinian Society of Lawyers and Judges of Lake County as their “Person of Faith” at a Mass and awards ceremony, Sept. 30, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Libertyville. “Through his work at Cristo Rey, Mr. Kendall empowers and encourages his students from under-served and low-income communities to … Read More

Grace: Seeing our students’ lives transformed

Fr. Alain Ambeault, Superior General of the Clerics of St. Viator came to visit us last week along with several members of his Council from all over the world. The Viatorians and their lay partners have been a big part of Cristo Rey St. Martin from the very beginning. Viatorians drove buses for the Corporate Work Study program, assisted with … Read More

CRSM celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Cristo Rey St. Martin community joined schools across the country in celebrating the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Presided over by Fr. Jamie Mueller, associate pastor Most Blessed Trinity Church in Waukegan, the Mass called upon the Holy Spirit to bless the new academic year. “What a great way to start the school year … Read More