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

August President’s Pen: Seeing beyond what is in front of you

Our school-wide assembly on the first day of school was the last in our old campus! Many firsts and lasts will take place this school year as we prepare to finally move to our new building. It is an old building, actually, an old Big Box store being repurposed as a state-of-the-art high school campus. As exciting as the preparations … Read More

June President’s Pen: Shaking hands with the future of greatness

As a high school administrator, few things are more rewarding than seeing your seniors walk toward you in their caps and gowns and being able to hand them their diplomas. It is a privilege I often feel I don’t deserve because this annual ritual represents the culmination of so much work by so many other people. While the students themselves … Read More

April President’s Pen: Celebrating new beginnings

On April 22, 2017 we held our annual Founders’ Dinner and it was a wonderful success. For people who couldn’t be there, I thought I would share (as closely as I can recollect) what I said before introducing a new video about our school, called “Cristo Rey: Cornerstone of a Community.” Happy Spring! Happy Easter! What a great evening. We … 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

CRSM President Preston Kendall Celebrated As Dorothy Day Award Honoree

Honored for his more than 20 years of service with the Cristo Rey Network, Preston Kendall, CRSM President, received the Dorothy Day leadership award on March 8, 2017 by the Coleman Consulting Group of Chicago. At an awards ceremony held at The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Kendall was honored for “his service in bringing greatness to all our children,” and … Read More