December President’s Pen

Earlier in December, our principal let me know that our AP English Literature class would be using the new stage instead of their normal classroom because they planned to read aloud and act out scenes from Hamlet. So, a few minutes into seventh period, I wandered over to the gym and was floored! The gym space was dark with only … Read More

November President’s Pen

Sometimes small occurrences combine in such a way that saying it is just a coincidence is an entirely insufficient explanation. In certain moments, Providence plays a hand and for a brief second you sense that God really is actively working in our world through those around us. At Cristo Rey St. Martin, it seems we are offered more of these … Read More

October 2021 President’s Pen

“We had no idea what we were doing!” is what my friend and colleague, Fr. John P. Foley, SJ likes to proclaim when asked about the founding of the Cristo Rey movement. What started as one school in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood has blossomed into thirty-eight schools nationwide. Being part of the founding leadership of that first school, I used to … Read More

September 2021 President’s Pen

“The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon the way we occupy that place.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux Lately, people have been asking what it is like to be back in full-time classes at CRSM. My response is a single word, “Joyful.” It’s true. It is something more profound than happiness and … Read More

July President’s Pen: An Interview with Preston Kendall

                                We Are CR: Preston Kendall In celebration of Cristo Rey’s 25th anniversary, “We Are CR” profiles will feature interviews with some of the many people who helped shape Cristo Rey Jesuit High School since its doors opened in 1996. Preston Kendall was part of the founding leadership team for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 1996. As Executive Vice … Read More

June President’s Pen: Marking significant endings and beginnings

June at CRSM marks significant endings and beginnings.  No sooner did we say goodbye to the class of 2021 at an in-person graduation – the first in our new gym – than we greeted our incoming 9th graders to their first week of training and assessments for the Corporate Work Study Program.   In some ways, it felt like we were … Read More

A Letter to the Seniors

May 17, 2019 Hey, Seniors, it’s me – your old pal Junebug.  Hope you are having a great retreat.  Hard to believe it will be your last as CRSM students.  Time flies.  I’m going to miss your smiling faces around campus (and the scratches behind my ears)! As you prepare to leave CRSM and begin the next step in your … Read More

Cristo Rey St. Martin is 15 years old – she is our Quinceañera

Cristo Rey St. Martin is 15 years old!  She is our Quinceañera.  La Fiesta de Quince Años is a tradition in many Latinx cultures.  It celebrates a young woman’s entrance into adulthood. Last Saturday at our annual Founders’ Dinner, we celebrated Cristo Rey St. Martin’s first 15 years.  I like to think that our school looks fantastic every single day, … Read More

The College Degree Equation; Solving for Low Income

“I came to realize that, in every step along the way, we had to do more because we had less.” This quote is from an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week called The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor by Enoch Jemmott, a young man from a low-income background now attending Queens College.  He has … Read More