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

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

January President’s Pen: CRSM Students Hope that, “America will be!”

Cristo Rey St. Martin and the American Dream are nearly synonymous. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if photos of our students and their parents were the first things that appeared when you looked up “The American Dream” in Wikipedia. Our students come from hard working families determined to pull themselves up and provide a better life for their children. … Read More

President’s Pen: Celebrating the CRSM Spirit of Giving and Generosity

The last day of finals and all through the school People were prepping for a wonderful Yule. The Work Study drivers return from their routes Their students depart amid laughter and shouts. Some teachers remain, still posting their grades As the last bit of daylight gradually fades. A food pantry trip, the last this semester, Is Campus Ministry’s parting, unselfish … Read More

October President’s Pen: Hope is the Opposite of Poverty

Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Mettawa, Vernon Hills, Libertyville… Who wouldn’t want to live in these safe, stable communities with great amenities and terrific schools? Many of us live in these places and are raising our families there. Not far away. In fact, closer than you might think; right in our own backyards, the situation is dramatically and tragically different. In … 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

August President’s Pen: Gathering Together to Make a Difference

“Wherever two or more gather in my name, I am in their midst.” That passage from Matthew 18:20 keeps running through my thoughts this week. On Monday, we welcomed 401 students back to school and back to work. This is our largest enrollment ever and, honestly, I do not think we could fit one more student in our current campus! … Read More