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

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