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

President’s Pen: Summer Sizzles With Opportunities for Students

June is proof that Cristo Rey St. Martin is not your average school. In fact, June embodies just about everything that makes CRSM unique. After graduation, most schools breathe a collective sigh of relief and go into a kind of summer torpor – NOT CRSM! No sooner had graduation and final exams finished but we welcomed our 108 incoming ninth … Read More

CRSM Graduates Head to College

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep is sending nearly 100 percent of its graduating class to college. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, 78 members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas at a Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony held at Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Waukegan. Next fall they will attend colleges across the country including Duke, Georgetown, Loyola, … Read More

May President’s Pen: “Work Inspires Dignity”

I am being followed. I am not sure how long this has been going on but it is starting to take me out of my comfort zone. Nothing sinister about it, it’s just that I keep bumping into St. Joseph! We started this month with our annual all-school mass celebrating St. Joseph the Worker. Given our Corporate Work Study Program, … Read More

Celebrating Success at Work: A Tribute to Our Corporate Work Study Partners

“Without you our school would not exist,” Preston Kendall, president of CRSM, told the group of about 100 local business persons who attended the Corporate Work Study appreciation gathering recently held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on May 11, 2016. “Our students come from an environment where the odds are stacked against them,” said Kendall. “But beyond the academic advantages … Read More

March President’s Pen: Cristo Rey Meets StoryCorps

Fr. John Foley, SJ and I were recently asked to participate in Georgetown University’s American Pilgrimage Project. Done in conjunction with StoryCorps, the project asks people to record conversations about their faith journeys. John and I soon found ourselves in a recording booth at the Chicago Cultural Center. As two of the co-founders of the whole Cristo Rey movement, we … Read More

February President’s Pen: Our Students Are Rich in Spirit

Cristo Rey schools dedicate themselves to being exclusively for students from low-income families. And yet, at Cristo Rey St. Martin here in Waukegan, our students are rich beyond imagination! Come take a walk with me through the halls of this special place. Our school is not much to look at from the outside. The main building desperately needs tuck-pointing, the … Read More

January President’s Pen: Who Are Our Neighbors?

“And who is my neighbor?” That question posed to Jesus in Luke’s gospel is also the opening line from a famous sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jesus responds with the story of the Good Samaritan and Dr. King uses his sermon to elaborate on three types of people in our world: (1) Those like the robbers who mugged … Read More