Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Celebrating Grandparents

One of my favorite celebrations at Res is, Grandparents' Dinner.  There is a very special bond between Res students and their grandparents and mutual pride, you can see it in their faces!

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Monday, September 18, 2017


This year we have chosen the Resurrection Pillar of HOPE for our theme.  With the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires the world really needs the gift of HOPE.

What is HOPE?  It is a special gift that helps us aspire to the promise of happiness which God has placed in each of our hearts.  Hope reminds us of God's passionate love for each of us and His promise to be with us always.

HOPE keeps us from discouragement; sustains us during times of loneliness and disappointment.  HOPE opens our heart to limitless expectations.

Like the tree in this picture, HOPE anchors us and at the same time frees us to reach toward the heights of Heaven!

What does HOPE mean to you?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Resurrection Welcomes New Campus Minister

I am very pleased to announce that Resurrection has a new Campus Minister, Deacon Ivan Mikan, who will begin his ministry at Resurrection on September 13th.

"Deacon John," as he prefers to be called, comes to Resurrection with a wealth of experience in education, retreat work, planning service programs, creating youth groups, planning liturgies, and building community.  He is also an artist who has been commissioned by churches for paintings and murals.  (scroll down to see one of his paintings)

Deacon John is a graduate from the University of Illinois in Chicago, with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Education, did his student teaching in High School, completed four years of Diaconal Studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and was ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2015.

Deacon John describes his role as Campus Minister to, "help students recognize and celebrate God's love and care for them, help them become the best they are called to be, and bring out the gifts God has given them."

Resurrection is uniquely blessed to have a campus minister who understands what it means to be a husband, a father, a teacher and an ordained servant minister in the Catholic Church.

Deacon John and his wife Lily are the proud parents of three young children.

Please join me in welcoming Deacon John Mikan to Resurrection and promising him our support.

Deacon John, his wife Lily and their two sons and daughter

Deacon John on his ordination day
Deacon John Mikan
Our Lady of Croatia painted by Deacon John

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Res Expands Board

Recently the Sisters of the Resurrection and the Resurrection College Prep High School Board of Directors added four new members to the Board.  All four of these women bring exceptional expertise to our Board, as well as model for our students the meaningful impact women can have in society, their parish and their family.

Dr. Ann Solari-Twadell

Dr. Ann Solari-Twadell, PhD, RN, MPA, FAAN.
Dr. Solari-Twadell is an Associate Professor at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.   She serves as the Director of Global Health Experiences.  Her teaching interests and experiences include:  Spiritual Care, Community Health, Nursing Leadership and Nursing Theory and Research.  She has authored health related articles which were published in a number of professional journals including the results of a research study on  "Factors Predictive of Depression in Freshmen College Students."  Dr. Twadell has served for three years on Resurrection's Catholic Identity Committee.

Alane Repa
Alane Repa, MSN, RN, JD.  Ms. Repa is an alumna of Resurrection College Prep High School.  Ms. Repa is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Adult Learning at North Park University.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the DePaul University School of Law.  Prior to teaching Ms. Repa served for over 25 years as the head of Risk Management for Resurrection Health Care.  She has been a member of the Human Resource Committee for Resurrection College Prep and a previous member of the Board.  She received the prestigious Blessed Celine Award from Resurrection College Prep High School in 2016.

Carol Hetman
Carol Hetman, BA, MBA.  Ms. Hetman completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at Dominican University.  Ms. Hetman is an alumna of Resurrection College Prep High School.  She serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Naperville 203.  Prior to joining Naperville 203, she was the Senior Managing Director of Newedge a global financial services firm headquartered in Paris, France.  Ms. Hetman has served for three years on the Human Resource Committee for Resurrection College Prep

Haydee Olinger

Haydee Olinger, BS, JD.  Ms. Olinger is the mother of a Resurrection College Prep High School Alumna.  Ms. Olinger served as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at McDonald's Corporation where she was responsible for overseeing the Company's global compliance and privacy efforts.  She also served as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.  In 2004 Ms. Olinger was the recipient of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Glass Ceiling Buster Award.

We are very proud and blessed to be able to add these highly successful women to our Board.  They are women who are committed to Catholic Education, the education of women, and the Mission of Resurrection College Prep High School.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fully Alive and Ready for Transformation

Welcome back to school and a year filled with brand new opportunities and graces! 

As you look around your classrooms notice the clean white boards!  They have been thoroughly cleared and cleaned and are ready to have new lessons, new outlines, new math problems written on them.

Hopefully everyone of us is coming back to school refreshed, excited and eager to enter into new learning experiences!  In the words of a wise Saint from the early Church, Saint Irenaeus, we are  coming back "full of life," and ready for transformation and new growth.

For the Joy and the Glory of God is a HUMAN BEING FULLY ALIVE.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer at Res

Although this is technically summer break, there is  a lot of activity on the Res Campus!  There are currently summer school classes, Basketball and Softball Skills Camps, and in a few weeks there will be Running, Lacrosse, Volleyball and more Softball Camps! 

New staff, Connie Castellucci, Director of Enrollment and Recruiter, Kelly McClearn are busy preparing for the fall recruitment and the beginning of new shadow day experiences, while Mr. P and Joseph Lascon are working diligently to prepare for an exciting 2017-18 school year.

We are painting, cleaning and organizing and getting ready for an exciting new year!  
Enjoy your summer, we are eagerly awaiting your return in August!

Connie Castellucci and Kelly McClearn

Mr. P and Mr. Lascon

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Winner of the President's Art Award

I am pleased to announce this year's winner of the President's Art Award, Danielle LaSusa!  Danielle painted a beautiful self-portrait in a field of sunflowers.  When I saw the painting I immediately thought it a great representation of Res students!  The joyful appearance of the young lady and  the bright earthy colors convey hope and resilience that are part of Resurrection. 

The sunflowers also reminded me of our school motto, Caritate et Veritate.   Sunflowers turn and follow the sun as it moves through the sky, and we turn to follow God's Word or Truth as He moves and guides us throughout the day.  Sunflowers are also a symbol of Caritate as they generously sacrifice their seeds as food for birds and other animals.  Res girls sacrifice time and talent throughout the year in so many charitable works and in no more outstanding a way than the recent donation of their locks for wigs for chemo patients.

Danielle's picture truly represents all Res Students and is a beautiful work of art!

Thank you and congratulations Danielle.

Danielle LaSusa  and her teacher Ms. Jen Salerno