Thursday, August 16, 2018

Legacy Walk

As promised, today we will view the second new addition to the campus:  the "Brick Legacy Walk." This lovely path leads from front road of the school campus to the flag poll.  Thank you to Alisa Martorano for the months of hard work she put into planning the walk, working with donors on the details of their bricks, and finally working with Steve Sutter and his staff in planning and directing the layout of the bricks and the positioning of the memorial benches.  Congratulations Alisa, Steve and staff!

Besides being a beautiful feature on our campus the path is a wonderful way of recognizing and remembering people and raising additional funds for the school's scholarship and tuition assistance programs.

Please feel free to meander down the Legacy Walk and make sure to pause and rest on one of the lovely and comfortable benches!

On Sunday, September 16th there will be a blessing and dedication of this special new addition.

installation of the walk
the walk completed

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Res Cafe

Welcome back to Resurrection College Prep High School!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer with a balance of relaxation and fun!  Those of us who were working at school during the summer preparing for the 2018-19 school year, want you to know that we really, really missed you!

While you were gone we made, what we think, are some exciting and fun changes in the school and on the campus!

First, there is a new look to the cafeteria!  The owners of a beautiful office building in Schaumburg made a donation of some lovely high tables and chairs which we have put in the cafeteria.  With the new look comes a new name, so now please note the sign over the door which reads: Res Cafe

Watch the blog over the next few days for the second new feature on campus!

May God bless and guide you throughout the coming year!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome Back to Res Faculty and Staff

After a two and a half month break our faculty and staff returned for two days of inservice sessions, planning and time to prepare their classrooms.  At 11:20 a.m. we had Mass and a commissioning service.

We prayed in a special way for our students!  We hope that this will be an outstanding year in everyway and a year of great achievement and many blessings!

Commissioning Service

Thursday, June 14, 2018

2018 President's Art Award

Every year I have the privilege of selecting one original art piece from among those displayed by the students.  The art piece is selected based on originality, creativity, color, texture, perspective and power to inspire. 

This year's award went to Mairead Skelton for her oil painting of "Giant's Causeway." 

If you are of Irish heritage, I am sure you are very familiar with both the natural beauty of the almost 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that make up this causeway on the coast of county Antrim, and the fascinating Irish mythology connected with it.  If you are not familiar with either the natural beauty of this causeway or the mythology, take time to look it up and you will appreciate Mairead's painting even more!

Congratulations Mairead on your beautiful artwork that will soon be framed and will be proudly displayed at Resurrection College Prep High School!

Mairead Skelton with her painting of "Giant's Causeway"


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Religion Project that Will Make a Difference at Res

Congratulations and thank you to four seniors who did a unique and meaningful project for Sr. Mary Ann's class.  Their project was putting together for future Res students a Res Girl's Declassified High School Survival Guide.  They did such a great job on the guide that Connie Castellucci, Director of Enrollment, has decided to include this guide to help future students gain a better understanding of the school. 

Thank you to:

Lauren O'Conner
Maddie Sabella
Mairead Skelton
Melanee Tannehill
left to right:  Melanee, Maddie, Connie Castellucci, Lauren Mairead

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tribute to Sister Lydia Mary, C.R.

Yesterday, May 7, 2018, Sister Lydia Mary Yokiel, C.R. left this world to enjoy and experience eternal life.  Sister Lydia Mary was only 2 1/2 months away from her 105th Birthday and in August would have celebrated her 85th Anniversary of professing her vows as a Sister of the Resurrection.

Resurrection College Prep High School was very special to Sister Lydia Mary.  Sister taught biology at Res and later became the principal.  Sister Lydia Mary was also responsible for helping design and plan the building we are in today. 

There are many outstanding things about Sister Lydia Mary but perhaps what most people remember and say about her is how much she loved people and how pleasant and generous she was about giving time to people.

The last few years of her life Sister was unable to recognize people or carry on a conversation but she gave everyone the gift of her beautiful smile.  One person Sister lovingly recognized until the very end was the one she gave her life to, Jesus.  When anyone brought Holy Communion to her, she looked intently at the Host, folded her hands and received her Jesus.

There is a book called, When God Winks:  Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life.  Well, I think God winked at least twice the day Sister died. 

First wink, there is one time in the Bible when the name Lydia appears.  The biblical Lydia lived at the time of Saint Paul.  The day Sister died the reading of the day at Mass mentioned Lydia the seller of purple cloth who befriended Saint Paul and the disciples.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but I think it was a wink from God to say, "Welcome home Sister Lydia Mary."

Sister Lydia Mary, C.R.
Second wink, came with the blessing and dedication of the new Sister Lydia Mary Welcome Center at Resurrection College Prep High School.  This event had been planned for several weeks and could have been planned to occur on any day from mid-April to mid-May.  Was it a coincidence that the ribbon cutting and blessing occurred on May 7th, the day Sister died?  I think it was a second wink to remind all of us how much Sister Lydia Mary loves Res and to let us know that she will continue to pray for us from her new home.

May God bless Sister Lydia Mary with eternal joy!

Sr. Virginia Ann, niece of Sr. Lydia Mary, cutting the ribbon

Father Dan McCarthy Blessing the new Sr. Lydia Mary Welcome Center

Monday, May 7, 2018

Congratulations to Six Seniors

Congratulations to Seniors who recently signed for college sports:
            Taylor Besch, volleyball at Allegheny College
Veronica Kieres, basketball - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
                Sarah Nader, lacrosse at St. Ambrose University
                Erin O'Farrell, lacrosse at Upper Iowa University

In November two other seniors signed for college sports:
         Joanna Cirrincione, softball at Grand Valley State University
             Brittany Welch, volleyball at New Mexico State University

We are all very proud of you and happy for you.