Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank You to Halina Carlson and Chris Hays

Thank you to Halina Carlson and Chris Hays for making the School Entrance a Beautiful Christmas Wonderland!  Every holiday Ms. Carlson and Ms. Hays make the entrance to the school welcoming and festive with bright and beautiful decorations and of course everyday students, staff and guests are greeted with their warm and friendly smiles as well as the smile of Sr. Paulette!

From all of us, "Thank you Ms. Carlson, Ms. Hays and Sr. Paulette for brightening everyday!"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Card

Congratulations to Cecylia Rudel, Class of 2015 for the design concept for Resurrection College Prep High School's 2014 Christmas Card!  We are so proud our students and their creative talents.  Last year and this year our Christmas Card has been designed by a student!

Cover of the Christmas Card

Back of the Card

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rocking Nicholas - An Advent/Christmas Story

Six years ago, on a cold December evening I received a call from a nurse in the newborn nursery.  “Sister, are you busy?”  “We have a baby who needs a little TLC.   Could you come and rock him?” 

Minutes later I was in the nursery where I learned the story.  “His birth mom,” the nurse said,  “in compliance with Illinois Infant Safe Haven Law, brought him to the ER and asked the staff  make sure he is given a good home".   The mom handed them a bag with two infant outfits and a list of family illnesses.  She kissed her baby one last time and left.

“We named him Nicholas, because he was born so close to Christmas,” said the nurse. 

The processes for foster care and adoption would begin in a couple of days, but for tonight Nicholas would be under the hospital’s care.  I was only asked to rock Nicholas for an hour but I would carry his story with me for the rest of my life.

As I rocked Nicholas, I studied his face and pondered the Christmas message.  Nicholas’ birth will always be a mystery.  Thinking of his mother, I whispered, “Nicholas, I hope someday you will realize how deeply your mother loved you.  In what must have been a confusing nine months, she chose to give you a chance at life.  She protected you, nourished and cradled you beneath her heart.  She felt your every movement and respected your little personhood.  She did not abandon you but rather entrusted you to a family who could love and care for you."

Continuing to rock Nicholas, I thought about Christmas and the depth of God's love.  I marveled as I reflected on how much God trusts us.  God's love and trust are so unconditional that He sent His only Son into our world, not as a strong and independent adult, but as a fragile and totally dependent infant!  God's son would not be born in a castle or villa but in a stable where animals take shelter. 

People will look at Nicholas and never comprehend the depth of the love story behind his arrival at the hospital.  They will think he was abandoned and unwanted, but in reality he was reverenced and respected by a mother who wanted him to live and grow in a family that could care for him.  Likewise, people looked at Jesus and thought they knew where He came from, but they really didn’t know.  He was not the son of a carpenter as people thought, but the Son of God.  Who can comprehend the depth of love that moved God to let go of His Son and entrust Him to our care.  Could we ever love and cherish Jesus as much as God, His Father? 

After an hour a nurse took Nicholas from me.  It was then I realized that I had been holding more than baby Nicholas.  That night I held the mystery of Christmas in a new way, I held the mystery of the gift of love and trust not in an abandoned baby but in a baby entrusted to the world.

Scrubs Club Brings Christmas Joy to Resurrection Life Center

On Wednesday, December 10th, seven members of the Scrubs Club (future nurses and doctors) Kacie Bemis, Taylor Besch, Isabella Amato, Michelene Janesku, Kelsey Janesku, Alexis Lehner and Cherryshe Sinfuego joined me in a visit to the Life Center.  The club members painted the fingernails for some of the residents.  As you can see from the pictures below, the residents were very pleased and excited about their new look for Christmas. Afterwards we stayed to visit with the residents and learned about the work and dedication that was part of their younger years.  At the end of the visit the residents joined the Scrubs Club members in singing, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  

A very important skill for all nurses and doctors is relating with people, listening to them, and making them feel relaxed and cared about...from what I observed these seven students are naturals in people skills!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advent a Time for Leaping

One of my favorite Advent readings is from the Song of Songs.  It metaphorically speaks of God loving us so much that he "Comes leaping on the mountains and bounding over hills."  Advent is truly a time for all of us to leap with hearts full of Charity and Truth.

Wednesday evening the Chamber Ensamble under the direction of Mike Longo moved the hearts of their audience to reflect, and leap for joy over the TRUTH of God's love and presence among us.  Their selection of music and their beautiful harmony brought the Advent Season alive.   We can be very proud of this talented group and thank them for helping us remember the "Miracle of the Season," and helping us leap with joy!

Earlier this week, the "Seekers Club" with their Moderators, Brad Mulick and Sr. Mary Ann, connected CHARITY to Advent by transporting a bus-load of food and supplies to the New Hope Pantry.  These donations are gifts from students and staff.  The food in turn will be dispersed by New Hope to individuals and families who are in desparate need.  The "Seekers" remind us that Advent is a time for CHARITY, and as their picture below shows, to give generously from the heart makes one leap with joy and new life.

Letter from Cardinal George

Below please find a beautiful letter from Cardinal George to the whole Resurrection College Prep Family!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent, Season of Charity and Truth

Recently, while speaking with two students I was impressed with how clearly their description of Charity and Truth  connected with the Advent and Christmas Season.  One described the connection as the "Miracle of God's Love".  She said that even when things seem impossible and perhaps even bad, God is there with His love and goodness and surprises us with the miracle of His love.

The other student shared how she sees all of us being called to continually watch for opportunities to give love to others, especially the lonely and abandoned.

Blessed Advent!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The December Spotlight is on Sr. Paulette, C.R.

As we continue to celebrate the Year Honoring Consecrated Life, December's spotlight is being put on Sister Paulette.  Sister Paulette lives up to her name which means, little Paul.  Like Saint Paul, Sister is small in stature but like Paul she has a huge impact on the lives of the people she meets and works with.  Sister Paulette fills the world around her with smiles, kind words, and lots of care.  She is always ready to lend a hand or promise a prayer.  Lets learn more about Sister Paulette.

Question:  Sister Paulette, where were you born?
Answer:  Saint Anthony's Hospital in Chicago.

Question:  Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Answer:  I had a stepbrother, Richard, who is now deceased.

Question:  When did you first feel a call to be a Sister?
Answer:  I first felt a sense of God calling me when I was in the 2nd grade.  Twenty-two years later I really knew this is what God was calling me to and I decided to give my whole life to Him.

Question:  What was one of the most memorable moments in your religious life?
Answer:  The day of my final vows was the most memorable day of my life.  On that day I learned how important it is to live one day at a time.  One day is all we can handle because that is all God asks of us and He gives us the grace needed for only one day at a time.

Question:  What interesting information can you share with us that few people know about you?
Answer:  Few people know that before I entered the convent I was an I.B.M key punch operator.  Also, a lot of people don't know that I enjoy art and love animals.

Sr. Paulette when she was 5years old
Sr. Paulette, her brother Richard & his wife

Sr. Paulette today - assistant in the front
office & in the lunch room
Resurrection College Prep High School 

Sr. Paulette when she worked in Day Care

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Francis Cardinal George Day" at Resurrection

As our thank you to Francis Cardinal George for his seventeen years of being our Shepherd we are celebrating Monday, November 17th as "Francis Cardinal George Day" at Resurrection College Prep High School.  It is a day we will all raise our prayers in gratitude and petition that God may be with Cardinal George and bless him in everyday.

Raising our hearts and prayers!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scrubs Club Meets with Faculty from Loyola

On Tuesday, November 11th the 46 members of the Scrubs Club met with 3 members of the faculty of Loyola University's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Kimberly J. Oosterhouse, RN, PhD,CCRN, Colleen Shayan,RN,MSN and Ann Andreoni,DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CEN answered questions about the nursing program at Loyola, what attracted them to nursing, what continues to inspire and give them energy to care for others, and many other questions. It was a great seminar and ended with the distribution of the club shirts which just arrived.

Front of Scrubs Club Shirt
Back of Scrubs Club Shirt

Scrubs Club Meeting

Congratulations Ramina Oraha

On Thursday, November 6th Salute, Inc. joined Resurrection for an all school assembly honoring Veterans for their dedication and service.  Special honor was paid to a courageous alumna, Ramina Oraha of the class of 2003. Ramina joined the Air Force in 2005 and had the rank of a Senior Airmen. In 2006 Ramina was deployed to the Iraq War where she sustained an injury. Later in 2008 Ramina suffered a stroke which affected her speech and walking. Her positive attitude, supportive parents and dedicated therapists have helped make great progress. We are very proud of the students of Resurrection who prepared a beautiful program for the assembly and raised money which they donated to Salute, Inc. for their work with Veterans and their families.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Featuring Sister Kathleen, C.R.

Let's interview Sister Kathleen, C.R., a current member of the Resurrection College Prep High School Campus Ministry Team!

Question:  Where were you born?
Answer:  I was born in the state of New York.
Question:  Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Answer:  I have two half brothers, Tony, who lives in Arlington Heights and Frank who lives in New York.
Question:  When did you first feel a call to be a Sister?
Answer:  I first felt "called" to be a Sister in 1st grade.  I got to know the Sisters of the Resurrection as "real people" when I was at Maria Regina High School in New York.  The Sisters always made an impression on me as being holy women but also women who understood young women and how we could make a difference in this world.
Question:  What was one of the most memorable moments in your religious life?
Answer:  There are many memorable moments in my religious life.  I think the most memorable one is the day I made my Final Profession in 1971 and given my profession cross (which had been worn by my favorite teacher in high school).  My cross is my most cherished possession.
Question:  What interesting information can you share with us that few people know about you?
Answer:  I once coached cheerleaders and I was pretty good at bowling!

Sr. Kathleen as a freshman in high school
Sr. Kathleen in the center as a postulant

Sr. Kathleen is the 4th Novice from the left
Sr. Kathleen today as part of Resurrection's
Campus Ministry Team

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wake Up The World

Wake Up The World is the theme chosen by Religious in the United States for the year-long celebration of Consecrated Life.  Pope Francis officially proclaimed 2015 as a year for the whole Church and its members to celebration "the beauty of following Christ" in the various types of religious vocations.  The year of celebration begins in November 30, 2014 and ends February 2, 2015.  To help celebrate, every month from November 2014 to February 2015 I will feature a Sister who works at Resurrection College Prep HIgh School or who graduated from Resurrection College Prep High School.  I hope you will enjoy learning a little bit about some Sisters you know and some you might not know yet. Make sure to visit the President's Blog to see pictures of the Sisters and read some interesting stories.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Do You Know These Trick- or-Treaters?

Happy Halloween!
Do you recognize the "Trick-or-Treaters" in this picture?
The first student to enter the correct names in the "comment" section of the blog will receive a special "Treat".

Monday, October 27, 2014

Principal's Day

Friday, October 24th was celebrated as Principal's Day throughout the State of Illinois.  As one of the festivities of the day the officers of the Senior Class presented Ms. Maria Hawk with a lovely bouquet of flowers!  Three cheers for a wonderful principal!

Giahanna Martorano, Ms. Hawk, Meagan McCarthy, Fernami Adeyamo

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkins, Jack - O' - Lanterns and Faith

A lady recently being baptized was asked by a coworker what it was like to be a Christian.

She replied, "It's like being a pumpkin…"

God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you.  Then He cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff.  He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed.  Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

Happy Halloween and let your light shine!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Save the Date

We are very excited to announce a new event that you will not want to miss!  It is the Charity and Truth Gala scheduled for February 21, 2015!  We are honoring two individuals who "truly make a difference" in our community.  See the attached save the date and plan on joining us at an event you will definitely enjoy and feel proud to be part of!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scrubs Club Explores Medicine in the Navy

The Resurrection College Prep High School "Scrubs Club"  met with Robert Buckley, M.D., a retired Navy Physician to explore the field of medicine in the Navy.  The "Scrubs Club" is made up of 43 students who are interested in exploring opportunities and possibilities as future physicians and nurses. 

Dr. Robert Buckley is a retired Family Physician and former Executive Director of Medical Education at Resurrection Medical Center.  He served 23 years in the Navy, 14 years on active duty and 9 years in the reserves retiring with the rank of Captain.  His active duty assignments included two tours at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Senior Medical Officer South Atlantic Force, staff physician Patuxant River Naval Air Station, and Senior Medical Officer Naval Communications Station H.E. Holt Exmouth Western Australia.  His reserve assignments include Commanding Officer Battalion Aid Station B 4th FSSG,  Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Jacksonville Detachment 215, Officer –in-Charge Naval Reserve Fleet Hospital 14 Detachment E, and Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Great Lakes Detachment 313. 
Dr. Buckley spoke about what inspired him to be a physician and what gave him the drive to continue during challenging times and what he treasured most in his experiences as a Navy physician and a physician in the private sector.  He also spoke about how high school students can prepare and explore if medicine is right future for them, the years of study required, and various grants available.  Most of all he shared his love for helping others.

Any alumnae interested in exploring opportunities for medical education in the Navy, other branches of service, or medical education in general and would like to speak with Dr. Buckley, he would be happy to speak with you…just let me know and I can get you in contact with him.
Dr. Robert Buckley with a few of the Scrubs Club members

Dr. Robert Buckley receives a Resurrection coffee mug from Scrubs Club

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


October is "RESPECT LIFE MONTH."   Pope Francis asks us to reflect on how we find the face of Christ in the frail, vulnerable, unborn, children, adults, handicapped, elderly, and the poor.  Everyday we have opportunities to participate  in miracles, some are little and some are big.  All we need is "CHARITAS" or "LOVE."  As part of our celebration of "Respect Life Month" you are invited to hear 4 true stories of how:

  • curiosity and love created a new life for a baby found in a brown paper bag in the parking lot at Resurrection Medical Center, 
  • a young marine entering the wrong patient room brought peace to a dying man, 
  • a mistaken identity brought flowers and joy to others for over 20 years, 
  • a little brother's singing nurtured his premature sister to "life",
Join us in the Development Department either during Seminar B on October 22nd 
or during Seminar A on October 24th.  

Everyone is welcome.  And if you have a story, you can share it too!

Baby Jessica - found in a paper bag in 1980 has a beautiful follow-up story

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ending Spirit Week with A Song in Our Hearts

Thank you to everyone who made Spirit Week so very successful.  Special thanks to Ms. Kari Hintz and the Orchesis Dancers for energizing and cheering us all on with the Resurrection Fight Song!  We are all proud to be part of the Resurrection Team!  When you need encouragement or you need a cheer leader just click on the video below, it will put a song in your heart and encourage you to do your best!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Res Walkathon

Congratulations to the entire Resurrection Team on a very successful Walkathon!  You met the fundraising goal, had fun and earned a free day!  We are grateful and proud of everyone for your support!  And Ms. Carol Marchetti, thank you for all your months of work and preparation!  As always you did a great job!

Leaders of the Walkathon

Ms. Carol Marchetti 

Representing Resurrection at the Anti-Defamation League

Earlier this month Ms. Marianne Boe, J.D. and eight junior and senior class officers attended a workshop with the Anti-Defamation League.  Ms. Boe and the students, Christina Simi, Mary Pat French, Brenda Halter, Nina Stuckel, Giahanna Martorano, Erin Behland, Megan McCarthy, and Fernami Adeyamo were the guests of the Jewish United Fund.  The keynote speaker of the event was Cardinal George.  Congratulations and thank you for representing Resurrection at this impressive event.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Walking for Those In Need

Sunday, September 28, 2014 was a beautiful day for  the Northwest Side Hunger Walk.  Thank you to all who supported this walk, your generosity will help provide food for those who are in great need.  There are many people who make this walk possible but for us here at Resurrection there is one very special person who has supported the walk for 29 years.  That person is Mike Longo!  Mike congratulations and thank you for caring so deeply about the needy in our community.   Mike thank you for all you do to support and promote the walk here at Resurrection College Prep High School!  We are proud of you and grateful to you for making this important outreach part of Resurrection's tradition.  God bless you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Congratulations to the Men's Club

Congratulations to the Resurrection College Prep Men's Club on a very successful GOLF OUTING.
The event which was held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 was sold out!  Parents, alumnae and friends of Resurrection had a wonderful day.  We are grateful to the officers and all the members of the Men's Club for all they do to support Resurrection College Prep and most of all for all they do for their daughters, our students.

Among the alumnae at the Golf Outing were members of the classes of '85, '86, 87

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grandparents and Untying Knots

Tonight we honored grandparents at Resurrection with a dinner and entertainment!  What a wonderful evening.  When I think of grandparents I think of how when I was a little girl I could take my ribbons or my rosary and ask my grandma to get the knots and tangles out of them.  Or when I had a knot in my shoe laces I could put my foot on her lap and she would always get the knot out.  Grandparents are so patient!  They are always there to help us with out knots.  Not just the knots in our ribbons and shoe laces but the other knotty experiences of life. There is another very special person who is always there for us, praying for us and patiently guiding us out of our "knotty situations".  That person is Our Holy Mother Mary.

Pope Francis has a special devotion to Mary under the title of the "Untier of Knots".  Below is a picture of a painting that hangs in a Church in Germany.  Angels hand Mary a rope with knots and she patiently unties them and after they pass through her hands the rope is smooth.  The rope represents our lives.  When we put our knots into our Mother's hands she helps us untie them and make things better again.  What a comforting realization to know we have grandparents and Our Mother Mary to help us untie the knots in our lives.

Prayer for Grandparents (Based on prayer of Pope Benedict XVI)
Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on our grandparents.  Protect them!  They are a source of enrichment for our families, strong pillars of faith, guardians of noble ideals, treasuries of beautiful traditions.  Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to their families the fruit of their experience.
Jesus, help us value the presence and role of our grandparents.  May they always feel our love and respect. 
Mary, Mother and untier of knots, help our grandparents untie the knots in the lives and hearts of their children and grandchildren.  Amen

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Inspiring Missionaries

This Saturday, September 13th I had the opportuntiy to participate in a beautiful and inspiring commissioning of over a dozen and a half physicians, nurses, chaplains, and interpreters who will be going on a Medical Mission Trip.  This group is part of SOLIDARITY BRIDGE, a Catholic group who have been making medical mission trips to Bolivia and Paraguay for fifteen years.  The commissioning took place during the evening Mass at Saint Nicholas Church in Evanston.  I have been blessed to serve on the Board of Directors of Solidarity Bridge for several years.  During this time I have been so impressed and inspired by the generous support so many Chicago area physicians and nurses give to helping bring  medical care to the poorest in the mountain villages of these two South American Countries.  Our physicians also train the doctors in Bolivia and Paraguay to do more advanced surgical procedures.

The missionaries who were commissioned on Saturday will be leaving for Bolivia on September 24th.  I promised the missionaries I would ask you to join me in praying for them during their ten day service trip.  They will travel for over 18 hours, taking a plane to Florida, then transfer to a second plane that will take them to Bolivia and finally a third smaller plane will take them into the rural area of the country where they will board a bus that will take them to the mountain villages. Please join me in praying that they may be safe, that they may bring healing and hope to many!  May God go with them!

                                                     Missionaries being commissioned                                                                                                


Patients in waiting room in a Bolivian Village 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Congratulations to Our Varsity Golf Team

Congratulations to the Resurrection varsity golf team who had a big win yesterday!  They defeated the Mother McAuley team for the first time in 5 years.  Please join in congratulating our team:

                                                              Allison Coonley
                                                              Molly Dougherty
                                                              Caitlin Ebervein
                                                              Kelsey Janesku
                                                              Michelene Janesku
                                                              Lexi Lombardi

                                                              Coach Caryl King!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer in New York

This past July Oluwaferanmi Adeyemo was one of 50 students selected to participate in the Summer Leadership Academy sponsored by Mercy College in New York.  Feranmi is a Senior at Resurrection College Prep High School, a top ten scholar, and plays violin with the chamber group.  There were two thousand applicants for the program at Mercy College this year and our own Feranmi was one of 50 chosen to participate!  We are very proud of you Feranmi!  What was the experience like?  Well according to Feranmi it was wonderful!  Feranmi and her colleagues were very busy attending lectures with top professors in business, working in teams on business projects, and preparing individual presentations and speeches.  The group had the opportunity to visit top firms in New York City and learn how these companies have successfully grown through strategic planning and visionary leadership.

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Look to Staff Directory

Kudos to Alisa Martorano and Kathleen Heneghan for the wonderful work they are doing on updating the Staff Directory for the Resurrection Website.  It is another "new look" and we hope it will help parents recognize staff and feel more comfortable approaching them.  The work is not finished yet so, staff, if you have any corrections or changes please call Ms. Martorano or Ms. Heneghan. 


Staff Make Time to Learn CPR

Resurrection staff are always ready to learn more and to do their part to make the school a safe environment.  During the month of August nineteen staff completed an American Heart Association CPR, AED and Emergency Training Course.  These staff members worked hard and successfully completed the course earning a two year certification in CPR.  Congratulations and thank you to the following staff:

     Steve Sutter               Mary Kaye Ulczak              Julie Fadell                     Caryl King
     Denise Lenihan         Elissa Lopez                        Nancy O'Leary               Marianne Boe
     Brian Rybka              Katie Kikos                          Kari Hintz                      Debbie Ganz
     Mary Bridich             Maria Cathcart                     Ed Finch                        Halina Carlson
     Megan Loughran       Mary Katherine Bohlander                                        Sr. Donna

Thank you to Mariana Burgos and Cindy Brennan, Nurse Educators from Presence Resurrection Medical Center for teaching these classes!