Friday, December 8, 2017

Resurrection's 2017 Christmas Card

Resurrection's Christmas Card this year features representatives of the Class of 2019.  The smiles of our Juniors will convey to all of our friends and benefactors the gratitude we all feel for them and for their generous support!

(left to right) Rachel Dietz, Erin Nolan, Maya Austin, Morgan McCarthy, Kayla DeCicco, Vivian Markech, Abbey Garcia, Angela Christie, Sarah Erickson, and Janna George

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Special "thank you" to all our talented musicians and singers for providing us with a wonderful "Christmas Music Assembly" on Monday of this week.  It was a wonderful opportunity for the entire school to prepare for the glory and beauty of the Christmas Season. 

The Resurrection Chamber Orchestra, the Notre Dame/Resurrection Band and Jazz Band, and the Resurrection Choir all selected wonderful seasonal pieces.  Some music and songs were inspiring, some were nostalgic, some foot-tapping and fun, and some drew the audience in as active participants. 

Chamber Orchestra

Notre Dame/Resurrection Band
Resurrection Choir

Notre Dame/Resurrection Jazz Band

Resurrection Receives a Gift

Yesterday we received a beautiful gift, a wood carving of the Holy Family.  This beautiful gift was donated by a group of physicians from Presence Resurrection Medical Center.  It is hanging in the corridor between the Theater and the Library.  We are grateful to the physicians for their kindness and generosity.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Chamber Orchestra Prepares Our Hearts for Glad Tidings

On Thursday evening, November 30th, Mike Longo and the Resurrection Chamber Orchestra opened the Advent and Christmas Season at Resurrection with their concert, "Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy."  They may be a small group but they provided a powerful performance of selections that were inspiring, beautiful and fun.

We can all look forward to hearing some of these selections again at the all school Christmas Concert!

Congratulations to
Angela Christie - Violin
Janna George - Cello
Yesenia Guevara - Flute
Nikolina Asanin - Flute
Morgan Borders - Bass Fiddle
Mike Longo - Chamber Music Director

Someone You Should Know

Molly Feller is a sophomore at Resurrection College Prep High School.  I recently learned that Molly has skills in an unusual sport, archery.  Molly's mom encouraged her to try the sport when she was 9 years old and Molly says she instantly loved it.

Archery, as a sport requires physical stamina and mental concentration and calculation.  Archery helps one develop skills that transfer well to classroom skills.  Two fundamental skills are slowing down and focusing on one step at a time.

Advancement in archery are based on earning "pins."  To date Molly has earned 6 pins and is on her way to reaching high honors in the sport!

Congratulations Molly!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Congratulations to Joanna Cirrincione and Brittany Welch

Congratulations to Resurrection College Prep High School Seniors Joanna Cirrincione and Brittany Welch.  On November 8, 2017 both Joanna and Brittany participated in a Signing Day, which was attended, by coaches, parents, friends, students and staff!  Joanna will be playing softball for Grand Valley State University and Brittany will be playing volleyball for New Mexico State University.  We are so proud of you both! 
Joanna Cirrincione and Brittany Welch

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Resurrection's Volleyball Team

Congratulations to Resurrection’s Volleyball Team for taking second place in the IHSA Girls Volleyball in the State Finals!. You are awesome!

Kacie Bemis
Taylor Besch
Isabella Bongiorno
Caitlin Coughlin
Christina Gatta
Alexandria Kalarmis
Natalie McDermott
Madison McEnaney
Emily Nytko
Gabriella O’Hehir
Jordyn Sprunk

Brittany Welch

Special thank you to our cheerleaders!

Mary Kate Borner
KD O'Brien
Allie Toliopoulos
Helen Andrews
Maddie Sabella
Giuliana LaPorte
Kristen McLenighan

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Congratulations Resurrection Volleyball

Everyone at Resurrection College Prep High School is so proud of our 2017 Volleyball Team and we wish them the best as they proceed to State!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Congratulations to Emily Murdach

Congratulations to Emily Murdach '18!  Emily recently participated in National Figure Skating Competition in Orlando, Florida.  Emily participated in three events and took 1st place in all three.   
Please join me in congratulating Emily Murdach on her outstanding achievement!  

Here are a few pictures from the Orlando Event!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Natalie Koulogeorge Explore a Career in Business

This summer Natalie Koulogeorge '18 had two wonderful opportunities to explore her interest in a business career.

First, Natalie spent a week at Mercy College participating in their Leadership Academy.  Natalie was one of two hundred Juniors selected from across the United States to participate in this program.  Every year there are over 2,000 applicants, so to be among the 10% selected for the program is a real honor.  

The 200 students were divided into 5 groups of 40.  Natalie had the opportunity to visit the Bloomberg Offices, the New York Stock Exchange, and participated in a team building hike up Bear Mountain.  Natalie also attended lectures and workshops with Chuck Garcia, a current professor at Mercy and previous head of Marketing at Bloomberg.   Each student had the opportunity to prepare and deliver two speeches.

The following week Natalie headed off to Indiana University to participate in an academy sponsored by the University's Kelley School of Business.  This all girls academy included 50 young women from various states and focused on preparing them for exciting roles in the world of business.  As part of the weeklong event the students had the opportunity to learn business etiquette and to participate in a "practice formal dinner."

Natalie Koulogeorge
Natalie with her climbing partner

Natalie with classmates at Mercy
Natalie with other students at Kelley School of Business

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Very Special Summer Service Program

This past summer four Resurrection Seniors volunteered their services at a camp for children with Muscular Dystrophy.   Seniors Katherine Cuscaden, Shannon Dunne, Ashley Kelly and Julia Riordan recently shared with me their awesome and transforming story.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause a loss of muscle mass and also cause the muscles that control movement to progressively weaken.  Every summer a special camp experience is sponsored in Hudson, Illinois for children with Muscular Dystrophy.  Most of these children are in wheelchairs and so they require one to one assistance from volunteers.

Katherine, Shannon, Ashley and Julia each volunteered to serve as an assistant to one child.  They started their camp experience with a full day of training which included the management of the physical and psychological needs of the children.  Katherine shared that, "We learned not to think of the child with Muscular Dystrophy as an illness but as a person."

With the assistance of their personal volunteer the children had opportunities for swimming, horseback riding, throwing water balloons, picnics, fishing, canoeing, a variety of games and prizes!

Katherine, Shannon, Ashley and Julia said that it was hard for them emotionally to see the limitations of these children but, "it was uplifting to see the joy we brought them and to hear them express their gratitude.  We developed relationships with these children and received from them as much or maybe even more than what we gave to them."

Katherine, Shannon, Ashley and Julia all hope to go back to help with the camp in the summer of 2018.

Katherine Cuscaden
Shannon Dunne
Julia Riordan
Ashley Kelly

Friday, October 27, 2017

Over the Rainbow

A unique piece of Sunday's Fashion Show was the appearance of Dorothy and the scarecrow!  They sang a wonderful song about finding friendship, happiness and a wonderful educational experience at Resurrection!  Great singing, dancing and creativity!

A great big thank you to all our wonderful students, staff, parents and alumnae who were models and guests!

Please visit the Resurrection facebook to see more photos from the fashion show!

Abigail Lantvit - scarecrow and Kayla DiFranco - as Dorothy

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Feast Day of Blessed Celine

Today the Church celebrates the feastday of Blessed Celine Borzecka, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection!  We are grateful to God for the gift that Blessed Celine is to the Church, for her vision of Catholic education and for her commitment to the education of young women.

Blessed Celine as a young wife

Blessed Celine's two daughters

Blessed Celine as a nun

Friday, October 20, 2017

Principal Appreciation Day in Illinois

Happy Principal Appreciation Day to Resurrection's Principal, Mr. Piwowarski!

Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed today a special day to show appreciation for the dedication, vision and leadership of principals throughout the State of Illinois.

Here at Resurrection we say a special "thank you" to Mr. P. for his commitment to education that is academically excellent and rich with Gospel values!  We are proud of our Principal and grateful for all he does!

Mr. Piwowarski

Friday, October 13, 2017

Congratulations to Mariela and Taylor

Congratulations to Mariela Alvarado, a current sophomore, who was crowned Reina De Desfile Ecuatoriano (Miss Teen Ecuador) this past summer.  Mariela and her family went to New Jersey for the event.  One of the goals of the program is to help raise funds for the less fortunate living in Ecuador.

Last weekend, Taylor Cohen, a current senior not only took part in the marathon, but actually completed it.  Congratulations Taylor!

You will be able to read more about Mariela and Taylor in the next issue of the Res Banner.

Mariela Alvarado


Taylor Cohen

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Congratulations Juniors!

Congratulations to the Resurrection College Prep High School Class of 2019!  They had a beautiful School Ring Ceremony last Thursday!  The Mass was lovely and memorable.   Both the choir and the chamber orchestra were wonderful!

When you see the Juniors in school make sure to stop and ask to see their rings!  They are all lovely and reflect both the tradition of Resurrection and the unique spirit of each student.

Here are some photos!

Another Treasure - Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph was a second miracle baby.  Only a few hours old, Mark Joseph was found on November 13, 1981 at 11 p.m.  A security guard stepped out of the Emergency Room of Resurrection Medical Center to do a routine check of ambulance loading zone.  Against the wall of the building the guard found was a brown paper bag.  He went over to examine it.  Low and behold inside the bag was a newborn baby boy.  The baby was wrapped in a yellow blanket and was crying.  The nurses named the baby, Mark Joseph.  We took care of him until the Department of Children and Family Services was able to take him.  Later they found a family to adopt him.

Today "Mark Joseph" is 36 years old.  Unfortunately, I never heard what happened to him after DCSF gave him to an adoptive family.  But, once again here is a story of a special person who in spite of a very tough beginning, has become part of loving family who treasure him.

Today there are laws that did not exist in 1980 or 1981.  These new laws allow mothers to take babies to safe havens so they can be adopted by other families.

In October we are reminded that every life is a "Gift" and a "Treasure."

Baby Mark Joseph

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Remembering Baby Jessica

October is traditionally a special month for reflecting on the precious gift of life. 

As a nurse, I always found being present for the birth of a baby was the most awesome experience.  To witness the first breath and to hear the first cry is a sacred moment one never forgets.

There were two babies whose stories touched my life deeply.  They were babies whose lives were at serious risk but who certainly were under God's watchful eye.  I shared these stories a year ago, but I think you might like to read them again.

I will share one story with you now and one next week.

The first story is about Baby Jessica.  It was June 19, 1980 at 10:30 p.m. when a brown paper bag was found between two parked cars in the Emergency Parking lot of Resurrection Medical Center.  A father and mother were bringing their young daughter to the ER when they saw the bag and heard what they thought was a cat purring.  When they opened the bag, there was a newborn baby.  Wrapped in a green towel and weighing 6 pounds and 3 1/2 ounces, the baby girl was surprisingly well.

We called the baby, Jessica, and cared for her until Catholic Charities was able to take her and find a family to adopt her.  On behalf of the hospital I signed several of the documents needed for Jessica's transfer.  Little did I know that signing those papers would reconnect Jessica and myself years later.

It was like a second miracle when 25 years later I received a call from Jessica who wanted to learn more about her birth.  Jessica came to visit me with her husband.  She wanted to hear any and all stories connected with the night we found her.  I had newspaper clippings and pictures to share with her.  I was even able to connect her with the pediatrician who cared for her and with the nurse in the picture below.

Jessica had been adopted and raised by a wonderful family, had a great education, married a wonderful man and had three sons.  When I looked at the adult Jessica, I realized how very special she was and continues to be to God.  God protected her from so many dangers that night in June and now years later she is making a difference in the lives of her own family.

Jessica's story reminds us how precious each life is.

Baby Jessica

Monday, October 2, 2017

Candlelight Procession

Sunday evening, October 1st, we celebrated Resurrection's 95th Anniversary Year with a Candlelight Procession.  It was an opportunity to unite our heritage with our present and our future. 

Among those participating in the procession were Sisters of the Resurrection, members of the administration, faculty, coaches, students, families, friends and neighbors.  Everyone carried battery operated candles that glowed in the evening twilight.

The Procession started at the Lourdes Grotto that has been part of the campus from the very beginning and was the location for May Crowning events during the early years of the high school.

From the Grotto we processed to the statue of the Guardian Angel where we left a candle and prayed for protection of all our students.  The group then proceeded to the front door of the original school, next to a statue of Mary in front of the Convent, and then to the chapel which houses many artifacts that were part of the chapel in the original school.  In chapel the group sang a song and four representatives placed bouquets of flowers in front of the statue of Mary:  Ms. Noreen Maluchnik represented the faculty and staff, Ms. Barbara Nakanishi represented the more than 14,000 alumnae, Carson McGrath represented the 480 current students, and Riley McGrath represented the future generations of students.

The group then processed to the gate that leads to Talcott Avenue and the group reflected on the original farms that the Sisters managed in order to raise the funds needed to build the High School.

The procession ended at the door to the current school where all prayed in thanksgiving for the generous donors who continue to help support the school and the dreams of the students who attend Resurrection.  Deacon John blessed the group and then all proceeded to the cafeteria where the Parent's Club treated the group with ice cream sundaes!

At the Grotto

At the Guardian Angel Statue

Carson McGrath, Riley McGrath, Ms. Barbara Nakanishi, Ms. Noreen Maluchnik


Sunset - God's work of art - during the Candlelight Procession


Ending with Ice Cream Sundaes

Friday, September 29, 2017

Three Cheers for Our Cheerleaders

Today was a great day for everyone at Resurrection as Fox News featured Resurrection on its morning show.  Thank you to everyone for working very hard to prepare for the day and for showing such great school spirit. 

A special thank you to the Res students who are cheerleaders for Saint Patrick High School and those who are cheerleaders for Notre Dame College Prep High School.  The two groups got together and came up with Res cheerleading outfits and created some really great cheers for their Resurrection colleagues. 

Young ladies you did a great job!  You modeled teamwork, creativity and great school spirit!