Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, and Fr. John Milton, CSV, concelebrated the opening liturgy
this month at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, continuing a legacy of support that dates back more than 10 years, to when the school opened.
“We are partners in mission,” says Fr. von Behren.
That partnership continued that same week when officials at the school unveiled plans for a new campus — more than twice as large as their current facility — in a former K-Mart store in Waukegan.
“This is a milestone occasion for us as we formally embark on our Cornerstone Campaign,” said Preston Kendall, president of Cristo Rey St. Martin’s, at a press conference.
Phase One of the renovation of the building will include an initial build-out of half the building, roughly 50,000 square feet, to house 21 classrooms, a cafeteria, library commons area, as well as administrative office space.
Among the classrooms will be three science labs to support the biology, chemistry and physics curriculum, of which Fr. Milton is a valued consultant.
This initial phase of the building renovation will serve as the beginnings of a 21st Century educational environment that supports the school’s college preparatory focus of the curriculum, Kendall added.
Fr. von Behren was at the press conference and he spoke to supporters on hand.
“Viatorians are pleased to support this undertaking and we look forward to the day in which we dedicate the new Cristo Rey St. Martin,” he said. “The vision continues.”