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Action, Awareness and Prayer at the Cornerstone of Student Walkout

4Backpacks with helium-filled balloons greeted the 125 students who emerged at 10 a.m. Friday from Saint Viator High School to take part in a National School Walkout demonstration.

Each one symbolized some of the well-known schools affected by shootings, from Columbine and Marjory Stoneman Douglas high schools, to Northern Illinois and Virginia Tech universities, to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Students released the biodegradable balloons solemnly. With each one were pieces of paper describing how Saint Viator students were praying and advocating for an end to gun violence, and action items on how to get in touch with elected officials.

IMG_0576“Right now, we are known as the generation of mass school shootings,” said senior Gina Pieri, one of the student organizers. “I have hope that we will be the generation to end mass school shootings. If not now, when? If not us, Who?”

Student organizers had circulated a petition for weeks leading up to the walkout, which they presented to members of the administration.

“When we put this event together, we chose to make action a cornerstone of the program, along with awareness and prayer,” said senior Tim Witek. “Action is at the core of Viatorian and Christian values.”

Students who walked out of class knew ahead of time that they would receive unexcused absences for missing parts of third and fourth period, but they participated anyway.

“I’m willing to take the risk,” said freshman Cassie Limberakis. “We’re alive. (Students who were killed) have no voice. We’re their voice. We’re here for them.”

Members of the administration watched the demonstration play out peacefully, while two Arlington Heights police squad cars observed from the school’s parking lot.

“We’re following guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Principal Karen Love said of the unexcused absences.

Ms. Deborah Scerbicke, one of the school’s two deans of students, spoke to the crowd and said she represented every faculty and staff member.

IMG_0584“Everyone here is dedicated to your safety,” Scerbicke said. “We’re constantly thinking about and planning for your safety and security.”

The 25-minute demonstration ended with a prayer and an action plan. Each student received a pamphlet highlighting ways to contact elected officials, including phone numbers and addresses, and a short template for a message. Students said this walkout was just the beginning.

Finally, members of the League of Women Voters were on hand during all lunch periods to register students to vote.

National Art Honor Society Members Work with Clearbrook Clients

DSC_1793It was a trip down memory lane for members of the National Art Honor Society and their teacher, Mr. Matt Gruenfeld, when they traveled last month to one of Clearbrook’s day training programs in Schaumburg, to work with some of its clients.

Together, they worked to decorate paper cut-outs of Easter eggs, using colorful markers as their medium, to hang on their bulletin board in the large art studio and activity room.

“I was very impressed with how well the students worked with the Clearbrook clients,” Mr. Gruenfeld said. “They represented Saint Viator well.”

DSC_1801Bringing his students back to Clearbrook allowed Mr. Gruenfeld to return to his roots. He worked at Clearbrook in its day training program, facilitating clients’ life skills, behavior and speech programs.

“Clearbrook has always been near and dear to me since I worked there as a day trainer for 15 years,” Mr. Gruenfeld said. “My mother is a speech aide there, and my grandmother used to be a cleaning woman there.”

Saint Viator students worked one on one with the clients and they came away impressed with their artistry and sheer enjoyment with being able to express themselves through art.

DSC_1800The National Art Honor Society provides these kinds of advanced art experiences for students who have taken at least one art class and have shown an interest in the visual arts.

They participate in various art service projects and coordinate Winter and Spring Fine Arts Weeks. Members may work on their own projects during open studio time after school on Tuesdays. There are also art-related trips that members can attend during the course of the year.

Mr. Gruenfeld serves as the moderator for this art honor society, and he looks for innovative opportunities for students to share their talent with others, outside of the classroom walls.

A National Math Honor Society Inducts its First Members

Group Photo #2Some of Saint Viator’s best math students added a new honor to their resumes: They were inducted into Mu Alpha Theta, a national math honor society.

“Saint Viator is beginning a new chapter and is inducting the first members into this prestigious honor society,” said Mrs. Mary Lee DeBelina, assistant principal, and former math department chairperson.

The ceremony took place Wednesday night in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. Mrs. Brigette Brankin, who moderates the math team and teaches many of Saint Viator’s upper-level math courses, moderated.

AlterThe society formed in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma in order to promote scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education. Its name, Mu Alpha Theta, was constructed from the Greek lettering for the phonemes m, a, and th.

Quoting from the website, “The society is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.”

In order to be considered, students had to distinguish themselves in mathematics by achieving top grades and by participating in math competitions.

The newest members of Mu Alpha Theta, include:

Ritarose Battin
Allison Bosshart
Xini Chen
Margaret Crane
Nolan Doherty
Zach Evans
Allison Faber
Yuxin (Cindy) Fu
Zibin Gao
Hannah Higginson
Maura Hogaboom
Cecilia Kaiser
Caroline Leaser
Xubo Lu
Colleen McMahon
Matthew McManaman
Patricia Miller
Brooke Puccini
Kiana Resch
Grace Rygiel
Jiayu Shi
Wenjie (Tiffany) Song
Amalia Sordo-Palacios
Madison Walker
Zhuoxuan Wang
Luyao Wang
Kevin Wilhite
Bolong Xian
Shixi Zhang
Marcus Lannie
Caroline Lavender
Wenhan Yang
Sumin Yu

Saint Viator Senior Earns Another Title: Biology Champion

Stanila_ThomasThe hits just keep on coming for Thomas Stanila ’18. He already earned a perfect ACT score (twice!), was named a National Merit Finalist, and last month learned he was valedictorian for the Class of 2018, while Jeremy Yoder ’18 was named salutatorian.

Can anything top all of that? Yes! On Sunday, Stanila took first place in the biology portion of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) state finals. After a strong finish at regionals by Saint Viator’s Academic Team, Stanila was the only student to advance to the state finals, and he made the most of it, coming back with a state championship. He also took fourth place in the English portion of the competition.

The finals took place on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign. WYSE is an initiative started by university professors in its engineering department, who wanted to foster excellence in mathematics and the sciences. Ultimately, they hope to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.

Officials with WYSE started its Academic Challenge, which consists of a series of tests. Currently, they are offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula and is written by teams of college and university faculty. Levels of difficulty increase through the regional, sectional and state finals.

Stanila will be returning to Champaign next month as a member of Saint Viator’s Math Team, to compete in the state championship, hosted by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics This time, he will be surrounded by the entire team—more than 15 students—which advanced to the state finals.

This time, Stanila and teammate, Marcus Lannie ’19 —both team captains—will be competing in one of the most difficult events, the oral competition.

“These two gentlemen worked very closely with Fr. Perham to prepare for the difficult oral event, and they did a fantastic job presenting during the regional competition,” says Mrs. Cheryl Nowak who coaches the team along with Ms. Brigette Brankin and Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV. They follow in the footsteps of last year’s oralists, Orest Byskosh ‘17 and Patrick Harris ‘17, who won the state title.

Seven More Student Athletes Showcased at Spring Signing Day

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Saint Viator High School’s Athletics Department celebrated seven more student-athletes who signed commitments to play at the college level. They were showcased Wednesday during a Spring Signing Day that drew teachers, teammates, family, and friends to fill half of the Cahill Gymnasium to cheer them on.

“It is a select few who can navigate the rigors of being a student-athlete — and have the will to continue into the next level of the sport,” said Saint Viator Athletic Director Martin Jennings.

The list included:

  • Bryce Hellgeth of Arlington Heights, baseball at University of Dayton
  • Ryan Stejskal of Arlington Heights, baseball at Trinity Christian College
  • Patricia Dizon of Arlington Heights, tennis at Purdue University Northwest
  • Charlie Hildestad of Gurnee, lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Angelique Dalesandro of Rolling Meadows, bowling at Vanderbilt University
  • Peter Lambesis of Mount Prospect, basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Christian Dolecki of Roselle, football at Illinois Wesleyan University

Angelique Dalesandro is the first scholarship bowler to come out of Saint Viator. Since the school does not have a team, she bowls as an individual and was discovered by college coaches last summer, at a weeklong, national tournament in Ohio. Now she is headed to Nashville, to bowl for Vanderbilt University.

She signed her letter of commitment one day before the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championships opens in St. Louis, where the Commodores from Vanderbilt are seeded fourth.

“I’m excited with how good they are,” said Dalesandro. “I’ve never been on a team before, so between that, and having teammates, it’s all new to me.”

Bryce Hellgeth plays catcher and is a right-handed pitcher for the state champion Lions’ baseball team. He committed to playing baseball at the University of Dayton, a Division I program, where he is expected to pitch.

“Their new coach, Jason King, has come in and established a new culture,” Hellgeth said. “He wants everyone to play tough baseball and compete every day, which I love.”

His teammate, Ryan Stejskal, committed to playing baseball at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, where he will play first base for the Trolls.

“I knew I wanted to play in college — and it’s close,” Stejskal said.

Charlie Hildestad had other choices, but he chose to play Division III lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan, where several Lions have played and found success, including Michael Julius ’13, and current players, Nick Winter and Peter Trunk.

“The Titan’s lacrosse program, led by Coach (Zach) Iannucci is exciting and has a proud tradition, which our kids want to be part of,” says Bill Sanford, Saint Viator boys’ lacrosse coach. “They play a very intense style of lacrosse and have a well-rounded program that fits in well with the greater community down there.”

Christian Dolecki will be joining Hildestad at Illinois Wesleyan, where the football team competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). At Saint Viator, Dolecki was a two-year starter and an ESCC All-Conference selection at defensive back last season.

“He intercepted five passes on the year including three in one game, which came during an important victory at Marian Central Catholic,” says Head Coach Dave Archibald. “He received interest from several Division III schools before settling on IWU. They compete in the CCIW which is a very solid division III football conference.”

Another Saint Viator Lion looking ahead to becoming a Titan is Peter Lambesis, who will play basketball for the Bloomington school. Just last month, Lambesis helped lead the Lions to the Class 4A regional final and was among the senior leaders on the team.

“They were looking for a combination guard, who could be a shooting guard or play the point,” Lambesis said. “I love that. I haven’t played the point in a while, but I love the fact that now I have the chance.”

Rounding out the group was Patricia Dizon, who will play Division II tennis at Purdue University Northwest, located in Hammond, IN.

“It’s always been my dream to play high-level tennis,” Dizon said.

These student-athletes join their 10 classmates who committed to playing in college in February, on National College Signing Day.

They included:

  • Michael Balcerak of Arlington Heights, swimming, University of Cincinnati
  • Myia Clark of Schaumburg, basketball, St. Louis University
  • Jack Scislowski of Inverness, football, Colgate University
  • Anna Johnston of Arlington Heights, soccer, University of New Hampshire
  • Catherine Hickey of Des Plaines, volleyball, Limestone College
  • Olivia Solimene of Arlington Heights, basketball, DePauw University
  • Anthony Maraviglia of Schaumburg, football, Johns Hopkins University
  • Joe Hare of Arlington Heights, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • Haley Robinson of Hoffman Estates, softball, University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair
  • Shelby Mepham of Palatine, soccer, Benedictine University

“Your decision to take that commitment and sacrifice to the next level is something that not everyone makes,” Jennings added. “We’re proud of you. Congratulations. You’re all champions.”

Saint Viator Alum Celebrates Second National Championship with his Villanova Wildcats

IMG_1624Matthew O’Neill ’14 just wrapped up his second national championship, as a manager with the Villanova Wildcats, and the impact still is sinking in.

“It truly was an incredible run for our team and the perfect way to close out my senior year at Villanova. Some are even saying our program has had the best four-year run in college basketball history, which is pretty incredible.”

O’Neill worked his way up through the manager program over his four years. This year, he was head manager, which carried a lot of responsibility and drew him to work directly for Head Coach Jay Wright.

“The role is very demanding,” O’Neill says. “I spend five to six hours each day in our basketball offices, not to mention the demanding travel schedule the rest of the season.”

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Literally, he has gone from helping with team laundry to this year serving as day-to-day equipment manager for the team, while also directing and scheduling the other 14 managers. Essentially, O’Neill serves as liaison between Coach Wright and his staff and the rest of the student managers.

His dedication did not go unnoticed. O’Neill was the recipient of the Christopher M. Dincuff Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a senior manager who offers exceptional service to the program.

“The scholarship was very meaningful to me, as it is in honor of Chris Dincuff, a former Villanova student manager who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks,” O’Neill adds.

IMG_1671While at Saint Viator, O’Neill played baseball and basketball, but he concedes he realized he didn’t have what it took to play in college. He became a basketball manager his freshman year, he says, to stay involved with the sport he loves.

Ironically, in joining the Wildcats in a support role, it brought him face to face with former Stevenson High School star guard, Jalen Brunson, who nearly singlehandedly eliminated the Lions from sectional play the last two years Matt played.

“We still joke about those games all the time,” O’Neill says, “but he has the upper hand — since I never beat him.”

O’Neill graduates this year from Villanova with his major in computer science, but he already has a job lined up. This summer, he will begin working as a financial services technology consultant at Ernst & Young in New York.

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It may not be as exciting as this year’s road to the final four, but O’Neill knows it’s a great job and will give him a valuable skill set.

“I thought this was a good starting point for a career in technology,” he says. “I hope to gain diversified experience in many different tech areas.”

As for returning to the sports world, he won’t rule it out: “Who knows where it will lead!”

Spring Sports Teams Find Rigorous Competition Over Spring Break

Members of the baseball, lacrosse and softball teams got a head start on this year’s spring season: They took the opportunity to have a training trip over spring break.

DZJLcCBU0AE4EguTake the baseball team. In their first season since winning the state championship last year, Head Coach Mike Manno led his team to Scottsdale, AZ, for a tournament that he hoped would solidify and strengthen them.

Both his varsity and junior varsity teams had the chance to play solid competition, with varsity players involved in four games while the JV played in three. While basking in the warmth and sunshine, the Lions also held two practices, allowing them to make the most of their time there.

When they weren’t on the diamond, Manno and his teams climbed Camelback Mountain, enjoyed four team dinners together and they even combined to outdo one another in a hilarious skit night.

“It was a great opportunity to learn more about our kids — outside of baseball,” said Coach Manno, a 1994 Saint Viator graduate, and Illinois Coach of the Year last year. “It’s a great trip every year and it allows us to bond together for seven days.”

DZLO84gV4AAltayDean Bill Sandford and his assistant coach, Jason Kuffel ’99, led the lacrosse team out to the east coast, where they played highly competitive teams from New Jersey and the Philadelphia areas.

“Going to a region of the country where our sport is played consistently at a higher, more rigorous level is an annual awakening for our guys,” says Coach Sanford, a native of New Jersey, who last year led the Lions to the ESCC title and to the Elite Eight of the IHSA tournament.

“Between the five programs we competed against, I would say the coaches combined for well over 100 years of coaching experience,” Coach Sanford added. “That’s hard to find out here.”

In addition to playing and practicing, the team climbed the “Rocky stairs” at the Philadelphia Art Museum, ate iconic cheesesteak sandwiches, played Top Golf and went paintballing in rural New Jersey, and all before taking in a Division I game between Rutgers and Delaware.

DZeIboYWkAImWM2Girls’ softball Coach John Scotillo led the Lady Lions down to Walt Disney World in Orlando, where they played in a tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They go every other year, where the sunny weather provides the team their first meaningful practices on the field.

DZURRTdWkAAWZSUBut it is the bonding time that Coach Scotillo likes, from their day spent at Walt Disney World, to fun times at the hotel pool, to their team dinners.

Two of Coach Scotillo’s assistant coaches are alumni. Julie Sweeney ’11 and Bridget Urbanus ’10 were on the first Disney trip the team took, in 2010.

DZJVXxGU8AEHEVN“They remember almost nothing of that season,” Coach Scotillo says, “but they have great memories of the trip. lt was rewarding for me to see them regale the team with stories from their spring trip.”

Team members said the most memorable part was the afternoon they spent at the Boys & Girls Club in Orlando, volunteering in the after-school program. Its activities involve more than 100 grade school children after school. The Lady Lions accompanied youngsters through different educational stations, from computers and French class, homework help, and cooking.

“To a person, they all agreed it was the highlight of the trip,” Coach Scotillo said. “I was very proud of them, embodying the spirit of Saint Viator in action.”

Spring Break Means Travel for Modern World Language Clubs

Think spring break is about rest and relaxation? Think again. Every other year, clubs in Saint Viator’s Modern World Languages Department take trips, extending the classroom walls.

This was the first spring break for Principal Karen Love and she spent it traveling to Coast Rica with Mr, Kurt Paprocki and 14 members of the Spanish Club. While they spent their first day in the capital city of San Jose, they spent the majority of their time in the country’s lush mountains, nature preserves and on its beaches.

IMG_20180329_102334487_HDR“We had lots of active days spent outdoors during our week in Costa Rica,” says Mr. Paprocki, a 2000 Saint Viator graduate who teaches all of the accelerated Spanish classes.

Students saw beautiful waterfalls and unique wildlife at a pair of nature parks before ziplining over the canopy of a cloud forest. They also visited a coffee plantation, where they learned how coffee is produced and about its economic impact and relaxed on the beach.

IMG_20180327_104852876_HDROne of the highlights for the students was visiting a residence for teenage mothers. Many of these young mothers had been abused and because of having a child they could not continue in school or work, which made a big impact on Saint Viator students, who were about the same age.

IMG_0452“In Costa Rica, our students had the opportunity to use what they’ve learned in Spanish class and interact with locals in real-world situations,” Mr. Paprocki said. “We hope this trip sparked an interest in travel and an opportunity to experience the unique Latin American culture.”

At the same time, Mrs. Mirella Rullo and Dean Deborah Scerbicke led members of the Italian Club on a grand tour of Italy. Their trip began in Venice, where they toured a glass factory and saw the city’s major sites, before heading to Verona to see where Juliet appeared on the balcony before a lovesick Romeo and tour the Arena of Verona, where operas are performed.

IMG_2038The group walked the city of Florence, taking in the Medici and Pitti palaces, among other famous sites, and all before visiting the mountain city of Assisi, where they toured the Basilica of Saint Francis and the Basilica of Saint Chiara, before climbing to the top of the Rocca Maggiore fortress.

IMG_2057Rome was their final destination, and they again did a walking tour that included the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, as well as the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum all the next day. Their last night, they dined in Rome’s famous Trastevere, where they walked its cobbled streets and took in the buzz of the city.

“Our kids were absolutely wonderful and they made a true effort to speak in the language,” says Mrs. Rullo, a native speaker. “They even asked the local tour guides to speak in Italian!

IMG_2054“All in all, it was a great opportunity to be immersed in another culture,” Mrs. Rullo adds, “utilize our Italian and extend learning outside the classroom walls.”

See more photos from the Costa Rica trip here.

Saint Viator Math Team Qualifies for State Contest

image1It’s official. For the fourth straight year, Saint Viator’s entire math team earned a berth to the state championship, hosted by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and taking place at the University of Illinois at Champaign.

Fittingly, the competition will place in the historic Altgeld Hall, home of the mathematics department, in the heart of the campus.

Saint Viator’s team advanced as a result of placing third at regionals, held Feb. 24 at Niles West High School, and finishing 7th overall in its division of 63 teams.

image3 (1)“The whole team worked hard all year to prepare for this competition, and we are looking forward to a strong performance at state,” says Mrs. Cheryl Nowak, who coaches the team along with Ms. Brigette Brankin and Fr. Arnold Perham, CSV.

In particular, she credited team captains Thomas Stanila and Marcus Lannie, with setting the bar for excellence.

image3“These two gentlemen worked very closely with Fr. Perham to prepare for the difficult oral event, and they did a fantastic job presenting during the regional competition,” Mrs. Nowak added. They follow in the footsteps of last year’s oralists, Orest Byskosh and Patrick Harris, who won the state title.

Here’s how Saint Viator’s team did it this year:

  • The calculator team took first, paced by team members: Daniel Fecko. Marcus Lannie, Joanne Jun, and Thomas Stanila
  • The oral team of Marcus Lannie and Thomas Stanila placed second
  • The pre-calculus team took second, led by Yiran Liu (3rd)
  • The algebra 2 team placed second led by Amy Gao (3rd)
  • The frosh/soph 8-person team placed second. Team members include: May Liu, Nora Tang, Matthew Onischuk, Eric Ryu, Esther Moon, Juanxiang Tao and Elaine Lyu
  • The junior/senior 2-person team also placed second, led by Hanger Yang and Tiffany Song
  • May Liu took 3rd in algebra I
  • Eric Ryu took 1st in geometry

Here are the rest of the team members who competed:

  • Algebra 1 Team: May Liu, Nora Tang, Matthew Onischuk
  • Geometry Team:  Daniel Fecko, Eric Ryu, Esther Moon, Angel Cheng, Elaine Lyu and Jianxiang Tao
  • Algebra 2 Team:  Ella Shi, Amy Gao, Tiffany Song,  Hanger Yang, Yiran Liu and Marcus Lannie
  • Pre-Calculus Team:  Thomas Stanila, Joanne Jun, Will Sheriff, Ben Rizner, Yiran Liu and Alice Wang
  • Frosh/Soph 2 person team:  Eric Ryu, Angel Cheng
  • Junior/Senior 2 Person Team:  Hanger Yang, Tiffany Song
  • Junior/ Senior 8 Person Team:  Ella Shi, Amy Gao, Alice Wang, Ben Rizner, Will Sheriff and Yiran Liu

Students Step Out of Their Comfort Zone on Urban Immersion Retreat

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A unique retreat experience brought Saint Viator underclassmen with students from Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, in Waukegan. Their time together lasted less than 24 hours, but its impact surely will last a lifetime.

They were the latest group to go on an urban immersion retreat, organized through the Br. David Darst Center for Justice, Peace, Spirituality, and Education, located in Chicago’s Southside. Mr. Brian Hansen, of the Campus Ministry Department, led the Saint Viator contingent.

“We broke up into two groups,” Mr. Hansen explains, “and one group went and visited with men at a homeless shelter, while the other went on a ‘night walk,’ as a way to walk in the shoes of homeless people at night, when they’re out in public and face tight restrictions about entering buildings.

“In a word,” he adds, “it was eye-opening.”

IMG_2364Patrick Schumacher ’20 was among the group that visited with men at the Cornerstone Community Outreach men’s shelter.

“I was a little nervous,” he concedes, “but they turned out to be really easy to talk to. Not all of them wanted to talk, but the ones that did seemed happy that we were interested in them.”

Patrick spoke with one man who shared some of his life story, including how he had been abused as a child and how it led him to have anger issues himself as an adult.

“He was so angry,” Patrick said, “that he lashed out at people and almost killed a man once.”

He had been spending nights at the shelter for the last few months, where he receives wrap-around services, including personalized case management, referrals, and advocacy from Cornerstone staff members.

While visiting the shelter, Patrick and the other students were surprised that many of the men they saw had Bibles among their possessions, indicating they valued their faith.

“We talked about all that we saw in the sharing session afterward and that helped,” Patrick said. “I’ve always been fortunate, but seeing these people made me realize that we’re all human and that you can’t just label people as homeless. They’re people too, who have been through so much.”

Beyond their separate immersion experiences, the teens also had to shop and prepare a meal for four, using a regular allotment from SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which came out to $1.50 per teen.

IMG_2351This was the third urban immersion retreat at Saint Viator and the first that partnered with students from Cristo Rey St. Martin. Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Mr. Bart Hisgen started the experience last year and Campus Ministry continues to offer the experience twice a year.

Mrs. Nancy Devroy, director of Campus Ministry, says this type of urban immersion retreat explores issues of justice and the reality of oppression.

“Through partnerships with local agencies, retreat participants are able to get to know people, challenge stereotypes, confront fears and break down barriers,” Mrs. Devroy says, “that protect us from the unknown and the different.”

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