From Campus Ministry

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, Campus Ministry organized the distribution of school breakfasts and boxed lunches to Cristo Rey families at no cost. Lunches are available each day, 11am-1pm, Monday through Friday.


Just before the pandemic began…

CRSM was lucky to have finished the full week (and the first half) of our cultural immersion exchange with Red Cloud Indian High School, located in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Julian Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe acted swiftly, avoiding what could have been catastrophic consequences to reservation communities by issuing a travel ban on March 10th.

The cultural night with traditional Mexican and Aztec Dancing was a beautiful connection between the Hispanic and the Lakota cultures. Twelve CRSM students hosted our visitors. It was a busy week…

Saturday, Feb. 29
RCHS arrive late night at the Pope Francis Ministry Center

Sunday, Mar. 1
get-to-know-you activities
Spanish language Mass
Bowling & pizza at Sunset Bowl

Monday, Mar. 2
introduction to immigration
Morning shadows and lunch with RCHS

Immigration 101 at CRSM
Mano a Mano presentation
Stories of immigration – students & families
Dinner at family 炫乐彩票注册s
7:30pm Taize prayer at CRSM

Tuesday, Mar. 3
Northern IL Food Bank volunteering, immigration & cultural night
Lunch at CRSM
Viator House & Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine
5:30 Potluck
6:30-8:30 La Noche de Orgullo Hipano – cultural night

Wednesday, Mar. 4
trip to Chicago – downtown & Navy Pier, Giordanos,
National Museum of Mexican Art w/workshop
La Fondita for dinner
Shared reflections

Thursday, Mar. 5 – RCHS leaves early for Pine Ridge

Campus Ministry displayed “intro posters” – who our guests “are”, what they do in school, what they like to do during their free time, what they listen to, and a little bit about their culture and their families.
CRSM students learned that most students at Red Cloud (about 200 in the high school) are Lakota – also known as “Sioux” in the history textbooks. While many people in our country炫乐彩票注册 assume that Native Americans are only a part of the past in the U.S., the reality is that Native people make up about 2% of the population today and many continue to blend and live out their traditional cultures, values & spiritual practices, along with being a part of mainstream culture and society.