Resurrection College Prep High School, established by the Sisters of the Resurrection in 1922, is the largest Catholic college preparatory high school for young women on the north side of Chicago. Central to the mission of the Sisters of the Resurrection is the transformation of society by uplifting women through education, and under the Sisters’ sponsorship, leadership and vision, the school has thrived while educating young women to make a difference in the world through service and leadership.
Over the past 98 years, Resurrection College Prep has graduated nearly 15,000 young women and continues to serve a diverse student population from the city and suburbs. When the Sisters of the Resurrection recognized that the number of Sisters was steadily declining, and because of the school’s healthy enrollment, excellent academic outcomes, and reputation in the community, the Sisters began to consider alternatives to continue the school’s operation. The Sisters conducted a three-year search, reaching out to nearly a dozen congregations, schools, and universities, seeking a committed sponsor that would allow the school to continue.
The Christian Brothers of the Midwest, with its large network of schools and resources, agreed to welcome Resurrection into their Lasallian network of schools and an announcement was made in May 2019 regarding the sponsorship transition. The transition became complete on August 28, 2020, and we celebrate that Resurrection College Prep High School has become a Lasallian school in the Resurrection tradition, honoring the school’s past, present, and future.
As a Lasallian school under the sponsorship of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Resurrection College Prep High School’s name will remain the same, the school logo and motto will remain, as will the school colors, school song, and other elements of the school’s heritage. The foundresses of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection and the other significant elements of the legacy of Resurrection will continue to be shared with the students as they help inspire young women to celebrate and develop their God-given gifts as women. The Christian Brothers confirmed their commitment to operating Resurrection as a single-gender girl’s school and as a Lasallian school with a Resurrection heritage that will continue to honor the school's history.
The Christian Brothers are responsible for 65 universities and 1,000 other schools across the world. In the Midwest, the Brothers have a strong presence and are well-known for their commitment to quality education and the faith development of their students. Lasallian education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service, and social justice. The Christian Brothers and Lasallian Partners continue to respond to students through advancements in teaching, technology, and scholarship. In Lasallian communities, educators touch hearts, stimulate minds, and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work, and service to society and the Church.
On Friday, August 28, 2020, Sr. Donna Marie Wolowicki, C.R., completed her term as President and Dr. Daniel Zepp assumed the role of Interim President of Resurrection College Prep High School. Preceding his appointment at Resurrection, Dr. Zepp served as President of St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, FL, where he doubled freshman enrollment and raised over $10M to revitalize the classrooms and media center. Prior to his role as President, Dr. Zepp also served as Director of Advancement at the school.
“The future is bright for Resurrection College Prep High School and the young women that we serve,” Zepp said. “I am honored and humbled to lead Resurrection in its next chapter as a Lasallian school. Since my arrival on campus, I have been welcomed with open arms by the Resurrection community. I am most impressed by the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the character and resolve of our young women, who have returned to school with open minds and compassionate hearts.”
“The Sisters of the Resurrection ministry to the young women of Resurrection for nearly a century has been a gift to the community. By entrusting the school to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, future generations of young women who walk these halls will learn about the Sisters and their pioneering vision to empower young women through education. Now, it is our responsibility, as partners with a community of nearly 15,000 alumnae, to be keepers of the flame -- to honor the school’s Resurrection heritage, while championing its new identity as a Lasallian school.”
Daniel A. Zepp, Ph.D., is a Boston College “Triple Eagle,” earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and B.S. in Management from the university. His vision for Catholic, liberal arts education has been shaped by over fourteen years of experience teaching, advising, and counseling students and nine years of experience consulting, strategically planning, and assessing mission and identity with administrators and faculty on middle, secondary, and postsecondary levels, with partners such as Boston College, Baylor University, and St. John's Preparatory School (MA). Dr. Zepp has been published in Church Life (University of Notre Dame), Religion & Education, and ACPA Developments and is a contributing author in Social Media in Higher Education. He has served on the faculty at Boston College, University of Louisville, and Merrimack College. Dr. Zepp has given scholarly presentations at national conferences, colleges and universities, and Catholic high schools, parishes and organizations on topics such as faith development, dating and relationships, masculinity, and Catholic and Jesuit education, with partners such as Boston College High School, Xaverian Brothers High School (MA), and Bentley University. Dr. Zepp has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career; most recently, Dr. Zepp was named a Tampa Bay Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.
Dr. Zepp, as Interim President, will serve the institutional mission of the school with an emphasis on stakeholder and alumnae engagement, community partnerships, facility management, strategic and campus planning, enrollment and financial modeling. He will work closely in a shared leadership model with the current Resurrection Principal and academic leadership team, who will continue to serve the educational mission of the school with an emphasis on student learning and achievement, student formation, experiential learning, guidance and college placement.
The Sisters of the Resurrection have expressed that they are deeply grateful to the Christian Brothers and thank them for their graciousness and willingness to receive and welcome Resurrection College Prep High School into their Lasallian family. The Christian Brothers have ensured not only a future for Resurrection but an exciting future filled with opportunities for our students in academics as well as experiences that will enrich and deepen their faith and commitment to service.
"Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians speaks of one person being called to plant the seed, another to water it, and still another to reap. Saint Paul goes on to say that all three are equal and are God’s co-workers. But in the end, God is the one who causes the growth.
This is what we celebrate now. God called the Sisters of the Resurrection to plant and now God is calling the Christian Brothers to continue watering the seeds. But this field will always be God’s.
Both Resurrection Sisters and Christian Brothers are humbly God’s co-workers. God will bless the work, and God will cause the growth."
~ from May 2019 letter announcing transition of sponsorship
In February 2020, the Christian Brothers of the Midwest were awarded the Resurrection College Prep High School Dreams to Reality award, as their sponsorship is enabling the dreams of young women to continue at Resurrection.
Background information, including the May 2019 Announcement, Frequently Asked Questions & Answers, and Farewell Letter from Sr. Donna can be viewed below.