Resurrection College Prep High School was sponsored by the Sisters of the Resurrection for the past 98 years. The order was founded in Rome in 1891 by Blessed Celine Borzecka and her daughter Mother Hedwig, and the Sisters began their educational ministry in the United States in 1900 when Sister Anne Strzelecka, C.R. opened Resurrection College Prep High School in 1922. Central to the Sisters’ mission is the transformation of society by uplifting women through education. Since its founding, Resurrection has enabled thousands of alumnae to reach their full potential and become leaders of Charity and Truth. Today, Resurrection incorporates cutting-edge academic programs and activities that prepare young women for success in college, career, and life.
When the Sisters of the Resurrection recognized that the dwindling number of Sisters would make it impossible for them to continue operating Resurrection College Prep High School, they conducted an exhaustive search to find a new sponsor. After on-going discussions, the Christian Brothers of the Midwest stepped forward 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.
Lasallian education enriches the whole person through teaching, technology and the development of the student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Lasallian education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice. Lasallian education is rooted in the mission of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, who founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) more than 300 years ago. De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning, to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor. Today, the De La Salle 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 August 28, 2020, the Sisters of the Resurrection completed the much-awaited transfer of Resurrection College Prep High School to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest Lasallian network of schools. Sr. Donna Marie Wolowicki, C.R., completed her term as President of Resurrection College Prep and Dr. Daniel Zepp assumed the role of Interim President.
We celebrate that Resurrection College Prep now joins the Lasallian network of schools and we welcome Dr. Zepp and the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. 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. Read more about the transition process, Dr. Zepp and the Christian Brothers of the Midwest and join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of Resurrection.
An announcement was made in May 2019 that the sponsorship of Resurrection College Prep High School will be transferred from the Sisters of the Resurrection to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. Resurrection College Prep is the largest Catholic college preparatory high school for young women on the northwest side of Chicago. Established by the Sisters of the Resurrection in 1922, Resurrection has nearly 15,000 alumnae. In 1962 there were over 230 Resurrection Sisters in the Chicago Province serving in five States and in Vancouver, Canada. Today, there are only 24 Resurrection Sisters in the Chicago area and the median age is 75.
Realizing that the number of Sisters was steadily declining and that they would no be able to support and operate Resurrection College Prep, the Sisters began to consider alternatives. Because of the school’s healthy enrollment, excellent academic outcomes, and reputation in the community, the Sisters were compelled to find a solution that would allow the school to continue beyond the presence and the ability of the Sisters of the Resurrection to manage it. In the spring of 2018, the Sisters began a dialogue with the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. After meetings and conversations with them, the Sisters became convinced that the Christian Brothers are the congregation best prepared to assume the sponsorship and operation of Resurrection College Prep High School.
Who are the Christian Brothers?
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. In the Chicago area, the Christian Brothers sponsor Lewis University (Romeoville), De La Salle Institute (Chicago), Montini Catholic High School (Lombard), St. Patrick High School (Chicago), St. Joseph High School (Westchester) and San Miguel School (Chicago). Lasallian high schools in the Midwest are also located in St. Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Tulsa and Cincinnati. In all the Midwest ministries, over 24,000 students are educated and supported by 4,000 administrators, faculty and staff.
Will Resurrection remain an all-girls school?
Yes. When the transfer to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest is complete, Resurrection College Prep High School will be a Lasallian school in the Resurrection tradition and will honor the school’s past, present and future. The Christian Brothers of the Midwest have stated its commitment to maintain Resurrection College Prep as a single-gender school for young women.
Is Resurrection College Prep merging with another school?
No. Resurrection College Prep will continue as a separate, unique high school to be operated independently with its own Board of Directors, administration, faculty, and staff.
What does “Lasallian” mean?
The term Lasallian is applied to those who follow closely in the footsteps of St. John Baptist de La Salle, who saw the need of poor children in France and who believed a quality education was the way to lift them from poverty. His ultimate goal was the salvation of these young and often abandoned youth. For him, salvation meant an encounter with Jesus, who is the incarnate love of God, as well as the skills needed to engage society, earn a living and raise a family. Lasallian educators understand that they are the face of Jesus for their students and that the classroom is sacred space and teaching/learning is a sacramental experience.
Will the name of the school, the logo or other unique identifiers change?
The name Resurrection College Prep High School will remain the same, the school logo and motto will remain and so will the school colors and the school song. The foundresses of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection and the other significant elements of the heritage 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.
What will change at Resurrection?
The school will continue to operate as Resurrection College Prep High School. The school colors, motto, song, and mascot will all remain as they are today. The Sisters of the Resurrection and the Christian Brothers have already begun to weave Lasallian and Resurrection heritage, traditions, symbols, pictures, and words to celebrate the school’s past, present and future.
What will happen to the alumnae of Resurrection College Prep High School?
The Christian Brothers are committed to respecting and honoring the long history of the Sisters at Resurrection and the alumnae.
Take a few moments to read Sr. Donna’s October 8, 2019 letter clarifying issues regarding the change in sponsorship.
Take a few moments to read Sr. Donna’s blog post from August 23, 2019, with a beautiful and important message to students, parents, alumnae and friends of Resurrection about the Sisters of the Resurrection’s recent work with the Christian Brothers to weave Lasallian and Resurrection heritage, traditions, symbols, pictures, and words to celebrate the school’s past, present and future.
Take a few minutes to read Sr. Donna's beautiful message in what she called "her longest blog post ever" where she shares the special personal announcement and the heartfelt message that she expressed to students, faculty and staff.
Join us in celebrating a HOPE filled future and the legacy of the Sisters of the Resurrection by making a gift to the Resurrection College Prep Sr. Mary Monica Hope Scholarship Fund.