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.
Three years ago, realizing 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Sr. Donna Marie Wolowicki, C.R. at 773-775-6616 Ext 139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 me 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.
In Charity & Truth,
Sr. Donna Marie