Cristo Rey St. Martin High School converts Kmart into state-of-the-art space

The 400 students of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan used to squeeze themselves into a school built 100 years ago for 200 elementary-age students. While the high school had mobile units, it was still a tight fit.


Slain police commander remembered for his strong faith

Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was raised with a strong Catholic faith. He attended St. Clare of Montefalco School in Gage Park and later St. Ignatius College Prep.


U.S. bishops declare national call-in day for ‘Dreamers’

After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26.


Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil'

Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.


Priests, religious take up Lenten fast for ‘Dreamers’

Dozens of priests and religious sisters and brothers promised to fast at least one day a week throughout Lent in solidarity with young people who were brought to the United States without documents as children and now face the possibility of deportation from the only home many remember.

Lent: fasting in the church

Fasting is a method that people can use to limit or deny their physical desires for a higher, often spiritual, goal. Fasting was widely practiced among the ancient Jews, usually before important feast days. It was also practiced by disciples of John the Baptist. As a Jew, Jesus would have fasted, his disciples likewise fasted, and the earliest Christians followed in that path. The New Testament speaks of fasting, but the Bible and other early sources simply do not include many statistics. Initially fasting was not universal.