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Catalyst Maria, Chicago, IL

Catalyst Schools are rooted in an educational philosophy and pedagogy in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to teaching minds and touching hearts.  This mission aims to nurture well-rounded scholars with bright academic, professional, and personal futures that will become change agents for their communities and world.

We are committed to these cultural values that shape our identity and form our scholars:

  • We show profound reverence for each scholar as a unique person
  • We foster respectful relationships and build community
  • We have high expectations of ourselves and each other, hold ourselves accountable, and deliver high results
  • We treat each other the way we want to be treated
  • We promote justice and peace

We serve children living in communities challenged by the effects of discrimination and economic poverty. We understand that each of the communities in which we serve have incredible gifts and whose assets, culture, and heritage hold the promise of a great future. Catalyst helps unlock the gift that is within each child by addressing the whole child: academic, social-emotional, physical and psychological.

We value family because home is the context in which each child grows and develops. Parental involvement in the school is welcome, encouraged, and needed for a child to achieve full potential.

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Maria Kaupas Center, Chicago, IL

Sheena Mullan

Sheena Mullan

The Maria Kaupas Center is a Catholic space where spirituality, community and leadership merge creating opportunities for the people of all faiths to grow and develop as effective agents of God’s love.

The Maria Kaupas Center  (MKC) (located in the former convent – connected to the high school) is a faith-based organization that focuses on spirituality, education, leadership, and community building.  It represents a revitalized mission and renewed evangelization efforts of the Sisters of St. Casimir in light of the closing of their beloved Maria High School.  The Center resulted through collaborative planning by the Sisters of St. Casimir, the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, and community and school leaders following the announcement that operations at Maria High School would cease and the Catalyst Network of charter schools would open a K-12 charter school in its place.

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Orientation Kicks Off New Service Year for Lasallian Volunteers

LV-group-featured-imageBefore starting at their respective ministries, this year’s cohort of 49 Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) gathered for Orientation July 21-31 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

The 3o first-year and the 19 second-year LVs attended daily presentations and workshops, which were both practical and reflective. LVs learned more about community living, the Lasallian charism, building support networks, spirituality, and peace and justice.

Two days featured intense sessions where LVs learned best practices for classroom management, mentoring, learning environments, lesson planning, and how to work well with both middle school and high school-aged learners, among other subjects.

Community building events took place as well, including a ropes course, a scavenger hunt, daily group prayer, and various socials.

Jacquie Martin, 15-16, Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY

Jacquie Martin, 15-16, Serviam Gardens, Bronx, NY

“Our LV cohort is full of energy and passion. It was amazing to see the unique journeys we walked to end up in the LV program, but we are all here for a common purpose: to live out the shared mission,” said Jacquie Martin, a Saint Mary’s College of California graduate who will serve at Serviam Gardens in Bronx, New York. “I decided to become an LV because I wanted to continue to be an active part of the Lasallian family, and to serve others and work to create a more just world.”

This year’s LVs will serve at 24 ministries, 19 of which are Lasallian, as teachers, tutors, mentors, social workers and more. The LVs will provide both service and the Lasallian presence across the United States in ministries in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Since the LV program began 27 years ago, more than 700 young men and women have volunteered in this program of faith, service and community.

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Lasallian Volunteers Honor Supporters with FSC Awards

Award recipients, from left, Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Brother Robert Walsh, FSC, Thaddeus (Tad) Smith, and Brother Stephen Markham, FSC.

Award recipients, from left, Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Brother Robert Walsh, FSC, Thaddeus (Tad) Smith, and Brother Stephen Markham, FSC.

The Lasallian Volunteers (LV) honored supporters who have made notable contributions to the program with the 6th annual FSC Awards. The July 26 ceremony held at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, honored recipients in the spirit of three Christian Brothers who embodied the LVs values of faith, service and community during their lifetimes.

The Bassen Service Award, which recognizes LV alumni who have continued a life of service, was presented to Thaddeus (Tad) Smith (LV, 90-92). Smith was honored for his service as principal and executive director at San Miguel School in Chicago, Illinois, and as a mentor and site director to Lasallian Volunteers.

Brothers James Gaffney and Stephen Markham were the recipients of the Johnston Faith Award, which recognizes supporters who have demonstrated great faith in the work of LVs by sharing time, talent or treasure. As president of Lewis University, Brother James was chosen for his support of every facet of the program, from recruitment to LV Scholars. LVs honored Brother Stephen for the role he plays in the formation of LVs as part-time staff and as the LVs primary contact in the Midwest District.

Brother Robert Walsh, FSC, received the Farrell Community Award. He was honored for the positive impact he has had on the community experience of volunteers through his commitment to walking with and being present to them at the DeLaSalle High School Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Recipients are selected on a rotating basis between the Districts in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). This year’s recipients were from the Midwest District. The 2016 honorees will be selected from the District of San Francisco New Orleans.

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