Mission Statement

St. Rita of Cascia High School is a Catholic college preparatory school for young men, rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of St. Augustine, following the Augustinian philosophy of education.

St. Rita aims to form each student as a whole person: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially, and to provide its young men with the necessary skills to succeed in college and in life, leading to life-long learning and personal awareness.

Through the Augustinian core values of Veritas (Truth), Unitas (Unity), and Caritas (Love), St. Rita strives to develop a bond between the members of the entire family: Augustinians, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.

In the spirit of our Father, St. Augustine, we will be of one mind and one heart on our way to God.


St. rita of Cascia, Pray for us.


Core Values

Veritas (Truth)

This is perhaps the most basic value of the three. First of all, St. Rita is a school—a center of learning, a journey ever closer toward knowledge, understanding, and respect for reality. That is the purpose of our coming together—no school, no Ritamen…

Unitas (Unity)

Whether it is the unity of our teams, the single-mindedness of common academic endeavor, or the shared identity of being a Ritaman for life, the call to community is insistent and demanding. St. Rita is a place where young men form friendships that last a life time.

Caritas (Love)

More than any one word (love, concern, devotion, compassion, caring) can express caritas, is that impulse of the Spirit of Jesus that is expressed in hundreds of ways.

 


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St. Rita of Cascia High School was founded in 1905 by the Very Rev. James F. Green, O.S.A. Construction of what was Green Hall was the initial step in forming the original campus. Student enrollment mounted rapidly and in 1922, when the pressure of other duties necessitated Fr. Green’s retirement from scholastic work, St. Rita High School had become established in Chicago as one of the leading secondary schools.

Successor to the founder was the Very Rev. William L. Egan, O.S.A., during whose incumbency the original Harris Gym and Egan Hall were completed. The Very Rev. Joseph B. Kepperling, O.S.A. followed Fr. Egan in 1926, but his splendid work was brought to an untimely close by his death on June 4, 1929. The Very Rev. John J. Harris, O.S.A. was selected as the next rector to direct St. Rita’s destiny.

In the summer of 1935, the Rev. Ruellan P. Fink, O.S.A. succeeded Fr. Harris. Fr. Fink was the motivating spirit of many noteworthy developments, of which the most important achievement was the installation of a technical course in 1936.

Fr. Fink also began an extensive expansion program as evidenced by the erection of the Mendel technical building, completed in June 1938, and the addition to Egan Hall, completed in August 1939. A modern concrete stadium was built in 1946 and the new monastery was completed in May 1949.

Rev. John E. McLaughlin, O.S.A. succeeded Fr. Fink in 1956 as Principal. In 1962 Rev. Francis P. Crawford, O.S.A. became Principal. He was succeeded in 1968 by the Very Rev. Daniel B. Trusch, O.S.A. In 1971 Rev. LaVern J. Flach, O.S.A. became Principal; in 1979 Rev. David L. Brecht, O.S.A., in 1983 Rev. Patrick E. Murphy, O.S.A. became Principal and in 1989 Rev. Bernard R. Danber, O.S.A. was appointed Principal. Both Fr. Murphy and Fr. Danber are graduates of St. Rita High School.

On June 27, 1990, Rev. Bernard R. Danber O.S.A. was given the keys to the new campus at 7740 South Western Ave. In 1993 a new president-principal model was adopted for the school. Rev. Michael J. O’Connor, O.S.A. became the school’s first president. Fr. O’Connor appointed Mr. Joseph F. Bamberger as Principal. In the year 2000 Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy O.S.A. was then named the second President and the first alumni president of St. Rita High School. In the spring of 2002 Fr. McCarthy became President-Principal after Mr. Joseph F. Bamberger retired after 42 years of dedicated service to St. Rita High School.

In 2007, Fr. McCarthy began to focus full-time on the duties of the President, and St. Rita named its first female Principal, Mrs. Sally E. Deenihan. Mrs. Deenihan retired in July 2010, after 25 years of service, and Mr. Brendan J. Conroy succeeded her as Principal.  Mr. Ernest J. Mrozek, a 1971 St. Rita graduate, succeeded Fr. McCarthy in July of 2012 to become the third President of St. Rita High School.

Administration

Ernie Mrozek '71                                                                                                   Chairman of the Board                                                                                         emrozek@stritahs.com                         

Rev. Paul W. Galetto, O.S.A, Ph.D.                                                                       Head of School                                                                          fr.paul@stritahs.com                                   

Michael J. Zunica (Hon.)
President, Director of Advancement & Director of Athletics
mzunica@stritahs.com

Brendan J. Conroy (Hon.)
Principal
bconroy@stritahs.com

Rev. Richie Mercado, O.S.A.
Director of Augustinian Mission
rmercado@stritahs.com  

Wes E. Benak ’81
Assistant Principal & Director of Guidance
wbenak@stritahs.com

 

Joseph W. Partacz
Assistant Principal & Dean of Men
jpartacz@stritahs.com

Joshua R. Blaszak ’02
Director of Student Life & Ministry
jblaszak@stritahs.com

Eileen Spulak
Chief Financial Officer
espulak@stritahs.com

Edward J. Leiser '04
Director of Admissions
eleiser@stritahs.com

Gary DeCesare
Director of Facilities
gdecesare@stritahs.com

Paul J. Harrington
Director of Technology
pharrington@stritahs.com


Board of Directors

St. Rita of Cascia High School Corporation

Mr. William Attea

Mr. James Brasher ‘71

Mr. Michael Clarke ‘75

Mr. Paul Dachota ‘84

Fr. Bernard Danber, O.S.A. '68 (Ex-officio)

Mr. Lawrence Doyle ‘68

Mr. James Gagnard ‘64

Mr. Mark Hacker ‘90

 

Mr. Thomas J. Healy ‘83

Ms. Catharine Hennessy

Mr. David S. Howicz

Mr. Nicholas LoMaglio ‘04

Rev. Richie Mercado, O.S.A.

Mr. Ernest J. Mrozek ’71 (Chairman)

Mr. Donald Mrozek ‘65

                        

Mr. Charles F. Nash ‘71

Mr. John O’Neill ‘79

Mr. Stephen M. Schaller ‘83

Mr. Edward Schmit ‘63

Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A. '83 (Ex-officio)

Mr. Charles A. Volpentesta ‘92

Mr. J.J. Wilczewski ‘92

Mr. Andrew Y. Youpel

Emeriti Members of the Board of Directors

Mr. Ronald M. Abramowicz ’60
Mr. Anthony Colosimo ’63                         Dr. John Donohue (HON)

Mr. Michael J. McArdle ’54                         Rev. Thomas McCarthy, O.S.A. '83
Mr. Donald A. Petkus ’58

Mr. Michael Schneider ’46
Mr. Arthur R. Velasquez ’56

 

Faculty Positions

There are currently no faculty positions available.

Kitchen Staff Positions

Food Service Manager

Food Service Staff


 

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