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.

In the summer of 2016, Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A, Ph.D. was named Head of School by the St. Rita Board of Directors, with Mike Zunica (Hon.) being named the school's fourth President. Mr. Ernie Mrozek '71 transitioned to the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Mr. Brendan Conroy remained the school's principal.  

Administration

 

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

 

Michael J. Zunica (Hon.)
President
mzunica@stritahs.com

 

Wes E. Benak ’81
Dean of Academics
wbenak@stritahs.com

 

Joshua R. Blaszak ’02
Dean of Student Leadership
jblaszak@stritahs.com

 

Eileen Spulak
Chief Financial Officer
espulak@stritahs.com


Directors

 

Gary DeCesare (Hon.)
Director of Facilities
gdecesare@stritahs.com

Andrew DiMarco
Director of Discipline
adimarco@stritahs.com

Paul Harrington
Director of Technology
pharrington@stritahs.com

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

Jill Nagel
Director of Guidance
jnagel@stritahs.com

Roshawn M. Russell ’08
Director of Athletics
rrussell@stritahs.com


Board of Directors

St. Rita of Cascia High School Corporation

Mr. James Brasher ‘71

Mr. Paul Dachota ‘84

Mr. Lawrence Doyle ‘68

Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D. Ex Officio

Mr. James Gagnard ‘64

Mr. Mark Hacker ‘90

Mr. Thomas J. Healy ‘83

Ms. Catharine Hennessy

Mr. David S. Howicz '84

Mr. Nicholas LoMaglio ‘04

Mr. Ernest J. Mrozek ’71, Chairmain

Mr. Donald Mrozek ‘65

Mr. Charles F. Nash ‘71

Mr. John O’Neill ‘79

Fr. Tony Pizzo, O.S.A., Ex Officio

Mr. Stephen M. Schaller ‘83               

Mr. Edward Schmit ‘63

Mrs. Dina Scianna

Mr. Ron Skwarek '70

Mr. Charles A. Volpentesta ‘92

Mr. J.J. Wilczewski ‘92

Mr. Andrew Y. Youpel

Mr. Mike Zunica, Ex Officio

Emeriti Members of the Board of Directors

Mr. Ronald M. Abramowicz ’60
Mr. Anthony Colosimo ’63                         Dr. John Donahue

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

Mr. Arthur R. Velasquez ’56

 

Faculty Positions

 

english - maternity leave position

St. Rita High School has a full-time maternity leave opening in English, December 10, 2018 - February 1, 2019.

The teaching load includes two sections of Honors British Literature, two sections of Honors English II and one section of African American Literature. Interested candidates should send their resume to Tim Baffoe, Chair of the English Department at tbaffoe@stritahs.com and Wes Benak, Dean of Academics at wbenak@stritahs.

 

substitute teachers

We are currently compiling a list of substitute teachers that we can call on when we have the need.  Prior experience as a teacher or substitute teacher is a plus.  Candidates must complete school and state credentialing requirements including background check, fingerprinting and Virtus Training. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Dean of Academics, Mr. Wes Benak (wbenak@stritahs.com).

Staff Positions

Kitchen staff

St. Rita High School is currently looking to fill a kitchen staff position for 2018-19 school year.   Details


 

Thank you for your interest in employment at St. Rita of Cascia High School.