Letter from the President


Dear Students, Parents, Corporate Partners, Donors and Friends,

It is a joy to welcome each of you as I begin my new role as President of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School. What an incredible journey it has been for me since those early days in 2002 when I participated in the initial research for the feasibility study of a Cristo Rey School in Lawrence to serving as the Director of the Corporate Work Study Program for the last five years.  In my positions over these initial ten years, I experienced such awe and pure delight in the growth of our school and students in this remarkable city of Lawrence.

So often we hear that, with change, comes opportunity. Sarah Caldwell speaks to the importance of seizing opportunities no matter how they present themselves. She tells us to “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can, for there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” Being a “life-long learner” is a quality that I cherish and strive to practice daily.  It is my privilege and desire to continue to use these learning opportunities to transform our school community into a premier educational institution of Lawrence.

I am looking forward to serving the NDCR community through the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Cristo Rey Network of schools.  I look forward to helping continue the successful track record of every single NDCR senior being accepted to a four-year college as has been accomplished since our first graduation in 2008.

 My deepest gratitude goes out to all of you who are helping to make this school the remarkable learning community it is today. Your commitment to our young people allows us to continue this unique, formidable and proven model of educational success that gives all of our students a road filled with opportunity and promise for a new life. Your enthusiasm for our mission makes NDCR a stronger community of learners who are spiritually rooted, intellectually curious and active global citizens for the good of God’s human family.

 Kind regards,


Sr. Maryalyce Gilfeather, SNDdeN, PhD