SRB Stories

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Meet our New Principal | Ms. Deanne Roy

After 16 years as principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Crystal Lake, Deanne Roy has returned to her roots on Chicago’s Northwest side to guide our St. Robert Bellarmine community as its new principal.

“I grew up in this neighborhood! I feel so blessed to be back here. The timing was just right as all three of my sons were off to college.” Read More


Time to Fly | On preparing students for life after St. Robert Bellarmine

Giovanni Benincasa is a product of Catholic schools and went on to teach high school English at two of Chicago’s premier selective enrollment schools. He is also a father of 5. So when it was time to choose a school for his own kids, he was well versed in what a great school should provide. After an increasingly unsatisfactory experience at a local public school, he chose St. Robert Bellarmine for his elementary school aged children. Read More


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Main Office Magic | A profile on Chris Wilson, Angel Lanzito, and Gloria Greifelt

As anyone who has made a trip to the main office during a school day can attest, that place can get very busy. Christine (Chris) Wilson, Gloria Greifelt, and Angel Lanzito are SRB powerhouses that answer the phones, make the copies, bandage the boo-boos, and greet everyone that walks in the door with a welcoming smile. How do they do it? It turns out they really like each other and everything SRB stands for.

“I dare anyone to try one 8-hour shift in this office,” said Chris (née Majewski) Wilson. “It’s crazy in here!” Read more.


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Stories from “The 5 O’Clockers” – Part One | series on our long-time parishioners

“Are you going to put this in a shell and bury it?” – Loretta Swiatak

Late January, we interviewed several long-time parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine to find out how they found our parish, reflect on some of their favorite memories here, and also, why they chose to stay all these years. Some came to SRB because it was the closest church or school. But then they stuck around. The stories that surfaced deserve more attention than storage in a time capsule. Read more.

Stories from “The 5 O’Clockers” – Part Two

Stories from “The 5 O’Clockers” – Part Three


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Sr. Ann Fanella, SND deN | Serving SRB since 1982

“Education is the greatest work on Earth.” – St. Julie Billiart

St. Robert Bellarmine has been lucky to have many great educators since its founding in 1931, and one such teacher, advisor, and friend of SRB is Sister Ann Fanella. Read more.


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The Calcagno Family | Classes of 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011
The Calcagnos sent four kids through SRB that are all now enjoying success in college and beyond. Read more.


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Sr. Ann Fanella with Eric Vicens

Eric Vicens | Class of 2001
Eric’s parents enrolled him at St. Robert Bellarmine  with hopes that he would be given a quality education and safe environment to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Eric is now a social worker in Chicago supporting people in need facing crisis and overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges. Read more.

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