Throughout it’s history, Our Lady of Tepeyac has served as a point of entry for many families immigrating to the United States.
Originally St. Casimir, our Parish and Grade School, opened their doors in 1893 followed by the High School in 1927. Staffed by the Resurrection Sisters, the schools served a primarily Eastern European population until the 1970’s when the population shifted. Around this time, our southwest side neighborhood became a home for Mexican immigrants seeking new opportunities.
In 1990 St. Casimir merged with another local parish, St. Ludmila and adopted the new name of Our Lady of Tepeyac, reflecting the now dominant Latino-American presence in the Little Village neighborhood. Also at that time, Catholic schools were no longer required to serve families only within their parish boundaries, a policy change which brought students to Our Lady of Tepeyac from all over Chicago. The last of the Sisters of the Resurrection who worked in the building was Sr. Kathryn Wojcik, principal of the high school until 2003. The Sisters continue to support Our Lady of Tepeyac today.
The name changed in 1990 to Our Lady of Tepeyac to more accurately reflect the heritage of the parishioners. In 2021, St. Roman’s Parish and Assumption BVM have combined with Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish and are blessed with the new name, Mother of the Americas. The schools remain under their original names.
Tepeyac stands with and for its young women, who we know will make a difference in our neighborhood, in their families and in the Church and world. Our school’s greatest achievement is the development of strong character and the fostering of faith-based leadership in young women.