Summer is over ... at least for our Holy Cross seminarians! All our returning seminarians are back at Old College and Moreau Seminary as they prepare to welcome today the young men who will be joining their ranks.
At Moreau Seminary, 16 young men are entering the Postulant Program, making it the largest class in over a decade. Seven of them come to Moreau via Old College Undergraduate Seminary: Stephen Barany, Dan Cruickshank, Joe DeAgostino, Karl Romkema, Ben Rusch, John Whittaker and Bryan Williams.
Joining them are nine men who have already graduated from college: Hugh Dowell, Wes Foerster, John Heid, Charles Holden-Corbett, Cathal Kelleher, Kevin McKenzie, Justin Novotney, Brogan Ryan and Michael Thomas. While some of them are recent grads, others were working or doing advanced studies this past year.
Across the lake on the Notre Dame campus, Old College will be welcoming four young men into its formation program. Three of them come to Old College directly from high school: Andrew Fritz, Ethan Lott, and Daniel Passon. The fourth, Steven Sanchez, is transferring into Old College after having spent his freshman year studying at Arizona State University.
At the same time, albeit two time zones away, the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colo., will receive the nine young men who completed the Postulant Program this past year and now eagerly await their entrance into the Novitiate. They are Christopher Brennan, Timothy Cleaver, Michael Eardley, Brian Kennedy, Brendan McAleer, James McGivney, Walter Pruchnik, Brendan Ryan and Timothy Weed.
All told, including the three men who will profess their final vows and be ordained deacons at the end of August, we in the United States Province of Holy Cross are blessed to have 55 men in formation this year. All of them, with the exception of the novices-to-be in Colorado, will be heading to the Holy Cross Center in LaPorte, Ind., on Thursday for Seminarian Camp.
The official start to the formation year, Seminarian Camp has an unique Holy Cross flavor to it. It is perhaps best described as part camp, part orientation, and part retreat. Its purpose is not only to prepare the seminarians partically and spiritually for the upcoming year, but also to begin to forge the bonds of brotherhood among them that are at the core of our family as Holy Cross religious.
Join us in praying for these 55 young men as the Lord continues to form and shape them into his faithful servants.