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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

The coming of the great light

Author: Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and México

Fr John Herman, CSC

“As I reflect upon the reality of our people and the anxiety and uncertainty under which they live now here with the drug cartels of Mexico, I think of Mary and Joseph and the people of Israel living in anxiety and uncertainty under the presence of the Roman army in their land,” writes Fr. John Herman, C.S.C., pastor of La Luz Parish in Monterrey, Mexico. “The people of Israel had endured so many difficult times as they waited for centuries for the Messiah to come.” Read More

Fr. Harvey: Priest of the Theatre

Author: Fr. Nick Ayo, C.S.C.

Posted In: Holy Cross Heroes

Fr Arthur Harvey, CSC

“More than one generation of Notre Dame students were tutored in drama techniques and in life itself by Fr. Harvey, who put all his mind and heart into directing players and productions,” writes Fr. Nick Ayo, C.S.C., about this month’s Holy Cross Hero. “I think the real ghost of Washington Hall at Notre Dame is not the Gipper, but a priest with cape thrown back over his shoulders who pounded the boards in pursuit of beauty and truth.” Read More

Advent Buzz in Parish Life

Author: Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C.

Posted In: Parish

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

“This is a busy and exciting time of the year in a parish, as you well know from your own home parish,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C., pastor of Holy Cross Parish in South Easton, Mass. “Advent is one of my favorite liturgical seasons in which to preach, with that dual focus on the first and second comings of the Lord.” Read More

Waiting in Joyful Hope in Lake View

Author: Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa and Mission

Mr Mark DeMott with Lake View students

“Carrying heavy loads is a daily task in East Africa. Overloaded pickup trucks struggle to move along washed-out dirt roads,” writes Holy Cross Seminarian Mark DeMott, C.S.C., from his pastoral year. “In conversations with my students, I am reminded that these burdens that I see are only a shadow of the burdens that the East African people carry within their hearts.” Read More

Waiting on others

Author: Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C.

Posted In: Mission and Perú

Hermano Andrés Clinic

“This nurse was there to wait on whoever might need her amazing attentiveness,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., “imitating the extreme sensitivity of Jesus who, in the midst of the noisy, pressing throng, stopped everything He was doing to turn the power of His attentiveness toward a poor sick woman who just happened to brush past the fringe of His garment.” Read More

Thanksgiving at the Seminary

Author: Mr. Chase Pepper, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community, Moreau Seminary, and Seminary Life

Thanksgiving dinner

“Being able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with my Holy Cross brothers at Moreau Seminary has helped me see more clearly that, as men with hope to bring, our life together is meant to be a deep and enduring act of thanks to the One who calls us to that hope,” writes Mr. Chase Pepper, C.S.C., a temporarily professed seminarian at Moreau Seminary. “Hope is grounded in thanksgiving, and the holidays are a special time for us as a religious community to refresh ourselves in the spirit of our vocation.” Read More

“I’m glad it was us and not me.”

Author: Mr. Rob Curtis

Posted In: Parish


“I still remember one our parish staff members saying to me, ‘I’m glad it’s you and not me,’” writes Mr. Rob Curtis, the Pastoral Minister at St. John Vianney Parish, about finding out he would be the point person for implementing the new translation of the Roman missal. “However, a year later, … I have come to realize this was not the work of one person in preparing the parish, but became the collaborative work of the parish pastoral team and is a great example of how the ordained ministers and lay ecclesial ministers work together.” Read More

Unwritten Rules of André House

Author: Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C.

Posted In: André House


“In this season of hope,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., from André House, “I would like to share three of my favorite “unwritten rules” at André House that help to keep this place one of peace and joy – for staff as well as guests. … Our unwritten rules may, in their own way, help prepare the way of the Lord.” Read More

Unexpected Graces

Author: Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC teaching

“I certainly do put the vast majority of my energy into these works [teaching mathematics and serving as a pastoral resident at Villa Maria Hall],” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., “but I am consistently amazed at how some of the most significant experiences I have with the students of UP fall outside of these precise parameters.” Read More

Seeking God through Scripture

Author: Fr. Russ McDougall, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies

Fr Russ McDougall, CSC

“Whether at Notre Dame, in Jerusalem (for one semester at the Hebrew University and another at the École Biblique), or in Rome (where I studied for the licentiate and am now pursuing doctoral studies),” writes Fr. Russ McDougall, C.S.C., “I’ve found that the study of Scripture has served both to purify and to deepen my faith.” Read More

Our brothers, living and deceased

Author: Mr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community

2011 All Souls Day Procession

“On that Wednesday afternoon, I walked towards Bro. Tom’s grave in our cemetery,” relates first-year professed seminarian Mr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C., of his experience of the community’s All Souls Day celebration. “I prayed for his soul, but asked for his prayers in return. The experience of visiting the cemetery on All Souls Day was very special because it brought back some great memories of Bro. Tom.” Read More

Fr. Clem: Led by grace

Author: Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C.

Posted In: Holy Cross Heroes

Fr Leroy Clementich, CSC

“One day as they were milking cows, Leroy Clementich’s mom said to him that he would be going to a Catholic high school in Minot, North Dakota, because she wanted him to be a priest,” writes Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C., in profiling this month’s Holy Cross Hero. Reflecting back on his 54 years of life and ministry as a priest, Fr. Clem “sometimes wonders whether everything that happened to him was by grace or by accident, … [but] he is inclined to believe that ‘grace is everywhere.’” Read More

Deepening Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Author: Mr. Josh Bathon

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Our Lady of Sorrows

“Three weeks ago, the men of Old College made a weekend retreat,” writes Mr. Josh Bathon, a second-year man at Old College. “Throughout the retreat, we were challenged to greater understand the Congregation and ourselves through a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows.  Such an experience is enriching and formative – truly a blessing.” Read More

My Year of the Brother

Author: Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood, East Africa, and Seminary Life


"The Year of the Brother seems to be a fitting title for my year in East Africa,” writes Holy Cross seminarian Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., from his pastoral year in the District of East Africa. “For the first time since coming to Holy Cross, I live in a community of brothers.  I see the ways that they are in relationship with their students, their teachers and their neighbors.  I see their witness as educators in the faith.  I see their commitment to single-hearted intimacy with God.” Read More

Celebrating and Living the Eucharist

Author: Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C.

Posted In: Parish

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

“We see the introduction of the new Mass translations as a wonderful opportunity to catechize our parishioners on the meaning and importance of the Sunday Eucharist in their lives and the life of Holy Cross Parish,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. “Our hope is that, by the beginning of Advent, we will be a parish that is more fully celebrating and living the Eucharist.” Read More

A last lunch with my neighbor

Author: Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.

Posted In: Spirituality and Universities and Colleges


“Our Holy Cross Constitution on Mission envisions us ministering among people ‘whose lot we share’ so that we become ‘their neighbors...with them and of them.’ Because our colleagues at UP have become our neighbors,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, “I was blessed to share in one of the last hours of Steve Watson’s life; and he, unknowingly, spent that hour ministering to me …” Read More

Built on Rock

Author: Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C.

Posted In: Mission and Perú

Hill in Canto Grande

“What Señora Rut has taught me is how the poor eke out a living in the midst of this inhospitable rocky terrain,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about our mission in Lima, Peru. “Jesus said that his Church was to be built on rock, and here we can’t help but be aware of the fragmented rock upon which our local Church is built; it’s all around us.” Read More

A modern day prophet

Author: Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C.

Posted In: André House


“This man’s zeal for the Lord surpasses mine,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., of Neil, one of the André House guests. “As has happened several times before, I think of Ezekiel or some of the other prophets. I remembered when I first read full chapters of the books of the prophets in the Bible and being blown away. The pieces we get in the Lectionary never really communicate to me how crazy and outlandish the things are that God asked the prophets to do.” Read More

Singing the Salve Regina as one

Author: Mr. John Soisson

Posted In: Spirituality


“No one can deny the aural beauty of a male a cappella chorus,” writes Mr. John Soisson, “and I was not the only one in the chapel that day whose heart was moved as the singing swelled towards it’s end: O clemens, O pia, O dulcis, Virgo Maria. And then it was over. But the message of the singing lingered and still does, a message of strength and unity and constancy and hope.” Read More

Building the Kingdom with Words and Ideas

Author: Fr Dan Parrish, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment, Education, and Vocations

Fr Dan Parrish, CSC

“I am a concrete finisher.” That is not something you hear every day from a Ph.D. candidate at one of the world’s top universities, yet Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C., tells how obedience to God’s call in his life led him from finishing concrete to the priesthood in Holy Cross and then eventually to higher studies. “Whatever workshops we find ourselves in, we roll up our sleeves and work to make God known, loved, and served.” Read More

Inspired by Brother André to be a Saint

Author: Mr. Michael Mercurio

Posted In: Pilgrimages and Saint André Bessette

St Joseph's Oratory in Montreal

“Whenever I look at my Brother André prayer card on my desk, I remember that I, too, can be a saint,” writes Michael Mercurio, a junior at Notre Dame in reflecting on the recent pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. “I don’t need to be amazing. I don’t need to be great. I just need to be me, and to accept God’s call to serve Him.” Read More

Called to Glory: NCYC 2011

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Vocation Office

NCYC Called to Glory

"Called to Glory” is the theme of this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. As in past years, the Holy Cross Office of Vocations and several seminarians will be there helping the high school students present discern their vocations and thus discover how God is calling them to give him glory. Read More

Fr. Sheedy: A Priest for All People

Author: Fr. Nick Ayo, C.S.C.

Posted In: Holy Cross Heroes

Fr Charles Sheedy, CSC

“Fr. Charles Sheedy, C.S.C., was a man for all seasons and a Holy Cross priest for all people,” writes Fr. Nick Ayo, C.S.C., profiling this month’s Holy Cross Hero. A former Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame and the inspiration behind the First year of Studies, Fr. Sheedy is remembered for his “wisdom, humor, humility, and just plain human friendliness.” Read More

Building Community, French style

Author: Mr. Joe Krivos

Posted In: Community, Moreau Seminary, Old College, and Seminary Life

Mr Joe Krivos

“Regardless of who wins the ‘best soiree’ award,” writes Old Collegian Joe Krivos after the epic Les Misérables soiree, “Thursday evenings are the time that the Holy Cross Seminary Community has to come together, to forget about the rigors of our academics for a short while, and just enjoy ourselves with our brothers in Holy Cross, while giving glory to God.” Read More

Coming Home to the Novitiate

Author: Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa and Seminary Life


"One of the best years of my life was spent at our Holy Cross Novitiate in the mountains of Cascade, Colorado," writes Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C. "Often, I wish I had another day to spend there! And when I reached Lake Saaka [where the Holy Cross Novitiate in East Africa is located], I felt like I had come home." Read More

Educating Generations in Faith

Author: Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C.

Posted In: Parish


 “While we strive to teach our parish children the fundamentals of their Christian faith and Catholic religion so that they understand what they are participating in at Church,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in South Easton, Mass., “our most important task is to help them develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.” Read More

Year of the Brother Begins

Author: Br. Thomas Guimenta, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood and Religious Vows

Br Tom Giumenta, CSC

On October 17, 2011, the one year anniversary of the canonization of St. André Bessette, Holy Cross inaugurates the Year of the Brother as a year of thanksgiving, celebration, and prayer. Br. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., kicks off the year for us, reflecting on his 43-year journey as a Holy Cross brother and how it has been “living my impossible dream.” Read More

Tough and Friendly In Persona Christi

Author: Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education, Priesthood, and Vocations


“Father, I hear you’re a real hard guy in the classroom. Now, when you’re in the dorms or just around campus, everybody says there isn’t a nicer, friendlier, priest at UP.”  Regardless of the reputation’s validity, I began to reflect that maybe this combination of toughness in public settings and gentleness in more personal ones isn’t actually such a bad reputations for a minster in the Church. Read More

The Miracle Continues on

Author: Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C.

Posted In: Mission and Perú

El Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles)

This month over two million Peruvians, including parishioners from our Holy Cross parish, will take to the streets in Lima to march in procession with their beloved Señor de los Milagros.  As Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., shares in his monthly post, “The simple lesson of this tremendous devotion is that a miracle isn’t an event to be observed by spectators, nor is it limited to a moment.  In the case of El Señor de los Milagros, the miracle continues on …” Read More

Confession on the Quad

Author: Fr. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C.

Posted In: Priesthood

Fr Andrew Gawrych, CSC

 “Father, can you hear my confession?”  Fr. Andrew writes that although all priests are accustomed to hearing those words, “they are not the words I usually expect to hear shouted at me from across the quad. And yet that is just what happened to me this past football Saturday at Notre Dame.” Read More

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