Blog » Archives » November 2011

Recent Posts

Who Am I?

Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

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

Back to top