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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Vocations Office to attend FOCUS Student Leadership Summit

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

Posted In: Vocation Office

FOCUS Student Leadership Summit 2012

The Holy Cross Office of Vocations will be joining FOCUS student leaders from across the nation January 20-23 for their 2012 leadership summit. This year's theme, Illuminate, is drawn from Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Read More

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

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