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Ordination Week: The Vestments

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination Vestments

As a promised part of our exclusive coverage of Ordination Weekend, while Ordination Mass is still going on, we are revealing the vestments that Ms. Patty Schlarb, the Liturgical Seamstress at the Basilica, made for the ordinandi. As we found out in our interview with her earlier this week, “This year is a little bit unique, because I have made vestments in a style unlike I have made before. I also used a fabric that is a little bit more ornate, because I feel in working with the seminarians – and that is my favorite part of the job by far – that is what they are looking for today.” Read More

Ordination Week: The Rite of Ordination

Author: Fr. Jeffrey Allison, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination at Basilica

To get us ready for the Ordination of Deacons John Britto, C.S.C., and Paul Ybarra, C.S.C., this afternoon, Fr. Jeffrey Allison, C.S.C., an Instructor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland steps us through the Rite of Ordination. Along the way, he explains some of the traditions that are a part of this grace-filled Rite. It is all a part of our continuing exclusive coverage of Ordination Weekend in Holy Cross. Read More

Ordination Weekend: A Different Fatherhood

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

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination at Basilica

Lucernarium is one of the signature events of Ordination Weekend, serving as the official kick-off of the festivities. The ordinandi select the presider, who this year is Fr. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C., and during the prayer service, the chalice and patens of the men to be ordained are blessed. As part of the Spes Unica blog’s exclusive Ordination coverage, we have Fr. Andrew’s Lucenarium homily as well as pictures of Deacons John and Paul’s chalices. Read More

Ordination Weekend: The Making of a Feast

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Ralph in Kitchen

There has been a lot of talk about the food that will be served at the wedding reception for William and Kate, so we wanted to get the scoop on the food preparations surrounding Ordination Weekend, as part of our continuing exclusive coverage. We went and got an exclusive interview with Mr. Ralph Pieniazkiewicz, the head chef at Moreau Seminary. He and his staff work tirelessly to prepare the food for the weekend, since as Fr. Pat Neary, C.S.C., the previous Rector of Moreau Seminary, liked to joke about Ordination Weekend in Holy Cross: “We pray, and then we eat. Then we pray some more, and then we eat some more.” It’s not too far from the truth! Read More

Ordination Week: Sewn in Faith and Love

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Patty Schlarb

So we here at the Spes Unica blog as part of our Ordination Week Coverage thought we would get the inside scoop on the ordination vestments for Deacons John Britto, C.S.C., and Paul Ybarra, C.S.C. Unlike with Kate’s wedding dress, these chasubles, which are given to the ordinandi as a gift, will be worn when they celebrate Mass, God willing, for years and years to come. To get the goods on the vestments, we went straight to the source: Ms. Patty Schlarb, the Liturgical Seamstress at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  Read More

Ordination Week: A dedication to love

Author: Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations

Basilica Ordination

We start our exclusive coverage (a la the Royal Wedding coverage) of the ordinations of Holy Cross Deacons John Britto, C.S.C., and Paul Ybarra, C.S.C., by getting the “British perspective” on the significance of the upcoming events. And so we turn to our first-year professed seminarian, Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C., who hails from Great Britain, to set the stage for us this historic week. Read More

Ordination Week: Royal Style!

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination at Basilica

Feeling a little inundated by all the Royal Wedding coverage of Friday’s nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton?  We here on the Spes Unica blog have just what the Good Shepherd prescribed for you.  On Saturday, April 30, two of our men in Holy Cross, Deacons John Britto, C.S.C., and Paul Ybarra, C.S.C., will be ordained priestsin the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  Starting tomorrow, our blog will have exclusive and behind-the-scenes coverage of this amazing, news worthy event that is a great sign of hope for our Church and for our world. Read More

Holy Week: We've been died for

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Good Friday

We continue our Holy Week homilies this Good Friday with Fr. Jim Lies' homily given this afternoon at Christ the Teacher Chapel on the campus of the University of Portland. Fr. Lies is the Exeuctive Director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Read More

Holy Week: The Eucharistic Meaning of Service

Author: Fr. David Tyson, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections


Today the intensity of Holy Week deepens as we enter into the Triduum with the celebration of Holy Thursday. Continuing our series of Holy Week homilies on our blog, we share the powerful homily that Fr. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., the Provincial Superior of the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers, gave on the connection between the Eucharist and service this evening at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Read More

iSeminary: Soiree is French for Soiree

Author: Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C.

Posted In: Moreau Seminary and Seminary Life

Soiree at Moreau

We take a break from our Holy Week homilies for our regularly scheduled seminarian post for the month. Today’s comes from second-year professed seminarian Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., and it is about one of the time-honored traditions not just in formation but in Holy Cross – the Soiree ... French style. Read More

Holy Week: Jesus' Week

Author: Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Holy Week

With Palm Sunday today, we have entered into the holiest of holy weeks for us followers of Christ.  To help us enter into this week through our blog, we have lined up homilies from our Holy Cross apostolates as they celebrate the Liturgies of this Holy Week.  Setting the stage for the week for us is Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., the Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.  He reminds us that Jesus’ journey is our journey. Read More

Into Africa: Ten Life Lessons in East Africa

Author: Fr. Pat Neary, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa and Mission


Approaching the end of his first year in East Africa, Fr. Pat Neary, C.S.C., reflects in his blog post this month on ten simple lessons he has learned from his life and ministry there – ten simple lessons he says are “not so much lessons as reminders.” Read More

Diary of a Mountain Priest: A Frequently Asked Question

Author: Fr. Vince Kuna, C.S.C.

Posted In: Parish


Fr. Vince Kuna, C.S.C., has sent us his latest blog post from his post out at the Tri-Community of Holy Cross parishes in Colorado Springs, CO. In his classic style, Fr. Vince gives an insight into what priests do on their "day off". Read More

Ivy League Catholic: The Church’s Future … Now

Author: Fr. Peter Walsh, C.S.C.

Yale CM Students

Fr. Peter Walsh, C.S.C., our Holy Cross priest working in Campus Ministry at Yale, has sent in his monthly blog post, sharing about a dynamic new program to educate in the faith the next generation of leaders for the Church. Read More

Sermon on the Street: Home Improvements & April Flowers

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

Posted In: André House


Spring is in the air – at least in some parts of our country – and it is in Fr. Eric Schimmel’s latest blog post from André House in Phoenix. He shares with us about some spring cleaning, and its deeper meaning, at Andre House. Read More

Learning the Ropes: Nurturing the Flame in People’s Hearts

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Parish and Seminary Life


Temporarily professed seminarian Brian Ching, C.S.C., has checked in with his latest post from his pastoral internship this year at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, AZ. This time he shares how his experience of the “tidal wave” that is Ash Wednesday at SJV led to a tidal wave of grace in his own life and discernment. Read More

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