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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Following in Their Footsteps: 2011 Indiana and Eastern Jubilarians

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

Posted In: Community


Every Memorial Day Weekend, the Indiana and Eastern Provinces of the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrate the jubilees of our men reaching major anniversaries of religious profession or priestly ordination. The witness of these men who have been faithful for so many years in living out their religious vows and priestly ministries gives hope to all of us that we too, with God’s grace, may be faithful to the vocations the Lord calls us to in service of His name.  Read More

Ivy League Catholic: A Lake of Beer

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

Brewing Beer

For all those whose curiosity is piqued by the title of this month’s offering from Fr. Peter Walsh, C.S.C., who works in campus ministry at Yale University, you will not want to miss this post. Beer brewing a ministry? Read on to find out how bonding over making beer can bond us in Christ. Read More

Firm in Faith with Mary

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and In the Press

Firm Faith with Mary

At the Beatification festivities for Blessed John Paul II this past weekend, Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., the Director of Family Rosary International, announced a new worldwide campaign of prayer entitled Firm in Faith with Mary. In the spirit of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Fr. Jim is leading this movement, calling on Christians around the world to unite in praying the rosary for World Youth Day. Here is the letter from Fr. Jim announcing the campaign. Read More

Ordination Week: The Man on Deck

Author: Mr. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination at Basilica

Like all good things, our exclusive coverage of Ordination Week, must come to an end.  (For those of you looking for Fr. Eric Schimmel's montly blog Sermon on the Streetwe have moved that to Thursday this week to give his post its own moment in the sun, which it deserves.)  We here at the Spes Unica blog thought there was no better way to close our coverage than to hear from the man who is now truly on deck in the ordination circle, Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.  Read More

Ordination Week: Hope to Bring

Author: Fr. Tom Bertone, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations

Ordination at Basilica

Although the coverage of the Royal Wedding may be winding down, we are still going strong on our exclusive coverage of Ordination Weekend. (We will have some pictures for you tomorrow!) And if you do not know what ordinations and what exclusive coverage we are talking about, we are not sure what ecclesial rock you have been living under because it is clearly not St. Peter's! So as we seek to put a hat (or a fascinator) on our Ordination coverage these next two days, we are going to hear first from Fr. Tom Bertone, Assistant Provincial of the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers. Attending the ordination was an occasion for him to reflect on his now 30 years of ministry as a priest! Read More

Ordination Weekend: Fr. Paul Ybarra, C.S.C.’s First Mass Homily

Author: Fr. Paul Ybarra,C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Ordinations


Moments ago in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Paul, with the Holy Chrism on his hands less than 24 hours old, preached the homily at his First Mass. Although Mass is still going, as with Fr. John’s homily, we have for you as part of our exclusive Ordination Week coverage the text of his homily. In a few hours, on the ND Prayercast website, you will be able to watch Fr. Paul’s first Mass as well. It is clear both of these men are going to be great priests for Holy Cross and for the Church! Read More

Ordination Weekend: Fr.John Britto, C.S.C.’s First Mass Homily

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Ordinations


First out of the gate of our newly ordained in terms of presiding at Mass is Fr. John Britto, C.S.C. Moments ago in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. John preached the homily at his First Mass. While Mass moves into the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we have for you as part of our exclusive Ordination Week coverage the prepared text of his homily. On the Catholic TV website, you can watch Fr. John’s first Mass as well. Read More

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