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The Diaconate: A Living Sacrifice to God

Author: Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Priesthood

Matt Kuczora, C

Thanks to the generosity of the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who presided at Rev. Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., Ordination to the Diaconate this past Sunday, we are able to share with you all on Spes Unica the amazing homily that Bishop Rhoades gave at the Mass. It is a powerful reflection on the ministry and service of a deacon. A huge thanks to Bishop Rhoades for sharing it us so we could share it with you. Read More

Final Vows Homily: Freed for Mission

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

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and Religious Vows


Today at 2 p.m. ET in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., made his final profession of religious vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross.  Now he is one of the spiritual sons of Blessed Basil Moreau forever. Receiving Matt's final vows and presiding at the Mass was Fr. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the United States Province.  Fr. Tyson graciously shared his powerful homily at the Mass with us at Spes Unica, and we now share it with you. It is a deep reflection on the meaning of the evangelical counsels in our world. Read More

Final Vows Lucernarium: Insight into the World

Author: Fr. Bob Dowd, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and Religious Vows


With the celebration of Lucenarium this evening at Moreau Seminary, the 2011 Final Vows Weekend for the United States Province officially began.  Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., will be professing forever the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Read More

Holy Cross Heroes: Fr. Ambrose Wheeler, C.S.C.

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Heroes


To round out our monthly blog line-up, we are bringing back a series we started last year on some of the men in Holy Cross, living and deceased, who have paved the way for us in our mission and religious life. This month Fr. James introduces us to Fr. Ambrose Wheeler, C.S.C, who died this past month at Holy Cross House. Here is the story of how God worked through this Holy Cross Hero. Read More

One Holy Cross, One Family, One World

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

Posted In: Community, Congregation, Holy Cross Family Ministries, and Vocation Office


Today Fr. Drew Gawrych, C.S.C., the Associate Director of the Office of Vocations, filed this report from Madrid, Spain, where he and Fr. Jim Gallagher, C.S.C., the Director of the Office of Vocations, are doing vocation work for Holy Cross at the Love and Life Centre.  To keep tabs on what is going on at WYD and the Love and Life Centre, which is sponsored in large part by Holy Cross Family Ministries, visit the HCFM WYD Internet Site.  There are also more pictures on the Holy Cross Vocations Facebook Fanpage. Read More

Fr. Jim Fenstermaker: Making God Known, Loved, and Served

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

Posted In: Parish


Today, we cover our parish bases with a new monthly contributor to our blog, Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C., the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in South Easton, Mass. As we learn in his post today, Fr. Jim's life in Holy Cross has led him to several different ministries, but now he loves his work as a parish pastor ... and this year he will be sharing that ministry and joy with us here.  Read More

The Vocations of father and Father

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

Posted In: Community, Priesthood, and Religious Vows


He's back!  Yes, we are very happy that Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Portland, has signed up for another year.  (To read some of Fr. Charlie's insightful past post, look under the "Education" label.)  With his first post of this new year, Fr. Charlie picks up right where he left off -- leading us on deep reflections about what it means to be a priest, religious, and professor.  Enjoy! Read More

The Road to Chile and Peru

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

Posted In: Chile, Mission, Perú, and Vocations


This year, we are blessed to accompany a veteran missionary to Latin America, Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., who after spending many years working in Chile is now serving in Peru. As you will find right from his first post in which he recounts the call that led him to missionary work, Fr. Don is one of the best spiritual writers in our community. It will be our treat to fall into step with him this year. Read More

Springtime at the Seminary

Author: Mr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.

Posted In: Seminary Life

Moreau Seminary

On the second Monday of each month this year, we will hear from one of the seminarians from Moreau Seminary.  Kicking this series off is someone already well-known to our followers -- Mr. Brian Ching, C.S.C., who blogged for us last year on his experiences at St. John Vianney Parish and now returns to Moreau as the Dean of the Seminarians.  The timing of his post is quite providential because, as Brian fills us in, this year's new crop of seminarians arrives tomorrow!  So please keep them in your prayers! Read More

World Youth Day, Here We Come!

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries


We in Holy Cross Office of Vocations will be at World Youth Day and the Love and Life Centre as well.  With the Sisters of Life, we are helping host a Vocations Café ("Called to Love and Life") for pilgrims who are asking the question of where God is calling them in their lives.  Read More

Final Vows in East Africa: A community of single-heartedness

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

Posted In: East Africa, Final Vows, and Homilies and Reflections

Final Vows in Africa

Today, on another continent, we celebrated the final profession of five of our religious from the District of East Africa. With the Rev. David T. Tyson presiding, Changwe Constantine, C.S.C., Macharia Timothy, C.S.C., Mbusa Vicent, C.S.C., Muhindo Luke, C.S.C., and Tumwine Patrick, C.S.C., professed forever the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross.In a Spes Unica blog exclusive, we share with you today the homily given by Fr. Tyson at the Mass. Read More

Rob Curtis: Part of the Holy Cross Family

Author: Mr. Rob Curtis

Posted In: Parish and Spirituality


Today at Spes Unica we continue rolling out our new line-up of contributors for this coming year with another feature we are extremely excited about.  From the very beginning of the life of our Congregation, an essential part of the Holy Cross family has been our lay collaborators.  They not only join us in what we do, but they also help make us who we are.  It is impossible to imagine our lives, our mission, or our vocations without them, and so to help those discerning with our community, we want to include their voices on our blog as well. And so today, meet Mr. Rob Curtis, the Pastoral Minister at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, AZ.  Rob introduces himself by sharing how God led him to Holy Cross and what has led him to fall in love with the Congregation. Read More

Higher studies: A higher calling

Author: Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies


One of the new features we at Spes Unica are most excited about is a monthly post from one of our men in higher studies. For us in Holy Cross, advanced studies and degrees are an essential part of our ability to continue to fulfill the mission that the Church has entrusted to us as educators in the faith. And so each month we will hear from one of our men in higher studies about what they are studying and how the Lord led them to it. We begin with one of our men who is the closest to finishing his studies, Rev. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C. Join us in praying for him and our other men who are making the great sacrifice now to study so as to better serve the Church and the world in the future. Read More

André House: A new year

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

Posted In: André House


Believe it or not, August is already upon us! And with August comes the new season for our Spes Unica blog. We have secured a great line-up of regular contributors for this year, the majority of whom are new to Spes Unica to broaden and deepen the picture we give you of Holy Cross and more particularly the United States Province of Priests and Brothers. Yet we have decided to kick off our new year with someone familiar to all of you who follow our blog: Rev. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C. Fr. Eric, who is the director of André House in Phoenix, Ariz., has graciously re-upped for a second year of writing for our blog. And as usual, he has delivered a great post. Appropriately, he reflects on new years and transitions in light of his experience at André House. Read More

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