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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Double Deacons in Mexico

Author: Rev. Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.

Posted In: México and Ordinations

Ordination to the Diaconate in Mexico

Rev. Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., ordained a deacon just four weeks ago at Moreau Seminary, filed this post on the ordination of Rev. Mr. Carlos Augusto Jacobo de los Santos, C.S.C., at our parish in Monterrey, Mexico. Matt is spending his diaconate year with our Holy Cross community in Mexico.  As deacons, Carlos and I will be called upon to bring hope and comfort.  Read More

Holy Cross Parish Making God Known, Loved, and Served

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

Posted In: Parish


Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C., the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in South Easton, Mass., has sent us his second post for us in his series this year on parish ministry in the Congregation. His post reveals how the charism of Holy Cross impacted the vision of his parish in its new three-year pastoral plan. Read More

Websites, blogs, and tweets … oh my!

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

Posted In: Vocation Office


On October 3rd, the Office of Vocations will launch a totally revamped vocations website. We are really excited about the new site, which will replace our old one at the same address. This new site has been in the works for almost a year and represents the collective contributions of over 75 Holy Cross priests, brothers, and seminarians. Read More

Lake View: Put Out into Deep Water

Author: Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa and Seminary Life


Today's blog post comes from Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., our Holy Cross Seminarian in East Africa. Read about his adventures and reflections of life in East Africa. Our village of Wanyange offers beautiful views of Lake Victoria. As we make our way to Mass (at Holy Cross Parish in nearby Bugembe) early in the morning, a magnificent sunrise reflects off of the water. Read More

Happy Feast Day!

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Spirituality


Today we in the family of Holy Cross celebrate the Feast Day of our patroness, Our Lady of Sorrows. As our Constitutions state, "She is our special patroness, a woman who bore much She could not understand and who stood fast. To Her many sons and daughters, whose devotions ought to bring them often to Her side, She tells much of this daily cross and its daily hope" (8:120). Read More

“Good morning, neighbor”

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

Posted In: Mission and Perú


After sharing with us last month how he was drawn by God to be a missionary, Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., our correspondent in Peru, has checked in with his second post. It is a beautiful reflection that gets at one of the cores of our charism as Holy Cross priests and brothers. Read More

Belong in the Fray

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections


On this 10th anniversary of September 11, we in Holy Cross and here at the Spes Unica blog join our nation — and others of goodwill from around the world — in remembering those who lost their lives on that fateful day, including those who laid down their lives to save others. Like so many others, we also offer our prayers this day for true peace and justice to grow and spread through our world. Read More

Heaven on Villa

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


Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Portland, has checked in with his post for this month, and as always, it is beautiful, moving reflection. If you have ever wonder what heaven is like, you will get some answers today Read More

Studies: An Encounter with God

Author: Fr. Greg Haake, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies and Vocations


Today we have our second installment in our posts from our Holy Cross men in higher studies. Last month we heard from Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., who is wrapping up his Doctorate in Theology at Catholic University. This month we hear from Fr. Greg Haake, C.S.C., who is entering the second year of his doctoral studies in French at Stanford University. Please continue to keep these priests and all of our men in higher studies in your prayers. As with Fr. Terry’s post, Fr. Greg’s reflection on his studies reveals these great priests have a lot to teach us and our world. Read More

Nomads in This World

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

Posted In: André House and Mission


Happy Labor Day to one and all! It seems only providential on this Labor Day that our regularly scheduled post comes to us from Fr. Eric who serves the homeless, and often jobless, at André House in Phoenix, Ariz. As in the past, Fr. Eric has produced a reflection for us that is a real witness to his labor of love on behalf of the poor there. Be nourished. Read More

“Made Part of the Family”

Author: Mr. John Soisson

Posted In: Community and Spirituality


Today we continue with our new Spes Unica series that highlights the voices of some of our amazing lay collaborators in Holy Cross. We will hear from Mr. John Soisson, the Special Assistant to the President at the University of Portland. A recipient last year of the Spirit of Holy Cross award from the Indiana Province, John has worked with Holy Cross for many years, and as a result, we learn in his first post for Spes Unica, he knows us well … so well, he can articulate what starts to make Holy Cross different. Enjoy! Read More

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