Blog » Archives » 2012

Recent Posts

Who Am I?

Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Coming to Eternal Christmas in Heaven

Author: Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Merry Christmas

“Christmas, first of all, at its most basic, is about faith,” writes Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., reflecting on today’s great solemnity. “Jesus came to bring us faith – not just faith in the moment or faith in business or faith in success, but faith in eternal life. And that faith, as Christmas reminds us, normally breaks into our lives through family. … That is why at places like Notre Dame, we in Holy Cross seek to build family with others.” Read More

Sharing Faith with Families around the World

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Praying the Rosary

After the recent meeting of the directors of Family Rosary International, representing the work being done by Holy Cross Family Ministries in 17 countries, Fr. Jim Phalan C.S.C., writes, “It is beautiful to see the interweaving of the work begun by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton throughout Holy Cross. It was impressive to see how we are trying to ‘incarnate’ this charism in many cultures. It was beautiful to see the successes and perplexing to face the challenges. … What is our role in the New Evangelization?” Read More

Discovering the Riches of Poverty

Author: Mr. Hugh Dowell

Posted In: Discernment, Religious Vows, and Seminary Life

Mr Hugh Dowell

“One of my senior lay classmates, knowing I was a seminarian, approached me after class and asked, ‘How does Holy Cross understand poverty? You don’t look very poor.’ I must admit I was a little flabbergasted and didn’t have much of a response, which in turn got me thinking,” writes Mr. Hugh Dowell, a Postulant at Moreau Seminary. He goes on to recount what he has learned from the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross and his year in formation at Moreau Seminary. Read More

A Small Taste of Heaven

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC teaching

Every November, at the Villa Maria Man Auction to raise funds for the Holy Cross missions, the local C.S.C.'s at the University of Portland auction off a dinner at the President’s House. Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., describing the dinner, writes, “One of Christ’s favorite images for the Kingdom of God is a feast, an eternal supper hosted by the Lord. This dinner party at the president’s home actually captures so many of Scripture’s elements.”

  Read More

Love is the Cause of All Faithfulness

Author: Fr. Frank Quinlivan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Year of Faith

“Love is the cause of all faithfulness,” writes Fr. Frank Quinlivan, C.S.C., reflecting on the gift of faith in this Year of Faith. “In this Year of Faith we are called to try to deepen our faith by overcoming our fears. Doubt is normal and regular and faith can live with doubt. We believe despite our doubts. It is fear rather that is the killer of faith.” Read More

Teaching the Preaching of the Good News

Author: Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Mike Connors, CSC

“I try to preach, and to teach preaching, in a way that … [animates] others to see life the way God sees it,” writes Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C., the Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics at Notre Dame. “For me, standing before the assembled People of God is still terrifying, a shouldering of the Cross – yet also a joy and a life-giving privilege. To be used by God, to be part of the announcement of God’s nearness, goodness and compassion, to point to a future previously unseen and not of our own making – this is enormously humbling.” Read More

Holy Cross in the Philippines

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Fr Vincent Rosario, CSC

"In 1951, the Servant of God, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., began the Family Rosary Crusade in the Philippines,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., the Director of Family Rosary, International. “After Fr. Peyton died in 1992, people began to insist that Holy Cross formally found the Congregation in the Philippines to continue this legacy. This finally became a reality in 2008.” Read More

Leading into Eternal Life

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Parish

Parish in Mexico

“With the numbers of people in our parish and the rapid nature of the burials, I might have two or more funerals in my day that I don’t even know I’ll be having when I wake up that morning,” writes Fr. John Herman, C.S.C., Pastor of La Luz Parish in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, México. “Accompanying our people before and after the death of a loved one is such a powerful way for us in Holy Cross to truly be ‘men with hope to bring.’” Read More

The Year of Faith: Impelled by the Love of Christ

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

Posted In: In the Press

Year of Faith

“Sharing with others what you most cherish is but a special human characteristic,” writes Fr. John Britto, C.S.C., of the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization. “In this line it is interesting to note what Daniel N.T., a Sri Lankan ecumenical leader and poet says:  ‘Evangelism is one beggar telling another where to find bread.’ Our endeavor as Christians, who have known what the life giving bread is, are duty bound to tell others of this life giving bread and where to find it.” Read More

The Story from the Grave


Posted In: Community and Homilies and Reflections

2011 All Souls Day Procession

“The lives of our predecessors in Holy Cross serve as a profound witness to our readings today – that there is so much to be gained in our life and ministry as religious,” preached Deacon Brian Ching, C.S.C., at this year’s annual All Souls Day celebration in Holy Cross. “We see a band of men whom now live in great peace because they desired to live for others each and every day. They were men who lived and died for the Lord, sustained by the Body and Blood of Christ.” Read More

My Favorite Subject

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

University of Portland

“In one of the Scripture passages symbolic of the whole Christian ideal – especially the priestly ideal – St. Paul exclaims, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,’” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. “I don’t pretend that I can honestly say these words with St. Paul … but, perhaps in my best moments, some of my interactions with people help them to focus, not on me, but on God.” Read More

Why Would You Choose Celibacy?

Author: Mr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment and Religious Vows

Fr Joe Corpora, CSC with students

“When I initially decided to enter Moreau Seminary four years ago … one of the most common comments from friends and others was: ‘But doesn't that mean you have to give up sex?’” writes seminarian Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C. “During my time at the Novitiate, I began to be able to better answer those questions. … For me, the vow of chastity calls me to live in love with the God who created me, to love the person God created me to be and to love all of God’s people.” Read More

Teaching the Religion-Science Relationship

Author: Fr. Thomas E. Hosinski, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Thomas Hosinkski, CSC

“In both written scholarship and research shared in classroom instruction, seminars, and public presentations, I have engaged in the religion-science dialogue,” writes Fr. Thomas E. Hosinski, C.S.C., a Professor of Theology at the University of Portland. “Because of the importance of this dialogue in my own faith journey, I have tried to guide young minds as they deal with questions similar to the ones that troubled me.” Read More

Formed to Serve God's People

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

Posted In: Community and Parish


“Truth be known, Fr. Tom hated being a novice master. He was away from the people he cared dearly about, the people of the various parishes he had served,” writes Fr. Paul Ybarra, C.S.C. “I must say, he never resented having to form us novices. I know he cared for us too, but he had been formed, changed in such a way – maybe less by his own novice master, most likely by God – to serve God’s people, especially those most in need.” Read More

The Lord’s Supper

Author: Mr. Brogan Ryan

Posted In: Community, Moreau Seminary, and Seminary Life

Refectory at Moreau Seminary

“Do you always eat like this?” A guest of a fellow seminarian asked this question last week as we sat down for dinner. It was his first time visiting Moreau Seminary and he was surprised at the way in which we were eating—that is, togetherRead More

The Year of Faith and Mary

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries

Fr Jim Phalen, CSC meeting Pope Benedict XVI

“You may be aware that the Synod and the Year of Faith are both coordinated with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Second Vatican Council,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., the Director of Family Rosary International. “You may not be so aware that promotion of Marian devotion is one of the top priority guidelines for the celebration of the Year of Faith! Why is that? The needed renewal of the faith that the ‘New Evangelization’ is trying to awaken needs Mary.” Read More

House Recreation and Community Life

Author: Mr. Charlie Skinner

Posted In: Brotherhood, Community, and Old College

Old Collegians go bowling

Charlie Skinner writes about community recreation nights in Old College: “I develop a deeper appreciation for the Old College community that I am blessed to be a part of. As the Constitutions suggest, community enriches our faith life, encourages us to share our gifts, and provides us with the energy that is necessary for doing our work.” Read More

Nothing Better than Sunday Mornings

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

Posted In: México and Parish

Fr John Herman, CSC

“After 17 years of being a priest, Sunday mornings still never get old for me,” writes Fr. John Herman, C.S.C. “One of the most valuable things that I learned from Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., my first pastor, was the importance of being present before and after the weekend Masses to greet and interact with parishioners. He taught me that it’s the one time each week that we can be, even briefly, with most of the people of the parish.” Read More

Serving the Poor and Afflicted

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

Posted In: Moreau Seminary and Seminary Life

Chapel in Geddes

“One of the most memorable homilies I ever heard was one line: ‘If you ignore the poor, you will probably go to hell,’” writes Mr. Matt Hovde, C.S.C., reflection on his ministry placement this year. “Are we supposed to drop everything – our jobs, our responsibilities, our academics, our prayer life, our community life, everything – so that we can minister to the poor? The answer I found was, as usual, a paradox: yes and no.” Read More

A Brother and a Protector

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

Posted In: Brotherhood, Community, and Discernment

Br Donald Stabrowski, CSC

“Our Holy Cross brothers live under the patronage of St. Joseph, husband and father in the Holy Family,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. “Throughout the nativity stories, when Mary and Jesus are most vulnerable, St. Joseph protects them. When my vocation was at its most vulnerable, this Holy Cross brother helped to keep it alive. Br. Donald, I cannot say thank you enough.” Read More

The Cross: Identity and Invitation

Author: Mr. Joe Krivos

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life


“This simple wooden cross reminds me of my identity as a Holy Cross seminarian,” writes Joe Krivos, a second year seminarian in Old College, while speaking about the wooden cross that Old Collegians wear around their necks. “It acts as a public invitation to a joy-filled life, and it reminds me that I am never alone in my journey through the seminary.”

  Read More

Infant Baptism: Slippery, but moving

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

Posted In: Parish


“Although I am a priest, baby handling techniques are a prerequisite,” writes Fr. Paul Ybarra, the Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Ariz. “Here … we fully immerse the babies for the Sacrament of Baptism. All the Holy Cross guys who have been here have their own techniques. I, however, have stumbled along trying to find my own way.” Read More

A Biochemist in a Theologian’s World

Author: Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C.

Posted In: Theology

Mr Ryan Pietrocarlo, CSC

First-year professed seminarian Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., weighs in on his unorthodox transition from the College of Science to the Masters of Divinity Program: “After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in biochemistry, I now find myself in a new environment at Our Lady’s University – theology! At first, I wondered if I could make this drastic shift smoothly; however, I have come to find that studying theology is better than I anticipated and is even more compatible with science than I first imagined.” Read More

Engaging Faith in the English Classroom

Author: Fr. Tony Grasso, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Tony Grasso, CSC

“After they discover that I teach English, people often ask: ‘Don't priests usually teach theology?’” writes Fr. Tony Grasso, C.S.C., Professor of English at King’s College. “Literary and artistic works contain so much that pertains to and emanates from the deeper things of life, that it does not seem at all strange for a religious or priest to be engaged in the arts. Often we can discern in the human values under discussion the levels of imaginative and spiritual understanding.” Read More

Mary, Our True Mother

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries

Our Lady of Walshingham

“During the summer, flight connections took me through London at one point, so I decided to take a day or so to go to a Marian Shrine that I’d wanted to visit for a while: Our Lady of Walshingham,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., Director of Family Rosary International. “My visit there wasn’t there long but still it was a powerful renewal for me as a religious and a priest. I grow ever more conscious that Mary truly is my Mother.” Read More

Seminarians Under Cover

Author: Mr. Josh Bathon

Posted In: Final Vows, Ordinations, and Seminary Life

Holy Cross Seminarians

You probably already know how important and life changing Ordination and Final Vows are to them, and how much time, prayer, education, and formation culminated in that weekend,” writes Josh Bathon, who is in his third year at Old College. “But what you probably don’t know is the secret role the rest of us seminarians play during Final Vows weekend.” Read More

Our Brotherhood in Holy Cross Never Meant More

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

Posted In: Community

The Herman family

Fr. John Herman, C.S.C., writes about his father’s death and how his brothers in Holy Cross helped support him and his family in this time of loss and pain. “As important as it was for me to be with my Herman family throughout my dad’s illness, death and funeral celebration, it was also an important and powerful blessing to know of the prayers and support of my brothers in Holy Cross throughout it all.” Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows

Author: Fr. Ken Molinaro, C.S.C.

Posted In: Feasts, Homilies and Reflections, and Spirituality

Our Lady of Sorrows

This Saturday, September 15, Holy Cross celebrates its Patroness, Our Lady of Sorrows. Fr. Ken Molinaro, C.S.C., helps us prepare for the feast by sharing how Mary reveals to us the what and the how of religious life. Read More

Bringing Hope in the Mountains

Author: Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C.

Posted In: Seminary Life and Spirituality

Smoke from Wildfires behind Novitiate

“The eight days we were evacuated from the Waldo Canyon Wildfire could have easily derailed our common prayer, our community life and our ministry. Those eight days, however, turned out to be the one of the most powerful experiences of the entire year for us,” writes Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C., about his class’ evacuation from the Holy Cross Novitiate in Colorado. “During that time, I realized that all of us were acting as ‘men with hope to bring’ in a very real way and thus living the Constitutions to their fullest extent.” Read More

Counting on each other’s vocation

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

University of Portland, Villa Gorilla

An inflatable, smiling gorilla and the Body of Christ. They might seem like an unusual pairing, but Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Portland, draws a connection between them to uncover the deeper truth about “the significance of our unique vocation in others’ lives and in God’s plan. … It’s hard to understand, I think, how many people really are counting on each one of us to follow his or her vocation and to live it whole-heartedly.” Read More

Back to top