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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Catholic Schools Week: Jesus Lives Here

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

Posted In: Education and Parish

Fr Peter Pacini, CSC teaching

“‘Jesus lives here.’  That was one of the responses that we received from our students when we asked them to reflect on their experience of St. Adalbert School and what makes it special,” writes Fr. Peter Pacini, C.S.C., the pastor of St. Adalbert & St. Casimir Parishes in South Bend, Ind. “That first grader stated succinctly, and with a wisdom revealed only to children, why our educational mission at St. Adalbert’s matters. … St. Adalbert School is a beacon of faith and hope for children growing up in a very tough environment.” Read More

Fr. Wendel: Responding to God's Invitations

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Heroes

Fr Paul Wendel, CSC

Fr. Wendel regards himself as having been blessed at every turning point in his life as a priest. He didn’t choose assignments but was always invited to take the next step. Looking back on the last 56 years, he sees himself as having responded to the invitations when they came. This has led to a very fulfilling life. Read More

Meeting God on the Mountain

Author: Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa

Mr Mark DeMott, CSC climbing Kilimanjaro

“In a rapidly developing world, mountains remain secluded, mysterious places,” writes Mr. Mark DeMott, a seminarian from Moreau on a ministry placement in East Africa this year. “Severe weather makes their majestic peaks uninhabitable, yet we still have a desire to climb them.  Something draws us there!  Reaching toward the heavens yet covered in clouds, our tradition of faith portrays mountains as the dwelling place of God.”

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Homily for the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau

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

Posted In: Blessed Basil Moreau and Homilies and Reflections


“Father Moreau believed deeply that each one of us is called to live in God’s love by actively embracing and sharing the salvific mysteries of Christ’s life, especially the mystery of the Cross,” preached Fr. David T. Tyson on the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau. “‘Making God known, loved, and served’ is essential to our charism, and essential to all of our ministries, wherever they may be. It fuels our zeal to be eager ministers of the Gospel, and it is the glue that seals our union.” Read More

Happy Feast of Blessed Moreau

Author: Mr. Andrew Polaniecki

Posted In: Blessed Basil Moreau

Blessed Basil Moreau stained glass

Like many others, my four years of high school consisted of playing sports, attending class, hanging with friends in the lunch room, and growing in faith and knowledge. However, these ordinary experiences where shaped and formed by the lives of the 10 or so Holy Cross religious that were the very flesh and spirit of the Notre Dame High School community,” writes Mr. Andrew Polaniecki, the Director of Campus Ministry at Holy Cross College. “Blessed Moreau’s Feast Day is one of great joy in which we give thanks and praise for his family of religious men and women who share a common life of faith and work together to bring hope to the world.” Read More

The Delights of Parish Ministry

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

Posted In: Parish

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

Working with children is certainly one of the delights of parish ministry.  As priests, we have a wonderful opportunity to shape these children’s perceptions of church and religion from the very beginning of their faith lives. At a recent Sunday mass, one of the young children said to his parents during my homily, “If God doesn’t stop talking soon he’s going to lose his voice!”  I’m hoping it was because my voice was a bit sore and not due to the length of my homily!  Read More

Math articles and loving to the end

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

Posted In: Education

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC teaching

“The University of Portland has enjoyed a full month for Christmas break in 2011-2012, and I have spent some of it reading over, editing, and critiquing two different mathematics papers that have not yet been published,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.  “What does any of this have to do with being a Holy Cross priest, or even with being a follower of Christ?” He answers his own question by finding inspiration in Jesus who “loved us to the end.” Read More

Ordinary time placed in service of the Church

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

Posted In: Mission, Parish, and Perú

Fr Don Fetters, CSC

“These folks don’t make this sacrifice in order to get a better job or increase their salary,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about the adults enrolled in our Peruvian parish’s School for Pastoral Leadership. “For them the School for Pastoral Leadership opens the door to serving the parish and chapel communities as volunteer chapel coordinators, directors of liturgy and social action, Bible teachers, leaders in the ministry to the sick, etc. They become the ones who make the parish work—guaranteeing the essential services that are needed to get the gospel message around and to put it into practice.”

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Lessons from Prayer

Author: Mr. Tim Weed

Posted In: Discernment, Moreau Seminary, and Seminary Life

Mr Timothy Weed

“The move to Moreau Seminary was a nervous experience for me. I had never lived that far from home or been somewhere where I knew very few people. I had practically no prior connection to Notre Dame or Holy Cross, but I knew that God had guided me to this decision,” writes Mr. Tim Weed, a candidate at Moreau Seminary. “The first semester of formation has been a wonderful experience, and I firmly believe that the choices I made in the past year have led me down the right path in life.” Read More

Vocations Awareness Week: It Takes the Church

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

Posted In: Discernment, Vocation Office, and Vocations

Baby Priest Camp

“‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ That is the wisdom of an African proverb, and there is a great truth in it,” writes Fr. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C. “As the Roman Catholic Church celebrates Vocations Awareness Week January 9-16, I would like to propose a new, yet similar proverb about vocations to religious life and priesthood: ‘It takes the Church to raise a vocation.’” Read More

Happy Feast of St. André!

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

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Saint André

“I truly believe that my own vocation in Holy Cross goes back to Saint André Bessette,” writes Fr. John Dougherty, C.S.C. “It amazes me that my uncle (Br. Fulgence Dougherty, C.S.C.) and André were alive at the same time. Although they never met, they were cut from the same cloth. As a ‘younger’ Holy Cross religious I hope that I can share in their devotion to Saint Joseph and our Blessed Mother.” Read More

The Holy Cross ‘Brand’

Author: Mr. John Soisson

Posted In: Spirituality and Universities and Colleges


“There’s a lot of talk these days about ‘brand awareness’,” writes Mr. John Soisson. “I prefer the more classical approach. Isn’t it better to ask: Who are we? Why are we here? What do we want to be? Where are we going?” He goes on, “What’s the Holy Cross brand? ... The Holy Cross brand really isn’t something that you can design and print. It’s a way of life. A lot of people like the idea of Holy Cross, but not everyone can live it.” Read More

Listening to tradition

Author: Fr. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Studies

Fr Kevin Sandberg, CSC holding Tommy

“In the field of religious education we call this traditioning, literally “to hand on or give across generations”, but of late this practice has been recognized to be in need of renewal, to put it mildly,” writes Fr. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., about his advanced studies. “So it is to such a ministry that I have been brought by providence and sent on assignment as a professional ‘educator in the faith.’” Read More

New Year, New Home

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

Posted In: André House and Universities and Colleges

Moving into Andre House's new home

"The more I reflected on the comment by a Core Staff member about preparing a home for people of our Holy Cross Family the day after celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family, the more I saw other connections to the Christmas story," writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., the Director of André House. "As Mary and Joseph traveled and searched for a home, but found no room, many of our guests arrive to Phoenix looking for a place to find shelter. The blessing of having a family – traditional nuclear family, religious family, or whatever family – willing to prepare a place for you and to welcome you is indeed a gift." Read More

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