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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Forming the Future in México


Posted In: México

Family of Holy Cross

Deacon Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., continues our week of exploring our missionary work in México by introducing us to our formation program in the country, which so far has formed three indigenous Mexican priests with more in the pipeline. Fresh off his Final Vows and Diaconate Ordination here in the States, Matt went to serve as the Candidate Program Director in Monterrey. Read More

Parish of San José in Taman, San Luis Potosí, México

Author: Fr. Marin Hernandez Campos, C.S.C.

Posted In: México

San José Parish

Fr. Marin Hernandez Campos, C.S.C., the Pastor of San José Parish in Taman, San Luis Potosí, continues our week of exploring our missionary work in México by introducing us on the Spes Unica blog to the poor, rural parish where he serves. Holy Cross took pastoral responsibility for San José just over a year ago, making it the most recent expansion of our mission in México. Read More

Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, México

Author: Fr. Alfredo Olvera Ledezma, C.S.C.

Posted In: México


Fr. Alfredo Olvera Ledezma, C.S.C., continues our week of exploring our missionary work in México by introducing us to the parish of Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz. Affectionately known as “La Luz”, this thriving and dynamic parish is at the heart of the Holy Cross mission in México, as it also serves as the home of our formation programs in the country.  Read More

Holy Cross in México

Author: Fr. Pete Logsdon, C.S.C.

Posted In: México and Mission

Fr Logsdon, CSC

This week our blog posts will focus on our mission work in México.  In order to understand our ministry there today, we first need to look back to the beginning of our presence in México. In today’s post, Fr. Pete Logsdon, C.S.C., who served in our mission there for over two decades, chronicles the history of Holy Cross in México.

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Hosting Mass in the Log Chapel

Author: Mr. Charlie Skinner

Posted In: Old College

Mass at Log Chapel

“As men in formation, Old Collegians certainly spend time praying in community and in solitude. But the Log Chapel Mass serves as a great opportunity for us to pray with the Church – with our friends and peers outside of the community,” writes Mr. Charlie Skinner, a first year Old Collegian, about the Tuesday night Mass hosted by our undergraduate seminary. “It is here that we are truly able to ‘stand in the company of others who know God as their Father.’” Read More

Fellowship and Meal

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

Posted In: Parish

Fr Fenstermaker, CSC

“Two words you may have noticed repeated throughout this blog are ‘fellowship’ and ‘meal,’” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. “It’s not surprising that the two are paired together so often. In a sense, isn’t that what Eucharist is all about? As parish priests, we strive to strengthen the sense of fellowship at our Sunday Eucharist so that our parishioners then go forth to spread that fellowship, that communion, with all they meet.” Read More

Our Lenten Journey

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

Posted In: East Africa and Homilies and Reflections

Mr Mark DeMott, CSC

“Somehow, I imagine that Lent will be a bit different here,” writes Seminarian Mark DeMott, C.S.C., from Holy Cross Lake View Secondary School in Uganda. “For the people of Uganda, meals are generally very simple – and almost always meatless.  At school, we eat posho, (imagine day-old Cream of Wheat that has solidified after a day in the refrigerator), rice, beans and bitter greens on a daily basis.  Perhaps most noticeably, almost everyone here can be considered to be ‘in need.’  … What is the place of fasting in a place like this?  What is the place of sacrifice?” Read More

Show andTell

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC teaching

“Every year, the Villa Maria Hall retreat begins with a game called, ‘What’s in the Bag?’ writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., from the University of Portland where he teaches mathematics and lives in residence at Villa Maria Hall. “We begin our men’s hall retreat, their first ‘adult’ retreat, with something that is little more than a children’s game; it’s just kindergarten ‘Show and Tell’ with a twist. And each year, it reveals spiritual mysteries ...”

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Zeal: Energy with a Mission

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

Posted In: Mission, Perú, and Spirituality

Fr Don Fetters, CSC

“It was much more than youthful energy let loose on a project that I saw in these young missionaries. It was really zeal, simply defined as great energy or enthusiasm for a cause or objective,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about Summer Mission 2012 in our Holy Cross parish in Peru. “Blessed Moreau chose the word “zeal” to insist with his brothers on the urgent intensity of the mission and the intentionality of the energy dedicated to it.” Read More

A taste of “no place to lay my head”

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

Posted In: André House and Mission

Fr Eric Schimmel, CSC

“This experience gave me new awareness and sensitivity to the inner turmoil of not having a consistent place to lay one’s head,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., the Director of André House, about having spent four nights moving from place to place. “Our homeless guests experience this every night. Some have a regular place they sleep – an assigned cot in a shelter, or a regular camp sight somewhere in the city. Most do not.” Read More

Studying for Eternal Life

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

Posted In: Studies

Fr Kevin Grove, CSC

“It is out of this call to be a religious and priest that God, through Holy Cross, has chosen me to study. This means that not only am I studying to make a contribution to knowledge, but I am studying in order to understand our faith more fully,” writes Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., from his doctoral studies at Cambridge. “That’s what theology is: faith seeking understanding. And a contribution to this understanding, which does take a lot of work, is one that can be preached, taught, and can be useful to others on their journeys to life with our Lord.” Read More

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