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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

The Holy Cross Difference

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Spirituality

Fr Pete McCormick, CSC

“People sometimes ask us what’s the difference between a C.S.C. or a Dominican or a monk or others priests, and why there are so many different kinds. I’ve given a lot of different answers,” preached Fr. Jim King, C.S.C., in his homily marking the end of Holy Cross week at Notre Dame. “But I’m going to give a little different answer today because even most other priests we get in discussions with about what we do think we’re crazy.” Read More

Unannounced, yet welcomed

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Community, East Africa, and Spirituality

Men Praying

“It wasn’t until I returned home and told my mom about arriving at the Novitiate unannounced, receiving the kind of welcome reserved for old friends, that I truly appreciated how much Holy Cross values community. And how much being surrounded by that community at Notre Dame and in Fort Portal has changed me for the better,” writes ND Senior David Mahin of his unscheduled visit to the Holy Cross Novitiate in East Africa. Read More

Attending to the Sick

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

Posted In: Parish

Fr Fenstermaker, CSC

“Visiting the sick is one of the seven corporal works of mercy. It is also one of the most fulfilling aspects of the ministry of a parish priest, and one of the most appreciated by his parishioners,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. “One of the lessons I learned early in my priesthood was the importance of visiting the sick and homebound of the parish.” Read More

Go to Joseph

Author: Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Feasts, and Spirituality

St Joseph Statue

“There are three particular traits of St. Joseph that have served me well as I have moved from assignment to assignment, and that continue to serve me in a way that a patron and model should be understood,” writes Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., on this Feast of St. Joseph. “First, he was a teacher. Second, he was a humble person. And third, he was an enabler in the best sense of that word.” Read More

Mwebale Inho! Thank you, East Africa, Seminary Life

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

Posted In: East Africa and Mission

Mr Mark DeMott, CSC

“As my time here comes to a close, I am profoundly grateful for this year of grace,” writes Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., who has been on a pastoral internship in East Africa this past year. “The beautiful, slow, free way of life here has begun to soak into my soul. I’ve learned to sit in the stillness and listen for God’s presence, invitation, and activity in my midst. ... My journey toward God will be forever bound up with the people of East Africa.” Read More

Machu Picchu and Standing Before God’s Creation

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Perú

Machu Picchu

“When I tell my US friends that I live in Peru, most of them will quickly ask if I had seen Machu Picchu. Now I can say I have!” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C. “There’s a whole controversy over Machu Picchu that’s been brewing for the last century, and a book published last year … sums it up in two questions:  who discovered Machu Picchu and who owns it. After giving those questions their due, the authors bring a nice insight to the discussion:  possessing something has nothing to do with treasuring it.” Read More

Being Formed into Christ's Shepherds

Author: Mr. David Halm, C.S.C.

Posted In: Moreau Seminary and Seminary Life

Come and See Weekend Graduates

“The Congregation of Holy Cross makes initial formation a top priority and central to this period are regular ‘formation nights’ in which Old Collegians, candidates and temporarily professed religious meet together with their respective staffs to discuss a set topic,” writes Mr. David Halm, C.S.C. “The specific topic flows from the larger theme of the semester – such as the vows, particular ministries, Holy Cross history – but always treat one of the ‘five pillars’ of initial formation.” Read More

Seek out the lost sheep

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

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC teaching

“During my first three years at the University of Portland, I have appreciated it as a tremendous center of human talent, creativity and excellence” says Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. "But as a priest these great blessings also embody a kind of temptation to neglect a major part of my vocation. For when describing how a good shepherd should behave, Jesus asks, 'If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?'" Read More

To put out into the deep … studying

Author: Fr. Aaron Michka, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies

Fr Aaron Michka, CSC

“Some years back when I was in Old College Undergraduate Seminary, our director, Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., … talked about the saints swimming deeply in the divine mysteries, beckoning those of us still waiting on the shore to come in and wet our feet,” writes Fr. Aaron Michka, C.S.C., of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration that has led him to advanced studies in Social Anthropology at Oxford University. “Around that same time I met a collection of vibrant Holy Cross priests and brothers passing through Moreau Seminary who had spent considerable time abroad, either in the missions or conducting research.” Read More

God the Father’s Emotions

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

Posted In: André House


“Right now one of our guests living at our transitional house is experiencing extreme anguish. Last week his pregnant girlfriend went into the doctor to have tests done to find out the sex of their baby. Hours later she was in a car accident, and died during the night,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., the Director of André House. “How does one make sense of this pain and anguish? How does this fit with an image of a God of love?” Read More

Promoting Family Prayer in México

Author: Fr. David J. Scheidler, C.S.C.

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and México

Fr David Scheidler, CSC

We conclude our week touring our mission in México by learning about the work of Family Rosary in the country from the ministry’s Director, Fr. David Scheidler, C.S.C. Family Rosary is a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which was founded by Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. By promoting prayer and building up families, it is a key part of our ministry in México. Read More

Hope for the Future in México

Author: Mr. Jorge Armando Morales, C.S.C.

Posted In: México

Mr Jorge Armando Morales, CSC

Continuing our week exploring our mission in México, we hear today from the soon-to-be newest finally professed member of our community there. On March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, Mr. Jorge Armando Morales, C.S.C., will profess forever the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He shares the hope he sees for the future in our work in his native land. Read More

Holy Cross Celebrates 175 years

Author: Fr. Arthur J. Colgan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Congregation

Blessed Moreau, Fr

Today we in the Congregation of Holy Cross joyfully celebrate the 175th Anniversary of our founding, since on this date in 1837, Holy Cross was established when Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., joined his Auxiliary priests with the Brothers of St. Joseph, founded by Father Jacques Dujarie. With Blessed Basil Moreau, we share the belief that Holy Cross is “God’s work” and continues to be a gift to the Church and to society. Read More

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