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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Childlike Curiosity and Theological Study

Author: Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C.

Posted In: Moreau Seminary and Seminary Life

Seminarian Room

“The MDiv degree that we study for at the University of Notre Dame provides us with top-notch preparation for professional ministry in the Church,” writes Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C. “I know that my place in the world is not to be alone, but to be part of a pilgrim people that I believe I’m called to serve as a priest as we walk along together. And so it’s not just my place in the world that I want to understand, but rather our place, our journey and our destiny.” Read More

49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Vocations

Pope Benedict XVI

This Sunday, April 29th, in union with the Universal Church, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This year, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has invited us to reflect on the theme of Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God. Read More

Discerning by discussing

Author: Mr. Michael Marshall

Posted In: Discernment

Mr Michael Marshall

“Discussing your discernment is difficult,” writes Mr. Michael Marshall, a first year Old Collegian. “However, I would say that talking with others about your reasons for discerning the priesthood has probably been one of my most important and helpful ways to discern. Whether talking with a parent, a friend, or even a priest, discussion is one of the best ways to flesh out your reasons for discerning the priesthood.” Read More

Made the Hands of Christ

Author: Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations and Priesthood

Bishop Kevin C Rhoades, DD laying on of hands

“It makes the whole ordination liturgy even more powerful when you know that your own is now likely so close,” writes Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., in reflecting on the Ordination of Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. “This allowed me to see the whole thing with new eyes, even though I have witnessed several Holy Cross Ordinations before.” Read More

Social Outreach at Holy Cross Parish

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

Posted In: Parish

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

“Saint James reminds us in his letter that faith without works is dead,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. “I have been impressed in my four years here at Holy Cross Parish by the level of social outreach offered by our parishioners. Our social ministry is coordinated by our Social Action Commission chaired by a very active and committed parishioner involved in a number of parish activities.” Read More

Touched by Christ through Our Senses

Author: Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Ordinations

Fr Matt Kuczora, CSC

“Today, be very Catholic,” preached newly ordained Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., in his first Mass. “Allow Christ to touch you through your senses. Listen to Christ’s voice in the words of our prayers. Taste the bread and wine that are His Body and Blood.  See Him in your neighbor, both in the pews and then wherever you may go from here.” Read More

Scattering the Word, Dispensing Mercy, Nourishing with the Eucharist

Author: Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, D.D.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Most Rev Kevin C Rhoades, DD

“To scatter the seed of God’s Word; to dispense his mercy; to nourish the faithful with Christ’s Body and Blood – these are three aspects of the priestly mission that I wish to reflect on with you in this homily,” preached Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, the Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, at the Ordination of Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. Read More

Asking for God's Strength and Grace

Author: Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Ordinations

Laying Prostrate at Ordination

"If you ask a Holy Cross Priest about the most memorable parts of his Ordination, I would venture that, at some point, he would talk about lying prostrate on the floor of the Basilica. It is a gesture that is packed with meaning—a gesture that calls together the prayers of those gathered in the Basilica as well as those who have gone before us in the faith," preached Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., in his homily at Lucernarium this evening, in final preparation for Matt's Ordination to the Priesthood tomorrow. Read More

Lining up the Chasubles

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Mr John Zack

We asked Mr. John Zack, University Sacristan, what it takes to run the Ordination Mass smoothly. "First of all," he responded, "we need to make sure we have enough albs and chasubles – pressed and steamed and ready to go. We will probably bring up about 100 to make sure we have enough." And for when he can finally breathe easy Read More

Greater Priestly Service through Brotherhood

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

Posted In: Ordinations

Mr Matthew Kuczora, CSC

“As we stand with Matthew at his ordination, his ‘yes’ reminds us once again of that inner zeal that animates our life and ministry in Holy Cross,” writes Fr. Ken Molinaro, “My prayer for Matthew is that he might see in us, his brothers in Holy Cross, a call to faithfulness to who we are and a resolve to be ever more united with one another in the Lord Jesus, the One who kindles the zeal within.” Read More

A Blessing for Others

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

Posted In: Ordinations and Priesthood

Fr John Britto, CSC

“In our abundantly consumerist society in which many spend for themselves, a priest is invited to spend himself for others,” writes Fr. John Britto, C.S.C., as he reflects on his first year as a priest. “This year provided me ample opportunities every day to think of the ways in which I have been a blessing to many. In the wake of this reality, the most dominant feeling was the unfailing recognition of my unworthiness in the face of such an awesome grace lavished upon me. … What a blessing it is to be a blessing!” Read More

Holy Week: Among the Living Forever

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Notre Dame Easter

"We know and believe that all that is sad will one day come untrue," writes Fr. Pete Jarret, C.S.C. "Our crosses, large and small, will end in gladness because of Christ’s victory over all sin and death. His dying and rising destroyed death forever and assured for us an eternal lifetime of joy." Read More

Holy Week: Waiting in Hope

Author: Fr. Steve Lacroix, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Holy Week

“Are we supposed to look past Good Friday like that?” asks Fr. Steve Lacroix, C.S.C., in his Good Friday homily. “Is that what Christian hope means? Yes, we know that Easter is just days away; but what about the times when we encounter suffering in our lives, and we don’t know exactly how long it’s going to last, or how bad it’s going to get, or what redemption will look like for us? What does Christian hope look like when the Cross becomes real in our lives?” Read More

Holy Week: Eucharistic Service

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Fr David T Tyson, CSC

St. John’s account of the Last Supper dramatically draws our attention to that very critical link between the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Jesus as Divine Love AND His mandate to service: ‘I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do,’ preached Fr. David Tyson on Holy Thursday. “By showing us what to do, and, at the same time, by giving Himself to us as sacrament, Jesus inextricably links the Eucharist to our service.” Read More

Studying the Source and Summit

Author: Fr. Michael Wurtz, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies

Fr Michael Wurtz, CSC

“ Whereas before the Second Vatican Council liturgical studies and formation was more or less relegated to dogmatics on one end and pragmatic practica on the other, the Church now lists liturgical studies as one of the top five principal topics of study,” writes Fr. Michael Wurtz, C.S.C., from his studies in Rome. “My doctoral dissertation seeks to understand better both the nature and function of this liturgical formation upon the seminarian as well as its history in the modern era.” Read More

Christ in the Vet

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

Posted In: André House

Crucifix at André House

In Mark’s Gospel, Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., recounts, “Only at the very end, after the crucifixion, do you find the climatic statement of faith about Jesus as Son of God. Working at André House, I was struck by who makes the major statement of faith. It was not an apostle, or even a disciple. It was the centurion, the soldier. As one might expect, there are more than a fair share of soldiers (vets) who are homeless.” Read More

Holy Week: Accompanying Jesus to Jerusalem

Author: Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections


“Today is the day of great expectations. Jesus, thought by the masses to be the long-awaited Messiah, enters Jerusalem triumphantly,” preaches Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C., in his Palm Sunday Homily at Stonehill College. “And we today, the heirs of those dreams: Who are we? What do we do we desire? … Where is our kingdom? Who is it who comes triumphantly into our hearts so that we might truly give ourselves over?” Read More

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