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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

New Directory of Devotional Prayers Published

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Community, Congregation, Publications, and Spirituality

Directory of Devotional Prayer

One of the first gifts Blessed Moreau gave to his young religious community was the Directory, a book of common and personal prayers to assist in their living of the religious life. In recent weeks, Holy Cross religious have begun receiving the new Directory of Devotional Prayer commissioned by Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C., who served as Superior General of the Congregation from 1998-2010. With over 200 pages of prayers and devotions, this new Directory serves the same purpose as the first: uniting the members of Holy Cross with God and with each other.

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Jubilees: Christ who lives in us

Author: Fr. Tom Looney, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community, Holy Cross Heroes, and Homilies and Reflections

2012 Holy Cross Jubliarians

Last Friday, May 25, the United States Province celebrated the jubilees of 18 priests and five brothers who celebrated milestone anniversaries of their Ordination or their Final Vows in 2012. In a beautiful Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Tom Looney, C.S.C., who was celebrating 25 years of priestly ministry, gave the following moving homily on what the ancient meaning of what was celebrated that day.  Read More

Pentecost: Forgetting the Answers and Jumping into the Questions

Author: Fr. Jeffrey Cooper, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment, Homilies and Reflections, and Vocations


"Do I wish I knew then what I know now? Do I wish I knew then, when I was first discerning a vocation to the religious life and priesthood, what I know now, over 20 years later? The answer is simple: . . ." says Fr. Jeffrey Cooper, C.S.C. as he writes on the feast of Pentecost. Allowing the Spirit to reveal the unbearable, marvelous truth of our God. 

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Never Bored

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

Posted In: Parish

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

“I have never been bored as a priest,” writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. “This experience includes my 10 years outside of parish ministry as Vocation Director and as Director of Campus Ministry.... I must say, however, that parish ministry has been the most fulfilling and enjoyable ministry I have experienced as a priest.” Read More

Living Among the Saints

Author: Mr. Bryan Williams

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life


"Since coming to Rome, my faith has been inspired in a completely different way than it had been in the United States, specifically through the lives of the saints," says Mr. Byran Williams, an Old Collegian who has been studying in the Eternal City this semester with three of his classmates. "Through living amongst the Communion of Saints, which is so physically present in Rome, I have been encouraged to be strong in the faith of the Church, similar to the way in which my brothers in Holy Cross give me the strength to live as a seminarian." Read More

Mysterious Signs of Divine Providence

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC

“Mathematics and religious life have both brought with them one fringe benefit that I had not really considered when entering into either vocation: international travel,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. “In fact, this June will mark the fourth summer in a row that I’ll be making a trip to Europe, and each of the last three has brought me in touch with a mysterious sign of Divine Providence.” Read More

The Easter Cross

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

Posted In: Perú and Spirituality

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

‘”My daughter’s in bad shape,’ Carmen said. … Those few words were all it took to bring back to my mind her story which I was painfully aware of – about a daughter who vacillated between hope and failure in what seemed a life-long battle against a drug addiction, and now once again had fallen,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C. “I think I gave a decent homily that morning, but she was the teacher that day. She knew so much about the Cross and the hope it carries.” Read More

The Host of the Mass

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

Posted In: André House

The Eucharist

“At the end of the day, it does not matter where you celebrate the Mass – in a gothic church (like my sister’s parish), in a basilica or cathedral, or in a more simple setting such as a country chapel or the humble parking lot of André House,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., reflecting on his nephew’s First Holy Communion. “The most important thing is what my nephew focused on this weekend – the host. At the Mass, Jesus is the host.” Read More

A Community Transcending Time and Space

Author: Mr. John Soisson

Posted In: Community and Spirituality

All Souls Mass

“Maybe it’s a guy thing, but there is something that has always moved me about a group of men, united in purpose and labor, bonded by a shared life, shared sacrifice and shared joy,” writes Mr. John Soisson, the Special Assistant to the President at the University of Portland. “I first felt it as a young man whenever I got together with my father and brothers. I felt it with my teammates when I rowed in college, and again when I spent months on a hilltop in Vietnam with a company of men. But that day at Fatima House? I felt it so deeply that it moved me to tears.” Read More

A Home for Studies

Author: Fr. David Eliaona, C.S.C.

Posted In: Studies

Fr David Eliaona, CSC

“Not so long after I bragged about the ministry of Holy Cross in our Parishes in Tanzania – Kitete and Kambi ya Simba – I took a turn to do advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame and live in residence at Moreau Seminary,” writes Fr. David Eliaona, C.S.C. “[Now] I am about to complete a full year of studies, and there is no way of saying how much I appreciate the community that I have here and the studies that I am getting so much into now.” Read More

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