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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

The Cross: Identity and Invitation

Author: Mr. Joe Krivos

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life


“This simple wooden cross reminds me of my identity as a Holy Cross seminarian,” writes Joe Krivos, a second year seminarian in Old College, while speaking about the wooden cross that Old Collegians wear around their necks. “It acts as a public invitation to a joy-filled life, and it reminds me that I am never alone in my journey through the seminary.”

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Infant Baptism: Slippery, but moving

Author: Fr. Paul Ybarra,C.S.C.

Posted In: Parish


“Although I am a priest, baby handling techniques are a prerequisite,” writes Fr. Paul Ybarra, the Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Ariz. “Here … we fully immerse the babies for the Sacrament of Baptism. All the Holy Cross guys who have been here have their own techniques. I, however, have stumbled along trying to find my own way.” Read More

A Biochemist in a Theologian’s World

Author: Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C.

Posted In: Theology

Mr Ryan Pietrocarlo, CSC

First-year professed seminarian Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., weighs in on his unorthodox transition from the College of Science to the Masters of Divinity Program: “After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in biochemistry, I now find myself in a new environment at Our Lady’s University – theology! At first, I wondered if I could make this drastic shift smoothly; however, I have come to find that studying theology is better than I anticipated and is even more compatible with science than I first imagined.” Read More

Engaging Faith in the English Classroom

Author: Fr. Tony Grasso, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Tony Grasso, CSC

“After they discover that I teach English, people often ask: ‘Don't priests usually teach theology?’” writes Fr. Tony Grasso, C.S.C., Professor of English at King’s College. “Literary and artistic works contain so much that pertains to and emanates from the deeper things of life, that it does not seem at all strange for a religious or priest to be engaged in the arts. Often we can discern in the human values under discussion the levels of imaginative and spiritual understanding.” Read More

Mary, Our True Mother

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries

Our Lady of Walshingham

“During the summer, flight connections took me through London at one point, so I decided to take a day or so to go to a Marian Shrine that I’d wanted to visit for a while: Our Lady of Walshingham,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., Director of Family Rosary International. “My visit there wasn’t there long but still it was a powerful renewal for me as a religious and a priest. I grow ever more conscious that Mary truly is my Mother.” Read More

Seminarians Under Cover

Author: Mr. Josh Bathon

Posted In: Final Vows, Ordinations, and Seminary Life

Holy Cross Seminarians

You probably already know how important and life changing Ordination and Final Vows are to them, and how much time, prayer, education, and formation culminated in that weekend,” writes Josh Bathon, who is in his third year at Old College. “But what you probably don’t know is the secret role the rest of us seminarians play during Final Vows weekend.” Read More

Our Brotherhood in Holy Cross Never Meant More

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

Posted In: Community

The Herman family

Fr. John Herman, C.S.C., writes about his father’s death and how his brothers in Holy Cross helped support him and his family in this time of loss and pain. “As important as it was for me to be with my Herman family throughout my dad’s illness, death and funeral celebration, it was also an important and powerful blessing to know of the prayers and support of my brothers in Holy Cross throughout it all.” Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows

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

Posted In: Feasts, Homilies and Reflections, and Spirituality

Our Lady of Sorrows

This Saturday, September 15, Holy Cross celebrates its Patroness, Our Lady of Sorrows. Fr. Ken Molinaro, C.S.C., helps us prepare for the feast by sharing how Mary reveals to us the what and the how of religious life. Read More

Bringing Hope in the Mountains

Author: Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C.

Posted In: Seminary Life and Spirituality

Smoke from Wildfires behind Novitiate

“The eight days we were evacuated from the Waldo Canyon Wildfire could have easily derailed our common prayer, our community life and our ministry. Those eight days, however, turned out to be the one of the most powerful experiences of the entire year for us,” writes Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C., about his class’ evacuation from the Holy Cross Novitiate in Colorado. “During that time, I realized that all of us were acting as ‘men with hope to bring’ in a very real way and thus living the Constitutions to their fullest extent.” Read More

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