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Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Christ, Be Our Light

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

Posted In: Seminary Life and Spirituality

Easter Vigil

"It seems that whenever the Church and Holy Cross decide to commemorate or celebrate a special occasion, light and darkness play prominent roles in the flow of prayer and liturgy," writes Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C., a temporarily professed seminarian at Moreau Seminary. "This progression of darkness into light is not just a theatrical trick; it is a symbol that points to our own salvation history, when the human race was plunged into darkness and Christ Himself came to raise us out of it." Read More

Beckoning Us to Fall in Step with Them

Author: Mr. Paul Fortin

Posted In: Discernment, Old College, and Seminary Life

Fr Jarrod Waugh, CSC

“What made the Ordinations last week particularly interesting to me was that now-Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., was the assistant formator for Old College last year. This was the first time that someone I know well was ordained,” writes Mr. Paul Fortin, who is in his second year at Old College. “To witness this remarkable change occur to a former formator brought home for me the reality of what formation in Holy Cross is about.” Read More

50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Universal Church and Vocations

Fr Jarrod Waugh, CSC

This Sunday, April 21, the Church celebrates the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This year’s theme, Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith, echoes the Congregation’s vision of serving the Church and the world as “men with hope to bring.” Read More

A Human Encounter with the Prince of the Apostles

Author: Mr. Hugh Dowell

Posted In: Discernment, Pilgrimages, and Vocations

Mr Hugh Dowell

“There is something incredibly impressive about the simplicity of witnessing St. Peter’s bones underneath the high altar of the Vatican basilica,” writes Mr. Hugh Dowell, a postulant at Moreau Seminary about his recent pilgrimage to Rome. “It made perfect sense for my meeting with the Prince of the Apostles should be a very human experience. St. Peter was a man very much aware of his own humanity, and yet found holiness through that weakness, not in spite of it.” Read More

Recife, Brazil: A New Mission

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Fr Jim Phalan, CSC

“Though Guadalajara is 30 years old, the huge parish to which it belongs has not been able to provide much pastoral care, so the local bishop asked for our help,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., from Brazil. “[Our religious there] are laying a foundation for the mission, discerning how to respond to the needs of the local community. People have welcomed them with open arms.”

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First Mass Homily: Sent Forth by Mercy to Love

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Rev Jarrod Waugh, CSC

Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., was ordained a priest on April 6, 2013, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Here is the homily from his First Mass, celebrated at Christ the King Parish on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Fr. Jarrod reminds us of "the single most amazing gift that God ever gave to the human race — the gift of His Son to be our Savior. ... God’s Mercy turns doubt into preaching the Gospel, and transforms despair into sharing the truth of God’s love with the world." Read More

First Mass Homily: Anointed to Mend, to Reach Out, to Rebuild

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections


Fr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., was ordained a priest on April 6, 2013, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Here is the homily from his First Mass, celebrated at the Basilica on Sunday, April 7. Fr. Mark speaks of how “our baptisms anoint us to mend broken relationships, to reach out in compassion to the sick and the suffering, to forgive those who have wronged us, to rebuild our Church, to reach out to our sisters and brothers and say: ‘Do not be unbelieving, but believe!’” Read More

First Mass Homily: A Constant Journey Further Up and In

Author: Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections

Fr Brian Ching, CSC

Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C., was ordained a priest on April 6, 2013, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Here is the homily from his First Mass, celebrated April 7, 2013 at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend, Ind., where he has been serving this past year as a deacon. He speaks of the life of  faith as a "consta​nt journey further up and further in" the mystery of God. Read More

Radiate His Love

Author: Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Ordinations, and Priesthood


"Volumes, of course, have been written about the priesthood and the sacrament of Holy Orders—about the indelible character it confers, the ontological change that it effects, how the priest acts in persona Ecclesiae, in the person of the Church," preached Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., at the Lucenarium Prayer Service this evening in vigil of the Ordination Mass. "But all of this will mean nothing if the priest does not radiate love, radiate His love." Read More

Ordination Mass Will be Streamed Live on the Web

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Ordinations

Laying on of Hands at Priesthood Ordination in the Basilica

On Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. EST, Deacons Brian Ching, C.S.C., Mark DeMott, C.S.C., and Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., will be ordained to the priesthood in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. If you cannot make it in person, join us on the Internet with live streaming of the Ordination Mass. The link to the live stream is: mms:// You can also access it via the Basilica's webpage at:

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Being with Saints and Welcoming the New Pope

Author: Mr. Ethan Lott

Posted In: Pilgrimages and Universal Church

St Peter's Square

In reflecting on the recent Office of Vocation pilgrimage to Rome, Old Collegian Ethan Lott writes, “The truly incredible part about this trip was not only the chance to travel to the heart of the Catholic Church, but also the timing. The Office of Vocations had been planning this trip since last year before Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had announced his intention to resign.” Read More

Excitement building for Ordination


Posted In: Ordinations

Deacon Brian Ching, CSC

“I cannot but help to wonder how many Masses I will say or how many people I will anoint,” writes Deacon Brian Ching, C.S.C., just days from his Ordination to the Priesthood. “As I envision these moments I cannot help but to be deeply humbled, like Peter there is a desire to say “depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Yet, at the same time there is an overwhelming sense of faith and hope.” Read More

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