Final Vows

Without Provision

Author: Fr. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows and Vocations

Laying prostrate in the Basilica

There is nothing provisional about God’s love for us.  And we are challenged to love God, also without provision. Read More




A First-Year at Final Vows

Author: Mr. Chris Lovett

Posted In: Community, Final Vows, and Vocations

Fellowship among CSC Seminarians

I’ve always wondered if it was “everyone for themselves,” in the seminary. I was astonished to see how close these men are; their enthusiasm for each other’s presence. Read More








Here I am, Lord

Author: Owen Williams, Mr.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Final Vows, and Old College

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I could truly feel the presence of Christ at each of the events that took place over the course of Final Vows weekend.  This presence, most especially, was made manifest in the commitment, faith, hope, zeal, and love that my six brothers in Holy Cross displayed as they became ordained ministers in the Church. Read More


Vows for a Lifetime

Author: Mr. Bryan Williams

Posted In: Final Vows, Religious Vows, and Vocations

Two CSC's walking across campus

I think for all of us who take vows, the commitment never loses a sense of the unknown... However, it comforts me to know that I will not be alone in walking the path. Read More



Final Vows Lucernarium

Author: Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and In the Press

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Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., pastor of St. Joseph parish in South Bend, shares his homily from Final Vows Lucernarium, which kicks off the observance of the Perpetual Profession of Vows and Ordination to the Diaconate of six of our Holy Cross Seminarians. Fr. Kevin shares that prayer must be the center of a seminarian or novice's life, but must continue to be the center for the rest of religious life and ordained ministry as well. Read More



Suscipe! Receive O Lord!

Author: Mr. Brendan McAleer, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment, Final Vows, and Religious Vows

Patrick Reidy, CSC professing Final Vows

Brendan McAleer, C.S.C., who just professed his own First Vows just over one month ago, shares his reflections on the Final Vows and Diaconate Ordination liturgies of new Deacons Adam Booth, C.S.C., and Pat Reidy, C.S.C. Read More



Final Vows: Prophetic Sojourners

Author: Fr. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows and Homilies and Reflections

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Rev. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, encourages Adam Booth, C.S.C. and Patrick Reidy, C.S.C. to be prophetic sojourners, as they pledge their lives forever to the service of the Church and the world as Holy Cross religious. 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


Final Vows: Your Servants are Listening

Author: Fr. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and Religious Vows

Fr Thomas J O'Hara, CSC, Provincial Superior

Fr. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the United States Province, preached the following homily at the Final Vows Mass of now Deacons Brian Ching, C.S.C., Mark DeMott, C.S.C., and Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., on Saturday, August 25. These men, Fr. O’Hara said, have told the Lord they are forever His servants, listening and ready to do His will. Read More


The ‘Final Yes’

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

Posted In: Discernment, Final Vows, and Vocations

Mr Mark DeMott, CSC

“Everything seemed “right” in my discernment,” writes Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., who will take Final Vows in Holy Cross on Saturday. “I love Holy Cross. Diverse experiences during these years of formation have confirmed my attraction to the ministries of teaching, pastoral ministry and service in the international missions. The faith and witness of so many priests, brothers and men in formation have inspired me, and I have found myself drawn into the community. ... But what about the ‘final yes’?” Read More


Final Vows Homily: Freed for Mission

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

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and Religious Vows

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Today at 2 p.m. ET in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., made his final profession of religious vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross.  Now he is one of the spiritual sons of Blessed Basil Moreau forever. Receiving Matt's final vows and presiding at the Mass was Fr. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the United States Province.  Fr. Tyson graciously shared his powerful homily at the Mass with us at Spes Unica, and we now share it with you. It is a deep reflection on the meaning of the evangelical counsels in our world. Read More


Final Vows Lucernarium: Insight into the World

Author: Fr. Bob Dowd, C.S.C.

Posted In: Final Vows, Homilies and Reflections, and Religious Vows

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With the celebration of Lucenarium this evening at Moreau Seminary, the 2011 Final Vows Weekend for the United States Province officially began.  Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Mr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., will be professing forever the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Read More


Final Vows in East Africa: A community of single-heartedness

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

Posted In: East Africa, Final Vows, and Homilies and Reflections

Final Vows in Africa

Today, on another continent, we celebrated the final profession of five of our religious from the District of East Africa. With the Rev. David T. Tyson presiding, Changwe Constantine, C.S.C., Macharia Timothy, C.S.C., Mbusa Vicent, C.S.C., Muhindo Luke, C.S.C., and Tumwine Patrick, C.S.C., professed forever the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross.In a Spes Unica blog exclusive, we share with you today the homily given by Fr. Tyson at the Mass. Read More


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