Homilies and Reflections

Priestly Firsts

Author: Fr. Chase Pepper, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Priesthood

Preaching at Mass

When you get ordained to the priesthood, you know to expect a whole new set of awesome firsts. However, there are also those firsts that you don’t know to expect. Read More

The Desert of Myself

Author: James Corcoran, Mr.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Old College, and Seminary Life

The Pharisee and The Publican, Tissot 1894

I found that not only was it utterly impossible, but that it was utterly pointless. It was pointless because it was not bringing me closer to God. Rather, it was a kind of self-idolatry. In my fumbling attempts at giving up things, I was patting myself on the back, congratulating my willpower for its strength of resolve. Read More

Preaching Repentance

Author: Mr. Cameron Cortens

Posted In: Feasts, Homilies and Reflections, and Seminary Life

The Denial of St Peter by Peter Caravaggio

As we enter this Lenten season, let us be brought low. Let us be humbled. Now is the time to rise to Christ’s call to preach repentance, but in responding to this call, let us first learn how to preach repentance to ourselves. Read More

Final Vows Lucernarium

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

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


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

First Mass Homily: Fr. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.

Author: Fr. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Fr Patrick Reidy, CSC

Read the homily from Fr. Pat's First Mass, celebrated at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. In attendance, in addition to his family and Holy Cross Confreres, were many men from Keough Hall, where Fr. Pat serves as Rector. He preached, on this Sunday of Many Names, about how the Holy Spirit calls us out of fear, and invites us to form community. Read More

First Mass Homily: Fr. Adam Booth, C.S.C.

Author: Holy Cross Vocations

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Fr Adam Booth, CSC

Fr. Adam Booth, C.S.C., shares his first Mass homily, "Jesus Breaks For Us," given Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend, Indiana. The Spirit of Christ that filled the hearts of the first disciples and shaped their community of faith is still present to shape and reshape our prayer and worship today, right here at home. Read More

Bishop Rhoades Ordination Homily 2014

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Most Rev Kevin C Rhoades, DD

The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, D.D., is the bishop of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, and the ordaining bishop today for Fr. Adam Booth, C.S.C., and Fr. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C. We thank Bishop Rhoades for his gracious leadership of our local church, for his care of the Holy Cross religious and institutions in his diocese, and for his pastoral ministry. He has shared the text of today's Mass homily and allowed it to be reproduced here. Read More

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