A Little Bit of Everything

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Parish


We are approaching the end of the year for many of the groups and the beginning of summer. The month of May here in La Luz has been full of activity. Read More

A Time of Evangelization

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Spirituality

Resurrection, Vrubel 1887

The priests and staff of the parish are working to implant this important aspect of our faith in the people so that they see that the path does not end with the Cross and ashes, but that these lead us to the glorious truth of the Resurrection. Read More

October Feasts in Mexico

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Saint André Bessette

Saint André Bessette

Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., writes that even some familiar feasts, like St. Andre Bessette or All Souls, have a somewhat different character in Mexico compared to the United States.  Read more about his grateful observations and experiences here. Read More

Education in the Faith

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

Posted In: Education, México, and Mission


Education in the faith is very important here in the parish because the majority of the people here cannot afford Catholic schools.  Consequently, many people do not receive a Catholic education, and these classes at the parish are the only exposure they have to the tenets of the faith Read More

Gifts from Bangladesh

Author: Mr. Christopher Brennan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Mission, and Seminary Life


What you have freely received you must freely give. Mr. Chris Brennan, C.S.C., shares some insights about the generosity of God and of God’s people in Bangladesh in this reflection. Read More

East Africa: The Word Made Flesh

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Prayer Guild in Kampala

When we work, moved by the Holy Spirit, we cooperate in making Jesus present to those we serve. Jesus is present to us in many ways, in the Sacraments, in the Word, but we also desire to make him present by the way we love those placed before us. This is what is happening in East Africa. Read More

The Mission: Holy Cross in Mexico

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Universal Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Fr. Phalan visits a remote parish in the hills of Mexico, and meets a people of deep faith, especially guided by Our Lady who once appeared to their people. Holy Cross, through its religious and ministries, seeks to support and encourage that powerful faith brought to birth there by the Blessed Virgin. Read More

Living Out Lives of Discipleship

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

Posted In: Mission and Parish

Fr Brian Ching, CSC

Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C. writes about the zeal and enthusiasm he witnessed during the youth Mission trip to the Appalacian Mountains. These youth were living out  Pope Francis' call to be attentive to the needs of the poor.  Read More

Holy Cross Perú's Golden Jubilee

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

Posted In: Feasts, Mission, and Perú

Holy Cross Celebrates 50 years in Perú

Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C, shares the joy of the Holy Cross community in Perú as they celebrate 50 years of service in that country. The past has been filled with blessings, and the future still invites our community to be ready to serve the church and people there.

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Holy Cross in Peru: Following Christ among the Poor

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries, Mission, and Perú

Holy Cross in Peru

“This year the Congregation is celebrating 50 years in Peru,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. “For 50 years Holy Cross has intentionally tried to stand with Mary at the foot of the Cross in Peru, specifically among the poor! I am grateful to the Lord that I have been a part of that history for a good many of those years.” 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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Sharing Faith with Families around the World

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Praying the Rosary

After the recent meeting of the directors of Family Rosary International, representing the work being done by Holy Cross Family Ministries in 17 countries, Fr. Jim Phalan C.S.C., writes, “It is beautiful to see the interweaving of the work begun by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton throughout Holy Cross. It was impressive to see how we are trying to ‘incarnate’ this charism in many cultures. It was beautiful to see the successes and perplexing to face the challenges. … What is our role in the New Evangelization?” Read More

Holy Cross in the Philippines

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

Posted In: Holy Cross Family Ministries and Mission

Fr Vincent Rosario, CSC

"In 1951, the Servant of God, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., began the Family Rosary Crusade in the Philippines,” writes Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C., the Director of Family Rosary, International. “After Fr. Peyton died in 1992, people began to insist that Holy Cross formally found the Congregation in the Philippines to continue this legacy. This finally became a reality in 2008.” Read More

Leading into Eternal Life

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

Posted In: México, Mission, and Parish

Parish in Mexico

“With the numbers of people in our parish and the rapid nature of the burials, I might have two or more funerals in my day that I don’t even know I’ll be having when I wake up that morning,” writes Fr. John Herman, C.S.C., Pastor of La Luz Parish in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, México. “Accompanying our people before and after the death of a loved one is such a powerful way for us in Holy Cross to truly be ‘men with hope to bring.’” Read More

Africa, So Distant and So Close

Author: Fr. Jose Ahumada, C.S.C.

Posted In: East Africa and Mission

Fr José Ahumada, CSC

“Before going to East Africa, I thought of the many diseases that I could contract there. I also thought of how difficult it would be to live without electricity and potable water in a hot climate full of mosquitoes. But I found it to be a quite different reality,” writes Fr. José Ahumada, C.S.C. “It was in seeing such joy and hope springing from faith [in East Africa] that I came to realize that as distant as Africa may seem, it is really quite close to us.”

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Teaching, Healing and Praying in Perú

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

Posted In: Mission and Perú


“If you want to find that three-fold brand [of teaching, healing and praying] in Holy Cross Perú, you only need to visit the El Señor de la Esperanza Parish Center in the heart of our mission among some of the country’s poorest,” writes Fr Don Fetters, C.S.C. “Visitors to this Holy Cross Perú icon of teaching, healing and prayer don’t walk out the same as they entered. They leave refreshed in mind, body and soul and return to the reality of their daily lives carrying back the gift hope renewed.” Read More

Mwebale Inho! Thank you, East Africa, Seminary Life

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

Posted In: East Africa and Mission

Mr Mark DeMott, CSC

“As my time here comes to a close, I am profoundly grateful for this year of grace,” writes Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., who has been on a pastoral internship in East Africa this past year. “The beautiful, slow, free way of life here has begun to soak into my soul. I’ve learned to sit in the stillness and listen for God’s presence, invitation, and activity in my midst. ... My journey toward God will be forever bound up with the people of East Africa.” Read More

Holy Cross in México

Author: Fr. Pete Logsdon, C.S.C.

Posted In: México and Mission

Fr Logsdon, CSC

This week our blog posts will focus on our mission work in México.  In order to understand our ministry there today, we first need to look back to the beginning of our presence in México. In today’s post, Fr. Pete Logsdon, C.S.C., who served in our mission there for over two decades, chronicles the history of Holy Cross in México.

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Zeal: Energy with a Mission

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

Posted In: Mission, Perú, and Spirituality

Fr Don Fetters, CSC

“It was much more than youthful energy let loose on a project that I saw in these young missionaries. It was really zeal, simply defined as great energy or enthusiasm for a cause or objective,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about Summer Mission 2012 in our Holy Cross parish in Peru. “Blessed Moreau chose the word “zeal” to insist with his brothers on the urgent intensity of the mission and the intentionality of the energy dedicated to it.” Read More

A taste of “no place to lay my head”

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

Posted In: André House and Mission

Fr Eric Schimmel, CSC

“This experience gave me new awareness and sensitivity to the inner turmoil of not having a consistent place to lay one’s head,” writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., the Director of André House, about having spent four nights moving from place to place. “Our homeless guests experience this every night. Some have a regular place they sleep – an assigned cot in a shelter, or a regular camp sight somewhere in the city. Most do not.” Read More

Ordinary time placed in service of the Church

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

Posted In: Mission, Parish, and Perú

Fr Don Fetters, CSC

“These folks don’t make this sacrifice in order to get a better job or increase their salary,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about the adults enrolled in our Peruvian parish’s School for Pastoral Leadership. “For them the School for Pastoral Leadership opens the door to serving the parish and chapel communities as volunteer chapel coordinators, directors of liturgy and social action, Bible teachers, leaders in the ministry to the sick, etc. They become the ones who make the parish work—guaranteeing the essential services that are needed to get the gospel message around and to put it into practice.”

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Waiting in Joyful Hope in Lake View

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

Posted In: East Africa and Mission

Mr Mark DeMott with Lake View students

“Carrying heavy loads is a daily task in East Africa. Overloaded pickup trucks struggle to move along washed-out dirt roads,” writes Holy Cross Seminarian Mark DeMott, C.S.C., from his pastoral year. “In conversations with my students, I am reminded that these burdens that I see are only a shadow of the burdens that the East African people carry within their hearts.” Read More

Waiting on others

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

Posted In: Mission and Perú

Hermano Andrés Clinic

“This nurse was there to wait on whoever might need her amazing attentiveness,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., “imitating the extreme sensitivity of Jesus who, in the midst of the noisy, pressing throng, stopped everything He was doing to turn the power of His attentiveness toward a poor sick woman who just happened to brush past the fringe of His garment.” Read More

Built on Rock

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

Posted In: Mission and Perú

Hill in Canto Grande

“What Señora Rut has taught me is how the poor eke out a living in the midst of this inhospitable rocky terrain,” writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about our mission in Lima, Peru. “Jesus said that his Church was to be built on rock, and here we can’t help but be aware of the fragmented rock upon which our local Church is built; it’s all around us.” Read More

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