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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

The Spirit of the Grotto

Author: Liam Maher, Mr.

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Springtime at the Grotto

Whether rejoicing at some good fortune or lamenting a recent failure, my wandering feet always lead me to the Grotto where I can put my heart before the Virgin Mary and ask her intercession.  Read More

Here I am, Lord

Author: Owen Williams, Mr.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Final Vows, and Old College


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

Trusting in Divine Providence

Author: Mr. Charlie Skinner

Posted In: Discernment, Old College, and Seminary Life


Old College seminarian Charlie Skinner shares some of his spiritual reflections from seminarian orientation. This year's theme was “Trusting in Divine Providence.” Charlie observes how the Blessed Virgin Mary is the best example of that trust. 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

What Seminarians Do for Lent

Author: Mr. Michael Marshall

Posted In: Old College

Old Collegians

“A few weeks ago, I began preparing for Lent by deciding what I would give up,” writes Michael Marshall of Old College Undergraduate Seminary. “As I pondered these questions, a random question came into my head. What do priests give up for Lent? … It will have to remain a mystery for now. However, I am able to provide insight into the Lenten observances of the seminarians in Old College.” Read More

Lessons from Studying Abroad

Author: Mr. Vincent Nguyen

Posted In: Old College

Vincent Nguyen

“I spent the last semester in London on a study abroad experience,” writes Mr. Vincent Nguyen, a junior at Old College. “This study abroad experience, however, was a little different from what other Notre Dame students experience while studying in London, because I stayed at the seminary for the Archdiocese of Westminster, Allen Hall, and I took my classes at Heythrop College, a Jesuit university part of the University of London system.” Read More

House Recreation and Community Life

Author: Mr. Charlie Skinner

Posted In: Brotherhood, Community, and Old College

Old Collegians go bowling

Charlie Skinner writes about community recreation nights in Old College: “I develop a deeper appreciation for the Old College community that I am blessed to be a part of. As the Constitutions suggest, community enriches our faith life, encourages us to share our gifts, and provides us with the energy that is necessary for doing our work.” Read More

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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New Seminarians Arriving

Author: Holy Cross Vocations

Posted In: Moreau Seminary, Old College, Seminary Life, and Vocations

Welcome to Moreau Seminary

Today Holy Cross welcome 16 postulants to Moreau Seminary, the largest class in over a decade, and four new young men to Old College Undergraduate Seminary. At the same time, at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colo., nine men who just completed their postulant year arrived to be formally received into the Novitiate tomorrow. What a great sign of hope for the future of the Church! Read More

Living Among the Saints

Author: Mr. Bryan Williams

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life


"Since coming to Rome, my faith has been inspired in a completely different way than it had been in the United States, specifically through the lives of the saints," says Mr. Byran Williams, an Old Collegian who has been studying in the Eternal City this semester with three of his classmates. "Through living amongst the Communion of Saints, which is so physically present in Rome, I have been encouraged to be strong in the faith of the Church, similar to the way in which my brothers in Holy Cross give me the strength to live as a seminarian." Read More

Hosting Mass in the Log Chapel

Author: Mr. Charlie Skinner

Posted In: Old College

Mass at Log Chapel

“As men in formation, Old Collegians certainly spend time praying in community and in solitude. But the Log Chapel Mass serves as a great opportunity for us to pray with the Church – with our friends and peers outside of the community,” writes Mr. Charlie Skinner, a first year Old Collegian, about the Tuesday night Mass hosted by our undergraduate seminary. “It is here that we are truly able to ‘stand in the company of others who know God as their Father.’” Read More

Deepening Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Author: Mr. Josh Bathon

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Our Lady of Sorrows

“Three weeks ago, the men of Old College made a weekend retreat,” writes Mr. Josh Bathon, a second-year man at Old College. “Throughout the retreat, we were challenged to greater understand the Congregation and ourselves through a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows.  Such an experience is enriching and formative – truly a blessing.” Read More

Building Community, French style

Author: Mr. Joe Krivos

Posted In: Community, Moreau Seminary, Old College, and Seminary Life

Mr Joe Krivos

“Regardless of who wins the ‘best soiree’ award,” writes Old Collegian Joe Krivos after the epic Les Misérables soiree, “Thursday evenings are the time that the Holy Cross Seminary Community has to come together, to forget about the rigors of our academics for a short while, and just enjoy ourselves with our brothers in Holy Cross, while giving glory to God.” Read More

Seminarian Summer: It's All Latin to Me

Author: Mr. Karl Romkema

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Karl Romkema

Summer is upon us, and although our seminarians are out of their regular classes, they still stay pretty busy.  Over the next several weeks, we will check in with some of them to see what's keeping them busy for the Lord this summer and how they are using this time to continue to prepare to serve the Church.  We start with Karl Romkema, a rising junior at Old College. Read More

The Real OC: Encountering the Global Church

Author: Mr. Brendan McAleer

Posted In: Old College


Brendan McAleer, a senior at Old College, sends us our report from Old College for this month. But as you will find out, it is a post that comes from a lot further away …This past semester I had the great opportunity to study abroad at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. It has been the tradition of Old College to send men in their third year to study abroad. For the past six years we have been residing at The American College of the Immaculate Conception, a diocesan seminary run by the USCCB. Of course, besides our studies, we had the opportunity to travel, including spending Christmas in Rome!  Read More

The Real OC: The family that eats together

Author: Mr. John Whittaker

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Fr Ed Obermiller, CSC with sous chefs

Thanksgiving, perhaps more than any time of the year, is when our minds (and stomachs) turn to thoughts of meals.  In our latest post giving us a glimpse into life in Old College, our undergraduate seminary, John Whittaker, shares about their tradition of Sunday meals, including a special one that happened just a week ago. Read More

The Real OC: On Retreat with St. Joseph and Brother André

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Old College and Seminary Life

Old College Retreat

In this monthly series, different men from Old College, Holy Cross’s minor seminary on the campus of Notre Dame, will report on life in the seminary. They also have their own blog that is worth checking out. Our first poster, Ryan Ayala, shares today about their annual fall retreat the OC men went on this past weekend. Read More

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