2017 Ordination Homily

Author: Bishop Arthur J. Colgan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations, Priesthood, and Vocations

Bishop Arthur Colgan, CSC

Bishop Yves, (Father Epping), Father O’Hara, Brothers and Sisters in Holy Cross, Parents, Family and Friends of Ryan and Michael.

By virtue of our Baptism all of us are consecrated “as a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.” In Lumen Gentium, the document of Vatican II on the Church, we read: Read More

Servants of All

Author: Bishop Arthur J. Colgan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Ordinations and Vocations

Diaconate Ordination 2016

They will draw new strength from the gift of the Holy Spirit ... They will make themselves servants to all. Read More

Pure Happiness

Author: Owen Williams, Mr.

Posted In: Community, Ordinations, and Vocations

Old College

The joy that I felt for my brothers as they became priests of Jesus Christ in Holy Cross was overwhelming, and I am so happy for them as they begin their priestly ministry. Read More

Be Humble, But Be Strong

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

Posted In: Ordinations and Vocations

Fr Thomas J O'Hara, CSC, Provincial Superior

My brothers, never lose that sense of awe at any point in your lives of having the privilege of celebrating the sacraments and presiding at the Eucharist.  Read More

Are You Nervous Yet?

Author: Deacon Chris Rehagen, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment, Ordinations, and Vocations

Deacon Chris Rehagen, CSC Assisting at Mass

I am not approaching ordination with great nervousness but rather great excitement.  I am excited to be ordained a priest and to share in Christ’s ministry here on Earth! Read More

Easter Joy

Author: Deacon Tim Mouton, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment, Ordinations, and Vocations

Fr Tony Szakaly, CSC and Deacon Tim Mouton, CSC

As my ordination approaches, my joy is deep and true, and it is my prayer that God may always use me as He sees fit, bringing his love and joy to our world.   Read More

Recycled Chalices

Author: Fr. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Storage room for Chalices

Some years ago when I was visiting Moreau Seminary, a group of our transitional deacons were leafing through catalogues in the process of picking out their ordination chalices. I mentioned that we had a large inventory of chalices from our deceased confreres in storage. Read More

The Last First

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

Posted In: Ordinations, Priesthood, and Universal Church

Fr Brian Ching, CSC

What the bishops, my brother priests, and I offered to Pat and Adam in laying our hands on them had little to do with our ministerial achievements, but rather simply passing on that which we had once received… 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

When Hell Freezes Over

Author: Fr. Tony Szakaly, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community, Ordinations, and Priesthood

Holy Cross Ordination

No matter the weather on ordination day, we trust that the Holy Spirit will pour out graces through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and fill these men, and the people of God they serve, with eternal light. 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://streaming.nd.edu/mass You can also access it via the Basilica's webpage at: http://basilica.nd.edu/liturgy/LiveMassWebcast.shtml

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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

Ordaining a Son of the Parish

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

Posted In: México, Ordinations, and Parish

Ordination of Fr Carlos Augusto Jacobo de los Santos, CSC

“Not many parishes ever get to have the ordination of one of their parish ‘sons’ actually take place in their own church,” writes Fr. John Herman, C.S.C. “It was a great blessing for Nuestra Madre de La Luz Parish here in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, México to be able to witness and celebrate Fr. Carlos Augusto Jacobo de los Santos, C.S.C., a son of our parish, being ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception – here in our own church.” 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

Made the Hands of Christ

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

Posted In: Ordinations and Priesthood

Bishop Kevin C Rhoades, DD laying on of hands

“It makes the whole ordination liturgy even more powerful when you know that your own is now likely so close,” writes Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., in reflecting on the Ordination of Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. “This allowed me to see the whole thing with new eyes, even though I have witnessed several Holy Cross Ordinations before.” Read More

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