Religious Vows

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

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

Just Showing Up

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

Posted In: Community, Moreau Seminary, Religious Vows, and Seminary Life

Holy Cross Seminarians

“A wise priest once asked me what I thought the most important aspect of religious life was,” said Tim Mouton, C.S.C., a temporarily professed seminarian at Moreau Seminary. “I kind of shrugged my shoulders and said, ‘Faith, I guess.’ He gave me a smile that seemed to say, ‘Really?’ Then he said, ‘It’s showing up.’ … We have no greater model of this than Christ. Read More

Discovering the Riches of Poverty

Author: Mr. Hugh Dowell

Posted In: Discernment, Religious Vows, and Seminary Life

Mr Hugh Dowell

“One of my senior lay classmates, knowing I was a seminarian, approached me after class and asked, ‘How does Holy Cross understand poverty? You don’t look very poor.’ I must admit I was a little flabbergasted and didn’t have much of a response, which in turn got me thinking,” writes Mr. Hugh Dowell, a Postulant at Moreau Seminary. He goes on to recount what he has learned from the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross and his year in formation at Moreau Seminary. Read More

Why Would You Choose Celibacy?

Author: Mr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Posted In: Discernment and Religious Vows

Fr Joe Corpora, CSC with students

“When I initially decided to enter Moreau Seminary four years ago … one of the most common comments from friends and others was: ‘But doesn't that mean you have to give up sex?’” writes seminarian Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C. “During my time at the Novitiate, I began to be able to better answer those questions. … For me, the vow of chastity calls me to live in love with the God who created me, to love the person God created me to be and to love all of God’s people.” 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

Six Holy Cross Novices Make Their First Profession


Posted In: Religious Vows and Seminary Life

First Vows 2012

Six novices from the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colo., professed their First Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on July 28, 2012. Presiding at the Mass and receiving their vows was the newly elected Provincial Superior, Fr. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C. He spoke of the hope that these young men represent for not just the Congregation, but also the Church and the world. Read More

Year of the Brother Begins

Author: Br. Thomas Guimenta, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood and Religious Vows

Br Tom Giumenta, CSC

On October 17, 2011, the one year anniversary of the canonization of St. André Bessette, Holy Cross inaugurates the Year of the Brother as a year of thanksgiving, celebration, and prayer. Br. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., kicks off the year for us, reflecting on his 43-year journey as a Holy Cross brother and how it has been “living my impossible dream.” 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


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


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

The Vocations of father and Father

Author: Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community, Priesthood, and Religious Vows


He's back!  Yes, we are very happy that Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Portland, has signed up for another year.  (To read some of Fr. Charlie's insightful past post, look under the "Education" label.)  With his first post of this new year, Fr. Charlie picks up right where he left off -- leading us on deep reflections about what it means to be a priest, religious, and professor.  Enjoy! Read More

First Professions: Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening

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

Posted In: Homilies and Reflections and Religious Vows

First Professions

This morning at Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs, Colo., six Holy Cross novices from the United States Province of Priests and Brothers made their first profession of religious vows to Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., the Provincial Superior of the United States Province. The homily at the Mass was preached by Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., who spoke powerfully of the vows being an imitation of Jesus -- one that we are formed and strengthened for by our families, both our birth families and our Holy Cross family. Read More

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