Universities and Colleges



All in the Family

Author: Mr. Michael Palmer, C.S.C.

Posted In: Community and Universities and Colleges

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As his pastoral year at the University of Portland draws to a close, seminarian Mike Palmer, C.S.C. reflects on how his residence hall has embraced its family identity in an amazing and unusual way. Read More


Holy Cross Has Been There

Author: Mr. Brett Perkins

Posted In: Community, Spirituality, and Universities and Colleges

Basilica Cornerstone

As we move further into this Lenten season and I prepare my current RCIA class at Notre Dame to make that same profession of faith I made some sixteen years ago, I am struck by the myriad ways that I have been formed and influenced by Holy Cross. Read More




New School Year at Stonehill

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

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

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I can’t believe that we are already a month into the school year here at Stonehill College.  There’s been a lot packed into that month. This year in particular has been fun, because of the presence of our new deacon, Rev. Mr. Tim Mouton, CSC.  His energy and zeal has added so much energy to the campus. Read More


Stonehill Frosh-O

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

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Stonehill College

Holy Cross’ universities and colleges are gearing up for the next academic year. Fr. Tony reflects on seeing a new class of Stonehill College freshman start out on their next four years of life and faith. Read More




Fundamentally a Father

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

Posted In: Priesthood and Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC

Priest-Professors rightly work very hard to excel in their academic disciplines and to hone their teaching skills, but their identities as spiritual fathers are often just as, if not more important to their students and colleagues as are their articles and lectures. Read More






Humility and a SCOTUS Justice

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

Posted In: Education, In the Press, and Universities and Colleges

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During my first year at the University of Portland, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke on campus. His talk gave me new insights into the First Amendment; it was enlightening, but somewhat expected. Justice Clarence Thomas’ visit yielded a far more surprising and important blessing: he gave me new insights into the first Beatitude. Read More



Bringing Your Priesthood to the Classroom

Author: Fr. Richard Gribble, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

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"Priesthood gives me unique entrée, not only to the subject matter, but more importantly to the lives of the students I am privileged to serve,” writes Fr. Richard Gribble, C.S.C., Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. “My life as a scholar is, therefore, a direct extension of my priesthood in the Congregation of Holy Cross.” Read More


Why do I teach? ... I Am What I Do

Author: Fr. Jeffrey Cooper, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Jeffrey Cooper, CSC

"Why do I teach?" That is the question that Fr. Jeff Cooper, C.S.C., reflects upon and tries to answer in this blog post. An Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Portland, Fr. Jeff writes, "The short answer to that question is: I really don’t know what else to do." The long answer? "I am learning (yes, very much still learning) that it is because 'I am what I do.'" Read More


ROTC Commissioning Shines Light on Life of Faith

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

University of Portland ROTC

“I was honored a month ago when a UP junior in Army ROTC, who organized their commissioning ceremony, asked me to serve as the chaplain for the event,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. “In many ways, I was taken back to our Holy Cross celebrations of First Vows, Final Vows, and Ordination.” Read More


March Madness, Holy Cross Style

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

Fr Pete McCormick, CSC

“If you had told me that I would one day travel with the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Team when I was applying to the seminary in the fall of 1999, I would have probably written my essays with less anxiety and more hustle,” writes Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., on his work as the team’s chaplain. “A quick set of guesses could elicit some pretty probable reasons for why I love this role: travel, fun basketball venues, gear, and the notoriety that comes from sitting at the end of the bench. … However, here are a few that I’ve discovered over the past couple years. Read More


UP Student Affairs Hosts Retreat on the Feast of St. André

Author: Fr. Randy Rentner, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette and Universities and Colleges

University of Portland Student Affairs Retreat

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Portland celebrated the feast of St. André Bessette this year with a day-long retreat. Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., was invited to lead the retreat, which focused on Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision of a Holy Cross education. He stressed the importance of Fr. Moreau’s choice of the Holy Family as an inspiration for working together to care for the students who live and study at the university. Read More


Celibate Priest + Math Professor = Dating Advisor?

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC

“As a celibate priest and a math professor, I certainly must occupy a place that our culture would least associate with expertise in matters romantic,” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C.  And yet, he says, the students still come for advice. “No resident of Villa has been silly enough to ask me what opening lines to try, or what to wear on his first date, or what cologne to use, or how to dance. Instead, these students have intuited that, as a priest, I might understand something about the skills and virtues needed in any intimate relationship.” Read More


A Busy Vacation as a Priest

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

Posted In: Priesthood and Universities and Colleges

Fr Charlie McCoy, CSC

"One year during seminary, just before we all were leaving for holiday, our rector reminded us, 'You all have worked hard this semester. You’ve earned a vacation from your classes. But remember, you never take a vacation from being a religious,'" writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. "In 2013, I extended my vacation in Chicago to root as Notre Dame football fan. I wound up spending much of that extra vacation time serving as a Holy Cross priest." Read More


A Small Taste of Heaven

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

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Every November, at the Villa Maria Man Auction to raise funds for the Holy Cross missions, the local C.S.C.'s at the University of Portland auction off a dinner at the President’s House. Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., describing the dinner, writes, “One of Christ’s favorite images for the Kingdom of God is a feast, an eternal supper hosted by the Lord. This dinner party at the president’s home actually captures so many of Scripture’s elements.”

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Teaching the Preaching of the Good News

Author: Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Mike Connors, CSC

“I try to preach, and to teach preaching, in a way that … [animates] others to see life the way God sees it,” writes Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C., the Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics at Notre Dame. “For me, standing before the assembled People of God is still terrifying, a shouldering of the Cross – yet also a joy and a life-giving privilege. To be used by God, to be part of the announcement of God’s nearness, goodness and compassion, to point to a future previously unseen and not of our own making – this is enormously humbling.” Read More


My Favorite Subject

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

University of Portland

“In one of the Scripture passages symbolic of the whole Christian ideal – especially the priestly ideal – St. Paul exclaims, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,’” writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. “I don’t pretend that I can honestly say these words with St. Paul … but, perhaps in my best moments, some of my interactions with people help them to focus, not on me, but on God.” Read More


Teaching the Religion-Science Relationship

Author: Fr. Thomas E. Hosinski, C.S.C.

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Thomas Hosinkski, CSC

“In both written scholarship and research shared in classroom instruction, seminars, and public presentations, I have engaged in the religion-science dialogue,” writes Fr. Thomas E. Hosinski, C.S.C., a Professor of Theology at the University of Portland. “Because of the importance of this dialogue in my own faith journey, I have tried to guide young minds as they deal with questions similar to the ones that troubled me.” Read More


Engaging Faith in the English Classroom

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

Posted In: Education and Universities and Colleges

Fr Tony Grasso, CSC

“After they discover that I teach English, people often ask: ‘Don't priests usually teach theology?’” writes Fr. Tony Grasso, C.S.C., Professor of English at King’s College. “Literary and artistic works contain so much that pertains to and emanates from the deeper things of life, that it does not seem at all strange for a religious or priest to be engaged in the arts. Often we can discern in the human values under discussion the levels of imaginative and spiritual understanding.” Read More


Counting on each other’s vocation

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

Posted In: Universities and Colleges

University of Portland, Villa Gorilla

An inflatable, smiling gorilla and the Body of Christ. They might seem like an unusual pairing, but Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Portland, draws a connection between them to uncover the deeper truth about “the significance of our unique vocation in others’ lives and in God’s plan. … It’s hard to understand, I think, how many people really are counting on each one of us to follow his or her vocation and to live it whole-heartedly.” Read More


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