The Cross, Our Only Hope Contributors

Below please find an alphabetical listing of the Holy Cross religious who contributed to the reflections published in 'The Cross, Our Only Hope,' edited by Fr. Andrew Gawrych & Fr. Kevin Grove and published by Ave Maria Press.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Fr Nicholas Ayo, CSC

Fr. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C.

Reflections from July 17, Aug 22, Sept 29 & Dec 11

Fr. Nicholas Ayo, csc is originally from New Jersey and came to Notre Dame as a freshman in 1951. He was ordained in Rome in 1959. Subsequently he has served as a college professor in American literature at the University of Portland and since 1981 as a professor in the Great Books Program at Notre Dame. In between these two assignments he was the Director of Novices, both in Bennington, Vermont and in Cascade, Colorado. He would describe himself as a teacher of theology and literature in combination, and most of all, as a wordsmith who loves to write books on spirituality, theology, and the Notre Dame campus.

Fr Leonard Banas, CSC

Fr. Len Banas, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 6

Born to Julia and Stanley Banas as the fifth of seven children, Fr. Len was raised in Chicago in St. James Parish (Hanson Park) where he first felt called to the priesthood. The deep faith of his parents, siblings, parish priests and the Felician Sisters influenced him greatly. On December 20, 1952, in the church of San Marcello, Fr. Len was ordained a priest. Subsequently, he taught Classical Languages and Literatures at Notre Dame for 37 years and held various administrative positions at the university and within the religious community. Parish ministry has always been and will continue to be important to him. Fr. Len said, “These have been gratifying years, and the Lord has blessed me abundantly. For this I am grateful and cannot thank the Lord enough.”

Br Paul Bednarczyk, CSC

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C.

Reflections from May 23 & Jul. 8

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., currently is the executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) in Chicago, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this assignment, Br. Paul served on his provincial council as vocation director, and as a teacher, administrator, and campus minister in Holy Cross schools in Forestville, Md. and Rome, Italy. Inspired by the passion and zeal of the Holy Cross Brothers who taught him in high school, Br. Paul entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1975 and professed his perpetual vows in 1985.

Br Jonathan Beebe, CSC

Br. Jonathan Beebe, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 4

Brother Jonathan Beebe, CSC, currently serves as a vocation director for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided services to the poor and marginalized: people with HIV/AIDS, refugees, abused and neglected children, and those with mental illness. He firmly believes that restoring hope transforms lives.

Fr Michael Belinsky, CSC

Fr. Michael Belinsky, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 6 & Aug. 5

Fr. Michael Belinsky, CSC, is from Billings, Montana; professed Final Vows in 1988 and was ordained to the presbyterate in 1989. He has served as an associate pastor and as a pastor on assignments in in South Bend, Indiana, and as an associate pastor and as a campus minister on assignments in Portland, Oregon.

Fr Thomas Bertone, CSC

Fr. Thomas Bertone, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 19

Fr. Thomas C. Bertone, CSC was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was ordained in 1981 and has since served in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry,secondary education, mental health counseling, and province service. Having received his MSW at Catholic University, he began working in the area of gerontology and medical social work. This training now is used for the community in his role as Director of Health Care and Aging.

Fr Tom Blantz, CSC

Fr. Tom Blantz, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jun. 17

Fr. Tom Blantz, csc was born in Ohio, attended Holy Cross Seminary for high school, professed final vows at Moreau Seminary, graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy the following year. He was later ordained a priest in Rome and received an S.T.L. degree from the Gregorian University in 1961. He then returned to Notre Dame, received an M.A. degree in history two years later, and went to Columbia University where he received a Ph.D. in 1968. Since then he has served as Rector of Zahm Hall, University Archivist, Chair of the Department of History, and Vice President for Student Affairs. He taught history at Notre Dame for forty-six years, enjoyed every one of them, received several teaching awards, and published two biographies. He has a younger sister, and a brother, Jim, who is also a Holy Cross priest.

Br Donald Blauvelt

Br. Donald Blauvelt, C.S.C.

Reflection from Feb. 18

Brother Donald Blauvelt is from Portland, Oregon. After joining Holy Cross more than 50 years ago, he earned degrees from St. Edward’s University, the University of Portland and Santa Clara University. He spent 25 years of his ministerial life as a teacher of English and mathematics and as a school administrator and principal; after that he served in province and congregational administration and formation. He is currently with the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Fr Adam Booth, CSC

Fr. Adam Booth, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 26

Fr. Adam Booth, csc grew up in England and came to California for graduate studies in math. After a few years teaching (including inside a state prison), he decided he needed to give seminary a try and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2014. He began his ordained ministry doing parish work in South Bend and has now gone back to school to study for a PhD in New Testament with a view to serving as a member of the faculty in one of the Congregation's colleges / universities.

Fr Jim Bracke, CSC

Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jun. 25

A native of Moline, Fr. Jim entered the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame in the fall of 1970 as a collegiate freshman seminarian. He has served in parochial ministry, chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, campus ministry at Notre Dame Prep Niles, Illinois and currently at the University of Notre Dame where he serves the staff of nearly 5,000. Prior to this assignment he also served in prison ministry at Westville Correctional in Northwest Indiana.

Fr John Britto, CSC

Fr. John Britto, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 22

Fr. John Britto Antony C.S.C truly believes in God’s hand leading him through his life. Hailing from India he has been a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross since 1985 and has truly experienced the joy of letting God lead his life for “God does not ration his gift of the Spirit” (John 3:34). Fr. John said that his life has been enriched in inexplicable ways when he began to let God take over his life. He has had varied experiences in Holy Cross such as being a Formator, Teacher, Administrator and now at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Florida doing what he enjoys most: bringing people to God and God to people.

Fr Richard Bullene, CSC

Fr. Richard Bullene, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jun. 15

Fr. Bullene was ordained a priest in 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, Notre Dame, ‘76, Master of Divinity, Notre Dame, ‘81 and Ph.D., Pennsylvania, ‘94. He joined the School of Architecture in ‘94. He is currently an assistant dean, teaches courses for first and fifth year students and is academic advisor for undergraduates. He lives in residence in Morrissey Hall.

Fr Joe Carey, CSC

Fr. Joe Carey, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 8

Fr. Carey has been ordained 46 years and has been working at Notre Dame for 31 years. He began as Assistant Rector in Dillon Hall in 1977 and became Rector in 1985. He also served as a Financial Aid Counselor, Career Center Counselor, Interim Director of Campus Ministry and presently Chaplain of the Alliance for Catholic Education. He was on the hall staff in Dillon Hall for 20 years and has also been priest-in-residence in Pasquerilla West for four years and this is his seventh year in Ryan Hall. Fr. Carey is known as the “Wedding Priest” because he has done many weddings of Notre Dame graduates. He says, “My life is to live the words of Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved and served and to follow the example of St. Andre Bessette by providing hospitality that lets everyone know they are loved and welcome.”

Fr Gary Chamberland, CSC

Fr. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 3, Apr. 12 & Jul. 7

Fr. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C. was ordained a priest in 1998, and has served in a variety of Holy Cross apostolates before returning to Notre Dame to serve as the rector of Zahm Hall in January 2014. In July 2016, he became the chaplain to the Holy Cross Association, a ministry of prayer that serves a network of almost 9,000 families. Before his return to Notre Dame, he served as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Portland. He holds a license in canon law from the Catholic University of America and has taught canon law and theology at both Portland and Notre Dame. Previously, he has directed residence halls at both institutions, serving as rector of Keenan Hall from 1999 to 2002.

Fr Brian Ching, CSC

Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 17 & Sep. 1

Fr. Brian Ching, csc is a native of Flushing, New York, where he was educated in high school by the Holy Cross Brother. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2013 and served as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, South Bend, IN for two years. He is currently the Director of Holy Cross' Old College Undergraduate Seminary Program at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Brian was drawn to Holy Cross by their zeal to serve the Church in a wide variety of ways and by their strong commitment to the common life.

Fr Hugh Cleary, CSC

Fr. Hugh Cleary, C.S.C.

Reflection from Aug. 29

Father Hugh Cleary, CSC hails from New York City where he was a student at Holy Cross High School, in Queens. Having always wanted to be a priest since he can remember, Fr. Hugh was invited to join the Congregation by the Brothers of Holy Cross H.S. He has served as a parish priest in Massachusetts and in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also served as the Novice Director in Cascade, Colorado, Provincial of the Eastern Province and Superior General. Since leaving Rome he has been Campus Minister at Stonehill College and is now the National Director of our Family Rosary apostolate.

Fr Len Collins, CSC

Fr. Len Collins, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 16

Father Len Collins spent his 47 years of priesthood living and ministering in New Orleans, LA., Montgomery. AL., Houston, San Antonio and Austin, TX, Monterrey, MX. and the last seven years at Saint Augustine Parish in South Bend, IN. He lives at Our Lady of Fatima House on the campus of Notre Dame.

Fr John Conley, CSC

Fr. John Conley, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 29 & Nov. 26

Father John Conley has been a priest for more than 37 years. A Rhode Island native, he has served as a high school teacher, principal and as vocation director for the Congregation of Holy Cross. As rector of Siegfried Hall living with and ministering to Notre Dame’s students, Father John finds inspiration for this work in the challenge of Blessed Basil Moreau to always “make God known, loved and served.”

Fr James Connelly, CSC

Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 16 & Nov. 7

Fr. Jim Connelly, CSC was born in Louisville, KY and earned his BA from Notre Dame and a PhD in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He taught at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA from 1972-76; Alokolum National Seminary in Gulu, Uganda from 1977-1980; and the University of Portland in Portland, OR as Associate Professor Emeritus from 1993-2009. He also served as Religious Superior of Holy Cross House from 2009-2015.

Fr Mike Connors, CSC

Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 12

Fr. Michael Connors, C.S.C., Th.D., is a pastoral theologian and homiletician. In 1997 he joined the faculty of the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame, where he now also directs the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics. A native of the Chicago area, he majored in American History as an undergraduate at Illinois College. He made final profession in Holy Cross in September, 1983, and was ordained to the priesthood in April, 1984. After several years of parish ministry, he did doctoral studies at Regis College in Toronto in the areas of spirituality and inculturation.

Fr Joe Corpora, CSC

Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 16

Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., will be grateful to God forever for the gift of a vocation to the priesthood in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 and entered Moreau Seminary in 1977. He was ordained a priest in 1984. After serving for six years at the University of Portland, then twelve years as Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Goodyear, Arizona and then seven years as Pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon, Fr. Joe was assigned to the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Joe works in the Alliance for Catholic Education where he leads and directs an initiative to make Catholic schools available, accessible, and affordable to Latino children and families. He works closely with Bishops and Pastors and Superintendents in this work. He also works in Campus Ministry as chaplain to Latino students. He works closely with first generation students and economically poor students at Notre Dame. He lives in Dillon Hall. Most importantly, Fr. Joe is a sinner whose sins are forgiven. And he loves anything made with tomato sauce!

Br Richard Critz, CSC

Br. Richard Critz, C.S.C.

Reflection from Feb. 6

Educated by Holy Cross religious from grade school through his undergraduate degree, Br. Richard Critz, CSC, decided to join the family. As a Brother, he first taught high school and then launched into rural Hispanic ministry in New Mexico, Texas and Georgia for nearly two decades. Br. Richard next served in formation work and then as Provincial of the South-West Province. He currently serves in the administrative offices of the Moreau Province.

Fr Albert D'Alonzo, CSC

Fr. Al D’Alonzo, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jun. 18

Fr. Al D'Alonzo, CSC, attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate in the 1940's and was a member of the Fighting Irish Football Team. Fr. Al earned his doctorate in education and worked in multiple Holy Cross schools including King's College and the University of Notre Dame. He was known particularly for counseling and advising student athletes and seminarians. Fr. Al passed away in 2014.

Br Victor Bikash Rosario, CSC

Br. Victor Bikash D'Rozario, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 21

Brother Victor Bikash D'Rozario, CSC is a Bangladesh Holy Cross Religious belong to St. Joseph Province and made his first profession in September 14, 1980. After his profession he started teaching in several schools run by the Holy Cross Brothers in Bangladesh. He served as Principal of St. Joseph School of Industrial Trades for 4 years and Headmaster in Biroidakuni High School over a decade and now serving as Vice-Principal at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School.

Fr William Dailey, CSC

Fr. William Dailey, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 18 & Mar. 15

Rev. William R. Dailey, C.S.C., is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and serves at Notre Dame Law School as a Lecturer in Law. Fr. Dailey earned his B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. After teaching Philosophy and working in Administration at the University of Portland, Fr. Dailey attended Columbia Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Wiley Rein LLP. Since 2013 he has also served as the Thomas More Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and as Rector of Stanford Hall.

Fr Michael DeLaney, CSC

Fr. Michael DeLaney, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jun. 16

Fr. Mike DeLaney, CSC, is director of the Holy Cross Mission Center. Fr. Mike joined the Congregation of Holy Cross after graduation from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Theology at Notre Dame was followed by his ordination in 1987. Since then, he served in Portland and Chicago, and most recently in Santiago, Chile, as Superior of the District of Chile and Director of Campus Ministry at Saint George's College. He also served in leadership of the Holy Cross communities in Portland and Chicago. Fr. Mike arrived at Notre Dame in 2015 and lives in Pasquerilla East. A native of Skaneateles, New York, Fr. Mike believes that God has blessed him with a great family and life in the Church as a Holy Cross priest. He has the hope of breaking bread or sharing a strong cup of Argentine mate with Pope Francis!

Fr Lou DelFra, CSC

Fr. Lou DelFra, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 20, Jun. 1 & Dec. 23

Fr. Lou DelFra, csc, is originally from Philadelphia, where he served as a middle and high school teacher at Malvern Prep. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2004, and served as Associate Pastor and middle school teacher at Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, OR. Fr. Lou currently serves on the faculty and as Director of Pastoral Life for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, where he also resides as priest-in-residence in Keenan Hall.

Fr Mark DeMott, CSC

Fr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 15

Ordained in 2013, Fr. Mark DeMott, csc has served as a residence hall director, campus minister, teacher, and pastoral minister. Now, he is pursuing doctoral studies in theology. He was drawn to Holy Cross by the community's commitment to live in solidarity with those on the margins of Church and society.

Fr Don Dilg, CSC

Fr. Don Dilg, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 26 & Oct. 2

Fr. Donald Dilg, CSC, was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1975. Since ordination, he has ministered in six different parishes, as either Parochial Vicar or as Pastor. He also worked for four years in Campus Ministry at St. Francis High School in Mountain View California, staffed by the Holy Cross Brothers. He began his current assignment as Assistant Novice Master at Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade Colorado in 2010.

Fr John Donato, CSC

Fr. John J. Donato, C.S.C.

Reflections from May 21 & Aug. 18

Fr. John J. Donato, C.S.C. serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Portland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, a master of divinity degree in 1990 and a master of science in administration in 1997. He has served as parochial vicar in parishes in Burbank, California; South Bend, Indiana; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2005 he earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University and subsequently served as director of human development for the seminary and adjunct instructor in theology for the graduate program at Mt. Angel Abbey near Salem. Fr. Donato returned to the University of Portland in 2007 as Associate Vice President for Student Development, has been an adjunct instructor in theology for the undergraduate program, and has served as the Religious Superior for the Holy Cross Community.

Fr Robert Dowd, CSC

Fr. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.

Reflections from Oct. 13 & Nov. 19

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C. is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the University of Notre Dame. The Ford Program is part of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs. Fr. Dowd’s research focuses on African politics and politics in developing countries. Fr. Dowd resides in Cavanaugh Hall. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in 2004, Fr. Dowd served at Holy Cross Parish in Nairobi, Kenya, worked in Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame, and did doctoral studies in political science at UCLA. He was an undergraduate at Notre Dame, having graduated in 1987. Fr. Dowd is a native of Michigan City, Indiana.

Br Tom Dziekan, CSC

Br. Thomas Dziekan, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 1, Sep. 27 & Nov. 12

Brother Thomas Dziekan, csc is originally from Connecticut and has been serving the Congregation as Vicar General and First General Assistant in Rome since 2010. He professed his first vows in 1967 and has served as teacher, dormitory prefect, Director of Studies and Headmaster at Holy Cross schools in New York, Connecticut and Italy. He has also served as Associate Novice Master, Director of Mission Effectiveness for Holy Cross schools in the US, Assistant Superior and Vice Rector at Moreau Seminary and Provincial. The Holy Cross Brothers who taught him in High School inspired him and invited him to enter Holy Cross by their witness, kindness, generosity and prayerfulness.

Fr Terry Ehrman, CSC

Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jan. 23

Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C. investigates the relationship between theology and science. He is the Assistant Director of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing and teaches a course in the theology department entitled Science, Theology, and Creation. He has a B.S. in biology from Notre Dame, M.S. in aquatic ecology from Virginia Tech, M.Div. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2000. The brotherhood, communal mission in higher education, and the long history of Holy Cross priest scientists attracted him to Holy Cross.

Fr Jim Fenstermaker, CSC

Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 13

Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C, was first attracted to the Congregation of Holy Cross while attending Holy Cross High School in Queens, N.Y., sponsored by the Holy Cross Brothers. Currently the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Easton, Massachusetts, he previously served in parishes in South Bend, Indiana, Saco, Maine, and Brooklyn, New York, followed by ten years at Stonehill College where he worked as vocation director and then director of campus ministry while serving as a resident priest and hall chaplain in one of the residence halls.

Fr Don Fetters, CSC

Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 22 & Sep. 11

Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., was born in South Bend, Indiana. He began his ministry as a Holy Cross priest in catholic secondary education in Arizona, and since then has worked primarily in Latin America (Chile, Peru and Mexico) where he has combined work in education, formation for religious life, and administration. He is currently serving with the Holy Cross Community in Mexico. Life and ministry in the Congregation has been for him a constant experience of learning much from the wonderful people he has been sent out to teach. 

Fr James Foster, CSC

Fr. James Foster, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 31

Fr. Foster directs the Center for Health Sciences Advising and serves as chair of the Preprofessional Studies program. Fr. Foster joined the Department of Preprofessional Studies in 1997 and became chair of the program in 2005. Fr. Foster earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and earned his M.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine (1984) and Infectious Diseases (1986) at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill. and was board certified in both areas. After several years in private practice, Fr. Foster entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. Over the years, he has also served as an in-residence chaplain in Knott Hall, where he resides, as well as a chaplain for the Notre Dame Glee Club and Notre Dame Marching Band.

Br Chester Freel, CSC

Br. Chester Freel, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 25

Brother Chester Freel, CSC is from Mishawaka, Indiana where he was educated by the Brothers of Holy Cross at St. Joseph High School. He joined the Congregation of Holy Cross, professing first vows in 1969, and Perpetual Vows in 1977. He was assigned to Holy Cross Children’s Services (Boysville) beginning in 1971 where he ministered in various capacities: teacher, dorm counselor, group therapist, supervisor, and for 25 years as the Regional Director of the Clinton Campus programs. In 2009 Brother Chester was elected the Provincial Superior for the Midwest Province. In this position, he is responsible for a 150 members of the Province, including the District of West Africa. In the United States, ministries of the Midwest Province include Holy Cross College, Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, Holy Cross Associates, and sponsorship of six high schools.

Fr Romuald Fresnais

Fr. Romuald Fresnais, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jun. 23

Father Romuald Fresnais, csc, is a religious of the Vicariate of France, the birthplace of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Fr. Romuald spent his early years in a village in the Anjou region in the West of France and went to school about 60 miles from Le Mans. He then entered the Congregation, attracted by its community life and tradition of work with young people. He completed his seminary studies at Saint-Sulpice in Paris and was ordained a priest on June 24, 2007. He obtained his licentiate in canon law in 2008 at the Catholic University of Angers, as well as a Master of Arts at the University of Strasbourg in 2010. Currently, he serves as head chaplain at Saint-Michel de Picpus in Paris and was named superior of the Vicariate of France in 2016. 

Fr Patrick Gaffney, CSC

Fr. Patrick Gaffney, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 6 & Sep. 25

Patrick D. Gaffney, C.S.C. was born and grew up in the high desert country of the Pacific Northwest. Upon completion of college at Notre Dame, he studied theology at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and at the Free University of Berlin. He was ordained a priest in 1974 after a deacon year at Christ the King Parish in South Bend, Indiana. Graduate studies at the University of Chicago followed, leading to an M.A., then a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1982. Specializing in the contemporary Middle East, he began field research in Egypt, with a focus on the role of Islamic preachers and has continued to expand his interests to the rise of religious nationalism across the region and globally. In 1980 he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He served as chair of the Anthropology Department and as director of the College Seminar Program among other positions. A faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, he currently resides at University Village where he is chaplain to the married students.

Fr James Gallagher, CSC

Fr. James Gallagher, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 16, May 3 & Dec. 1

Fr. James Gallagher, C.S.C., graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he studied Engineering. He was ordained in 2007 and since then has held roles in campus ministry, residence life and the Office of Vocations. Currently he is the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Portland. He relishes the reality that for the rest of his life he will have the opportunity to serve the people of God along side his brothers in Holy Cross in a range of engaging ministries.

Fr Tom Gariepy, CSC

Fr. Tom Gariepy, C.S.C.

Reflections from Sep. 19

Father Tom Gariepy, C.S.C. was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1974. He did graduate work at the University of Notre Dame and Yale University. After serving as a residential college dean at Yale, Father Gariepy joined the Stonehill College faculty in 1985, where he teaches in the Department of Healthcare Administration.

Br Joel Giallanza, CSC

Br. Joel Giallanza, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 3, Jan. 7 & Mar. 28

Brother Joel Giallanza, C.S.C. has been a Holy Cross religious for more than 40 years. He was born in New Orleans and became familiar with the community at Holy Cross School. He was impressed by the quality of generosity, service, and commitment to others he saw in the religious as well as their close friendships with one another. In Holy Cross, Brother Joel has served in education, parish ministry, formation, and administration. Currently, he is the Associate Executive Director of The Holy Cross Institute at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. 

Fr Steve Gibson, CSC

Fr. Steve Gibson, C.S.C.

Reflection from Aug. 6

Steve Gibson, CSC has spent almost all of his life and ministry in Holy Cross in retreat work. Presently he is the spiritual director at the Fr. Peyton Memorial Centre in Ireland. The joy in the ministry comes from being part of that process whereby people come to really believe in the God that dwells within us. The response that we get from the greeting "The Lord is worth you," should not be a mumbled "And also with you," but a resounding, "I know, isn't it great."

Fr Charlie Gordon, CSC

Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C.

Reflections from Aug. 17, Oct. 7 & Dec. 28

Father Charlie Gordon was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up near Boston. His first assignment after ordination was to teach theology for two years in Nairobi, Kenya. After that, he studied at Cambridge University in England. For a number of years he taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he also served as Director of the Old College Undergraduate Seminary Program. Since 2006, he has been teaching at the University of Portland. He is currently in his third year as the Co-Director of The Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at UP. 

Fr Anthony Grasso, CSC

Fr. Anthony Grasso, C.S.C.

Reflections from May 5 & Oct. 21

Fr. Anthony Grasso, CSC, from Boston, was ordained in 1978. Following grad studies at the University of Toronto, he began teaching English at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1985. He has chaired the English Department, served as Associate Academic VP and Dean of Faculty, and as Superior of the Holy Cross Community. Fr. Grasso teaches composition, literature classes, especially in the Victorian Period, poetry writing and genre courses, and a First Year Seminar on issues in Social Media & Technology. He also assists in local parishes and finds the blend of teaching with pastoral ministry to be truly enriching.

Fr Rick Gribble, CSC

Fr. Rick Gribble, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 21 & Jun. 9

Fr. Rick Gribble, CSC was ordained in 1989 and initially served at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona. After completing doctoral studies in American Church history at The Catholic University of America, he has served for 20 years as a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. He has published several biographies and books of spirituality, as well as numerous articles in the areas of American Catholic history and spirituality.

Fr Daniel Groody, CSC

Fr. Daniel Groody, C.S.C.

Reflections from Aug. 1 & Sep. 4

Daniel G. Groody is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, a scholar, teacher, and an award winning author and film producer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of Immigration Initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, and migration. Fr. Groody holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in the Great Books Program, a master of divinity and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union. He teaches courses on U.S. Latino Spirituality, Globalization, Christian Spirituality and Social Justice, and lectures widely in the United States as well as in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Fr Greg Haake, CSC

Fr. Gregory Haake, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 16, Mar. 22 & May 20

Fr. Gregory Haake, csc, was born and raised in the Kansas City area and came to Holy Cross through his studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is now assistant professor of French and in residence at Zahm Hall. He was ordained a priest in 2007. His encounter with Holy Cross during his undergraduate years attracted him to the community, but it was the spirituality of Blessed Basil Moreau, especially his emphasis on the Cross our hope, that led him to commit his life to make God known, loved, and served as a priest and religious of the Congregation.

Fr David Halm, CSC

Fr. David Halm, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 13

Fr. David Halm, C.S.C., was born in Ohio and ordained a priest in 2015. He has served as assistant rector of a men’s residence hall at the University of Notre Dame and associate pastor at Saint John Vianney Parish in Arizona. Fr. David noted that he is inspired by Pope Francis’s special love for families and emphasis on the mercy and joy of the Gospel. In 2016 he began serving as Director of Campus Ministry at Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile.

Fr Pat Hannon, CSC

Fr. Pat Hannon, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 11

Fr. Pat Hannon, CSC, was ordained a priest in 1989. Originally from the San Francisco/Bay Area, Fr. Pat has ministered as a parish priest, a high school teacher and principal, and a college writing professor. Coming from a large Irish Catholic family (“tribe” might be a better description!), Fr. Pat found his home in Holy Cross by its hopeful witness to those values which mark all loving families: generosity, hospitality, and fraternal affection.

Fr John Herman, CSC

Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 28 & Nov. 25

Fr. John Herman, CSC grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan. After being ordained in 1995, he served primarily in Holy Cross parishes in Arizona and northern Mexico but also for a time as a hall rector and campus minister at the University of Notre Dame and now in the formation of future Holy Cross priests and religious. He is grateful for the many ways God has blessed him in celebrating the Sacraments and being with people in some of the most important moments of their lives.

Fr Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Reflection from Feb. 26, Dec. 12 & Dec. 24

Fr. Theodore (Ted) Hesburgh, CSC, was an icon of American Catholicism and three-decade president of the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Ted passed away in 2015. In all of Fr. Ted's remarkable accomplishments from leading the Civil Rights Commission to his world record of 150 honorary degrees, he claimed that his most important accomplishment was his being a Holy Cross priest.

Fr Matt Hovde, CSC

Fr. Matthew Hovde, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 8

Fr. Matt Hovde, csc, from Miami, Florida, entered into Holy Cross as a freshman in the Old College Undergraduate Seminary in the fall of 2007, right after graduating from Coral Reef High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a B.A. in History and Theology. He then completed his Master of Divinity from Notre Dame in May of 2015, and professed his Perpetual Vows in Holy Cross in August of 2015. Fr. Matt currently serves in the residence halls on Notre Dame’s campus, and as a chaplain for Sacramental Preparation in Campus Ministry. On April 2, 2016, Fr. Matt was ordained a priest, continuing his ministry in the Church and in Holy Cross.

Fr John Jenkins, CSC

Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 6

Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C. is originally from Omaha and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1983. In 2005, he was elected the University of Notre Dame’s 17th president and has devoted himself to fostering Notre Dame’s unique place in academia, the Church, our nation, and the world. A philosopher trained in theology, he has been committed to combining teaching and research excellence with a cultivation of the deeper purposes of Catholic higher education.

Br James Kane, CSC

Br. James Kane, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jun. 5 & Dec. 30

Br. James Kane, CSC, is from Long Island, NY. He entered the Holy Cross Brothers inspired by his family's example of care for others. He has taught math and computer science and coached basketball and track at Holy Cross High Schools in New York and Connecticut, as well as St. Leo's College, Fort Portal, Uganda, and at St. Edward's University, Austin TX. He presently lives at Columba Hall, Notre Dame, IN, where he enjoys drawing and painting.

Fr Jim King, CSC

Fr. Jim King, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 26, Apr. 1, Aug. 24 & Dec. 26

Fr. Jim King, C.S.C., has served at the University of Notre Dame as director of Campus Ministry, religious superior of the Holy Cross community, associate director of the Holy Cross Mission Center, director of vocations, and as a faculty member in business and theology. Previously, he was assigned for five years to the University of Portland. A native of Chicago, Fr. King was ordained in 1988 and is the author of Known by Name: Inside the Halls of Notre Dame and Holy Cross and Christian Education which is also available from Ave Maria Press.

Br George Klawitter, CSC

Br. George Klawitter, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jun. 29 & Sep. 10

Brother George Klawitter, raised in Steger, Illinois, left home for the Brothers’ candidate program when he was 13, spending his freshman year in Watertown, Wisconsin, and his final years of high school at the Brothers’ school in New Orleans. He professed first vows as a Brother in 1960. While teaching in high schools and at Holy Cross College, he took a master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan and a doctorate in Renaissance literature at the University of Chicago. After teaching at Viterbo College for eleven years, he taught for eighteen years at St. Edward’s University in Texas, chairing the English Department there. Past president of both the South-Central Renaissance Society and the Andrew Marvell Society, Brother George has published fifteen books, five of which are editions of his own poetry. He notes, “Brotherhood has meant much to me in my teaching career because I have had the good fortune to teach alongside master teachers. Over the years I have always relied on the wisdom of the Brothers who had spent many more years in the classroom than I had. With their help, I have found that teaching has given me a chance to work with young people who are often in more need of counseling than lessons in grammar or literature.”

Br Mark Knightly, CSC

Br. Mark Knightly, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 22 & Mar. 12

Bro. Mark Knightly has been a Holy Cross Brother for more than 40 years. He is a licensed clinical social worker who has served various populations: high school students, migrant farmworkers in South Georgia, adult psychiatric patients, and Air Force families involved in domestic violence. In the last 15 years, Mark has focused his efforts in elder care, and currently is Administrator of St. Joseph Center, a large community of retired Holy Cross religious in Upstate, New York. On good days, Mark gets his inspiration from the great models of aging that surround him.

Fr Stephen Koeth, CSC

Fr. Stephen Koeth, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jul. 20, Aug. 21 & Nov. 29

Fr. Stephen M. Koeth, csc is as native of Staten Island, NY and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2007. He began his priesthood as parochial vicar of Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, OR and is now a doctoral candidate in American History at Columbia University. Fr. Stephen has said that the Holy Cross commitment to education is what first attracted him to the community.

Fr Charlie Kohlerman, CSC

Fr. Charles Kohlerman, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 8, Sep. 16 & Nov. 16

Fr. Charles Kohlerman, C.S.C. entered Holy Cross as a freshman in high school in 1949 and was ordained to the priesthood at Notre Dame in 1963. His assignments include his beginnings as a teacher and Principal at Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, IL. Later assignments included staff of Fatima Retreat Center 1987-99, a formation chaplain at Moreau Seminary from 1999-2003 and 2009 to the present, Religious Superior (2003-09) of Holy Cross House, the religious house at Notre Dame for assisted living and skilled care for the US Province of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers. He currently serves as Religious Superior of Our Lady of Fatima House, Notre Dame IN, a Religious House for Independent Living for the Brothers and Priests of the United States Province.

Fr Paul Kollman, CSC

Fr. Paul Kollman, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 16 & Jul. 4

Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC, teaches in the theology department at the University of Notre Dame and also direct's the university's Center for Social Concerns. A native of Cincinnati and resident in O'Neill Hall on campus, Fr. Paul's academic work examines Christianity in Africa, the mission of the Church, and contemporary dynamics of Christianity from a global perspective. The commitments of Holy Cross religious to respond to the signs of the times through education in the faith with an option for the poor attracted Fr. Paul to Holy Cross when he was a Notre Dame undergraduate.

Fr John Korcsmar, CSC

Fr. John Korcsmar, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 17 & May 12

Fr. John Korcsmar, C.S.C., is originally from Cleveland, OH and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1974. He was pastor of inner-city Hispanic parishes in Austin, TX for thirty-three years. He was also involved in community organizing there for approximately twenty-five years. He is currently pastor of St. Michael Church in Plymouth, IN.

Fr Matt Kuczora, CSC

Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jun. 7, Jul. 3 & Oct. 17

Fr. Matt Kuczora, csc is originally from Indiana and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2012. Since then he served in an urban Mexican parish for three years and most recently as the rector of a men's dormitory at the University of Notre Dame where he also teaches Theology and Business Ethics. Fr. Matt said he joined Holy Cross because he was inspired by the bonds of brotherhood and diverse ministries that he saw Holy Cross religious living out with great joy.

Fr Vincent Kuna, CSC

Fr. Vincent Kuna, C.S.C.

Reflection from May 25

Fr. Vincent A. Kuna, CSC, originally hails from Naperville, IL and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2009. He ministered as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs and is currently finishing his MFA in Film and TV Production at the University of Southern California. An award-winning filmmaker, Fr. Vince hopes to work at Family Theater Productions in LA as well as teach at one of Holy Cross' universities following graduation.

Fr Stephen Lacroix, CSC

Fr. Stephen Lacroix, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 1, Mar. 29, Sep. 8 & Dec. 3

Fr. Stephen Lacroix, CSC is originally from Houston, Texas and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2008. He served for five years as the Director of Old College, the undergraduate seminary for the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States. He currently serves as Pastor of Christ the King Parish in South Bend, Indiana.

Fr Chris Letikirich, CSC

Fr. Chris Letikirich, C.S.C.

Reflection from May 28

Fr. Chris Letikirich, CSC from North Central Kenya. Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2010. I served as an associate pastor in Kitete, TZ for three years worked as director for Holy Cross Family Ministries in Kampala, Uganda for two years and currently associate director at Andre House of Arizona. I love community life and the diverse ministries of Holy Cross.

Fr Andre Leveille, CSC

Fr. André Léveillé, C.S.C.

Reflections from Aug. 15 & Dec. 4

Fr. André Léveillé, CSC was born and raised in French Canada and in Colorado Springs, CO. After high school he joined the Holy Cross Brothers and taught in their secondary schools in California for seven years. At the age of 28 he entered Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame and was ordained a Holy Cross priest. In the last 28 years he has served at Notre Dame as Director of Vocations, Director of Campus Ministry, Superior of Holy Cross House and chaplain at Holy Cross Village. He also was pastor at Little Flower Church, South Bend and Superior of Notre Dame High School, Niles, IL. He is presently residing at Holy Cross House, the health care residence for the community at Notre Dame.

Fr William Lies, CSC

Fr. William Lies, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jan. 30

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., is the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in March of 2012. He is also a fellow of both the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. As the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, Fr. Bill assists in deepening the conversation across the academy on issues of importance to the Church. He is also the liaison for Notre Dame to the Congregation of Holy Cross, the U.S. Bishops, the USCCB and its affiliates, the Holy See, and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. A native of Little Falls, Minnesota, Fr. Bill is one of ten children and has a twin brother, Jim, who is also a Holy Cross priest. When he is not traveling, he lives on the Notre Dame campus with the Dawgs of Alumni Hall.

Fr Pete Logsdon, CSC

Fr. Pete Logsdon, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 29

Father Pete Logsdon, CSC is from Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest at Sacred Heart Basilica (Notre Dame, Indiana) in 1968. Since ordination he has served in parishes in New Orleans, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Monterrey, Mexico; and Dade City, Florida. He is now serving as the Holy Cross infirmary at Notre Dame.

Fr Tom Looney, CSC

Fr. Thomas Looney, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 20, Jun. 4 & Aug. 9

Fr. Thomas P. Looney, CSC, ordained in 1987, was born and raised in New York. He has ministered in higher education at King’s and Stonehill College, in summer retreat ministry, and province service. Joining Holy Cross for him was a natural combination of gifts received from his family. His father’s uncle was a diocesan priest and his mother’s uncle was a Holy Cross brother; religious priesthood in Holy Cross just seemed natural.

Fr Bob Loughery, CSC

Fr. Bob Loughery, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 13 & Oct. 4

Fr. Bob Loughery, C.S.C. was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1989. Presently he is rector of Sorin Hall at the University of Notre Dame. He is also an instructor for the Moreau First Year Experience course. Before moving to Notre Dame in 2010, he served as pastor of the Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish (now St. Andre Bessette Parish) in Portland, Oregon, involved in urban ministry to the poor. In addition to parish work, his other pastoral experiences include campus ministry; serving as director of the former Andre House homeless shelter in Oakland, California; and co-facilitator for the Holy Cross Associates program. Fr. Bob is a '79 graduate of Notre Dame with degree in architecture. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the University in 1988.

Fr George Lucas, CSC

Fr. George Lucas, C.S.C.

Reflection from Sep. 26

Fr. George Lucas, csc, is from Connecticut and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1972. He has served almost all his priestly life as a Holy Cross missionary in Uganda, Kenya, Peru, and more recently in Tanzania, where he is an associate pastor at St. Brendan Parish, Kitete. Fr. George applied to enter Holy Cross because he was inspired as a student by the vowed life he witnessed in lives of Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Fr Monk Malloy, CSC

Fr. Monk Malloy, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 31

Fr. Monk Malloy, C.S.C., is from Washington, D.C., and has been ordained since 1970. All of his ministry has been at the University of Notre Dame where he has served as professor of theology, a priest in residence in Sorin Hall, a seminary director and in various administrative positions including President of Notre Dame for 18 years. He describes a typical Holy Cross priest as a well-trained servant of the Gospel who exercises multiple responsibilities simultaneously while drawing upon the friendship and support of his local community.

Fr Louis Manzo, CSC

Fr. Lou Manzo, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 3 & Oct. 11

Fr. Lou Manzo was drawn to Holy Cross when he attended Father Baker High School in Lackawanna, NY, just south of Buffalo. After graduating from Stonehill College and studying theology in Montreal, Canada, he moved to Rome for graduate studies. Now celebrating his fiftieth year of ordination, he is retired after serving as a college teacher and vice president, as Catholic Chaplain at a secular university, and finally as a parish priest in Florida. He also spent twenty-two years as a chaplain in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Fr Michael Matthews, CSC

Fr. Michael Matthews, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 23, Apr. 19 & Nov. 22

Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1999, Father Michael C. Mathews,csc currently lives and works with postulants in Uganda, training them for life and ministry as Holy Cross religious. Prior to his assignment in the District of East Africa, Fr. Mathews spent 15 years in parish ministry in South Bend, Indiana. Attracted to the international character of Holy Cross, Fr. Mathews appreciates the unique similarities, despite cultural differences, that exist in Holy Cross throughout the world.

Fr Pete McCormick, CSC

Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 19, Apr. 24 & Jul. 19

Fr. Pete McCormick, CSC grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2007. Since his ordination Fr. Pete has served as the rector of a residence hall, an associate director for the Holy Cross Office of Vocations and chaplain for the Notre Dame Vision program. Currently, Fr. Pete serves as the Director of Campus Ministry and chaplain to the Notre Dame men's basketball team.

Fr Russell McDougall, CSC

Fr. Russell McDougall, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 19

A native of northwest Indiana, Russ has studied at Notre Dame, in Rome, and in Jerusalem. As a Holy Cross priest he has served in parish ministry in Nairobi, Kenya, and in formation and teaching ministry in Jinja, Uganda. Currently he serves as rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Fr Sean McGraw, CSC

Fr. Sean McGraw, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 31, Mar. 30 & May 14

Fr. Sean McGraw, CSC is originally from Minnesota. He taught, coached and was an administrator of a Holy Cross High School in Chicago as a newly ordained priest before earning his PhD in Comparative Politics at Harvard University. Fr. Sean teaches comparative and Irish politics at the University of Notre Dame and is a co-founder of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teacher and leader formation program. He was inspired by Holy Cross's passion and zeal for education and love of the Eucharist as the heart of their community life.

Fr Wilson Miscamble, CSC

Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 25 & Dec. 18

Fr. Wilson D. (Bill) Miscamble has served as a priest-teacher at the University of Notre Dame since his ordination in 1988. The Australian native also chaired the History Department from 1993 to 1998 and served as Rector of Moreau Seminary from 2000-2004.

Fr Armando Morales, CSC

Fr. Armando Morales, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 9

Fr. Armando Morales., C.S.C. is originally from Queretaro, Mexico (Center). He was ordained a Holy Cross Priest in 2014. Fr. Morales is the Director of Vocations in Mexico and the Associate Pastor of La Luz parish, supporting some groups, like catechesis, altar servers, and youth groups. Fr. Armando joined Holy Cross because of his experience serving in a Holy Week Mission where he met afflicted and poor people and he knew then that he could offer his gifts and talents for others, like other members of Holy Cross in Mexico and around the world.

Fr Patrick Neary, CSC

Fr. Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 9, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 & Nov. 24

Fr. Patrick Neary, CSC, hails from La Porte, Indiana. Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1991, he has served in parish ministry, Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame, and served as Rector of Moreau Seminary. In 2010, he became Rector of McCauley Formation House in Nairobi, Kenya, and since 2012, he has served as District Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross in East Africa. He admits to being initially drawn to Holy Cross because of his love of Notre Dame football! What inspired him to join Holy Cross was their variety of ministries, including foreign missions, and the great sense of brotherhood and a family spirit that characterizes Holy Cross religious.

Br Jim Nichols, CSC

Br. Jim Nichols, C.S.C.

Reflections from Aug. 20 & Oct. 14

As a student in a high school in Massachusetts run by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Brother Jim Nichols witnessed their joy as educators and their spirit of community. He wanted to live like them. He made his first profession in Holy Cross in 1962. In time, he would teach in RI, CT, NY and since 1971 has taught science and math in Uganda and has worked as a formator of young East Africans who have a desire to follow in our footsteps as Holy Cross religious.

Fr Thomas O'Hara, CSC

Fr. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jan. 24

Fr. Tom O'Hara, CSC hails from Pennsylvania. He has served in parish ministry in Brooklyn, New York, in Holy Cross ministries in Bangladesh and Uganda, and for 13 years as professor and 12 years as president of King's College in Pennsylvania. He presently serves as provincial superior of the Unites States Province of Priests and Brothers. An alumnus of King's College, Fr. Tom was inspired by the work of the Holy Cross community at King's and joined Holy Cross upon graduation from King's.

Fr Gerry Olinger, CSC

Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 10 & Sep. 9

Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C. is native of Springfield, Pennsylvania and was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2010. He serves as Vice President for University Relations at the University of Portland and co-teaches a popular course in Character Ethics. He has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Executive Assistant to the President, and in Campus Ministry and Residence Life since arriving at UP in 2009. Fr. Gerry loves staying grounded in the experience of students through teaching, his service as pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall, and his involvement in liturgical and retreat ministries on campus. He was first drawn to Holy Cross because of the distinctive way that Holy Cross serves at its colleges and universities, emphasizing the importance of education both inside and outside of the classroom.

Br John Paige, CSC

Br. John Paige, C.S.C.

Reflections from May 7, May 29 & Aug. 26

Brother John Paige CSC is a native of Albany, New York, and a professed Holy Cross Brother since 1964. He currently is President of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana. Brother John has served youth and young adults as a teacher, coach and administrator in Holy Cross educational ministries in the United States and Uganda, East Africa, as a formation director for young religious, and in congregational leadership as a member of the General Council. Brother John states: “Wherever Holy Cross is, I’m home.”

Br Raymond Papenfuss, CSC

Br. Raymond Papenfuss, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 21 & Oct. 5

Born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin I entered Holy Cross in the early 50’s. I graduated from Notre Dame in 1957, taught for three years at Holy Trinity High School, Chicago and then went to Ghana, West Africa. I spent28 wonderful years there until 1987 when an attack of cerebral malaria brought me back to the US. I have held a number of position since I return but my heart is still in West Africa.

Fr Dan Parrish, CSC

Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jun. 14 & Aug. 28

Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C. is from Salem, Oregon, and was ordained in 2004. After five years of service at Notre Dame (serving as hall rector and financial consultant to the budget office) he entered graduate school at the University of Michigan. Upon the completion of his Ph.D. in 2015 he was assigned to the faculty of the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland, where he is an assistant professor of management. Fr. Dan was inspired to join Holy Cross because he came to know many ordinary men achieving extraordinary things because of their deep love of Jesus and their devoted commitment to one another.

Fr John Pearson, CSC

Fr. John Pearson, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 16

Fr. John Pearson, C.S.C., comes from the South Side of Chicago. He entered the seminary at an early age and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1973. After nine years as a parish priest, he went to law school at the University of California, which led him to a 15-year teaching career in the Notre Dame Law School.. He has for the past ten years served as a campus minister at Saint Mary's College. From the first contact with Holy Cross priests as a child, he developed a fascination for Holy Cross, its family spirit, and the many ways it spreads God's word.

Fr Bob Pelton, CSC

Fr. Robert Pelton, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 24 & Dec. 6

Father Pelton is a 1945 sum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He received StL and StD degrees from St Thomas University in Rome, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1949. At various times, he served ND as Instructor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department, Founding Director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC), and Fellow of Kellogg Institute. He served as Religious Superior and Rector of St. George’s College, Santiago, Chile; advisor to Cardinal Suenens during Vatican II; and Episcopal Vicar for Religious Institutes, Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile. He coordinated the U.S. Conference Research Project on the Churches of America. An accredited journalist or invited participant at the Puebla, Santo Domingo, and Aparecida Conferences of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), he published the only English-language appraisal of the Aparecida Conference. An invited participant at CELAM’s Continental meeting in Ecuador, he also attended the Special Synod on the Laity in Rome. He has sponsored the annual Notre Dame Romero Conferences every year since 1987. The author of countless books and journal articles and the award-winning documentary, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Latin America, Father Pelton continues to write extensively about the major Latin American conferences, the Blessed Oscar Romero, and Liberation Theology.

Fr Stephen Pepper, CSC

Fr. Stephen Pepper, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jul. 5 & Dec. 20

Fr. Stephen C. Pepper, csc, is from Huntsville, AL, and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2015. So far, he has spent his priesthood at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he works in Campus Ministry, teaches with the Theology Department, and lives as priest-in-residence in one of the upperclassmen residence halls. He has an academic interest in the theology of Dante's Comedy, and in addition to his work at the college, he leads a Dante reading course at one of the local prisons once a week.

Br Nich Perez, CSC

Br. Nich Perez, C.S.C.

Reflection from Dec. 13

Br. Nich L. Perez, CSC is the only Holy Cross Brother from the Philippines. He professed his perpetual vows in 2013 and he has spent most of his ministry years as a teacher in various Holy Cross Institutions, and as a filmmaker, writing and directing his first feature-length documentary on the Religious Brothers in the Catholic Church entitled, "BRO: Men with Hope to Bring." He currently teaches Film, Theatre and Communications at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana where he shares his passion with his students.

Fr George Piggford, CSC

Fr. George Piggford, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 14, May 24 & Dec. 15

A native of western Pennsylvania, Fr. George Piggford C.S.C. has been teaching at Stonehill College since taking final vows in 2004. His academic work focuses on Catholic literature, mysticism, and the fiction of Flannery O’Connor. On most weekends Fr. George presides at Masses at St. Ann’s parish in Raynham, MA. He loves the balance of instruction, research, and parochial ministry that life in Holy Cross provides.

Fr Dan Ponisciak, CSC

Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Reflection from Feb. 10

Fr. Dan Ponisciak, csc is originally from Philadelphia, PA and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2015. He has served the people of God in parish ministry at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, TX and currently serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend, IN. Fr. Dan joined Holy Cross because of the congregation's commitment to the education of both the mind and the heart of all who are served.

Fr Jim Preskenis, CSC

Fr. Jim Preskenis, C.S.C.

Reflection from May 11

Fr. Jim Preskenis, C.S.C. is originally from Massachusetts and was ordained a Holy Cross Priest in the Jubilee Year 1975. Fr. Preskenis has served in parish ministry at Holy Cross sponsored churches and for ten years as an Active Duty Chaplain Major, USAF. Also, Fr. Jim worked in internal ministry for the Province as Vicar Provincial, Vocation Director, a Fund Raiser, and promoter of our Peru Solidarity Group, director of our Senior Residence for Holy Cross religious in Massachusetts and again for full time parish ministry at present in Dade City, Florida. Fr. Jim was impressed by two different Holy Cross priests who preached parish missions at his school and in his home parish and felt the tug to apply for entrance while in College thru their inspiring talks.

Fr Paul Pudussery, CSC

Fr. Paul Pudussery, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 25

Fr. Paul Pudussery was born at the southern part of India and was ordained in 1992. Since then he severed in the remote areas of northeast India. After the incident he graduated from St. Edwards University, Austin and a doctorate in Education administration from Boston College. On his return he served as the Pastor of Cathedral at Agartala and was a visiting faculty at Tripura Central University. He served as the Head of the Department of Education at Assam Don Bosco University. Currently he is a national scholar with the Indian Council of Social Research. He is engaged in teaching Research methodology across many universities and conducts faculty development for School and college faculty throughout India. He is also an attorney.

Fr Ronald Raab, CSC

Fr. Ronald Raab, C.S.C.

Reflections from Sep. 20 & Nov. 9

Fr. Ronald Patrick Raab, CSC was born in Mishawaka, Indiana and raised in Edwardsburg, Michigan. He was ordained in 1983 and has served in parishes in Indiana, Colorado, Oregon and California. He also served in the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Ron has published over 250 articles connecting sacraments and service. He hosts a radio program, "On the Margins" from Mater Dei Radio in Portland, OR. His art and articles reflect his work among marginalized people, expressing the heart of his ministry and priesthood.

Fr Christopher Rehagen, CSC

Fr. Christopher Rehagen, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jan. 5

Fr. Christopher Rehagen, CSC is originally from Missouri and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2015. Since then, he has served in a parish in South Bend. He was inspired to join Holy Cross by the priests and brothers who served at the University of Notre Dame during his time as an undergraduate student. In these men, he met men of hope and felt the call to join this great band of men.

Fr Patrick Reidy, CSC

Fr. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 29 & Jun. 19

Raised in the shadow of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Fr. Pat begins his twelfth year under the Dome as Rector of Keough Hall. A former RA in Sorin College, Fr. Pat graduated from Notre Dame in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. Since entering formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross, he has served in retreat ministry, the RCIA program, hospital chaplaincy, mentoring to underprivileged youth, student leadership development, and marriage preparation. Fr. Pat professed perpetual vows in Holy Cross and was ordained a priest in 2014. He enjoys skiing, cycling, Chipotle burritos, used book stores, and the Denver Broncos.

Fr Randy Rentner, CSC

Fr. Randy Rentner, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 10

Fr. Randy Rentner, csc was born on Nantucket, Massachusetts, but grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as part of a Navy family. He went to college at Notre Dame, was ordained in 1990, and has worked and taught in both high schools and universities during his first two and a half decades as a priest in Holy Cross. Fr. Randy is currently a high school counselor at an all-boys high school in Flushing, New York.

Fr Peter Rocca, CSC

Fr. Peter Rocca, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 9

Fr. Peter Rocca, csc, originally from Chicago, was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1974. After spending five years in a Holy Cross parish in Austin, Texas, he received Masters' Degrees in Liturgical Studies and Liturgical Music from The Catholic University of America. Since 1980 he has been on the staff of Moreau Seminary, and has worked in Student Affairs and Campus Ministry at Notre Dame, where he currently serves as Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He feels blessed to assist with the formation of Holy Cross priests and brothers, as well as to minister on the ND campus now for over 36 years.

Fr Kevin Russeau, CSC

Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 13 & May 19

Fr. Kevin Russeau, CSC is originally from Michigan and was ordained a priest in 2001. Since then he served in parish ministry in Phoenix Arizona, worked in vocations and formation for the Congregation, and currently serves as pastor at Saint Joseph Parish in South Bend, IN. Fr. Kevin felt a call to the priesthood early in grade school as an invitation to celebrate the sacraments and to teach people about Jesus. In the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Kevin is thrilled to make God known, loved, and served.

Fr Jack Ryan, CSC

Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 7

Fr. Jack Ryan, csc entered Holy Cross in 1984 after working 13 years as an accountant for an international engineering consulting firm. Ordained in 1990, Fr. Jack has spent the past 21 years of ministry at King’s College in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Ten years teaching, seven years in administration as Dean of the Business School, and now in his fifth year as President, Fr. Jack was attracted to the Holy Cross ministry of higher education.

Fr Kevin Sandberg, CSC

Fr. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 2

Fr. Kevin Sandberg is an assistant director of the Center for Social Concerns, where he directs the Common Good Initiative, a for-credit social justice immersion program for graduate students. He also teaches an undergraduate theology course for students who have participated in the Center’s summer service learning programs. He is a board member of Ave Maria Press and treasurer of the Religious Education Association. Prior to pastoral ministry as a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Kevin was the founding director of Young Adult Community at St. Clement Church in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. He was also a trust officer with the Northern Trust Bank and a financial economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Fr. Kevin received his B.A. (economics) and M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. (theology) from the Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology, and his Ph.D. (religious education) from Fordham University. He grew up in South Florida, and now resides in Pasquerilla West Hall.

Fr Eric Schimmel, CSC

Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 18 & May 31

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Fr. Eric Schimmel, CSC met Holy Cross as an undergrad at Notre Dame, entering formation upon graduation and was ordained in 2002. After serving in three different parishes staffed by Holy Cross in Colorado Springs, South Bend, and Phoenix, he served as the Director of Andre House in Phoenix serving people experiencing homelessness. Since then, he has worked in Campus Ministry and Hispanic Outreach at King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. He feels blessed and inspired by people he encountered in his diverse ministries embracing the cross as hope and the graces that flow when people help each other carry the cross.

Br George Schmitz, CSC

Br. George Schmitz, C.S.C.

Reflections from Mar. 19, May 18 & Jul. 11

Brother George Schmitz, CSC, is a native of New Haven, CT and a graduate of Notre Dame High School of West Haven. He enter the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1965 and made is first profession of vows in 1966. Brother George has ministered in Holy Cross educational institutions in the United States and in Chile. He was the provincial superior of the former Eastern Province of Brothers. He was a member of the General Council from 2010 to 2016.

Fr Tim Scully, CSC

Fr. Tim Scully, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jul. 31 & Dec. 31

Fr. Tim Scully, csc is originally from Winnetka, Illinois, and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981. He is a professor of political science and fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as a trustee and fellow of the University. Fr. Tim founded the Alliance for Catholic Education in 1993 with Fr. Sean McGraw, csc and currently serves as director and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). His research and graduate teaching focuses on comparative political institutions, especially political parties.

Br Patrick Sopher, CSC

Br. Patrick Sopher, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 27 & Aug. 11

Br. Patrick Sopher was raised in California and joined the Brothers of Holy Cross in 1962. Over the last 50 years he has served as a high school teacher and administrator in five schools, and he has worked in Congregational administration on the Province and General levels. Br. Patrick is grateful for his life in Holy Cross and that his current service in Rome allows him to maintain contact with priests and brothers he has met over the years and to meet new members from all over the world.

Fr Kevin Spicer, CSC

Fr. Kevin Spicer, C.S.C.

Reflection from Sep. 23

Fr. Kevin P. Spicer, csc is originally from Forestville, Maryland where he attended Bishop McNamara High School sponsored by Holy Cross brothers. Ordained in 1992, Fr. Kevin first served for two years at Holy Cross parish in southern Massachusetts and then began graduate studies at Boston College. In 2000, he earned his doctorate in Modern European History and started teaching at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. The dedication of Holy Cross religious to the education of the mind and heart inspired Fr. Kevin to follow his vocational call in the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Br Donald Stabrowski, CSC

Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 25, May 16 & Nov. 15

Br. Donald Stabrowski was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and after graduating from St. Joseph High School in South Bend in 1959, entered the Congregation of Holy Cross at Sacred Heart Juniorate in Watertown, Wisconsin. He made his novitiate at Rolling Prairie, was a scholastic at St. Edward’s University for his undergraduate degree and made final vows in 1963. He began teaching at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and earned three masters degrees: one in history from Indiana University, educational administration from Indiana University, and government from Notre Dame. He was Assistant Principal at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio in 1969-70, and became Principal of Holy Trinity High School in Chicago for four years. In 1974, he began a fourteen year teaching stint at Holy Cross College and earned his Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 1984. In 1988 he went to the University of Portland to teach history and political science, and eventually became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for five years and Provost for seventeen years. In 2012, he became an Assistant Provincial and is the Secretary to the Provincial Administration.

Fr Dennis Strach, CSC

Fr. Dennis Strach, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jul. 30

Fr. Dennis Strach, CSC, grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and came to Holy Cross after earning his bachelor's degree in music. During his time in formation, Fr. Dennis developed a love for sacramental and liturgical theology, and enjoyed a number of assignments in Latin America that greatly impacted his relationship with God and his desire to minister as a priest. He currently serves as the associate pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. Fr. Dennis was ordained in 2016.

Fr Tom Streit, CSC

Fr. Tom Streit, C.S.C.

Reflection from Jan. 12

Streit is Principal Investigator of ND’s Haiti Program. A 1980 graduate, after ordination in 1986 he served as Rector in Morrissey Hall, and subsequently completed doctoral studies in arbovirology during 1994. Joining the faculty after a postdoctoral fellowship with the federal Centers for Disease Control, Streit’s work has placed ND in a position to apply the fruits of research to the field in a fashion which students and alums can participate in, and which responds to the Gospel call of service to the least. Sponsors have awarded more than US$20 million to build a model program for elephantiasis elimination, and under UND leadership and with the collaboration of the U.S. CDC, Haitian government and others, up to 8.6 million have been treated annually for the disease while providing secondary benefits to what is among the most healthcare-deprived countries. Included among these is raising the IQ of the troubled country via salt iodization. Streit has also worked on the epidemiology of malaria; dengue and Chikungunya viruses, leprosy, and H. pylori gastritis. He has also enjoys teaching first-year UND students, and pastoral service at Holy Cross Hospital and St. Rose Parish in Leogane, Haiti now for more than 20 years.

Fr Alexander Susai, CSC

Fr. Alexander Susai, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 23

Fr. Alexander Susai CSC, is originally from a state of Tamil Nadu, India. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2002. Till 2007, he served mostly as vocation director and then director at the minor seminary. Then he did his licentiate in Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. For the last five years he serves as novice director in Holy Cross Novitiate, India.

Fr Anthony Szakaly, CSC

Fr. Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 15, Jun. 6 & Nov. 27

Fr. Tony Szakaly is a native of South Bend, Indiana and a total product of the Congregation of Holy Cross, having had the Holy Cross sisters, brothers and priests in elementary, high school, college and graduate school. As a priest Fr. Tony served 12 years in parish ministry as associate pastor of St. Clement’s Parish in Hayward, California and pastor of his home parish St. Joseph’s in South Bend. In addition he served nine years as Assistant Provincial and Steward of the Indiana/US Province of Holy Cross. He currently serves as Director of Campus Ministry, Alumni Chaplain and religious superior at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

Fr Roy Thalackan, CSC

Fr. Roy Thalackan, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 23

Roy Thalackan, CSC., was born in Kerala, India. He was ordained a priest in 1989. What motivated Fr. Thalackan to be a priest was his keen interest for the Missionary activities of the Congregation among the most under developed areas of the country, in the Northeast. He belongs to the Province of Northeast India where the Congregation has been in existence since the time of the founder as part of its Bengal Mission. Fr. Thalackan spent his early priestly ministry among the various tribal populations of Northeast India. He also served in the leadership ministry for a number of years. He was elected to the General council as the first priest assistant in 2010 and currently serves in that position.

Fr Ashim Theotonius Gonsalves, CSC

Fr. Ashim Theotonius Gonsalves, C.S.C.

Reflection from May 22

Fr. Ashim Theotonius Gonsalves, csc is originally from Bangladesh and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in November 23, 2007. After ordination he served in a tribal parish for one an half years. Later on he was appointed the director of the minor seminary for two an half years and then appointed the rector of the Holy Cross Scholasticate, Rumpura for one an half years and simultaneously, he served as a Province Administrator for two years. Recently he is studying in Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome on Formation for the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. Fr. Ashim said he joined Holy Cross because he was inspired by the community life of the members of Holy Cross and their missionary commitment especially for the poor and the tribal people in rural area of Bangladesh.

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Br. Chris Torrijas, C.S.C.

Reflection from Oct. 29

Br. Chris Torrijas, C.S.C. is from Michigan City, Indiana and took final vows as a religious in 2009. Growing up Br. Chris was taught by the Sisters of the Holy Cross and began teaching with the Brothers after graduating from college. He said from a young age he benefited from a Holy Cross education & that charism of being an educator in the faith continues to influence him today. He is currently the Director of Formation for the Moreau & Midwest Provinces.

Br Patrick Tumwine, CSC

Br. Patrick Tumwine, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 21

Br. Patrick Tumwine, CSC is from Western Uganda, Fort Portal Diocese, District of East Africa. He took final vows in 2011. since then, he has been working in Education ministry in East Africa. He is currently the Director for Education and also chairman of Board of Governors for the two Holy Cross Secondary schools in the District. He is also serving as Assistant District Superior for the District of East Africa. Patrick was baptised by a Holy Cross priest, Late Robert Hesse, CSC who later inspired him to become a religious. While in formation, he was inspired by brothers who were dedicated to serving God through education and their commitment to the ministry.

Fr David Tyson, CSC

Fr. David Tyson, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 28 & Oct. 28

Father David Tyson is presently the Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development in the Mendoza College of Business. He is, also, a Professional Specialist who teaches Strategic Management, Principles of Management, and Business Ethics. Previously at Notre Dame, Father Tyson served as Executive Assistant to the President Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Management. He also served as the 18th President of the University of Portland in Oregon, and Provincial Superior of the Indiana/US Province. Father Tyson holds a BA degree and an MTh degree from Notre Dame, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from the University of Portland, as well as the University’s highest accolade, The Christus Magister Medal. Father Tyson is also the recipient of the United States Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

Fr William Wack, CSC

Fr. William Wack, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 2, Aug. 2 & Nov. 4

Fr. Bill Wack, CSC was born and raised in South Bend, IN. He is the second-youngest of 10 children, and his younger brother is Fr. Neil Wack, CSC. Fr. Bill entered the seminary at Notre Dame as a freshman in college, and continued for the next 8 years in discernment and formation. As a priest he has served in a parish in Colorado Springs, as Associate Vocations Director at Notre Dame, as the Director of Andre House in Phoenix, and currently, as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church and School in Austin, TX.

Fr Neil Wack, CSC

Fr. Neil Wack, C.S.C.

Reflections from Apr. 3 & Sep. 7

Fr. Neil Wack, CSC is from South Bend, Indiana, ordained in 2004. Currently he serves as director of vocations for the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Previous to that assignment he served in two different parishes for many years. Fr. Neil joined the Congregation because of the Holy Cross priests and brothers he encountered growing up at his parish, and also the examples of his brother, Fr. Bill Wack, CSC, and his (now deceased) great uncle, Fr. Ed Keller, CSC.

Fr Peter Walsh, CSC

Fr. Peter Walsh, C.S.C.

Reflections from Sep. 17 & Dec. 8

Fr. Peter Walsh, CSC was born in Boston, MA and attended Stonehill College. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1989 and has served in Campus Ministries at Stonehill College, Yale University and St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, where he is currently the Director of Campus Ministry. Fr. Peter has felt it a privilege to work with young adults as an "educator in the faith," helping them to grow in their spirituality and discover God's call in their lives.

Fr Jarrod Waugh, CSC

Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C.

Reflection from Aug. 4

Fr. Jarrod Waugh went to Notre Dame as an undergraduate and took Final Vows in 2012, and was ordained the next year. He was deacon and associate pastor at Christ the King in South Bend before serving as an Assistant Vocations Director. From Edna, Kansas, Fr. Waugh now lives in Dillon Hall.

Fr Steve Wilbricht, CSC

Fr. Steve Wilbricht, C.S.C.

Reflection from Apr. 27 & Aug. 23

Fr. Steve Wilbricht, C.S.C. serves as an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Originally from northwestern Illinois, Fr. Steve was ordained as a priest of Holy Cross in 1997 and subsequently ministered in two parishes in the Southwest. His academic interest is in the area of liturgy, especially the continual reform and promotion of post-Vatican II rites and worship.

Fr Richard Wilkinson, CSC

Fr. Rick Wilkinson, C.S.C.

Reflection from Sep. 24

Fr. Rick Wilkinson, CSC, grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a Holy Cross seminarian he spent a year serving in Bangladesh. After his ordination in 1979 he served in Bedford Stuyvesant, NYC, before heading to Santiago, Chile. Upon his return to the US he was part of formation ministry in upstate New York, Notre Dame and Cascade Colorado. From 1998 to 2012 he was Director of Campus Ministry at St. Edwards’s University in Austin, TX. Presently he serves as Assistant Provincial.

Fr Nate Wills, CSC

Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C.

Reflections from Feb. 1 & Nov. 5

Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C., a native of St. Paul, MN, began his career at Notre Dame as an undergraduate seminarian in the Old College program. He completed a double major in Theology and Computer Applications in 1999 and as a part of his seminary formation, taught at Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education program. He completed his M.Ed. from Notre Dame in 2003 and his M.Div. in 2005. Fr. Nate was ordained in the spring of 2006 and served as the associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in South Bend, IN. He entered graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his Ph.D. in 2015, studying technology policy in K-12 Catholic schools. Soon after, he joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s Remick Leadership Program, instructing aspiring Catholic school principals. Fr. Nate’s research interests include blended learning, innovative uses of technology, and leadership in Catholic schools. He resides in St. Edward’s Hall.

Fr Paul Ybarra, CSC

Fr. Paul Ybarra, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 20

Fr. Paul Ybarra, C.S.C. is originally from Los Angeles, CA and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2011. Since then he has served in a suburban parish in Phoenix, AZ and a large urban parish in Austin, TX. A former Catholic school teacher, Fr. Paul joined the Congregation of Holy Cross due to their dedication to Catholic education and parish ministry.

Fr Herb Yost, CSC

Fr. Herb Yost, C.S.C.

Reflections from Jan. 8, Mar. 10 & Sep. 28

Hailing from Lancaster PA, I entered Holy Cross Seminary in 1964 as a high school junior. Winding my way through the formation program, I was ordained in 1975. Since then Holy Cross has asked me to be a parish priest, a grad student of spirituality and business, Assistant Novice Master, chaplain to CSC Brothers and (currently) to St. Paul’s Retirement Community. For the last 30 years, concurrent with the chaplaincies, I’ve been Director/Chaplain of Holy Cross Association, a part of the US Province Development Office. I’ve also found time to be a hermit, an author, a furniture-maker. God has been good!

Br William Zaydak, CSC

Br. Bill Zaydak, C.S.C.

Reflection from Nov. 28

Br. Bill Zaydak, CSC was encouraged to consider a vocation to the Congregation by the brothers when he was a student at Holy Cross High School, Queens, NY. Forty years later, he has taught in the USA, ministered in East Africa for ten years, been Vicar Provincial and is currently the Provincial for the Moreau Province.

Fr Tom Zurcher, CSC

Fr. Tom Zurcher, C.S.C.

Reflection from Mar. 23

Fr. Tom Zurcher, CSC, was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and grew up in Eau Claire, WI. He was ordained in 1972 and spent his first 19 years as a parish priest in South Bend, IN, and Goodyear, AZ. He was Vicar for Priests in the Diocese of Phoenix, Superior of Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame, and at the present time is happily involved in the Holy Cross mission in Mexico.