Moreau Postulants

Robert Ackerman

Robert Ackerman, 21

Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts
Summer ministry/job: Camp counselor at a local summer camp
What was your major: Psychology
Patron Saint: St. Damien of Molokai, St. Joseph & St. André Bessette
Top Movies: The Mission, The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life
Most memorable event you've attended: Midnight Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica
Hobbies: Fly fishing, reading, wood carving, baking and cooking

 
What drew you to Holy Cross? What really drew me to Holy Cross was the brotherhood I experienced on my visits and the apostolates of the community.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint: "My only ambition is to serve God with the humblest tasks." St. André Bessette

David Cargill

David Cargill, 24

Hometown: Papillion, Nebraska
Summer ministry/job: Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Missionary
What was your major? Accounting
Patron Saint: St. Peter
Top Movie: Hot Rod and Nacho Libre
Top Book: The Lord of the Rings, Time for God, The Soul of the Apostolate
Hobbies: Athletics, reading and traveling
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Patagonia or New Zealand
Favorite way to pray: The Rosary or with Scripture

What drew you to Holy Cross? The mission and the brotherhood.

What is your favorite quote from a Pope? “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


Julian Druffner

Julian Druffner, 21

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
Summer ministry/job: The Green Room Restaurant
What was your major? Theology
Patron Saint: St. Joseph, St. Sebastian
Top Movie: Good Will Hunting
Top Book: The Brothers Karamazov
Hobbies: Bow hunting, fishing, bladesmithing and wood working
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: St. Elias Alaska
Favorite way to pray: Rosary or silently praying in Adoration

What drew you to Holy Cross? Holy Cross has always been known to have a strong charism in the missions. Throughout the world, Holy Cross has started multiple mission sites that have aided thousands in both physical ways and spiritual. I hope to one day follow in the footsteps of these same holy men by working in the missions.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “To the heights!" Pierre Giorgio Frassati


James Henke

Jimmy Henke, 22

Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
Summer ministry/job: Holy Redeemer Parish
What was your major? Philosophy and Theology
Patron Saint: Sts. Cyril and Methodius
Top books: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Interior Castle
Top Musicians in your playlist: Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Matt and Kim
The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Machu Picchu
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The Community. The priests and brothers live with a zeal that can only be ignited by the Holy Spirit.
 
What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19

Ian Johnston

Ian Johnston, 25

Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming
Summer ministry/job: Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Detroit, MI)
What was your major? Accounting
Patron Saint: St. Joseph
Top Movie: Meru, Kingdom of Heaven, Steep
Top Book: God, Country, Notre Dame; Teewinot - A Year in the Teton Range; Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Hobbies: Skiing, rock climbing, hiking, basketball
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Khumbu region of Nepal

What drew you to Holy Cross? As a student at Notre Dame, the sense of community that I witnessed among the priests on campus was so strong. As I got to know many of the priests individually, I saw the beauty of the way each of their gifts contributed to that strong community. I wanted to explore what it meant to be a part of it.

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8


David Slonkosky

David Slonkosky, 23

Hometown: Minster, Ohio
Summer ministry/job: Activities Coordinator for Saints and Scholars Theology Institute at Holy Cross College
What was your major? Liberal Studies, Completed an Associates in Baking and Pastry Arts
Patron Saint: St. Philip Neri
Top Movie: Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings, Once, Fallow Me Boys
Top Book: Father Elijah by Michael O'Brien
Hobbies: Playing the Ukulele, Cooking, Art and Hiking
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: New Zealand

What drew you to Holy Cross? After reading a meditation from The Essential Writings of Basil Moreau I immediately felt drawn to follow his words. There are many great founders in the Church but for some providential reason the words of Moreau connected with me.

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12


Bradley Stalcup

Brad Stalcup, 22

Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
Summer ministry/job: Digital Projects Specialist at the Alliance for Catholic Education
What was your major? Computer Science
Patron Saint: St. John the Baptist
Top Movie: Les Miserables, How to Train your Dragon
Top Book: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Hobbies: Racquetball, spikeball, music, video games with friends
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: New Zealand or Rome
Favorite way to pray: The rosary

What drew you to Holy Cross? The witness of so many Holy Cross priests.

What is your favorite quote from a Pope? “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


James Walters

James Walters, 21

Hometown: DeGraff, Ohio
What was your major? Theology
Patron Saint: St. Patrick and St. Philip Neri
Top Movies: The Godfather Parts I & II
Top Musicians in your playlist: Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Eric Church
Most memorable event you've attended: Christmas Eve Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family
Place in the world you would most like to visit: The Holy Land

What drew you to Holy Cross? The family-like sense of community and Fr. Moreau's Spiritulity.

Favorite quote from a Saint? "It's with the smallest brushes that the Artist paints the best paintings." St. André Bessette


Owen Williams

Owen Williams, 21

Hometown: Avon, Ohio
Summer ministry/job: Lifeguarding 
What was your major? History and Philosophy
Patron Saint: Blessed Oscar Romero
Top Movies: School of Rock, The Breakfast Club 
Top Books: All Quiet on the Western Front
Most memorable event you've attended: Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with Pope Francis
Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Australia
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The community life, variety of ministry opportunities, and the great witness of Holy Cross religious at my high school drew me to Holy Cross.
 

What is your favorite quote: "If we are worth anything, it is not because we have more money or more talent, or more human qualitites. Insofar as we are worth anything, it is becasue we are grafted onto Christ's life, his cross and resurrection. That is a person's measure." Blessed Oscar Romero


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