Novices

Drew Clary

Drew Clary, 29

Hometown: Castroville, Texas
Summer ministry/job: Helping with various initiatives in the Holy Cross Parish in Guadalupe, Mexico (near Monterrey), Parroquia Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz
What was your major? Economics and Political Science 
Patron Saint: St. Thomas More
Top movie: Most actions and comedies – basically anything that makes me laugh or has things blowing up
Top books: Biographies by David McCullough; Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; looking forward to having more to say for this after the Novitiate!
Hobbies: Reading (especially Supreme Court decisions and historical nonfiction), playing basketball, watching TV shows or Netflix, spending time with friends
Place in the world you would most like to visit: Russia
 
What drew you to Holy Cross: The sense of brotherhood and community in Holy Cross that transcends borders and ministries.
 

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7


Andrew Fritz

Andrew Fritz, 22

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
What is your major? Anthropology and Philosophy
Patron Saint: St. Peter and St. Paul
Top Movies: Miracle, Good Will Hunting
Top Books: The Great Divorce, Count of Monte Cristo, In the Kingdom of the Lonely God
Top Musicians in your playlist: Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Allen Stone, Lupe Fiasco
Hobbies: Lacrosse, singing, making things out of clay
Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Australia
Favorite ways to pray: Reflecting/Journaling on Mercy
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The Congregation’s community of priests and brothers felt very much like a close knit family. This kind of perspective on living out the priesthood, though different than I had expected, was immediately intriguing.
 
Favorite quote from Scripture:  “Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be as deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But, Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!” Then he said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God?” Isaiah 7:10

Nick Galasso

Nick Galasso, 26

Hometown: Homer City, Pennsylvania
Summer ministry/job: Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon
What was your major? Theology
Patron Saint: St. Augustine; St. Brigid of Kildare
Top Books: Lord of the World, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters
Top Muscians in your playlist: Mumford & Sons, Adele, Gaelic Storm, Tallis Scholars
Most memorable sporting event you’ve attended: Emerald Isle Classic in Ireland
Hobbies: Piano, Music Composition, Irish traditional instruments, woodworking
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Rome, Italy
Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina

What drew you to Holy Cross? My time at Notre Dame and witnessing their community and zeal for the faith.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Dilige et quod vis fac.” "Love, and then do what you will." St. Augustine


Gabriel Griggs

Gabriel Griggs, 24

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
What was your major? Program of Liberal Studies, Applied Mathematics, Statistics
Patron Saint: St. John Paul II, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Top Books: The Brothers Karamazov, C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy
Top Musicians in your playlist: Beautiful Eulogy, Yo La Tengo, DJ Koze, Grimes
Most memorable liturgy you’ve attended: Evening prayer with Sant'Egidio at Santa Maria Trastevere - the atmosphere was electric.
Hobbies: Sports, music, reading

What drew you to Holy Cross? Blessed Basil Moreau, the community and the mission

What is your favorite quote from a philospher? “Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know life and death only through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves. Thus without scripture, which has Jesus Christ alone for its object, we know nothing, and see only darkness and confusion in the nature of God, and in our own nature." Pascal's Pensées, Aphorism 547


Ethan Lott

Ethan Lott, 22

Hometown: Greeneville, Tennessee
Summer ministry/job: My Brother's Keeper, Stonehill College
What was your major? Political Science and Theology
Patron Saint: St. John Bosco
Top Movies: Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Top Books: Gone with the Wind, The Pelican Brief
Top Musicians in your playlist: Beyoncé, Florida Georgia Line, Mumford & Sons
Hobbies: Hiking, reading and golf

What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to the Congregation by the zeal and commitment of the Priests and Brothers, the integral sense of community and the value of education in their mission.

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5


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