Old Collegians

Keenan Bross

Keenan Bross, 18

Year in Formation:1st
Hometown: Flint Hill, Missouri
Summer ministry/job: Photographer's Assistant at Etrailer.com
What is your major? Undecided
Patron Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
Top Movies: Inception
Top Musicians in your playlist: Young the Giant, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Bleachers, The Killers
Hobbies: Robotics, basketball, volleyball and playing board games with friends
The place in the world you most want to visit: New Zealand
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The peaceful feeling that came over me during my time at Old College.
 
What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "For God so loved the world,that He gave His only son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

Devin Dettman

Devin Dettman, 18

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Summer ministry/job: Staff-in-training at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, Program Coordinator at Christian Leadership Institute
What is your major? Undecided
Patron Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
Top Books: Lord of the Rings, Orthodoxy, Good Omens, Crime and Punishment, Peace Like a River
Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: I was at camp the first time I experienced Adoration. It was very moving to be introduced to that great form of worship in such a special place, surrounded by my friends.
Hobbies: Fencing, reading, writing, playing Super Smash Bros with my friends
The place in the world you most want to visit: Spain
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn by Holy Cross' strong sense of mission, serving the Church at large by evangelization through education.
 
What is your favorite quote from a Pope? “You were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Mr Nicholas Guiney

Nicholas Guiney, 20

Year in Formation:3rd
Hometown: Hudson, Ohio
Summer ministry/job: Videographer/Summer Missionary at Life Teen Camp, Hidden Lake
What is your major? Theology and Philosophy
Patron Saint: St. Nikolas of Myra, St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II
Most memorable large gathering you've attended: Ordination Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Hobbies: Photography, Videography, Singing
The place in the world you most want to visit: Norway, Greece, Turkey
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? I was immediately struck by the close-knit community that is clearly seen between members of the Holy Cross community.
 
What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Steve Jakubowski

Steve Jakubowski, 21

Year in Formation: 2nd
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Summer ministry/job: Teaching mathematics at Holy Cross Lake View School in Uganda
What is your major? Mathematics, Philosophy
Patron Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
Top books: Brave New World, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Hobbies: Singing with the Notre Dame Glee Club, running, reading
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Yosemite National Park

What drew you to Holy Cross: I got to know Holy Cross through a few priests I met while living in the dorms at Notre Dame my freshman and sophomore years. Their example led me to look more deeply into the Congregation. I am inspired by the brotherhood which roots our life in community and the zeal with which so many Holy Cross brothers and priests work in service of their neighbors."

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40


Stephen Kawulicz

Stephen Kawulicz, 17

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut
Summer ministry/job: Summer Camp Counselor
What is your major? Philosophy
Patron Saint: Blessed Miguel Pro, Saint John Paul II
Top books: The Alchemist, The Road, Frankenstein
Top Musicians in your playlist: Hozier, Switchfoot, Moon Taxi
The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Ireland

 

What drew you to Holy Cross: The brotherhood as well as the charism, emphasizing the various practical as well as spiritual needs of a group of people.

What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a claning cymbal."  1 Corinthians 13:1


James Mahoney

James Mahoney, 18

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Austin, Texas
What is your major? Aerospace Engineering with Philosophy Minor
Patron Saint: St. John Paul II (Confirmation) and St. Dymphna (Birthday)
Top Musicians in your playlist: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Bach, Stromae, Daft Punk
Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: A Mass at my diocesan Catholic youth conference. God's unconditional love for me in the Eucharist during Mass was indescribably and overwhelmingly clear.
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Exploring, Drawing, Thinking, Hiking, Camping, Photography, Drawing, Model Rocketry
The place in the world you most want to visit: France, Italy, Antarctica and the moon
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The amazing community that I find at my home parish and in South Bend, the joyful witness of Holy Cross priests and religious I've met, and Holy Cross' motto: "Ave Crux, Spes Unica."
 
What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God." St. John Paul II

Hunter Ostapowicz

Hunter Ostapowicz, 19

Year in Formation: 2nd
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
What is your major? Theology
Patron Saint: Saint Leo the Great, Saint Albert of Prague
Top movies: Anything by Tim Burton
Top Musicians in your playlist: Hans Zimmer, John Rutter and Alexandre Desplat
Hobbies: Church Seeking, Playing trombone, Singing bass, and hanging with family and friends
Place in the world you’d most like to visit: France or Poland

What drew you to Holy Cross? The title, “Great Band of Men.” The devotion to understanding the Passion of Jesus Christ and His Holy Cross is unique to the Congregation. Ave Crux Spes Unica is a phrase that holds so much meaning that is very appealing.

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Christ calls you, the church needs you, the world awaits you.” Saint John Paul II


Matthew Rehagen

Matthew Rehagen, 20

Year in Formation: 2nd
Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
What is your major? Theology and Philosophy
Patron Saint: Saint Matthew
Top movies: Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Patriot, Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Top Musicians in your playlist: Beatles, Mumford and Sons, Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports
Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Dublin

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

What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” St. Augustine


Ellis Sargeant

Ellis Sargeant, 18

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania
What is your major? Undecided
Patron Saint: St. Joseph
Top Movies: Interstellar
Top Musicians in your playlist: Tenth Avenue North
Hobbies: Theater, Forensics, Juggling
The place in the world you most want to visit: The Globe Theater
What is your favorite way to pray: The Rosary
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? I found it by accident at first through Notre Dame, and then fell in love with it during the Summer Seminary Immerson Program last year.
 
What is your favorite quote from Saint? "Don't drag yourself any longer to his feet. Follow that first impulse that draws you into his arms. That is where your place is." St. Therese of Lisieux

Daniel Simmons

Daniel Simmons, 18

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Summer ministry/job: Landscaping
What is your major? Pre-Law, Philosophy
Patron Saint: St. Daniel, St. Augustine
Top Books: Kira Kira, The Color Purple
Top Musicians in your playlist: Elton John, Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Giachinno, The High Kings, Simon and Garfunkel
Hobbies: Fishing, Leatherwork, Reading, Photography
The place in the world you most want to visit: Ireland and Rome
 
What drew you to Holy Cross? The genuineness of everyone I met on my visits. I realized it was a place I could be myself, and be supported in my faith. Nowhere else have I been where I felt Christ's love so alive and I wanted to be a part of that truly awesome community.
 
What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Pray, hope and don't worry." St. Pio of Pietrelcino

Daniel Vo

Daniel Vo, 18

Year in Formation: 1st
Hometown: Glendale, Arizona
What is your major? Psychology
Patron Saint: St. Joseph
Top Movies: Nacho Libre, Insterstellar, Force Awakening
Top Musicians in your playlist: Logic, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra
Hobbies: Playing sports, listening to music, and playing video games
The place in the world you most want to visit: Vatican City
Favorite way to pray: With my family
What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross because of the unique community that is deeply devoted to Christ and serving others.
 
What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "I can't do big things, but I want everything to be for the glory of God." St. Dominic Savio