Meet the Seminary Staff
The formation programs of the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross are led by religious committed to helping men mature and develop in all areas of their discernment and formation. They bring to their work a diverse wealth of life and ministerial experiences in Holy Cross that they draw upon to form our men into priests and brothers with hope to bring to the Church and the world.
Moreau Seminary Staff
Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.
Superior and Rector, Moreau Seminary
Fr. John Vickers, C.S.C.
Assistant Superior, Moreau Seminary
Father John Vickers, C.S.C., is a Canadian, born and raised in the Province of Nova Scotia. After completing undergraduate studies he was received into the Holy Cross Novitiate in Bennington, Vermont, and professed First Vows in 1970. Following Novitiate he pursued theology studies at Notre Dame and received a Masters of Theology in 1973. He returned to Canada, professed Final Vows, and was ordained a deacon. In 1974, he was ordained a priest. Over these many years Fr. Vickers has been a pastor, high school teacher, director of theology house (Toronto), campus minister, religious education director and was hired by the Niagra Catholic School District School Board and the local Bishop to be a resource person for high school chaplains, religion heads, superintendents and other school personnel. He returned to studies at Regis College (Toronto) and, in 1999, was awarded a Masters in Sacred Theology. He was elected as Provincial Superior of the Engish Canadian Province of Holy Cross in 2003, and was re-elected for another three year term in 2009. After the completion of his second term in office, he returned to parish ministry. It was during this period that Fr. Vickers was invited to consider joining the staff of Moreau Seminary. He joined the formation staff in August 2015, and on July 1, 2016 he was named Assistant Superior of Moreau Seminary.
Fr. Stephen Kempinger, C.S.C.
Formation Staff, Moreau Seminary
Father Stephen Kempinger, C.S.C., a native of Indianapolis, is currently Postulant Director and Steward of Moreau Seminary. Ordained in 2001, his ministry has focused on the education apostolate. He has served as a teacher, principal and most recently as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He continues his work in Catholic education as a consultant with the National Catholic Education Association in Washington, DC. Fr. Steve is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in Geology and Secondary Education. He completed his theology studies at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Tex., followed by graduate and doctoral work in education at Loyola University of Chicago and Indiana University.
Fr. Francis T. Cafarelli, C.S.C.
Formation Staff, Moreau Seminary
Father Francis T. Cafarelli, C.S.C., currently serves as a member of the Formation Staff at Moreau Seminary and teaches the Faith and Traditions course for Postulants to help them prepare for both the Novitiate and, following the Novitiate year, for full-time study in the Master of Divinity program at the University of Notre Dame. Ordained in 1965 for the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers, Fr. Frank has worked in apostolates sponsored by both the Eastern and Indiana Provinces of Holy Cross, which recently merged to form the United States Province of Priests and Brothers. He began his ministry at the high school level in Connecticut and New York and, after further studies, served in various administrative positions and assisted with residence life at the University of Notre Dame. During these years, he also helped with formation at Moreau Seminary. His wealth of experience allows him to make a significant contribution to the Formation Staff today.
Fr. Charlie Kohlerman, C.S.C.
Formation Staff, Moreau Seminary
Father Charlie Kohlerman, C.S.C., who currently serves on the Formation Staff of Moreau Seminary, is a 1958 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1963. He served for a number of years at Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Ill., both as a teacher and administrator, and from 1969-71 as the school’s principal. In 1987 he was assigned to the staff of Fatima Retreat Center at Notre Dame and spent the next 12 years there preaching retreats and parish missions. In 1999 Fr. Charlie was appointed Assistant Steward (Treasurer) of the Province and also joined the Formation Staff of Moreau Seminary. In 2003, he was appointed the Religious Superior of Holy Cross House (the medical facility for our priests and brothers at Notre Dame) and served in that position for six years. At the end of his term at Holy Cross House, he returned to the Formation Staff at Moreau Seminary where he continues to serve. In July of 2012, Fr. Charlie was appointed Superior of Our Lady of Fatima House at Notre Dame, a residence for Holy Cross religious.
Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C.
Formation Staff, Moreau Seminary
Father Peter Rocca, C.S.C., a native of Chicago, was ordained a priest in 1974. During his deacon year and first three years of priesthood, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Ignatius, Martyr Parish in Austin, Tex. From 1977-1980 he attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned two Masters’ degrees, one in Liturgical Studies, the other in Liturgical Music. Since 1980, Fr. Rocca has served as Director of Liturgy at Moreau Seminary, and assisted on the Formation Staff there. In addition, he served as Associate Rector of Sacred Heart Church at Notre Dame from 1980 to 1984, after which he was appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Services at the University from 1984-1997. In 1997 he became Rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, a position he currently holds. Since 1984, Fr. Rocca has also served as the general editor of the Ordo for the Liturgy of the Hours and the Celebration of the Eucharist, published for every diocese in the United States by Paulist Press. He also serves as a Consultant for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, and annually prepares the liturgical calendar for the United States.
Holy Cross Novitiate Staff
Fr. Kenneth Molinaro, C.S.C.
Father Kenneth Molinaro, C.S.C., is Superior and Novice Master of the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colo. Fr. Ken was born in Chicago, Ill. and grew up in South Bend, Ind. After making his Novitiate in Bennington, Vt., he returned to Notre Dame and earned a degree in sociology in 1971. He went on to earn Certificate Endorsement as a Reading Specialist from the National College of Education in 1973 and a graduate degree in theology from Notre Dame in 1976 before his ordination to the priesthood on September 4, 1976. Fr. Ken then served as principal of Sacred Heart School in Winnetka, Ill., Christ the King School in South Bend, Ind., and Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill. Prior to becoming Novice Master, Fr. Ken served as Assistant Provincial and Vicar for the Indiana/USA Province and Secretary of the Provincial Council.
Fr. Donald Dilg, C.S.C.
Assistant Novice Master
Father Donald Dilg, C.S.C., who currently serves as Assistant Novice Master at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Colorado, has been associated with the Congregation of Holy Cross most of his life. He was baptized at Holy Trinity Parish in Chicago, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., when both of these institutions were staffed by Holy Cross religious. Fr. Don graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1969 with a degree in Speech and Drama, and received his Master of Theology degree from the University in 1973. Since his ordination in 1975, Fr. Don has ministered in six different parishes, as Parochial Vicar or as Pastor. He also worked for four years in Campus Ministry at St. Francis High School in Mountain View Calif., staffed by the Holy Cross Brothers. Fr. Don began his current assignment in 2010.
Brother James Blaszak, C.S.C.
Procurator, Holy Cross Novitiate
In 2011, Brother James Blaszak, C.S.C., was named Procurator of the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colo., where he cares for the kitchen, supervises and teaches novices how to cook, assists with maintenance projects, and procures goods and supplies for the house. Br. James entered the St. Joseph Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Ind., in 1963 and professed his first vows in 1964. As a newly professed religious, he was assigned to the staff at St. Joseph Novitiate where he trained as a cook. After professing Final Vows in 1971, he served in various apostolates as a cook, housekeeper, sacristan and Prefect. His longest assignment was at Le Mans Academy in Rolling Prairie, Ind., where he also worked on the farm for over 15 years. In 1996 Br. James was assigned as Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Parish in LaPorte, Ind., where he had previously volunteered for 32 years. Br. James’ favorite job and one of his most valued contributions at the Novitiate in Colorado is being a “big brother” to the novices. He listens to them, offers suggestions occasionally, and looks out for their needs.
Old College Undergraduate Seminary Staff
Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.
Director, Old College Undergraduate Seminary
Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C., currently serves as the Director of Old College Undergraduate Seminary. He is a native of New York City, and graduated from Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY, where he first encountered the Congregation of Holy Cross. Fr. Brian entered Old College during his sophomore year. He earned a bachelor’s ('07) and Master of Divinity ('12) Degree from the University of Notre Dame. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 2013, Fr. Brian served for two years as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana.
Brother Edward Luther, C.S.C.
Procurator, Old College Undergraduate Seminary
Brother Edward Luther, C.S.C. has served on the Formation Staff at Old College since 1998. A native of Wisconsin, Brother Ed professed vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1946. He was trained in kitchen management and spent many years supervising the kitchen at Moreau Seminary. His next assignment was at the University of Notre Dame where he served as Rector of Morrissey Hall and then of Fisher Hall for almost 20 years, prior to beginning his tenure at Old College. In addition to formation work, Br. Ed is highly regarded by the men of Old College for his skill in the kitchen, particularly his generosity in providing baked goods. Specialties include sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls.