Ordinations and Final Vows

Two great celebrations mark the completion of formation in Holy Cross.

  • At his Final Vows, a Holy Cross religious professes the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience forever according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In this they commit their lives to the communal work, prayer, and life of Holy Cross.
  • At his Ordination, a seminarian who has taken Final Vows receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders and is ordained to serve the Church as a priest. In this Sacrament he is conformed to Christ Jesus, the Head and Shepherd.

Featured in each gallery are pictures, video, and related material from recent Final Vows and Ordination masses.


Rev Mr Michael Palmer, CSC And Rev Mr Ryan Pietrocarlo, CSC

Final Vows 2016

Michael Palmer, C.S.C., and Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., professed their Final Vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus at the University of Notre Dame. In this they committed to live out the rest of their life through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the Congregation of Holy Cross.  


Fr Dennis Strach, CSC and Fr Matt Hovde, CSC

Ordination 2016

The Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed two new priests  on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Matthew Hovde, C.S.C., and Dennis Strach II, C.S.C.


Matthew Hovde, CSC & Dennis Strach II, CSC

Final Vows 2015

Matthew Hovde, C.S.C., and Dennis Strach II, C.S.C., professed their Final Vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus at the University of Notre Dame. In this they committed to live out the rest of their life through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the Congregation of Holy Cross.  


Ordination 2015

Ordination 2015

The Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed six new priests  on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., D.D., Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Matthew Fase, C.S.C., David Halm, C.S.C., Timothy Mouton, C.S.C., Stephen Chase Pepper, C.S.C., Daniel Ponisciak, C.S.C. and Christoper Rehagen, C.S.C.