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The General Administration for the Congregation of Holy Cross is located in Rome, Italy, and also the place of residence of the Superior General and his Council. The Superior General is Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C.

The organizational framework of Congregation of Holy Cross is structured as follows:

  • The Generalate (Superior General and Council, General Administration)
  • Vicariates (Vicariate Superior and Council) dependent on the Generalate
  • The Provinces (Provincial Superior and Council, Provincial Administration)
  • Districts (District Superior and Council) dependent on a Province
  • The Local Religious Communities, Residences and Apostolic Works under the jurisdiction of the Provinces, Vicariates or Districts.

The United States Province of Priests and Brothers is headquartered in Notre Dame, Ind. Below is a listing of of our religious leadership with short biographical information.


 

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Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior

Born: Hazleton, Pa.

College: King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), B.A., Political Science, 1971

Graduate School: University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.), M.Th., 1977; The American University (Washington, D.C.), Ph.D., Political Science, 1988

Final Vows: Sept. 3, 1977

Ordination to the Priesthood: June 10, 1978

Holy Cross Assignments: Fr. O’Hara served as the eighth President of King’s College, his alma mater, from 1999 to 2011. He was also the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He served as Professor of political science at the Philosophical Centre of Jinja in Uganda from 1994 to 1996 until he returned to King’s. Fr. O’Hara joined the faculty of King’s in 1988 as Assistant Professor of government and politics. He was an Adjunct Professor teaching a religion and politics course at The American University (1987) and a Priest-in-residence at St. Ann Parish, Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1988; Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md., and Chaplain to the Holy Cross brothers at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md., from 1982 to 1984; Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel from 1977 to 1982; and a Resident Assistant at Notre Dame, 1976 to 1977. Fr. O’Hara’s first teaching assignment in 1975 was as professor of English at Notre Dame College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he was assisting in relief work with Mother Teresa’s Missionary Sisters of Charity. He has worked in parish ministry in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh and Uganda.


 

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Rev. Richard S. Wilkinson, C.S.C., First Assistant Provincial; Vicar

Born: Laconia, N.H.

College: University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.), B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, 1973

Graduate School: University of Notre Dame, M. Div., 1978

Continuing Studies: Christian Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, 1995; Chicago Theological Union, 1996; School of Applied Theology (Berkeley, Calif.), 1997

Final Vows: Sept. 15, 1978

Ordination to the Priesthood: June 9, 1979

Holy Cross Assignments: Fr. Wilkinson was named Associate Director of Campus Ministry at St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas) in 1998 and was appointed Director of Campus Ministry in 2000. In 1997-1998, he was Interim Director of Novices at the Holy Cross Novitiate (Cascade, Colo.); Assistant Rector, Director of the Candidate Program, Associate Director of the Deacon Program and Steward, Moreau Seminary (Notre Dame, Ind.), 1991-1996; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish (Bennington, Vt.), 1990-1991; Director of Novices, Holy Cross Novitiate (Waterford, N.Y.), 1989-1990, and Assistant Director, 1987-1989; Pastor, Parroquia Cristo Nuestro Redentor de Peñalolén (Santiago, Chile), 1983-1987, Associate Pastor, 1980-1983; Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 1979-1980, Deacon, 1979; and spent his pastoral year, 1976-1977, with Mother Teresa’s Missionary Sisters of Charity Hospital for Dying and Destitute in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


 

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Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Second Assistant Provincial; Steward

Born: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

College: University of Notre Dame, B.A., Liberal Studies and Spanish, 1979

Graduate School: University of Notre Dame, M. Div., 1984; Cambridge University (United Kingdom), M.A. in Modern Languages, 1991; and The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), J.D., 1994

Final Vows: Sept. 3, 1983

Ordination to the Priesthood: April 28, 1984

Holy Cross Assignments: Fr. McDonald served as Associate Vice President and Counselor to the President at the University of Notre Dame from 2005 to 2011. Prior to that, he was Rector of Saint George’s College from 2000 to 2005; Associate Dean of the Notre Dame Law School from 1997 to 2000; Assistant Provincial and Steward of the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross from 1994 to 1997; Associate Rector of Basilica of the Sacred Heart from 1990 to 1991; Vice Rector of Campus Ministry at Saint George’s College, 1987 to 1990; Assistant Rector (Sorin College), instructor in the College of Arts and Letters, Notre Dame, 1984-1985; and Deacon, St. John Vianney Parish, Goodyear, Ariz., 1983 to 1984.


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Brother Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., Third Assistant Provincial; Secretary

Born: Mishawaka, Ind.

College: St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), A.B. Magna Cum Laude, 1963

Graduate School: Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.), M.A., American History, 1967, and M.S. in Education, 1969; University of Notre Dame, M.A., Government, 1979, and Ph.D., Government, 1985

Continuing Studies: Institute of American History and Government, State University of New York at Stoneybrook, 1968

Final Vows: Aug. 16, 1963

Holy Cross Assignments: Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. He was appointed the University of Portland’s Academic Vice President in 1996 and Provost in 2002. He previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and taught history and political science. Br. Stabrowski was Acting President of the University in the summer and fall of 2003. Br. Stabrowski served for 14 years at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind., where he was a professor of American government and history, He is the author of a book on the Polish community of South Bend, Ind. (“South Bend Polonia”). From 1970 to 1974, Br. Stabrowski served as Principal of Holy Trinity High School in Chicago; from 1969 to 1970, Assistant Principal, Archbishop Hoben High School, Akron, Ohio; and from 1963 to 1969, teacher and department head at Cathedral High School, Indianapolis. He also served part-time as an instructor at Purdue University North Central (Westville, Ind.) and St. Francis College (Michigan City, Ind., campus).