Deacons

Deacons


Men in Formation

    Vincent Nguyen, C.S.C., 27

    Year in Formation: Transitional Deacon
    Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
    Job/ministry placement: Holy Cross Parish, South Bend
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Economics and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Vincent Ferrer
    Top movie: Airplane!
    Top books: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    Top musicians in your playlist: Imogen Heap, Twenty One Pilots, A.J.R.
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Closing Mass for World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Hobbies: Cooking, card games and board games
    Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Marseille, France
    What drew you to Holy Cross? What drew me to Holy Cross was the sense of community that I witnessed among the seminarians. I saw a group of men who enjoyed being in each others' company and who helped each other grow into the people God called them to be. Throughout my time in formation I have found that sense of community and brotherhood to be something that integral to life in Holy Cross.
    Favorite quote from Scripture: “I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.” 1 Corinthians 9:22-23


    Joseph Pedersen, C.S.C., 32

    Year in formation: Transitional Deacon
    Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
    Job/ministry placement? Rector, University of Notre Dame
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Philosophy and Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph
    Top movies: Canadian Bacon, The Man from Snowy River, Sneakers
    Top books: The Reed of God, Gilead
    Top musicians in your playlist: Audrey Assad, Johnny Cash
    Most memorable liturgy you’ve attended: Easter Vigil at the Basilica as a sponsor
    Hobbies: Hiking, camping, painting, reading
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Tahiti
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross by the joyful witness of priests and brothers who lived happy, healthy and holy lives, filled with zeal for the mission of the Church.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.” Jn 10:27-28 


    Zach Rathke, C.S.C., 33

    Year in Formation: Transitional Deacon
    Hometown: College Station, Texas
    Job/ministry placement: St. Ignatius Martyr Parish
    What college did you attend: Texas A&M University
    What was your major? Philosophy and Speech Communication
    Patron Saint: St. Catherine of Siena
    Top movie: Stand and Deliver
    Top books: Lord of the World, by Robert Benson, Merton's Palace of Nowhere by Finley
    Top musicians in your playlist: Newton Faulkner and Joshua Radin
    Most memorable liturgy you've attended: Tenebrae at the Novitiate: it mixed silence and moving music in a familiar, prayerful space.
    Hobbies: Hiking and running
    Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Jerusalam
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The balance between apostolic ministry, community life, along with Moreau's spirituality.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?...” Mt 6:25-34


    Gilbrian Stoy, C.S.C., 28

    Year in formation: Transitional Deacon
    Hometown: Little Falls, Minnesota
    Job/ministry placement: Christ the King Parish
    Where did you attend college: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Pre-Professional Studies, Medicine
    Patron Saint: St. John the Baptist
    Top movies: Snatch, Ocean's 11
    Top books: A Man Called Ove, Perelandra, John Adams
    Top musicians in your playlist: Queen, Billy Joel, Les Miserables Soundtrack
    Most memorable liturgy you've attended: Candlelight procession in Lourdes, France
    Hobbies: Exercise, Reading, Fishing
    Place in the world you most want to visit: Prague, Czech Republic
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross by the variety of apostolates and the joy and brotherhood of the men I knew. I stayed because in Holy Cross I encountered the Lord who invited me to a life dedicated to Him.
    Favorite quote from a Saint: “He must increase, I must decrease." John 3:30




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