Eight Holy Cross Men Profess First Vows

Eight Holy Cross Men Profess First Vows


Other News | by Congregation of Holy Cross Staff

    With joy and thanksgiving, the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, announces the first profession of vows of eight novices from the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colorado. 

    Novices spend a year at the novitiate, mostly in silent reflection and prayer. Then, on the final day of their Novitiate year, they profess vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

    The following men professed their vows in a celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, (pictured left-to-right):

    Mr. Robert William Weltner, C.S.C., Green Brook, New Jersey

    Br. John Eli Draves, C.S.C., Berea, Ohio

    Mr. Andrew James Copp, C.S.C., La Grange Park, Illinois

    Mr. Méo Labossière, C.S.C., Saint-Léon, Manitoba, Canada

    Mr. Benjamin Isaac Sasin, C.S.C., New Palestine, Indiana

    Mr. Timothy Paul Wymore, C.S.C., Madison, Wisconsin

    Br. Jacob Alan Gorman, C.S.C., Evansville, Indiana

    Mr. Ethan Freeman Kelley, C.S.C., Olean, New York 

    "Doing formation work is such a blessing and a source of hope for me," explains Rev. Jeffrey Cooper, C.S.C., director of novices and the superior at the Holy Cross Novitiate. "In a world that seems to be losing its bearings at times, the men who come to Holy Cross continue to be men of quality, faith, and sincerity. These eight men who just made their first profession of vows embody that. They inspire me, and I know they will be such a blessing for the people they serve, the Church, and for Holy Cross."

    During the Mass, the newly professed received the Holy Cross habit and the Cross and Anchors as signs of their professed membership in the Congregation. 




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