Holy Cross Celebrates Ordination of Three Deacons

Community Welcome, Ordination 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three Deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, were ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, April 6, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Provincial Superior, the Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., presented the Rev. Mr. Brian C. Ching, C.S.C., the Rev. Mr. Mark F. DeMott, C.S.C., and the Rev. Mr. Jarrod M. Waugh, C.S.C., for ordination. The Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria, Ill., conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

By professing perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, Ching, DeMott and Waugh have already committed themselves to the common life and the apostolic work of the Congregation. Now as Holy Cross priests, they will minister the sacraments of the Church, making God known, loved and served throughout the world.

“All of us in the Province are enormously proud of these three young Holy Cross men. Our prayers and support are with them as they prepare for this most sacred day,” said Fr. O’Hara. “Each will be a blessing to God’s people whom they will serve as priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross.”


Rev. Brian Ching, C.S.C., is the eldest of Debbie and Fred Ching’s two children. Born in New York City, he grew up in Flushing, N.Y., first encountering the Congregation of Holy Cross at Holy Cross High School, where he graduated in 2003. He continued his education with Holy Cross earning a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 2007 and a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame as well, in 2012.

Fr. Brian entered the Old College Undergraduate Seminary program at Notre Dame during his sophomore year in 2004 and spent a semester studying at the American College, a seminary administered by the American bishops in Louvain, Belgium. During his time at the Holy Cross Novitiate (2007-2008) in Cascade, Colo., Fr. Brian served as a volunteer Chaplain with Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. He has also served as a religious education teacher at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Ind. Fr. Brian spent a year (2010-2011) as a seminarian intern at Holy Cross’ St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Ariz. During that year he worked with the RCIA program, prepared couples for marriage and baptism and preached regularly in a bi-lingual parish community. Fr. Brian professed First Vows on Aug. 2, 2008, and Final Vows on Aug. 25, 2012. As a deacon, he served at St. Joseph Parish, South Bend, Ind., and will return there.

“My hope for my future in Holy Cross is actually pretty simple: To serve the Lord and His people and to serve them well. What that service might look like, whether in a parish or on a college campus or in direct service to the poor, may well change, but so long as I get to serve the people of God, I will be happy as a Holy Cross priest,” Fr. Brian said.

Fr. Brian’s first Mass was 10 a.m., Sunday, April 7 at St. Joseph Parish. Future Masses include:

  • St. Kevin’s Parish, Flushing, N.Y. – 10 a.m., Sunday, April 14
  • Holy Cross High School, Flushing, N.Y. – 9 a.m., Monday, April 15


During his diaconate year, Rev. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., served as a residence hall director and campus minister at the University of Portland (Ore.), a Holy Cross university.

The eldest of five children of Dr. and Mrs. John and Jodi DeMott, Fr. Mark was born in Kansas City, Mo. and grew up in Holland, Mich. where he graduated from Holland High School in 1998. He attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2002 and the Master of Divinity degree in 2007.

Since entering formation with Holy Cross, Fr. Mark has served at a number of Holy Cross apostolates. His first assignment was as Director of Christian Formation at Saint Joseph Parish, South Bend (2007-2008). He went on to serve at Parroquia Nuestra Madre Santisima de la Luz in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (summer 2008); Penrose Main Hospital and Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs (during his Novitiate year in 2008-2009); Holy Cross and Saint Stanislaus Parish, South Bend (2009-2010), where he served as Director of Liturgy and Music; Saint Joseph’s High School, South Bend (2010-2011); and Holy Cross Lake View Senior Secondary School, Jinja, Uganda, where he was Choir Director and also taught chemistry and biology (2011-2012). Fr. Mark professed his First Vows on Aug. 1, 2009, and Final Vows on Aug. 25, 2012.

“I hope that life in Holy Cross will place me in real relationship with many kinds of people. I hope that it will challenge me to embrace the Gospel. I hope that it will draw me more closely into God’s presence. And, I hope that sharing my journey with others will offer them the same,” said Fr. Mark.

Fr. Mark’s first Mass was 11:45 a.m., Sunday, April 7 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame. Future Masses include:

  • Chapel of Christ the Teacher, University of Portland – 9 p.m., Sunday, April 21
  • Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Holland, Mich. – 10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 26
  • Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Holland, Mich. – 9 a.m., Sunday, June 2


Rev. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., grew up in rural Southeast Kansas, graduating from Labette County High School in Altamont in 2004.

The eldest of three children of Jerry and Carolyn Waugh, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and a Master of Divinity in 2012. He lived in Keough Hall for two years and was active in Campus Ministry and the campus council of the Knights of Columbus before entering Old College as a junior in 2006. Fr. Jarrod professed First Vows on Aug. 1, 2009 and Final Vows on Aug. 25, 2012.

During his years as a Holy Cross seminarian, Fr. Jarrod served as an adult Bible study catechist at Holy Cross Parish in South Bend (2007-2008); worked with the homeless at St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church, Portland (summer 2008); served as Chaplain at Penrose Hospital during his Novitiate year (2008-2009); Holy Redeemer Parish and School, Portland (January, 2009); at Holy Cross Family Ministries, North Easton, Mass. (summer 2011); and served as Assistant Director of the Old College Undergraduate Seminary Program at Notre Dame (2011-2012). Over the past year, Fr. Jarrod has been at Christ the King Parish, South Bend, leading the RCIA team, serving as Chaplain to third- through fifth-graders at the school, working on baptismal and marriage preparation programs, chairing the Vocations Promotion Committee and assisting with visits to the sick and homebound.

“I get really excited when I think about what my future might hold in parish work or someday in another area of ministry. One of the reasons I joined Holy Cross is because of the diversity of personalities and talents of the Holy Cross Religious that I have met over the years. We are definitely not all alike or cookie-cutter copies. I look forward to working with this talented and varied brotherhood in so many of the places where we minister,” Fr. Jarrod said.

Fr. Jarrod’s first Mass was 12:15 p.m., Sunday, April 7 at Christ the King Parish, South Bend, Ind. Future Masses will be:

  • St. Patrick’s Parish, Parsons, Kan. – 11 a.m., Saturday, April 20

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