Friday, Jan. 20 was the annual celebration of the life of Congregation of Holy Cross founder, Blessed Basil Moreau.
United States Province’s colleges and universities took time to mark this joyous occasion by holding Masses and recognizing their lay collaborators who work to uphold their institutions’ Catholic and Holy Cross traditions. All four schools used the opportunity to formally recognize the recipients of the Spirit of Holy Cross Award, which were announced back on Sept. 15, 2011 (Our Lady of Sorrows, the Feast Day of the Congregation’s special patroness).
At Stonehill College (Easton, Mass.), Maura Tyrrell, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Rev. Francis J. Hurley, C.S.C. Endowed Chair, was honored.
Rev. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C., Fourth Assistant Provincial, presided at Mass and presented Dr. Tyrrell with her award. Stonehill College President Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., was also present and participated in the Mass and special recognition of Dr. Tyrrell. Read Fr. Looney’s homily.
The University of Portland (Portland, Ore.) celebrated Blessed Basil Moreau Day with the presentation of the Spirit of Holy Cross Award to long-time events director Bill Reed and the installation of Michael F. Andrews as the McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics.
The University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.) recognized Joseph A. Russo, Director of Student Financial Strategies during a Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. The campus will celebrate Holy Cross Week in March.
The Holy Cross Community at Kings College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) also celebrated Moreau Day with a Mass and honored their Spirit of Holy Cross recipients, long time dining room assistants Marion Woods and Elizabeth Marley.