Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, had a vision to educate both the minds and hearts of students to grow in Christ’s love and to use their gifts to make the world a better place.
Fr. Moreau made his vision for a Holy Cross education clear: “We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.”
From elementary schools in Uganda and secondary schools in Bangladesh to the universities of Notre Dame and Portland in the United States, Fr. Moreau’s vision has inspired the pursuit of academic excellence within a familial atmosphere that binds students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Drawing from his voluminous writings, Holy Cross and Christian Education highlights the five elements that continue to shape the pedagogy of Holy Cross educational institutions around the globe:
- Mind: seeking understanding through the integration of faith and reason;
- Heart: discerning our personal vocation in service to the Church and world;
- Zeal: fueling the desire to offer our gifts for the good of all people;
- Family: embracing Christian community as the context for lifelong formation;
- Hope: trusting in the cross and God’s promise of the kingdom.
This concise and accessible introduction articulates a compelling vision of education that encompasses a person’s natural human development and moral formation with the call to Christian discipleship. It also includes a timeline of Fr. Moreau’s life and the history of the Congregation, prayers, and suggestions for additional reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rev. James B. King, C.S.C., has served in a variety of capacities at the University of Notre Dame, including director of Campus Ministry; rector of Sorin Hall; instructor in ethics; and most recently as religious superior of the Holy Cross community at the University, as well as a trustee and fellow.
Fr. King was formerly director of vocations, associate director of the Holy Cross Mission Center,and also served for five years at the University of Portland as a history instructor, rector, assistantdirector in the alumni office, and as director of Portland’s foreign study program in Salzburg,Austria.
A native of Chicago, Fr. King graduated from Notre Dame in 1981, entered Moreau Seminary,and earned a master of divinity degree from the University in 1987. He was ordained a priest ofthe Congregation of Holy Cross in 1988. He earned a master’s degree in political science in 1992 from the University ofWisconsin and a master’s in nonprofit administration from Notre Dame in 2007. Fr. King is the author of Known by Name:Inside the Halls of Notre Dame.
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