Meet the Vocations Office Staff

Meet the Vocations Office Staff

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    Rev. John DeRiso, C.S.C.
    Director, Office of Vocations

    Fr. John DeRiso, C.S.C., is director of vocations for the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He resides in Siegfried Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, presiding at Mass and serving as a pastoral presence for the men of the dorm. Prior to his assignment in the vocations office, Fr. John served as rector of the Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau in Le Mans, France. He has also served as pastor of Our Lady of Holy Cross Parish (Le Mans) and of Saint Joseph Parish (South Bend). Fr. John received his B.A. and his M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame. He professed his Final Vows in September of 2001 and was ordained a priest in April of 2002. .


    Rev. Tim Mouton, C.S.C.
    Associate Director, Office of Vocations

    Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Fr. Tim Mouton, C.S.C was ordained to the priesthood in April 2015.  He is a product of the Old College Undergraduate Seminary Program, joining in 2006 following his High School Graduation.  Fr. Tim spent his first three years of full time ministry at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts where he served as the Campus Minister for Faith Formation as well as the Athletic Chaplain.  He also worked with the Skyhawks’ baseball program as an assistant coach for three years while residing in a freshman residence hall.  Along with his position in the Vocations Office, Fr. Tim will serve as a priest-in-residence for Fisher Hall.


    Rev. Dennis Strach, C.S.C.
    Associate Director, Office of Vocations

    Fr. Dennis grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and came to the Congregation of Holy Cross after earning his bachelor's degree in music from Oakland University. During his time in formation, he developed a love for sacramental and liturgical theology and enjoyed a number of ministry assignments in Latin America that greatly impacted his relationship with God and his desire to minister as a religious priest. Fr. Dennis comes to the Office of Vocations after four years serving as the parochial vicar of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.

    Fr. Dennis graduated with his M.Div from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2015. He professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross on August 29, 2015, and was ordained a priest on April 2, 2016, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Notre Dame, Indiana. 

    He is the priest-in-residence at Notre Dame in Knott Hall.


    The Vocations Office Staff

    Mr. Andy Czarnecki, Contact and Support Specialist

    Mrs. Rita Wilson, Office Manager

    Congregation of Holy Cross, Office of Vocations
    P.O. Box 541
    Notre Dame, IN 46556-0541
    (574) 631-6385

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