Moreau Postulants

Moreau Postulants


Men in Formation

    Keenan Bross, 21

    Hometown: Flint Hill, Missouri
    Summer ministry/job: Studies with Holy Cross in Santiago, Chile
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Physics and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. George
    Top movies: Interstellar & Arrival
    Top books: 1984 by George Orwell, The Name of the Wind
    Top musicians in your playlist: Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Holy Cross Diaconate Ordinations in Dandora, Kenya, May 2018. The astounding joy and celebration of the communities united there was remarkable.
    Hobbies: Playing basketball, volleyball, hiking & biking
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Kolkota, India
    Favorite way to pray: Chaplet of Divine Mercy
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The love we share as family.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "I came that you might have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10


    Devin Dettman, 21


    Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Summer ministry/job: Summer staff at Gasper River Youth Camp and Retreat Center
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Philosophy and Theology
    Patron Saint: St. James the Greater
    Top movies: Lady Bird, Calvary, Interstellar, Mad Mas: Fury Road, Princess Bride
    Top books: Lord of the Rings, Orthodoxy, The Sound and the Fury, The Brothers Karamazov
    Top musicians in your playlist: Taylor Swift, Julien Baker, Matt Maher, The Oh Hellos, Twenty One Pilots, the 1975, Logic, NF, My Chemical Romance
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Adoration with 20,000 other young people at NCYC.
    Hobbies: Writing, reading, board games, going to concerts and movies, making spotify playlists
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Spain
    Favorite way to pray: Silent meditation
    What drew you to Holy Cross? Lots of things, but especially the community life.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? 2 Samuel 7:3


    Charles Ducey, 25

    Hometown: Portland, Oregon
    Summer ministry/job: Graduate student in German
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? English, German
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas
    Top movies: A Serious Man, The Thin Red Line, The Trip
    Top books: St. Therese of Lisieux's The Story of a Soul, novels by Cormac McCarthy, Kafka's The Trial
    Top musicians in your playlist: Irish folk musician Saoirse Mhór
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: I recognized how the Cross challenges us to die to the world while singing a hymn on Christ's crucifixion in a small church in Bicester, England. It was the first evening of an Easter pilgrimage, and I had studied the hymn in a Notre Dame English class, so the moment really stands out to me in my spiritual development.
    Hobbies: Reading, writing fiction, jogging
    The place in the world you most want to visit: The Irish countryside
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn by the heroic example of men with hope to bring, in the spirit of Blessed Basil Moreau. Several Holy Cross priests inspired my during my undergraduate days at Notre Dame, and the men I have met who are currently in formation are well on their way to becoming such examples of Christian love. This is the community of men I want to learn from and grow in.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I have learned from the Father I have made known to you." John 15:15


    T.J. Groden, 24

    Hometown: Glenview, Illinois
    Summer ministry/job: History teacher at Cristo Rey High School Sacramento
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Finance and Medieval Studies
    Patron Saint: St. Martin of Tours
    Top movies: Star Wars, Dunkirk, The Dark Knight
    Top books: Good Omens, The Name of the Wind, anything by Neil Gaiman, David Eddings, or C.S. Lewis
    Top musicians in your playlist: The Killers, Foster the People
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Mass said last summer by Bishop Frank Caggiano for the ACE community.
    Hobbies: College football, politics, running, being outdoors, food and drink
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Australia
    Favorite way to pray: The Suscipe of St. Ignatius
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The variety of ministries, diversity of personalities, commitment to the Gospel, and emphasis on hospitality.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:1-5


    Stephen Kawulicz, 20

    Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut
    Summer ministry/job: Employee at SkyZone, Bethel, CT
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Program of Liberal Studies
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph of Cupertino
    Top movies: Good Will Hunting, Remember the Titans
    Top books: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Praise of Folly, The Alchemist, The Road by Paulo Coehlo
    Top musicians in your playlist: The Beatles, Mac DeMarco, Anderson.Paak, Chance the Rapper
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: The Final Vows Mass last fall was so moving, seeing a group of my brothers commit themselves to Holy Cross forever.
    Hobbies: Reading, hiking, sports, Netflix
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Redwood Forest
    Favorite way to pray: Meditating in silence
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The close-knit community and the focus on education.
    What is your favorite quote? "Christ sits ever by the well, waiting for us to come and draw, waiting to give, waiting to be comforted, not by the dream we've cooked up for tomorrow, but by the reality of today."  Sr. Miriam Pollard, The Listening God


    Christopher Lushis, 30

    Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    Summer ministry/job: Admissions Counselor at Holy Cross College
    What college do you/did you attend? Holy Cross College, University of Notre Dame, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    What is your major? Psychology, Theology, Pastoral Ministry
    Patron Saint: The Blessed Mother, St. John the Apostle, St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II
    Top movies: Passion of the Christ, Marvel's Avenger Series, The Lord of the Rings, A Quiet Place, Les Miserables (1998), Ben-Hur (1959), It's a Wonderful Life, Hacksaw Ridge
    Top books: The Gospel of John, In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza, Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort, 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley.
    Top musicians in your playlist: Danielle Rose, Matt Maher, Piano Guys
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Night Mass celebrated by Fr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., for myself and two friends on the first Friday of October 2018, which was also the feast of St. Faustina. It was out of the kindness of Fr. Ryan's heart to celebrate a private Mass for the three of us who deeply love St. Faustina and hadn't been able to attend earlier in the day. It was beautiful in its simplicity and was a true gift to be able to pray in such a way with my friends.
    Hobbies: Prayer, ultimate frisbee, touch/flag football, basketball, spending time with friends, watching/discussing Marvel movies.
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Poland/Lithuania
    Favorite way to pray: Rosary or Meditating on the Stations of the Cross
    What drew you to Holy Cross? Though experiences over the years with Holy Cross, I gained a greater appreciation and love for the Eucharist and Mary. Only later did I come to see the importance they held in Blessed Basil Moreau's life also. Seeing men following in Moreau's footsteps, such as Fr. Ryan Pietrocarlo - who loves Jesus and Mary, is passionate about beautiful liturgy, and seems to be serving others in everything he does - has drawn my to enter the Congregation. I look forward to joining this community of men who gather daily before the Eucharist in order to bring the love of Christ to those they encounter, doing so under the patronage and guidance of Our Lady of Sorrows.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent." John 17:3


    Johnny Ryan, 22

    Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
    What College do you/did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Theology and philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Sebastian
    Top movies: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible, The Princess Bride
    Top books: Ranger's Apprentice, Charles Peguy's The Portal of Mystery of Hope, Spiritual Exercises of Blessed Basil Moreau
    Top musicians in your playlist: Coldplay, U2, Kodaline
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Mass "early in the morning on the first day of the week" in the Empty Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: the altar the priest used for the consecration was the stone that sealed Jesus' tomb.
    Hobbies: Baseball, football, playing guitar and piano, and hanging out with friends and family
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Shrine of St. John Vianney, Ars-sur-Formans, France
    Favorite way to pray: Writing meditations on Gospel passages
    What drew you to Holy Cross? My friendships with the amazing priests and seminarians my first two years at Notre Dame; Lucernarium; the Constitutions: "Men with hope to bring," and "A great band of men;" Ave Crux, Spes Unica.
    What is your favorite quote? “The Cross is worth its weight in gold.” Blessed Basil Moreau


    Tyler Tangen, 22

    Hometown: Bonney Lake, Washington
    What college do you/did you attend? University of Portland
    What is your major? Theology with a Philosophy Minor
    Patron Saint: Madonna del Ghisallo
    Top movies: The Gladiator, Inception, Interstellar
    Top musicians in your playlist: Childish Gambino, Hans Zimmer, Mumford and Sons, and a wide array of other artists.
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Being and accolyte the past couple of years for the University of Portland's Easter Vigil liturgy has been a really beautiful experience. Being involved in an amazing liturgy that welcomes new members into the very same faith community that has done so much to form my faith is incredibly impactful to witness, and brings a lot of hope to me in regards to the future of the Church.
    Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, reading, watching tv, listening to music, and doing anything outside!
    The place in the world you most want to visit: New Zealand
    Favorite way to pray: The Office of Readings or meditating with some prayerful music.
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The deep sense of community and unity that spreads across the world and doesn't hesitate to welcome everyone.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary." Isaiah 40:31


    Daniel Vo, 20

    Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
    Summer Ministry/Job: Saints and Scholars mentor
    What college did you/do you attend? Holy Cross College
    What is your major? Psychology
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph
    Top movies: Nacho Libre, Black Panther
    Top books: The Stranger, Laudato Si, Supermarket
    Top musicians in your playlist: Logic, Two Doors Cinema Club
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Adoration during a sophomore year high school retreat.
    Hobbies: Sports, collecting sneakers, listening to music
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Vatican City
    Favorite way to pray: Being in a quiet place and being silent
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The community that is based on the readiness to love and serve others for the advancement of God's plan.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? ”Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another.” St. John Paul II

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