Novices

Novices


Men in Formation

    Ed Dolphin, C.S.C., 32

    Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
    Summer ministry/job: Saint John Vianney Parish Goodyear, Arizona
    What college did you attend: Drexel University
    What was your major: Information Systems
    Patron Saint: St. Jude
    Top books: Into Thin Air
    Top musicians in your playlist: The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Pearl Jam, Angels and Airwaves
    Most memorable event you've attended: World Meeting of Families Papal Mass in Philadelphia
    Hobbies: Running, photography, playing guitar, traveling
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: The Holy Land, The Vatican, Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
    What drew you to Holy Cross? My middle school was run by Holy Cross Brothers. At a young age, I could see how committed the Brothers were to serving the Church by being educators in the faith. Immediately after feeling a vocational call, my first thought was the Congregation of Holy Cross. I wanted to be a part of the strong Community of holy men that served me, my fellow classmates and the Church so well.
    What are your favorite passages from Scripture: "Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began." 2 Timothy 1:8,9


    Luke Donahue, C.S.C., 23

    Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee
    Summer ministry/job: Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton, Massachusettes
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major: Theology and German
    Patron Saint: St. Luke, St. Andrew, St. Peter, St. Maximilian Kolbe
    Top movies: Inception, Karate Kid
    Top books: Aim Higher, The Harry Potter Series, Gregorius, Iwein
    Top musicians in your playlist: Toby Keith, John Denver, LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks
    Hobbies: Karate, Music, Watersports, Snowskiing, Hiking, Running,
    Reading
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Madagascar
    What drew you to Holy Cross? What draws me to Holy Cross is primarily the charism of education in the Faith. At the same time, I really appreciate the sense of brotherhood present within the Congregation. One's brothers in Holy Cross are like a second family.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint: "I must be a saint, the greatest saint possible" St. Maximilan Maria Kolbe


    Br. Jacob Eifrid, C.S.C., 23

    Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: My Brother's Keeper, Easton, Massachusettes
    What college did you attend: Holy Cross College
    What was your major: Theology and Liberal Studies
    Patron Saint: St. Stephen, St. Peter, St. Joseph
    Top movies: O Brother Where Art Thou, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Of Gods and men
    Top books: Quo Vadis by Henry Sienkiewicz, Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
    Top musicians in your playlist: Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Audrey Assad
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Sunday Mass at the Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau in Le Mans, France
    Hobbies: Playing tennis, squash, watching movies, hiking, improving my French
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: The Holy Land
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The spirituality of Blessed Basil Moreau and the community/family atmosphere, the emphasis on mission
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6


    Nicholas Guiney, C.S.C., 22

    Hometown: Hudson, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: St. John Vianney, Goodyear, Arizona
    What college do you attend? Holy Cross College
    What is your major? Theology and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Nikolas of Myra, St. John Paul II, St. Francis, St. Teresa of Calcutta
    Top movies: The Godfather Part 1&2, The Deer Hunter
    Top books: Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen, Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, all the Harry Potters
    Top musicians in your playlist: Housefires, Ben Rector, ARIZONA, James Bay
    Most memorable large gathering you've attended: Easter Mass at St. Peter’s Square. It was extremely beautiful to celebrate the resurrection of Christ surrounded by literally thousands of people from around the world!
    Hobbies: Photography, videography, singing
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Iceland, The Azores, India, Greece
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was immediately stuck by the joy of each member of Holy Cross I met, also the sense of community and welcoming was influential in my decision to apply to formation within Holy Cross.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


    Andrew Hamaty, C.S.C., 25

    Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
    Summer ministry/job: St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, Austin, Texas
    What college do you attend? University of Central Florida
    What is your major? History
    Patron Saint: St. Andrew, St. John Paul II 
    Top movies: What About Bob, City of God, and Life is Beautiful
    Top books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck; The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
    Top musicians in your playlist: Dispatch, Brett Dennen, Chris Stapleton, James Taylor, and George Strait
    Most memorable large gathering you've attended: My students’ First Holy Communion Mass
    Hobbies: Photography, guitar, cooking, travel, and hiking/camping
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Tierra del Fuego
    Favorite way to pray: Although it sounds crazy, I love singing by myself in an empty church
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The variety of ministerial opportunities, the strong community, and their unique ability to minister interpersonally.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? Psalm 139


    Steve Jakubowski, C.S.C., 23

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Summer ministry/job: Parroquía Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz in Monterrey, Mexico
    What college do you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Mathematics
    Patron Saint: St. Raphael
    Top movies: Casablanca, On the Waterfront, Cool Hand Luke
    Top books: The Brothers Karamazov, anything by David Foster Wallace, Markings by Dag Hammarskjold
    Top musicians in your playlist: Neil Young, Paul Simon, Stephane Wrembel
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Easter Triduum at Notre Dame — the energy and beauty of the liturgies made fro some really profound prayer.
    Hobbies: Running, making music, reading, hiking
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Bnaff National Park
    What drew you to Holy Cross: I was impressed by the joy of the Holy Cross priests I met as a student at Notre Dame. They inspired me to begin discerning with Holy Cross and the community I found in my visits convinced me to enter formation.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" Luke 24:30-32


    Ryan Kerr, C.S.C., 23

    Hometown: Ada, Michigan
    Summer ministry/job: Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon
    What college do you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Theology and English
    Patron Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
    Top movies: Cloud Atlas, Avatar, Knight’s Tale
    Top books: The New Man by Thomas Merton, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, The Oh Hellos, Bastille
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Holy Cross Ordination for my rector Fr. Pat freshman year. From the feeling, the community, even the music, it all stuck in my head and heart and drew me deeper into this calling I'm now pursuing.
    Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Listening to music, watching Notre Dame football and the NBA, and just being with those closest to me
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Paris   
    What drew you to Holy Cross: An authentic community built around common prayer and common table.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." Romans 8:26


    Tyler Kreipke, C.S.C., 29

    Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: Parroquía Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz, Monterrey, Mexico
    What college do you attend? Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Unversity of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering
    Patron Saint: St. Benedict
    Top movies: Calvary, The Lord of the Rings, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Top book: Les Miserables, The Prophet, The Great Divorce, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Top musicians in your playlist: John Mayer, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: 2018 Easter Triduum Service at Notre Dame - The liturgical music is incredible.
    Hobbies: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Running, Guitar, Reading, Puzzles
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Switzerland
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The community and their charism as educators in the faith.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesue, our Lord." Romans 8:38-39


    Peter Puleo III, C.S.C., 24

    Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
    Summer ministry/job: St. Andre Bessette Parish, Portland, Oregon
    What college do you attend? Missouri University of Science and Technology
    What is your major? Chemical Engineering
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph
    Top movie: A Man for all Seasons
    Top books: The End of the Affair
    Top musicians in your playlist: Pinback
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Midnight Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene in St. Louis. I walked to Mas sin the cold, dark snow and was welcomed inside to a warm, bright candle-lit church that felt like home.
    Hobbies: Reading, Calligraphy
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Rome
    What drew you to Holy Cross: Basil Moreau's vision of the religious life and zeal for serving God through education.
    What is your favorite quote? "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." G.K. Chesterton


    Br. Matthew Rehagen, C.S.C., 22

    Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
    What college do you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Theology and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Matthew
    Top movies: Lord of the Rings, The Tree of Life, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Up
    Top books: The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor, Lord of the Flies, Lord of the Rings
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, Beatles, Jonas Brothers
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you have attended: Reconciliation service in St. Peter's Basilica where Pope Francis announced the Year of Mercy
    Hobbies: Playing and watching sports especially basketball, spikeball, and golf
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Jerusalem
    Your favorite way to pray: Meditating on Scripture
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The sense of community displayed by the Holy Cross religious.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” St. Augustine


    Michael Ryan, C.S.C., 29

    Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: Holy Redeemer Parish, Portland, Oregon
    What college did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Civil Engineering
    Patron Saint: St. Francis of Assissi, St. Joseph the Worker
    Top movies: Shawshank Redemption
    Top books: Man's Search for Meaning, The Little Prince
    Top musicians in your playlist: U2, Gaelic Storm, Ben Rector
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you have attended: Meeting at the grotto with men from O'Neill Hall my senior year after the death of a hallmate's twin sister. It reinforced to me the strength and resolve of community, and the tremendous support that can spring from it.
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Ireland
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross first by the joy in community and ministry I saw in the many men - priests and seminarians - that I came to know during my time at Notre Dame and since I have graduated, and second by their ideal of educating both the mind and the heart. Having a brother in the community helps too.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men." St. Augustine


    Brian Vetter, C.S.C., 24

    Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, Austin, Texas
    What college did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Pre-Medicine and Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Peter
    Top movies: The Departed, Super Troopers, Inside Out
    Top book: Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxis, Can You Drink the Cup by Henri Nouwen
    Top musicians in your playlist: Old Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, The Chainsmokers
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: My final Mass in Alumni Hall as an undergraduate
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Nairobi, Kenya, where my brother and his family live.
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The authentic joy of Holy Cross religious and the deep sense of family lived out in the Holy Cross communities that I experienced.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy." 1 Peter 1:8


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