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Men in Formation

    Keenan Bross, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old college Program
    Hometown: Flint Hill, Missouri
    Summer ministry/job: ISSLP (International Summer Service Learning Program) Kitete, Tanzania
    What is your major? Physics and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. George
    Top movies: Inception
    Top books: 1984 by George Orwell
    Top musicians in your playlist: Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: World Youth Day Mass 2016, Krakow, Poland. It was a testimony to the universality and beauty of the Church.
    Hobbies: Playing basketball, volleyball, reading novels
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Johannesburg, South Africa
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The strong community life.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "In all these things we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37


    Devin Dettman, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Summer ministry/job: Staff-in-training at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, Program Coordinator at Christian Leadership Institute
    What is your major? Philosophy and theology
    Patron Saint: St. James the Greater
    Top movies: Lady Bird, La La Land, The Princess Bride, Arrival, Interstellar
    Top books: Lord of the Rings, Orthodoxy, One the Road by Jack Kerouac, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Top musicians in your playlist: Lucy Dacus, Taylor Swift, The Oh Hellos, Vance Joy, Lorde, Bleachers
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Adoration at NCYC in 2013. Seeing so many people orienting themselves totally toward the Eucharist helped me see and understand the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.
    Hobbies: Going to concerts and movies, reading, writing, playing board games, listening to podcasts
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Spain
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The love and energy of the community.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “The test of all happiness is gratitude." G.K. Chesterton


    John Draves, 19

    Year in Formation: Sophomore, Old College Program
    Hometown: Berea, Ohio
    Summer job/ministry placement: Summer Service Learning Program at Revitalization 200, Inc. in St. Louis
    What is your major? American Studies and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: Saint Florian
    Top Movies: Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singin' in the Rain, Rebel Without a Cause, Smokey and the Bandit
    Top books: In Cold Blood, The Great Divorce, Ragtime, The Four Loves
    Top musicians in your playlist: Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Dean Martin, The Supremes
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: 2018 Ordinations for the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
    Hobbies: Reading, playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, and discussing relevant topics with my friends and family
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Vatican City
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The unique family-like atmosphere among all the members of the Congregation
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "Remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence." St. John Paul II


    Jacob Gorman, 19

    Year in Formation: Sophomore, Old College Program
    Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: Worker at Schmitt Dairy Farm
    What is your major? Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Michael the Archangel
    Top Movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Road to El Dorado
    Top books: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings
    Top musicians in your playlist: Fun, Alvaro Soler, Imagine Dragons
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Tenebrae at Notre Dame because of the beauty present in the liturgy and how it helped me enter deeper into Holy Week on campus.
    Hobbies: Running, painting, reading
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Ireland 
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The family-like community I discovered on my visits as well as the mission of Holy Cross in the world.
    What is your favorite quote from a Scripture? "The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love." St. Teresa of Avila


    Jose-Miguel Guevara-Hernandez, 18

    Year in Formation: Freshman, Old College Program
    Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
    What is your major? Psychology
    Patron Saint: St. Augustine
    Top movies: The Jungle Book, Inception
    Top books: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    Top musicians in your playlist: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Colbie Caillat, The Gray Havens
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Easter Vigil at my home parish, St. Vincent de Paul in Austin because of the beautiful music coupled with the excitement of seeing new members enter the Church.
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Monte Gargano, Italy
    What drew you to Holy Cross: I was struck by the description of living as men of hope in the Cross found in the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The spirituality of the order resonated with me and made me want to learn more about it. 
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39


    Liam Johnson, 18

    Year in Formation: Freshman, Old College Program
    Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
    What is your major? Undecided
    Patron Saint: Saint John Paul II
    Top movies: Django Unchained, Silence, The Godfather, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Top books: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, A 1000 Splendid Suns, The Outsiders
    Top musicians in your playlist: Cage the Elephant, Foo Fighters, Matt Maher, Vampire Weekend
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Attending the night vigil at World Youth Day in Krakow Poland. Seeing over 3 million Catholics together in a field, each with a lit candle, truly moved me, and this was one of the first times I ever felt God's call.
    Hobbies: Playing basketball, watching sports, watching movies, traveling
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: The Holy Land
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The brotherhood that is displayed from all the men in formation.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.."  Romans 8:28-29


    Stephen Kawulicz, 19

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut
    Summer ministry/job: Landscaping over the summer
    What is your major? Philosophy and Program of Liberal Studies
    Patron Saint: Saint John Paul II, Miguel Pro
    Top movies: Good Will Hunting, Remember the Titans
    Top books: The Road, Praise of Folly, The Alchemist
    Top musicians in your playlist: Chance the Rapper, Ben Howard, Colony House
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Ordination Mass in the Basilica is always special for me, seeing my brothers join such a holy and exceptional body of men is memorable.
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Ireland
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The emphasis and significance of community, integration into local populations, and focus on education.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "So, Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, 'Take away the stone.'"  John 11:38-39


    James Mahoney, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Austin, Texas
    Summer job/ministry placement: Center for Ethics and Culture Project to Instanbul, Turkey
    What is your major? Aerospace Engineering and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. John Paul II
    Top movies: Interstellar
    Top books: Autobiography of Malcom X, Seven Storey Mountain, Love and Responsibility
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, David Ramirez, Stromae, Okan Tok.
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Being tightly packed with other processing and praying pilgrims under the ancient stone rotunda around the Holy Sepulchre for Latin Matins. Why? To me Christ's radical love was clear: He walks with us in our humanity to bring us home to Our Father.
    Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Photography, Sketching, Thinking, Writing
    The place in the world you most want to visit: The Moon
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The joyful life of Holy Cross priests at my parish, the familial nature of Holy Cross, and the profundity of the Congregation's moto: "Ave Crux Spes Unica"
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God." St. John Paul II


    Johnny Ryan, 21

    Year in Formation: Senior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
    What is your major? Theology and philosophy
    Patron Saint: Saint 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, Lord of the Rings, Henri de Lubac's Catholicism
    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 Blessed Basil Moreau, Le Mans, France
    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 from a Saint? “I plead with you - never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, never become discouraged. Be not afraid!” Saint John Paul II


    Daniel Vo, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
    Summer Ministry/Job: Math tutor and front office at St. Raphael/Our Lady of the Valley Parish
    What is your major? Psychology
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph
    Top movies: Nacho Libre, Black Panther
    Top books: The Stranger, Laudato Si
    Top musicians in your playlist: Logic, Two Doors Cinema Club, Rich Brian
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Adoration of sophomore year of high school at a youth group camp because that was where I felt the most peaceful I have ever been at the time.
    Hobbies: Playing sports, listening to music, and playing video games
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Vatican City
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn to Holy Cross because of the unique community that is deeply devoted to Christ and serving others.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? ”You have made us for yourself, O Lord,and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” St. Augustine

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