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Men in Formation

    Matthew Patrick Brown, 18

    Year in Formation: Freshman, Old college Program
    Hometown: Porterville, California
    What is your major? Theology and Graphic Arts
    Patron Saint: St. Raphael the Archangel, and St. Oscar Romero
    Top movies: La Raflé, Romero, and the Jewish Cardinal
    Top books: The God of Jesus Christ: Cardinal Ratzinger, Dunkirk: Joshua Levine
    Top musicians in your playlist: Jeremy Zucker, Lauren Daigle, and Robert Schumann
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: The Easter Vigil Mass this past year at my home Parish left an indelible mark on my heart. It was beautiful to see so many individuals enter the Church.
    Hobbies: Video production, graphic design, fitness and adventuring
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Northwestern Europe
    Favorite way to pray: Contemplative Prayer and devotionals to Our Blessed Mother
    What drew you to Holy Cross? For me, Holy Cross has been an invitation to deepen my relationship with Christ. The culture here combats my comfort zone and welcomes me as a brother-in-Christ.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation. Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds." Sirach 2:1-2


    John Draves, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Berea, Ohio
    Summer job/ministry placement: International Summer Service Learning Program to Kolkata, India, with the Missionaries of Charity
    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, Charade
    Top books: Man's Search for Meaning, The Great Divorce, American Pastoral
    Top musicians in your playlist: Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Whitney Houston
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Holy Cross ordinations 2019 because I was able to both serve at the liturgy and see men that I know well become priests.
    Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, walking, and listening to music
    The place in the world you most want to visit: French Riviera 
    Favorite way to pray: Liturgy of the Hours with the members of my community.
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The unique family-like atmosphere among all the members of the Congregation of Holy Cross
    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, 20

    Year in Formation: Junior, Old College Program
    Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: Intern, One Bread One Cup Conference
    What is your major? Theology & Philosophy
    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: The National Parks, Arcadian Wild, The Oh Hellos
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: The first time I attended Tenebrae at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, because I had no idea what to expect. The whole experience really helped me enter that much deeper into the Triduum celebrations that year.
    Hobbies: Running, painting, spikeball
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Ireland
    Favorite way to pray: With scripture or some spiritual reading in front of the Blessed Sacrament
    What drew you to Holy Cross? Holy Cross spirituality and the strong sense of family that is so present in community life.
    What is your favorite quote from a Scripture? "O Death, where is your victory? O Death where is your sting?" 1 Cor 15:55


    Jose-Miguel Guevara-Hernandez, 19

    Year in Formation: Sophomore, Old College Program
    Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
    Summer ministry/job: Coffee shop worker
    What is your major? English
    Patron Saint: St. Augustine
    Top movies: The Jungle Book, Inception, An Inspector Calls, The Soloist
    Top books: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
    Top musicians in your playlist: Roo Panes, Billie Holiday, Sara Bareilles, The Gray Havens, The Wailin' Jennys
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Ordination Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart; seeing the joy with which the men offer themselves to Christ and His Church is such an inspiration and a beautiful witness.
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Monte Gargano, Italy
    Favorite way to pray: Spiritual reading in Adoration
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The spirituality of Holy Cross found in the Constitutions, living as men with hope to bring amidst a suffering world. 
    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, 19

    Year in Formation: Sophomore, Old College Program
    Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
    Summer ministry/job: SSLP at André House
    What is your major? History and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: Saint John Paul II
    Top movies: Interstellar, The Godfather, The Dark Knight
    Top books: The Lord of the Rings, Silence, A 1000 Splendid Suns
    Top musicians in your playlist: Cage the Elephant, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons
    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 a call to discern.
    Hobbies: Playing basketball, hiking, watching movies, traveling
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: The Holy Land
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The brotherhood that is displayed from all the men in formation.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead."  John 21: 1-14


    Aiden Kearns, 18

    Year in Formation: Freshman, Old college Program
    Hometown: New York, New York
    What is your major? Undecided
    Top movies: Pulp Fiction, The Princess Bride
    Top books: Slaughterhouse 5
    Top musicians in your playlist: Chance the Rapper, Benjamin Booker
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: My first Lucenarium at Moreau Seminary during my Come and See Weekend visit. I had never been to anything like that before and just remember thinking, this is it.
    Hobbies: Martial Arts and Carpentry
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Okinawa
    Favorite way to pray: Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The community and the sense of family.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you." John 3:13


    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


    Connery McFadden, 20

    Year in Formation: Sophomore, Old college Program
    Hometown: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
    Summer ministry/job: SSLP (Summer Service Learning Program) in Newark, New Jersey teaching at Cristo Rey Newark
    What is your major? American Studies and Philosophy
    Top movies: The Harry Potter Movies
    Top books: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    Top musicians in your playlist: Tobymac
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: 2019 Easter Vigil at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart because of how beautiful and joyful the celebration was.
    Hobbies: Running, playing soccer, and taking photos of God's creation
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Vatican City
    Favorite way to pray: Praise and worship adoration
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The passion that the priests and brothers express in all parts of their life and making a wonderful impact on those around them.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "A Christ has His work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also." St. John Neumann


    Thomas Searl, 18

    Year in Formation: Freshman, Old college Program
    Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
    What is your major? Finance
    Patron Saint: St. Peter Canisius
    Top movies: The Dark Knight, Good Will Hunting
    Top books: Anthem by Ayn Rand, Confessions by St. Augustine
    Top musicians in your playlist: Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: The Red Mass in my diocese because it was very well attended and it inspired me to see so many working in the legal field who have chosen to remain close to their faith.
    Hobbies: Reading, playing frisbee, going on walks
    The place in the world you most want to visit: Rome
    Favorite way to pray: The Rosary
    What drew you to Holy Cross?
    The Holy Family-centered spirituality and the incredible community.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still." Exodus 14:14


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