The U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross Reelects Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., Provincial Superior

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., provincial superior since June 14, 2018, has been re-elected as the leader of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, by the Provincial Chapter at its meeting at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His second term is three years and will conclude with the Provincial Chapter of 2027. In this role, he will continue to oversee the education, parish, and mission work of the priests, brothers, seminarians, and scholastics in formation for the U.S. Province.

“I am humbled to be asked to continue to serve as Provincial Superior for a second term,” said Fr. Bill. “We have begun several projects for the Province and the Church that I am happy to help bring to completion.” Among these projects, the U.S. Province is preparing to welcome into their number three other North American provinces – the Midwest Province of Brothers, the Moreau Province of Brothers, and the Canadian Province. It is also in the midst of their Capital Campaign, ‘Hope to Bring,’ and the renovation of Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame, Indiana, their formation house and the largest facility in the Province. Together, these initiatives will not only strengthen the Province’s ministerial reach but will help it deepen its service to the Congregation of Holy Cross and to the Church.

Fr. Bill was born in Little Falls, Minnesota, and is the 9th of the 10 children of Tom and Laurie Lies; his twin brother, Jim, is also a Holy Cross priest. Fr. Bill received his bachelor’s in English with minors in French and Philosophy from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, followed by an M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. He professed Final Vows in the Congregation on August 28, 1993, and was ordained to the priesthood on April 9, 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Politics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. Before becoming Provincial Superior, Fr. Bill was Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in March 2012. He formerly taught in the Department of Political Science and served as executive director of the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame (2002-2012).

Published June 14, 2024

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