Temporarily Professed

Temporarily Professed


Men in Formation

    TEMPORARILY PROFESSED BROTHERS

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    Br. Robert Ackerman, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Fomation: 2nd year scholastic
    Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts
    Summer ministry/job: L'Oratorie St. Joseph, Montreal, QC
    What college did you attend: Holy Cross College
    What was your major: Psychology and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Damien of Molokai, St. Joseph & St. André Bessette
    Top movies: The Thin Red Line, Manchester by the Sea, The Departed
    Top books: The Namesake, The Goldfinch, and The Secret History
    Most memorable event you've attended: Midnight Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica
    Hobbies: Fly fishing, reading, wood carving, hiking
    Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Kyiv, Ukraine
    Favorite way to pray: Centering Prayer
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The community life and the zeal for the mission.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint: "My only ambition is to serve God with the humblest tasks." St. André Bessette


    Br. Jacob Eifrid, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed scholastic
    Hometown:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    What college did you attend: Holy Cross College
    What was your major: Theology and Liberal Studies
    Patron Saint: St. Stephen, St. Joseph
    Top movies: O Brother Where Art Thou, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Top books: Quo Vadis by Henry Sienkiewicz
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Audrey Assad
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Penitential Liturgy during Lent in Saint Peter's Basilica with Pope Francis
    Hobbies: Tennis, Racketball, Squash, Cooking
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Bangladesh
    Favorite way to pray: The Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The spirituality of Blessed Basil Moreau and the community/family atmosphere, the emphasis on mission. The 'great band of men' that have welcomed me.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me." John 14:1


    Br. Jimmy Henke, C.S.C., 25

    Year in Formation: 2nd year professed scholastic
    Hometown:
    Greenwood, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: International Immersion in Bangladesh
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Philosophy and Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Bernard of Menthon
    Top books: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Brothers Karamazov, The Long Lonliness
    Top musicians in your playlist: Maggie Rogers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ella Vos
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Our first vows Mass at the end of our novitiate year was very powerful. The readings we prayed over as a class and chose for the Mass have continued to provide spiritual guidance and nourishment over this past year or so. I remember walking back into the Church having put on our new habits to the tune of one of the settings of Ignatius' Suscipe prayer, a prayer that summarized well the vows we had just made.
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Damascus, Syria
    Favorite way to pray: The Jesus Prayer - I find that this prayer helps open me to God's love for me in the present moment.
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I had long felt drawn to live my life in a radical way, the radical calling of the Gospel. As I learned about Holy Cross, I began to see how I could live that radical commitment to God through the evangelical vows. As I began to meet priests and brothers of Holy Cross, I was attracted by their community life, the way they supported each other, their joy, and their apostolic work. Once I opened myself to God's knocking on the door of my heart, I fount that He was asking me to look more intentionally at Holy Cross ... and here I am now.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:24


    Br. Pablo José Quan López, C.S.C., 28

    Year in formation: 5th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Summer ministry/job? Sister Norma Pimentel's Respite Center for Immigrants in McAllen, Texas
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Biological Sciences
    Patron Saint: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Joseph
    Top movies: The Innocents (2016), Of Gods and Men, Avengers: Endgame
    Top books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene, The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Top musicians in your playlist: Adele, Chris Stapleton, Alejandro Sanz, India Martinez, Pablo Alboran, Vanesa Martin
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I witnessed and was inspired by the Holy Cross priests’ dedication to serving those most in need, community life, strong faith, and joy in living their vocation.
    What is your favorite quote in Scripture? “In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Lk 1:78-79


    Br. Matthew Rehagen, C.S.C., 23

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed scholastic
    Hometown:
    Jefferson City, Missouri
    Summer ministry/job? Novitiate
    What college do you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Theology and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Matthew, St. Raphael
    Top movies: Lord of the Rings, The Tree of Life, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Up, Remember the Titans
    Top books: The Brothers Karamazov, East of Eden, 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,
    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


    TEMPORARILY PROFESSED
    SEMINARIANS

     

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    Tom Bodart, C.S.C., 35

    Year in Formation: 5th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Fredericktown, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: St. Joseph's Parish, South Bend, IN
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.Ed.; and M.Div
    Patron Saint: Saint Anthony of Padua
    Top movies: Shawshank Redemption; Up!
    Top Books: Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Top musicians in your playlist: Yo-Yo Ma; Edgar Meyer; Chris Thile; Rachmoninoff; Oscar Peterson; Bill Evans; Emmet Cohen; Ella Fitzgerald
    Most memorable liturgy you've attended: Watching one of my former students become fully initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
    Hobbies: Basketball, playing music, enjoying nature
    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?  I was attracted to the relatability of the brothers and priests and the potential to do various ministries, especially teaching in schools and international ministries.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? Psalm 63


    Felipe Campos Reséndez, C.S.C., 28

    Year in Formation: 5th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
    Summer ministry/job: Parroquía Nuestra Madre Santísima de la Luz, Monterrey, Mexico
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major:
     Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Augustine
    Top movie: Avengers: Endgame
    Top book: The Confessions
    Most memorable large gathering: The election of Pope Francis
    Hobbies: Languages, soccer, calligraphy, heraldy
    The place in the world you would most like to visit: Pavia, Italy
    Favorite way to pray: Praying with the Saints
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The witness of the Holy Cross religious who I saw joyfully spend their lives in the service of those most in need and the support they gave to each other as a family.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you; now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” St. Augustine


    Drew Clary, C.S.C., 32

    Year in Formation: 3rd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Castroville, Texas
    Summer ministry/job: St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, Canada
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major: Economics and Political Science (plus an M.Ed., also from ND)
    Patron Saint: St. Thomas More
    Top movie: Movies that make me laugh or have lots of explosions or, ideally, both
    Top books: Spe Salvi by Pope Benedict XVI; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; The Power and the Glory by Graham Green; Orthodoxy by Chesterton; The Sparrow by Mary  Doria Russell; The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you have attended: Basil Moreau's beatification in Le Mans, France in 2007
    Hobbies: Reading, jogging, following the news, playing basketball, spending time with friends
    Place in the world you would most like to visit: Russia
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina with the day's readings
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The mission of education, the zeal for that mission, and the sense of community
    What is your favorite quote from a saint? "The Church of Christ, which throughout the ages and to the present day numbers more confessors and voluntary martyrs than any other moral collectivity, needs lessons from no one in heroism of feeling and action." From Mit Brennender Sorge, Pius XI, 1937


    Cameron Cortens, C.S.C., 28

    Year in Formation: 4th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Boise, Idaho
    Summer ministry/job: Catholic Peace Fellowship
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major: Philosophy/Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
    Top movies: Arsenic and Old Lace, In Bruges, The Thief and The Cobbler
    Top Book: The Brother Karamazov
    Top musicians in your playlist: The Beatles, Phish, Stevie Wonder, Natalia Lafourcade
    Most memorable event you've attended: I would like to choose all of Holy Week this past year, which I celebrated with the Catholic community in Tixcuayuca, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, a small rural village nestled in the mountainous region known as la Huasteca. But most memorable within this week of liturgy was the sense of solemn tranquility praying before the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass of the Lord's Supper. In the light of a nearly full moon, we spent 3 1/2 hours of silence and song with Christ in Gethsemane, which for us was situated just outside the chapel in the village square.
    Hobbies: Singing, piano, guitar, song-writing, and arranging, reading, card games, Raquetball
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: I would love to spend some time visiting the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa, and expecially Uganda.
    Favorite way to pray: Centering Prayer
    What drew you to Holy Cross?  I was drawn to Holy Cross especially by the charism of educating in the faith, the joy that I witnessed in the Holy Cross men at Notre Dame during my undergraduate years, and the sense that I might find a home amidst this religious family.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10


    Ed Dolphin, C.S.C., 33

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Wilmington, Delaware
    Summer ministry/job: Holy Cross Novitiate
    What college did you attend: Drexel University
    What was your major: Information Systems
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph
    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
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: The Holy Land, The Vatican, Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
    Favorite way to pray: Centering Prayer
    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: "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act ... Be still before the Lord; wait for him." Psalm 37: 5,7


    Luke Donahue, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Brentwood, Tennessee
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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, LeAnn Rimes, Garth Brooks
    Hobbies: Karate, Music, Watersports, Snowskiing, Hiking, Running,
    Reading
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Madagascar
    Favorite way to pray: Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration
    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


    Julian Druffner, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Formation: 2nd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Hudson, Wisconsin
    What college did you attend: Holy Cross College
    What was your major: Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph, St. Sebastian, St. Catherine of Sienna, Bl. Solanus Casey
    Top movie: Good Will Hunting, Into Great Silence, Of Gods and Men
    Top book: The Brothers Karamazov, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Diary of a Hunted Priest
    Top musicians in your playlist: Chris Thile, Johnny Cash, Lauren Daigle
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you're attended: A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending and serving the Easter Vigil at London's Westminster Cathedral. The Church was packed and the liturgy could not have been more beautiful. One memorable moment was when we processed through the dark Church that was lit only by candle light. As candles were continuously lit, the Church glowed with the light of Christ taken from the Easter fire.
    Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Mandolin, Rock Climbing 
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit:
    The Holy Land
    Favorite way to pray: I love praying the Rosary at the Grotto at Notre Dame
    What drew you to Holy Cross? Holy Cross has always been known to have a strong charism in the missions. Throughout the world, Holy Cross has started multiple mission sites that have aided thousands in both physical ways and spiritual. I hope to one day follow in the footsteps of these same holy men by working in the missions.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7


    Andrew Fritz, C.S.C., 25

    Year in Formation: 3rd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
     Columbia, Maryland
    Job/ministry placement: International immersion in Bangladesh
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Anthropology and Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Peter and St. Paul
    Top movies: Miracle, Good Will Hunting, Manchester by the Sea
    Top books: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Til We Have Faces, Tattoos on the Heart
    Top musicians in your playlist: Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Allen Stone, NF, The Strokes, Audrey Assad, and Fr. Mike Schmitz podcasts for a nice run!
    Most memorable prayer or liturgy you've attended: Last summer while at André House - a Holy Cross center for the homeless in Phoenix, AZ - I assisted in presiding over the committals of bodes of men and women left unclaimed in the morgue, as we buried them in White Tanks cemetery. Men and women from local jails served as pall-bearers. Perhaps homeless or without family, and completely unknown to us, in their moment of burial, when no other family members were present, I and other staff members of the André Core Staff were there to testify to God's love and mercy and care for them throughout their life, and to bury them as they departed from this life.
    Hobbies: Lacrosse, singing, playing the trumpet, making things out of clay, beatboxing, learning words/phrases in different languages
    Place in the world you'd most like to visit: Torres del Paine
    Favorite ways to pray: Journaling, Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn by how much Holy Cross felt like a close knit family, and because of the men I met who were happy, relatable, inspiring, and compassionate, dedicated to loving and serving the Lord.
    Favorite quote from Scripture: "For I will re-establish my covenant with you, that you may know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be covered with confusion, and that you may be utterly silenced for shame when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord God." Ezekiel 16:62-63


    Gabriel Griggs, C.S.C., 27

    Year in Formation: 3rd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    South Bend, Indiana
    Job/ministry placement: Lourdes, France
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? Program of Liberal Studies, Applied Mathematics, Statistics
    Patron Saint: St. Gregory the Great
    Top Movie: A River Runs Through It, Short Term 12
    Top books: The Brothers Karamazov
    Top musicians in your playlist: Above and Beyond
    Most memorable liturgy you’ve attended: The recent ordinations stick in my mind because I just wrote a whole paper about the sacrament of Holy Orders before attending - not to mention that I am really glad for and edified by the witness of the guys being ordained.
    Hobbies: Staying active, reading
    Place in the world you most want to visit: Japan
    Favorite way to pray: Sitting with God in silence on the balcony to our chapel.
    What drew you to Holy Cross? Mission, Hope in the midst of suffering, Family: I read about the history of Holy Cross, an order founded against the odds in post-revolutionary France with the mission of education and the spirituality of finding hope even at the foot of the cross and an emphasis on the family, and I just knew it was for me.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31


    Nicholas Guiney, C.S.C., 23

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Hudson, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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, Rear Window, Jurassic Park
    Top books: The Secret History: Donna Tartt, all the Harry Potters
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, Ben Rector, ARIZONA
    Most memorable large gathering you've attended: Easter Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. It was an incredible experience to celebrate Easter in the heart of the church!
    Hobbies: Photography, videography, reading
    The place in the world you most want to visit: The Holy Land, India, Singapore, Senegal
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was originally struck by the communal aspect of Holy Cross and the wealth of ministries Holy Cross religious partake in. I was also inspired by the joy of the Holy Cross brothers and priests I met before entering formation.
    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., 26

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    What college do you attend? University of Central Florida, B.A., University of Notre Dame, M.Ed.
    What is your major? History
    Patron Saint: St. Andrew, St. John Paul II 
    Top movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rush Hour II, and Life is Beautiful
    Top books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck; The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
    Top musicians in your playlist: Dispatch, Leon Bridges, 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: Beirut, Lebanon
    Favorite way to pray: I love singing by myself in an empty church
    What drew you to Holy Cross? I was drawn by the variety of ministerial opportunities, the strong community, and their unique ability to minister inter personally.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? " I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." John 16:33


    Steve Jakubowski, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    What college do you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Mathematics & Philosophy
    Patron Saint: St. Teresa of Avila
    Top movies: Casablanca, On the Waterfront
    Top books: The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky; Moby Dick by Melville; Markings by Dag Hammarskjold
    Top musicians in your playlist: Neil Young, Paul Simon, Stephane Wrembel, Paul Simon, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thomas Tallis
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: I was in Poland a few years ago on the feast of Corpus Christi. The celebration involved thousands of people processing with the Eucharist through the city. It was a remarkable demonstration of the faith of the people there.
    Hobbies: Playing, listening to, and writing music; running; playing sports; birding
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Glacier National Park
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina: just sitting with a short passage of Scripture for a while
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The examples of the few Holy Cross religious I lived with in my first years as a student at Notre Dame helped me to see the possibility of joyful life of service in Holy Cross.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10


    Ryan Kerr, C.S.C., 24

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Ada, Michigan
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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, Lord of the Rings, Knight’s Tale
    Top books: For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Alchemist
    Top musicians in your playlist: Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Holy Cross ordinations my freshman year of college. It was the first ordination I ever went to and the Mass and the music stuck with me and helped draw me deeper into my discernment of religious life.
    Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Listening to music
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Paris, France   
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina
    What drew you to Holy Cross: The strong community life and the men who radiated hope, compassion, and joy.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? "In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Romans 8:26


    Tyler Kreipke, C.S.C., 30

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Zionsville, Indiana
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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, Hot Rod
    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, Drawing
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Switzerland
    Favorite way to pray: Contemplative prayer
    What drew you to Holy Cross:
    Their charism as educators in the faith and the community life.
    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


    Robert Lisowski, C.S.C., 28

    Year in Fomation: 4th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Old Forge, Pennsylvania
    Job/ministry placement: NE India
    What college did you attend? St. John's University, Queens, NY
    What was your major? Philosophy 
    Patron Saint: Bl. John Henry Newman
    Top Movies: A River Runs Through It, Dead Poets Society
    Top Books: Brideshead Revisited, The End of the Affair, Vipers' Tangle
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Mass at Chartres Cathedral
    Hobbies:
    Reading, writing, swimming, traveling, and movies
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit:  Ireland
    Favorite way to pray: Centering Prayer
    What drew you to Holy Cross?  I was drawn to Holy Cross by the witness of community life and our apostolate in higher education.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Out of shadows and images into the Truth." John Henry Newman


    Geoffrey Mooney, C.S.C., 32

    Year in Fomation: 4th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: New Albany, Indiana
    Job/ministry placement: Holy Cross parish, Bugembe Community, Jinja, Uganda
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major? B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Theology, M.Ed.
    Patron Saint: Saint Thomas the Apostle
    Top movies: A Beautiful Mind, The King's Speech, Little Miss Sunshine
    Top books: The Edge of Sadness, Angelas's Ashes, The Seven Storey Mountain
    Top musicians in your playlist: Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, Needtobreathe
    The most memorable liturgy you have attended: Vespers with Pope Benedict XVI inside St. Peter's Basilica
    Hobbies: Running, playing piano, genealogy
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina
    What drew you to Holy Cross?  The joy and enthusiasm of the priests encountered on campus at Notre Dame, in the residence halls, and at liturgy initially drew me to Holy Cross. Relationships fostered with Holy Cross through various programs in campus ministry and ACE continued to inspire me for many years even after leaving Notre Dame, eventually leading me to discover my own vocation with Holy Cross. I believe the commitment Holy Cross shows toward Catholic educations is a true source of hope for the Church today.
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? “Prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he lead us all together to life everlasting." (Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 72)


    Peter Puleo III, C.S.C., 25

    Year in formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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, Princess Bride
    Top books: The End of the Affair, The Lord of the Rings
    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, France
    Favorite way to pray: Contemplative Prayer
    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


    Michael Ryan, C.S.C., 30

    Year in Formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Columbus, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    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
    Top musicians in your playlist: U2, Gaelic Storm
    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.
    Hobbies: Watching sports, woodwork
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: The Olympics
    Favorite way to pray: The Psalms
    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? "To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that." St. Teresa of Avila


    David Smith, C.S.C., 27

    Year in Formation: 4th year professed seminarian
    Hometown: Wantage, New Jersey
    Summer ministry/job: Volunteer at Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, TX
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major?
    History & Political Science
    Patron Saint: Saint Augustine & St. Monica
    Top movies: Empire of the Sun, Lady Bird, Coco
    Top books: Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories; The Great Divorce, The Brothers Karamazov,
    Top musicians in your playlist: Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Natalia Lafourcade
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Mass in the Santuario del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan de Lurigancho, Perú: I took part in accompanying the ND Women's Liturgical Choir on a mission trip to our Holy Cross apostolates in Lima and after spending the day refurbishing this sanctuary in need of repair, we celebrated Mass that evening with the local community in this little tin-roof shrine that bears the same name as our beautiful Basilica on campus at Notre Dame. At that Mass I felt more deeply than ever before our interconnectedness across all lands and cultures as One Body in Chris.
    Hobbies: Sports (especially soccer), Fishing, Hiking, Music, Strategy Games, Cooking, Art
    The place in the world you'd most like to visit: Australia
    Favorite way to pray: Prayer and meditation on experiences
    What drew you to Holy Cross?  The joy and peace I saw in the Holy Cross religious I encountered during my undergraduate years at Notre Dame; they were men whose example of freely and truly embracing their vocations awoke a calling within me. When I made my visits to Moreau Seminary, the sense of welcome and family confirmed in my heart that these were men with hope to bring and I wanted to be a part of that.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “As a child has rest in it's mother's arms even so my soul. O Israel, hope in the Lord both now and forever." Psalm 131: 2-3


    Brad Stalcup, C.S.C., 25

    Year in formation: 2nd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Ashburn, Virginia
    Summer ministry/job: St. Adalbert's Parish in South Bend, IN
    What college did you attend: University of Notre Dame
    What was your major: Computer Science
    Patron Saint: St. John the Baptist
    Top movies: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Top book: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Lord by Romano Guardini
    Top musicians on your playlist: Oscar Peterson, Twenty One Pilots, Rodeo Ruby Love, Socks in the Frying Pan
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: Easter Vigil in 2013 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. It was the first time that I was overwhelmed with the beauty at a liturgy. The impact that liturgy made on me still stays with me.
    Hobbies: Making music, reading, calling friends on the phone, racquetball
    The place in the world you’d most like to visit: Rome, Italy
    Favorite way to pray: Lectio Divina with the daily Scripture readings
    What drew you to Holy Cross? It started with a desire to give myself to the Lord coupled with the self-knowledge that I flourish much more when I work alongside others and not by myself. The living example of so many men in Holy Cross drew me to want to fall in step with the great band of men that is the Congregation of Holy Cross.
    What is your favorite quote from Scripture? “Take courage; I have conquered the world!" John 16:33


    Brian Vetter, C.S.C., 25

    Year in formation: 1st year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
    Dublin, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: Novitiate
    What college did you attend? University of Notre Dame
    What is your major? Pre-Medicine and Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Peter
    Top movies: Super Troopers, Inside Out, Pitch Perfect
    Top book: Jesus a Pilgrimage by James Martin, Can You Drink the Cup? by Henri Nouwen
    Top musicians in your playlist: Old Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Marvin Gaye, The Chainsmokers
    Most memorable liturgy you have attended: My final Mass in Alumni Hall as an undergraduate
    Hobbies: Basketball, euchre and other card games, watching sports
    Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Nairobi, Kenya, where my brother and his family live.
    Favorite way to pray: Ignatian imaginative prayer
    What drew you to Holy Cross?
    The joyful witness of Holy Cross
    religious, and the deep sense of community. 
    What is your favorite quote from a Saint? "We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community." Dorothy Day


    James Walters, C.S.C., 24

    Year in formation: 2nd year professed seminarian
    Hometown:
     DeGraff, Ohio
    Summer ministry/job: André House of Hospitality, Phoenix, Arizona
    What college did you attend: Holy Cross College
    What was your major: Theology
    Patron Saint: St. Patrick, St. Philip Neri and St. Pius X
    Top movies: The Godfather, parts I and II
    Top books: The Great Gatsby and Lord of the World
    Top musicians in your playlist: John Mellenkamp, Imagine Dragons
    Most memorable event you've attended: Christmas Eve Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica
    Hobbies: Traveling, reading, exploring churches and museums, spending time with friends
    Place in the world you would most like to visit: The Holy Land
    Favorite way to pray: The Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows
    What drew you to Holy Cross? The strong sense of community and mission that radiated from the Holy Cross religious whom I encountered.
    Favorite quote from a Saint? "It's with the smallest brushes that the Artist paints the best paintings." St. André Bessette

     

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