On Saturday, August 3, 12 novices from the Holy Cross Novitiate in Cascade, Colorado, made their First Profession of Religious Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. All 12 are members of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers.
First row: Mr. Nicholas Guiney, C.S.C., Mr. Peter Puleo III, C.S.C., Mr. Ryan Kerr, C.S.C., Mr. Brian Vetter, C.S.C. Second row: Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., Provincial Superior,
Mr. Michael Ryan, C.S.C., Mr. Tyler Kreipke, C.S.C., Mr. Edward Dolphin, C.S.C. Third row: Br. Matthew Rehagen, C.S.C., Mr. Stephen Jakubowski, C.S.C.,
Br. Jacob Eifrid, C.S.C., Mr. Luke Donahue, C.S.C., Mr. Andrew Hamaty, C.S.C.
"Like Samuel in our first reading, for each of us, there is a call -- a stirring from deep within, inviting us in the quiet of our lives to ponder: What is it Lord, that you are asking of me," Fr. Ken Molinaro, C.S.C., asked. "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening," he continued. "Our Constitutions in the Congregation of Holy Cross state it this way:
We heard a summons to give over our lives in a more explicit way ... it was a call that came to us from without, but also one that rose up within us as from His Spirit.
These men give voice to this inner yearning of the heart, as they publicly consecrate their life to God in the Congregation of Holy Cross. They never set aside their roots with their beloved family, but as they go forth from here, they will no longer depend on them for material support. What they absolutely need is continued love and encouragement."
The Mass of First Profession was held at Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs, the main church for the Congregation's parish in Colorado. After their Profession of Vows during the Mass, the newly professed received the Holy Cross habit as well as the Cross and Anchors as signs of their professed membership in the Congregation.