Pillars Spring 2014 Out This Week Examines Holy Cross & the New Evangelization

Published: March 23, 2014

Author: Lucha Ramey

Pope Francis moving back his chair

On Jan. 30, 2014, University of Notre Dame Trustees, Holy Cross religious and special guests had a private audience with Pope Francis. Director of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame Rev. James B. King was one of those lucky enough to be in the audience.

In the spring 2014 issue of Pillars hitting mailboxes this week, Fr. King wrote about his excitement.

"After shaking Pope Francis’s hand last Thursday, I felt for a minute like the little kid who swore he’d never wash his own again. I did a couple hours later but thought about it twice.

The pope didn’t speak a word of English to us; however, he did one small thing that mattered. While posing for pictures, the 77-year old pontiff slid his own rather large chair back a few feet so that it would be in line with ours rather than out front. It was a small sign that signaled he was like one of us."

You can see some of the pictures from the Papal Audience in our Photo Gallery.


The theme of this issue of Pillars is the New Evangelization and includes insights written by Holy Cross religious who are working daily with students of all ages at our education and parish ministries. Our authors examine everything from the Papal and Church documents that reignited the evangelization flame to perspectives on how we are all called to be evangelizers. It also includes an excerpt of the new book, “Basil Moreau: Essential Writings,” researched and compiled by Frs. Grove and Gawrych and published by Ave Maria Press. The book provides a glimpse of Blessed Moreau’s evangelical mission through his writings.

Read all the articles in the spring 2014 issue of Pillars by reading the pdf online.

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