NOTRE DAME, Ind. - To mark the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15, 2016), the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, named ten recipients for the 2016 Spirit of Holy Cross Award. In conjunction with the feast of the special patroness of the Congregation, the award is given annually to lay collaborators who faithfully serve the Province in the United States and abroad. The Spirit of Holy Cross Award acknowledges the critical importance lay collaborators play in living out the vision and mission of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved, and served through education, parish and mission settings.
Fr. Moreau said, "We do not imagine that those who commit themselves in other ways to the following of Jesus are thereby hindered in their service of neighbor. On the contrary, we find in them willing and complementary partners in shared mission. We want our vows, faithfully lived, to be witness and call to them as their commitments, faithfully lived, are witness and call to us." (Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 5:44)
The 2016 recipients are:
Wayne and Diane Murdy, donors of the new organ in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Jim Kavanagh, Corby Hall Administrator, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame)
Diane Welihan, Administrator at Moreau Seminary, (Notre Dame)
Enedina Cruz, housekeeping supervisor for all of our local houses (Notre Dame)
Sr. Sue Bruno, OSF, Resident Hall Director at the University of Portland
Anne Noone, Secretary to King's College president, Rev. John Ryan, C.S.C.
Ken Percy, Union Steward for facility workers at Stonehill College
Suzanne Wiwi, the retiring principal of St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend, Ind.
Mary Flood, the former Religious Education Coordinator at Sacred Heart-St. Francis de Sales in Bennington, VT
Ted Dunne, long-time associate of Andre House in Phoenix, AZ
The honorees will be recognized in their local communities by the Holy Cross ministry for which they work during the month of January as part of the celebrations of Blessed Moreau's life. At that time, they will receive a proclamation of gratitude signed by Rev. Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior, on behalf of the entire U.S. Province.