Austin Brezina



Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

Year in Formation: Sophomore

College: Holy Cross College

College Major: Theology and Philosophy

Patron Saint: St. Wenceslaus

Favorite Movie: The Peanut Butter Falcon, Les Misérables (2012)

Favorite Books: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, Dune by Frank Herbert

Favorite Music: The Hillbilly Thomists

Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, golf, drinking coffee

Most Memorable Prayer/Liturgy you have Attended: 2023 Easter Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Place of Pilgrimage you Most Want to Visit and why: The Holy Lands. They are richly connected to Christ’s life; I could see the places written about in the Gospels.

Favorite Way to Pray: In Eucharistic Adoration

Favorite Devotion: Sacred Heart of Jesus

What drew you to Holy Cross? The rich history and roots in education.

Your Vocation Story: I first started to seriously discern a religious vocation as a sophomore in high school, when I heard about the Congregation of Holy Cross through Fr. Tom Eckert, C.S.C. at a family wedding. Soon after, I attended NCYC in Indianapolis, where I learned more about the mission of Holy Cross and the formation process. From there, I continued through my high school years discerning and trying to learn more about Holy Cross and decided that the best way to continue my discernment was to enter formation.

Favorite Verse: “But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:6-7

Favorite Quote: “This is not Christian Science, but prayer to the Sacred Heart of our Lord.” – Servant of God Columba O’Neill, C.S.C.

How can visitors to this page pray for you? Please pray for me in my discernment and for my family.