Br. Robert McFadden, C.S.C.

Temporarily Professed Brother


Hometown: Columbus, OH

Year in Formation: Temporarily Professed – 4th Year in Vows

High School: Bishop Watterson (Columbus, OH), 2005

College: University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), 2009

College Major: Classics

Graduate School: University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), 2019

Graduate Degree: PhD – Theology and Literature

Previous Jobs: Donato’s Pizzeria (Columbus, OH); Librarian at Vanderbilt Divinity Library; Theology and Classics Professor at University of Notre Dame/Holy Cross College

Patron Saint: St. Augustine and St. John Henry Newman. These are my patron saints because of their devotion to the religious life and their desire to live out the call to educate hearts and minds.

Favorite Movie: Casablanca, Star Wars, Avengers, Superman

Favorite Books: Augustine’s Confessions John Henry Newman’s Apologia, John Henry Newman’s An Essay in the Grammar of Assent, Anything written by Marcus Tullius Cicero, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Music: Country, Classical, and Disney Music

Hobbies: Reading, running, movies, hanging out with my friends and brothers, reading Greek and Latin, good conversations

Ways that you resonate with the Holy Cross charism, “Educators in the Faith”: I believe our charism resonates with me because we try to educate the hearts and minds of young people. Not only are we trying to prepare citizens to live in this world, we are trying to prepare people for the heavenly city. This means that we help individuals, no matter who they are, develop their hearts and minds so that they can live out their vocations, which have been given to them by God.

One aspect of Holy Cross spirituality that speaks to you the most and why: My favorite aspect of our Holy Cross Spirituality is our devotion to our Lady of Sorrows. By remaining in Mary’s heart, we remember that we are men with hope to bring. If we stand with Mary at the Cross, we constantly remember that the love of the Resurrection can overcome any pain, suffering, or fear that we may experience in our lives.

Favorite Quote: “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” (John 15: 15-17)