Brian Vetter, C.S.C.



Hometown: Dublin, OH

Year in Formation: Deacon

High School: St. Charles Preparatory School (Columbus, OH), 2013

College: University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), 2017

College Major: Pre-Medicine, Theology

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

Graduate Degree: M.Div.

Patron Saint: St. Martha,St. Peter. Peter is very human and seems unfit for the call, but God chooses him anyway.

Favorite Movie: Pitch Perfect, The Departed, Step Brothers

Favorite Books: The Power and the Gloryby Graham Greene,East of Edenby John Steinbeck

Favorite Music: Taylor Swift

Hobbies: Playing sports, spending time outside, watching my favorite sports teams (the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, Notre Dame football/basketball)

Favorite Way to Pray: Imaginative Prayer

Favorite Devotion: The Sacred Heart

Vocation Story: I first met Holy Cross as a pre-medicine major at Notre Dame. My plans were straightforward: I wanted to get married, have a family, and become a doctor. Over my four years at Notre Dame, I slowly experienced a greater pull on my heart to discern religious life and priesthood. As I met more and more Holy Cross religious, I saw the joy of their community life, their mission, and their relationship with Jesus. As I had profound experiences of faith and community in my Notre Dame residence hall, I saw that religious life in Holy Cross was speaking to me. I found that I could best love and be loved by others through prayer, community, and the shared mission of Holy Cross.

Ways that you resonate with the Holy Cross charism, “Educators in the Faith”: I think of Basil Moreau’s statement, “The mind will not be educated at the expense of the heart.” Whatever we do as Holy Cross, we start by educating the heart. We begin with the fundamental teaching of our faith that we have a God Who deeply and profoundly loves every single one of us. Whatever the ministry we serve, we seek to form hearts to know and respond in gratitude to God’s love.

One aspect of Holy Cross spirituality that speaks to you the most and why: The Holy Family speaks deeply to me because that is core of our community life and why I have grown to love Holy Cross so much during my time in formation. Holy Cross has become a family for me, and our devotion to the Holy Family is how we are able to truly see one another as brothers.

Favorite Scripture Passage: The Call of Peter in the Gospel of Luke

Favorite Quote: “We have all known the long loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.” – Dorothy Day

How can visitors to this pagepray for you? Pray for me to be a joyful, authentic, and faithful witness to the Gospel message!