T.J. Groden, C.S.C.

Temporarily Professed Seminarian


Hometown: Glenview, IL

Year in Formation: Temporarily Professed – 3rd Year in Vows

High School: Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL), 2013

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

College Major: Finance and Medieval Studies

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

Graduate Degree: M.Ed.

Previous Jobs: High School History Teacher

Patron Saint: St. Martin de Porres

Favorite Movie: Dunkirk, Parasite, Kingsman, Star Wars

Hobbies: College football, politics/current events, running, being outdoors, food and drink

Your Vocation Story: I had thought of the priesthood and religious life when I was in high school and college but brushed the thoughts aside, as they didn’t work with the plan I had set for myself. My time as an RA and as an ACE teacher helped me see that this tug in my heart might be greater than I thought — that God might be calling me to give my life over in “a more explicit way.” Looking back on it, I think I came to Moreau as a postulant wanting to put this tug to rest: “I gave it a shot, God, let me move on with my life!” I fell in love with religious life, though, and this tug has turned into a sense of peace, a conviction that I am where God wants me to be. The more time I spend in Holy Cross, the more at home I feel.

Ways that you resonate with the Holy Cross charism, “Educators in the Faith”: We must recognize that education is a constant process that permeates all aspects of our lives. As educators in the faith, we must seize every opportunity we have to preach the Gospel and serve as witnesses of hope – both inside and outside of the classroom.

One aspect of Holy Cross spirituality that speaks to you the most and why: Our devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. Through both her example and her intercession, she helps us respond to suffering with gratitude, love, and hope.

Favorite Bl. Basil or St. André Quote: “Afflictions, reverses, loss of friends, privations of every kind, sickness, even death itself, ‘the evil of each day,’ and the sufferings of each hour – all these are but so many relics of the sacred wood of the true cross that we must love and venerate.” -Blessed Basil Moreau