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An Interview with Chris Brennan, CSC

Posted by Office of Vocations on

Chris Brennan, C.S.C., is preparing to profess his Final Vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province, this weekend. In this video blog, we'd like to give you the opportunity to learn a little more about Chris, and his thoughts about the big weekend.

2017 Ordination Homily

Posted by Bishop Arthur J. Colgan, C.S.C. on

Bishop Yves, (Father Epping), Father O’Hara, Brothers and Sisters in Holy Cross, Parents, Family and Friends of Ryan and Michael. By virtue of our Baptism all of us are consecrated “as a spiritual house and a holy priesthood.” In Lumen Gentium, the document of Vatican II on...

Reflection Before My Ordination

Posted by Fr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C. on

It is hard to believe that the time is so near! A journey that started when I was a small kid is going to be realized this Saturday when I am ordained to the priesthood.  It certainly seems very surreal that the ordination is a few days away and my life will change dramatically very...

The Hands of the Shepherds

Posted by Fr. Mike Palmer, C.S.C. on

Ever since I arrived at Christ the King Parish last July, I’ve gone by many names and titles. Not because I had any say in the matter—it simply comes with the territory when you wear the Roman collar. In my case, I happen to look enough like my predecessor, Fr. Chris Rehagen--tall...

Who Am I?

Posted by Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C. on

Earlier this month, as our parish community celebrated Ash Wednesday, I was able to preside at our school Mass.  I love celebrating Mass with our children at the grade school!  It’s one of the highlights of my week as I am able to share the Eucharist with our kids who are growing...

Wonder and Uncertainty

Posted by Mr. Karl Romkema, C.S.C. on

I have made one or two important discoveries during my time in Holy Cross. One such discovery is that nothing is certain. Although Jesus Christ makes many promises to those who follow God’s will, He never promises perfect certainty along the way. In fact, certainty is one of...

Can You Give Us a Blessing?

Posted by Fr. Dan Ponisciak, C.S.C. on

Last week, I was visiting one of our classrooms at St. Joseph Grade School and during the visit, one of the students asked if I could bless them. His question caused me to go back to a memory from when I was assigned to St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, TX. At St...

My Family in Holy Cross

Posted by Mr. Andrew Higdon, C.S.C. on

I haven’t been at my family home for Thanksgiving since 2012, which was the year before I entered Moreau Seminary. The schedule of academics and the formation program have meant that I have spent each of the last three holidays with my religious family in Holy Cross. Before that, of...

Vocation in the Shape of a Cross

Posted by Mr. Michael Thomas, C.S.C. on

If you aren’t vigilant, a lot of formation in the seminary can create a momentum toward navel-gazing. We can get in the habit of asking ourselves constantly, “How is my prayer life, my school work, my vocation, my ministry?” Even something like community, which jostles us out...

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