Earlier today, Brother John Paige was inaugurated the 4th President of Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind. Presiding at the Mass was Bishop Kevin Rhoades, the diocesan bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Preaching was Very Rev. Richard Warner, C.S.C., superior general of the Congregation of Holy Cross. His homily was a powerful reflection on how a Holy Cross education finds its source and summit in the Holy Eucharist and is ex corde ecclesiae -- at the very center of the heart of the Church. We thank Fr. Warner for sharing his beautiful homily with us on Spes Unica.
Each time a Catholic institution of higher education celebrates the inauguration of a new leader, a number of good things happen. First of all, the college or institution takes stock of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. If it is a Catholic institution, it also takes measure of the opportunity a change in leadership can enable it to be even more faithful to its opportunities as a Catholic institution.
In his Apostolic Constitution issued 21 years ago on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Blessed John Paul II issued a document to assist followers of Jesus in applying the Gospel and the teaching of the Church to Catholic Universities, and by extension, to other Catholic institutions of higher learning. In Ex corde ecclesiae, Blessed John Paul II offers a beautiful and challenging document.