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Fr. Clem: Led by grace

Posted by Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C. on

"One day as they were milking cows, Leroy Clementich's mom said to him that he would be going to a Catholic high school in Minot, North Dakota, because she wanted him to be a priest," writes Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C., in profiling this month's Holy Cross Hero. Reflecting back on his 54 years of...

Deepening Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Posted by Mr. Josh Bathon on

"Three weeks ago, the men of Old College made a weekend retreat," writes Mr. Josh Bathon, a second-year man at Old College. "Throughout the retreat, we were challenged to greater understand the Congregation and ourselves through a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. Such an experience is enriching...

My Year of the Brother

Posted by Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C. on

"The Year of the Brother seems to be a fitting title for my year in East Africa," writes Holy Cross seminarian Mr. Mark DeMott, C.S.C., from his pastoral year in the District of East Africa. "For the first time since coming to Holy Cross, I live in a community of brothers. I see the ways that...

A last lunch with my neighbor

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

"Our Holy Cross Constitution on Mission envisions us ministering among people 'whose lot we share' so that we become 'their neighbors...with them and of them.' Because our colleagues at UP have become our neighbors," writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, "I was blessed to share in one of the last hours of...

Built on Rock

Posted by Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C. on

"What Señora Rut has taught me is how the poor eke out a living in the midst of this inhospitable rocky terrain," writes Fr. Don Fetters, C.S.C., about our mission in Lima, Peru. "Jesus said that his Church was to be built on rock, and here we can't help but be aware of the fragmented...

A modern day prophet

Posted by Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C. on

"This man's zeal for the Lord surpasses mine," writes Fr. Eric Schimmel, C.S.C., of Neil, one of the André House guests. "As has happened several times before, I think of Ezekiel or some of the other prophets. I remembered when I first read full chapters of the books of the prophets in...

Singing the Salve Regina as one

Posted by Mr. John Soisson on

"No one can deny the aural beauty of a male a cappella chorus," writes Mr. John Soisson, "and I was not the only one in the chapel that day whose heart was moved as the singing swelled towards it's end: O clemens, O pia, O dulcis, Virgo Maria. And then it was over. But the message of the singing...

Building the Kingdom with Words and Ideas

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

"I am a concrete finisher." That is not something you hear every day from a Ph.D. candidate at one of the world's top universities, yet Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C., tells how obedience to God's call in his life led him from finishing concrete to the priesthood in Holy Cross and then eventually to...

Inspired by Brother Andre to be a Saint

Posted by Mr. Michael Mercurio on

"Whenever I look at my Brother André prayer card on my desk, I remember that I, too, can be a saint," writes Michael Mercurio, a junior at Notre Dame in reflecting on the recent pilgrimage to St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. "I don't need to be amazing. I don't need to be great. I just...