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Spes Unica Blog

Childlike Curiosity and Theological Study

Posted by Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C. on

"The MDiv degree that we study for at the University of Notre Dame provides us with top-notch preparation for professional ministry in the Church," writes Mr. Adam Booth, C.S.C. "I know that my place in the world is not to be alone, but to be part of a pilgrim people that I believe I'm called to...

Discerning by discussing

Posted by Mr. Michael Marshall on

"Discussing your discernment is difficult," writes Mr. Michael Marshall, a first year Old Collegian. "However, I would say that talking with others about your reasons for discerning the priesthood has probably been one of my most important and helpful ways to discern. Whether talking with a...

Made the Hands of Christ

Posted by Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C. on

"It makes the whole ordination liturgy even more powerful when you know that your own is now likely so close," writes Mr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., in reflecting on the Ordination of Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. "This allowed me to see the whole thing with new eyes, even though I have witnessed several...

Social Outreach at Holy Cross Parish

Posted by Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. on

"Saint James reminds us in his letter that faith without works is dead," writes Fr. Jim Fenstermaker, C.S.C. "I have been impressed in my four years here at Holy Cross Parish by the level of social outreach offered by our parishioners. Our social ministry is coordinated by our Social Action...

Touched by Christ through Our Senses

Posted by Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C. on

"Today, be very Catholic," preached newly ordained Fr. Matt Kuczora, C.S.C., in his first Mass. "Allow Christ to touch you through your senses. Listen to Christ's voice in the words of our prayers. Taste the bread and wine that are His Body and Blood. See Him in your neighbor, both in the pews...

Asking for God's Strength and Grace

Posted by Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C. on

"If you ask a Holy Cross Priest about the most memorable parts of his Ordination, I would venture that, at some point, he would talk about lying prostrate on the floor of the Basilica. It is a gesture that is packed with meaning—a gesture that calls together the prayers of those gathered...

Lining up the Chasubles

Posted by Holy Cross Vocations US Province on

We asked Mr. John Zack, University Sacristan, what it takes to run the Ordination Mass smoothly. "First of all," he responded, "we need to make sure we have enough albs and chasubles – pressed and steamed and ready to go. We will probably bring up about 100 to make sure we have enough."...