My brothers and sisters: How blessed are we to be in this Basilica today as our two young brothers, Adam and Patrick, publicly profess their Final Vows within the Congregation of Holy Cross. Adam and Patrick: our own Holy Cross Constitutions describe well what you are doing today. Constitution 5 states that your vows essentially are an act of love for the God who first loved you. Further our constitutions remind you that this love is not kept solely within you, for your love is to spill over into service of your brothers and sisters. When you today profess your final vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience before God and all of us, paragraph 45 of the constitutions remind you that you are to be "prophetic signs as sojourners in this world, living your lives in such a way that you call into question the fascinations of our world: of power, pleasure and wealth. "
You have already begun that journey, that sojourn, in Holy Cross. Adam, your sojourning has taken you from your native England to serve in Holy Cross parishes in Mexico and the US, in the South Bend area working with children grieving the loss of loved ones and providing crisis financial counseling to individuals struggling financially, and on this campus guiding your young brothers at the Old College program, and now serving Holy Cross and St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend.
Pat, born in New York and raised in Colorado, your sojourn in Holy Cross has led you to teach in Uganda, to serve the marginalized in Portland, Oregon, mentoring at-risk students in South Bend, Indiana, serving the sick in a hospital in Colorado, leading retreats on this campus, serving parishioners in Arizona and Mexico, and now guiding the residents of Keough Hall on this campus where you serve as Rector.
Adam and Pat, as you listen to the wisdom of the scripture readings, our own constitutions and the words of our Holy Father, you will now make these final vows, committing yourselves to be prophetic sojourners. As you make these vows you are surrounded by your families who first lovingly taught you about the ability to walk with the Lord, by your friends who have walked with you along the way, by your brothers and sisters in Holy Cross and by the men of your province who beckon you to walk with this great band of men that we call the Congregation of Holy Cross. We thank you for your willingness to profess these vows today. And all of us, your families, friends and Holy Cross pledge to pray for you so that each day you may get up, eat of the sacred meal and continue your journey as prophetic sojourners. God bless you and guide you each step of that journey.