We are grateful to their families who are celebrating with us today and who provided them with the gift of faith and supported them in many different ways. We are grateful to our founder, Blessed Basile Moreau, who brought together the Brothers of Saint Joseph and the Auxiliary Priests of Le Man into the Congregation of Holy Cross, and then, with the addition of the Holy Cross Sisters in 1843, offered us a unique vision of religious priests and brothers under the same rule, and sisters in a separate building under a different rule, yet working together in imitation of the Holy Family.
As our founder wrote: "The pagans called the first followers of Jesus 'Christians' because they saw that the disciples followed what Christ said and did. When we become Christians, we become children of God by grace, as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is himself by nature." In the reading from the first Book of Samuel, we hear that prophetic oracles were rare in those days. The young boy Samuel was sleeping near Eli. Three times Samuel heard a voice calling him. But it was only when Eli assisted him in discerning the voice as God, did he respond with the words "speak Lord, your servant is listening", that he learned of God's Will for him.
"I love our community," one of our seminarians wrote. "It is what drew me to Holy Cross in the first place and is what has sustained and nourished me. The examples of the men in this life and the joy and zeal they have in living their call has always caused me to strive to be worthy of being amongst their ranks.''
While a number of the older Congregations have a distinct spirituality, the Eucharist is at the center of our spirituality as Holy Cross religious. We come together at Mass to mark happy and sad occasions not only for ourselves but for and with those we serve.
Rev. Richard Warner, C.S.C., is the twelth Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and works at the Generalate located in Rome. Fr. Warner has served in many diverse ministries during his service to Holy Cross, including studying and teaching in Chile, serving as Provincial of the former Indiana Province, and as the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Warner is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He was elected Superior General in 2004.