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Forty Hours Devotion at Holy Cross Parish

Forty Hours Devotion at Holy Cross Parish

I’m pleased to continue to share with you highlights of the Forty Hours Devotion that Holy Cross Parish celebrated last fall as part of our parish...

Ministering in Prayer

Ministering in Prayer

Just a few days ago, the novices returned from their winter ministry experience. Each year, right around the mid-point of the novitiate, the men are...

Taking Up the Cross

Taking Up the Cross

Within the past few weeks, I have celebrated three funerals here at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, beginning on our Founder, Blessed Basil...

Communion in Eucharistic Procession

Communion in Eucharistic Procession

In my previous article, I shared with you a summary of the 40 Hours Devotion that Holy Cross Parish celebrated last October. It was truly a blessed...

Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

As we prepare for Lent to begin, I thought I would turn to Moreau’s writings to see how he might help us get ready for this season. I was drawn to a...

The Power of Confession

The Power of Confession

One of the coolest things about being a priest is hearing confessions and absolving sins. In seminary, for me it was the most daunting prospect of...

Evangelized by the Poor: Known by Name

Evangelized by the Poor: Known by Name

I (finally) watched Hamilton this past week for the first time. I must say that it lived up to the hype that I’d heard around it for years. In the...

Common Table at the Holy Cross Novitiate

Common Table at the Holy Cross Novitiate

In Holy Cross we talk often about the importance of our common prayer, common purse, and common table. These are essential dimensions of our common...

Family Resemblance

Family Resemblance

This past November, I had the privilege of welcoming groups from two of our regional Holy Cross high schools to King’s College. Students and...

A Family of Families

A Family of Families

A couple of weeks ago the novitiate community had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Each novice and staff member prepared a favorite...

Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

One day a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into the common social area of our Holy Cross Court to find Fr. Richard Rutherford, one of our retired...

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

I certainly do not think this is unique to me, but Advent has always been my favorite liturgical season. The hymns, the wreath with candles, the...

Evangelized by the Poor: Good Samaritans

Evangelized by the Poor: Good Samaritans

A common stereotype of the poor, both East and West, is that they are always looking to get something out of you, that they will always be asking...

Thanksgiving in Community

Thanksgiving in Community

“Are you spending Thanksgiving with family?” This question is often asked by those we minister with and to, and I can always confidently answer...

Auxilium: Serving the People of God

Auxilium: Serving the People of God

As a Holy Cross priest pursuing higher studies, it is no surprise that much of my day is spent in study. But as important as my offering of my work...

Sitting in the Questions

Sitting in the Questions

College is a time for asking questions — and oftentimes BIG questions! Many of the students I work with are asking these big questions of...

Going Home Again

Going Home Again

“You can’t go home again,” as the saying goes. This past year, I got to test this claim out for myself. After fourteen years as a professor at the...

Shepherds among the Sheep

Shepherds among the Sheep

In the past few years two Holy Cross priests have been named bishops in the United States and ordinaries of their dioceses: Bishop Bill Wack,...

Exploring Holy Cross at the Novitiate

Exploring Holy Cross at the Novitiate

So much of the novitiate is oriented towards discernment. The men at the novitiate are discerning how God is inviting them to make a gift of their...

Educating from the Desk

Educating from the Desk

I spend a lot of my time at my desk. That probably isn’t very surprising, what with being a doctoral student and all. There is a seemingly...