Notre Dame to celebrate 2012 Holy Cross Week

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious community that founded the University of Notre Dame, celebrates its 175th birthday this month, and the anniversary will be commemorated on campus during the events of Holy Cross Week beginning March 25 (Sunday).

Sunday Vespers will be celebrated on March 25 at 7:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and prayers will be said through the intercession of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., for the intentions of the University community, vocations to religious life and priesthood and an increase in zeal to make God known, loved and served.

A discussion, “Partners in Mission: Working Side-by-Side with the Congregation,” will be held at 8 p.m. March 26 (Monday) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall. The discussion will include reflections by John Affleck-Graves, Notre Dame’s executive vice president; Joseph Russo, director of student financial strategies; and Heather R. Russell, associate vice president for residential life. Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., Notre Dame president emeritus, will chair the discussion, which will be followed by a reception.

The past, present and future of Holy Cross will be addressed in a discussion, “Brothers in Mission: Life and work in the Congregation,” at 8 p.m. March 28 (Wednesday) in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall. Discussion speakers will include Rev. Thomas Doyle, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs; Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C, visiting associate professor of law; and Holy Cross seminarian Patrick Reidy, C.S.C. Peter Kilpatrick, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering, will chair the discussion.

A Mass celebrating the Congregation’s motto, mission and spirituality, “Spes Unica: The Cross, Our Only Hope,” will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. March 29 (Thursday) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Rev. James King, C.S.C., religious superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame, will preside and give the homily. A reception for all University faculty and staff will follow at Corby Hall.

Contact: Rev. Ralph Haag, C.S.C., 574-631-5334,