A Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C., will be celebrated on Wednesday (Oct. 17) at 5:30 p.m. in Old St. Patricks Church (700 West Adams) in Chicago.
Priests, brothers and sisters of the Congregation of Holy Cross as well as alumni from the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and graduates of Holy Cross schools in the Chicago area will attend the Mass, at which Rev. Don McNeill, C.S.C., senior fellow in Notre Dames Institute for Latino Studies, will preside and Holy Cross missionary Rev. Thomas McDermott, C.S.C., will preach.
After the Mass, a meal will be served in the Old Saint Patricks parish hall, and speakers from various Holy Cross communities will lead a discussion of the life of Father Moreau and the hope his witness offers the Church today.
Father Moreau, the 19th century French churchman and founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was beatified in a ceremony in Le Mans, France, on Sept 15.The event has been widely celebrated by the University of Notre Dame and its alumni and friends because the University was founded and is still profoundly influenced by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
_ Contact: Father McNeill at 574-850-0690 or Father McDermott at 217-816 2037_