In hopes of providing a bit of encouragement to the UP community that our local Holy Cross Community is still here and praying for them, a video is available at this link. For more information contact Fr. Jim Gallagher, C.S.C., at email@example.com.
Congregation of Holy Cross
The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, will award the Spirit of Holy Cross Award to retiring University of Portland provost Thomas Greene. Greene is among the five 2019 recipients announced by the Congregation’s United States Province Office. Greene, who has served UP as an instructor, administrator, professor, and leader for more than 35 years, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the current 2019-2020 academic year.
The award is given annually to lay collaborators who faithfully serve the Province in the United States and abroad. The Spirit of Holy Cross Award acknowledges the critical importance lay collaborators play in living out the vision and mission of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved, and served through education, parish and mission settings.
For more information contact the Holy Cross office at x8203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the UP and Holy Cross communities in celebration of the feast day of St. Andre Bessette, C.S.C., at the 12:05 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on Monday, January 6. St. Andre is a significant saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross as he was a Holy Cross brother and the first canonized saint for the Community. Learn more about St. Andre at this link.
For more information contact Campus Ministry at 7131 or email@example.com.
A memorial Mass will take place for Fr. John Wironen, C.S.C., on Thursday, November 7, at 5:15 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. All are welcome to attend and pay their respects to Fr. John, who passed away on Wednesday, October 16, at Holy Cross House in Notre Dame, Ind., at the age of 79.
John Wironen became a candidate for the Holy Cross Brothers in 1958 and made his final profession of vows in August 1964. After becoming a registered nurse in 1966 he was assigned as director of nursing at Holy Cross House. Brother Wironen taught nursing at UP from 1973 to 1976, when he returned to Notre Dame to join the priesthood. He was ordained on April 21, 1979, by Bishop Paul Waldschmidt, C.S.C.
Fr. Wironen’s long career in health care and the clergy took him to Oregon Health Sciences University, the UP Salzburg Program, Providence Portland Medical Center, and pastor positions at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Francis Xavier in Burbank, Holy Cross Parish in North Portland, and more. He lived for many years at Holy Cross Court and as a result was a frequent campus visitor, spreading his signature warmth and good cheer and conversational skills with all he met. Fr. John moved to Holy Cross House in 2017.
For more information contact Elizabeth Cole, Holy Cross office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clark Library will host an art exhibit by Fr. Mark Ghyselinck, C.S.C., from October 17 to January 17, with a reception in the Covert Gallery on Friday, October 25. The show is called “Down Around the Corner” and is made up of a series of Fr. Ghyselinck’s landscape paintings. For more information contact the library at x7111 or email@example.com.
Beloved Holy Cross priest and University of Portland professor Fr. Claude Pomerleau, C.S.C., died on the morning of Sunday, July 21, after a long battle with cancer. Fr. Claude resided for the last month at the Holy Cross nursing home in Notre Dame, Indiana. He enjoyed many meaningful visits with family and friends that gave him deep peace as he passed from this life.
The wake and funeral for Fr. Claude will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26, at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. This Tuesday, July 23, the regular 12:05 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher will be offered for Fr. Claude’s eternal rest. After classes resume, when more faculty, students, and staff can participate, a larger memorial Mass will be celebrated in gratitude for the many blessings God gave our UP community through the presence and ministry of Fr. Claude.
Fr. Claude was a professor in political science, with specialties in both Latin America and Europe. In addition, he served as director of the Peace Studies Program (1994-2000) and the Social Justice Program (2000-2008), and he also helped establish an African School of Diplomacy at Uganda Martyrs University in Kampala. He also advised numerous clubs, served as the pastoral resident of Haggerty & Tyson Halls, ministered in Oregon prisons, and assisted faithfully at local parishes, especially by offering Mass in Spanish. Fr. Claude performed all of this sacred labor with joy in his spirit, a smile on his face, and a song in his heart. His love of music was, perhaps, Fr. Claude’s most defining feature, as evidenced both in his clarinet performances at Holy Cross community and UP Masses and in his frequent attendance at performances of the Oregon Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra.
In remembrance of Fr. Claude’s love of music, you may donate to the Fr. Claude Pomerleau, C.S.C., Excellence in Music Fund at the University of Portland. Gifts may be given online at: giving.up.edu/Pomerleau or mailed to: University of Portland, Office of Development, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Portland, OR 97203 with “Fr. Claude Pomerleau” in the memo field.
Memorial contributions in honor of Fr. Claude and in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online at donate.holycrossusa.org.
Fr. Claude, as a genuine Holy Cross priest, was an educator in the faith and a person with hope to bring. We will miss him dearly, and we entrust him in confidence to God’s loving embrace.
Save the date! The Holy Cross Community is again delighted to invite all staff to a Wine and Cheese Social on Friday, March 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Holy Cross Court Lounge, located at the lower level of 5410 N. Strong Street. Come be our guest, and join us for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon filled with fine wine, fine cheese, and fine conversation. Please contact Amy Potthast at x8024 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
All University of Portland community members are invited to celebrate the feast day of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, on Sunday, January 20, at the 4:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Madeline Doll is the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Holy Cross Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Congregation upon its lay collaborators. Madeline worked for many years as an administrative assistant in the Congregation of Holy Cross office at Holy Cross Court and retired several years ago.
The award is given annually to lay collaborators of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. The award recognizes lay collaborators who devotedly work to make Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision and mission to “make God known, loved, and served” a reality at the Congregation’s education, parish and mission apostolates. Honorees receive a proclamation of gratitude signed by Provincial Superior Fr. William M. Lies, C.S.C. on behalf of the entire U.S. Province.
For more information, contact Campus Ministry at x7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Prepare Fair at Holy Redeemer’s Cantwell Hall on Wednesday, October 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Those who attend can meet with experts from across the city to learn more about emergency preparedness, earthquake science, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Children are welcome as well, truly a family affair.
The Congregation of Holy Cross will celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in June, according to Bro. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., acting superior, Congregation of Holy Cross. It is the patronal feast of the Priests of Holy Cross, and there will be a celebration on Thursday, June 7, with a Mass at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.
According to an entry on the Congregation of Holy Cross website, “As Holy Cross priests, we find our model of priestly charity in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that heart pierced on the cross by the soldier’s lance in the final proof that Jesus offered all for us. In imitation of Him, we, too, seek to offer all in laying down our lives in service of the People of God. Especially through ministering the Sacraments, we hope that the blood and the water that flowed from the pierced Heart of Christ continue to give life to our world.”
For more information contact Bro. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., acting superior, at email@example.com.