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.
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 email@example.com.
Did you know what it means when you say that UP is Holy Cross and Catholic?
Often UP is referred to as a Catholic university, other times it is talked about as a Holy Cross university. Do Holy Cross and Catholic mean the same thing?
The truth is that one connects us to the other. The Congregation of Holy Cross is a Catholic community of priests and brothers. Members of Holy Cross have been serving at UP since 1902. They have served as administrators, professors, hall directors, campus ministers, chaplains, and more. The particular way that Holy Cross goes about the work of education has formed how we do things at UP. From Holy Cross comes our particular attention to the formation of the whole person, the accent on the importance of community, the importance of invested collaborators and a proclivity for using the cross as an image of hope. Being connected to the Congregation of Holy Cross is part of what makes UP particularly UP.
One of the key aspects of Holy Cross is that it is a religious community in the Catholic Church. All Holy Cross members are Catholic, but not all Catholics are Holy Cross. Part of what it means to be Catholic is to be connected with the tradition as well as the current lived reality of the Catholic Church. This happens though the members of Holy Cross but also through connections that the University has with local people, parishes, and leadership in the universal Catholic Church. It also happens through looking often to the vision of the human person and our role in the world as it emerges from the Christian scriptures and tradition. Part of this is to interact with the world and all of the people in it realizing that these interactions provide deeper insight into truth, beauty, and goodness. Holy Cross shares with most Catholics the conviction that exploring truth, beauty, and goodness leads us to the Author of all those things, and that education is a powerful pathway for doing that.
“Did You Know?” is a regular feature in upbeat intended to help staff and faculty understand dimensions of this Catholic university. You can send questions to Fr. Jim Gallagher, C.S.C., Campus Ministry, or Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
University faculty and staff are asked to save the date for the next Congregation of Holy Cross Wine and Cheese Social on Friday, March 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The social will take place at the Holy Cross Court lounge, located at the lower level of 5410 N. Strong St. 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 or email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Did you know about the University of Portland/Holy Cross connection? Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross have been at the University of Portland since 1902. The way that UP does its work is very much influenced by the history and charisms of Holy Cross. Fr. Jim Gallagher, C.S.C. explains the deep connections in this video.
Brother Fulgence (James) Dougherty, C.S.C., former director of international student services at the University of Portland, passed away at age 95 on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Br. Fulgence spent 32 years at the University of Portland. From August 1978 to May 1992, he served as the director of the international student services program. With extensive cross-cultural experience from 30 years spent in East Pakistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, and Ghana, he was eminently qualified to assist foreign students in the transition to life and education in the United States. He was well-known for his tireless attention to a large number of students, many of them from the Middle East, as well as for his outreach to faculty and staff. After he left the program in May 1992, Br. Fulgence continued to serve at the University until 2009 as an assistant to the academic vice president, where he evaluated foreign transcripts. In 1988, he was awarded the University’s highest award for staff employees, the Rev. Charles Miltner, C.S.C. Administrative Award, presented to employees who have been of exemplary and outstanding service to the University.
Upon his retirement from the University, Br. Fulgence continued to live in Holy Cross Court for another year before moving to Columba Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2010. Because of increasing health care needs, Br. Fulgence moved to Dujarie House in 2016, where he passed away on December 17.
Please keep Br. Fulgence and his family and Holy Cross community in your thoughts and prayers.