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"I encourage our high school students and their parents to consider Holy Cross..." Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Here is what Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, said about Holy Cross in his column in Today's Catholic after the inauguration of Br. John Paige, C.S.C., as the president of Holy Cross in September of 2011.

"As I heard Brother John invoke the intercession of these saints and as I witnessed his and the theology faculty's profession of faith, I thanked God for their witness and for their strong commitment to the Catholic mission of Holy Cross College. I have seen that commitment evident also in the rest of the faculty, staff, and administration of Holy Cross College. It is an institution that is proud of its identity and clear in its mission. I encourage our high school students and their parents who are searching for a strong liberal arts Catholic college to consider Holy Cross, right here in our own diocese. I am grateful for the strong and close collaboration between Holy Cross College and our diocese."

Holy Cross College takes its Catholic mission seriouslyboth inside and outside the classroom.

Holy Cross College takes its Catholic mission seriously - both inside and outside the classroom. From building a culture of life to promoting the theology of the body, the administration, the faculty and the campus ministry team are there to help their students appreciate the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic faith in it's fullness. Holy Cross College also takes its communion with the Church seriously. Whenever the diocese is looking to co-sponsor an event or a great Catholic speaker for students and the local community, we know that the campus ministry team will be happy to collaborate. With such a great foundation, we look forward to a bright future. Many thanks.

Fred and Lisa Everett
Co-Directors, Office of Family Life
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

"A Hidden Gem," Bishop John M. D'Arcy

Here is what the Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend, said about Holy Cross College in his column in Today's Catholic after a visit in 2009:

This past week, in concert with the feast day observed in honor of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, I continued some pastoral visitations of places cared for by the Congregation of Holy Cross. This was subsequent to offering Mass at St. Joseph Parish, South Bend, in honor of Father Moreau, friend of the Holy Cross Congregation.

First, I went to Holy Cross College as part of my visitations to the colleges and universities, which have graced this diocese, some of them for over 160 years.

What is most evident at this small Catholic college, located in the midst of a great complex of Catholic higher education in South Bend, is its Catholic identity.

It has also changed its educational identity. It is becoming more and more a four-year college, and less and less a preparation for another institution. I celebrated Mass at noon time before a large group, mostly students, and followed up with a visit with Brother Richard Gilman, CSC, who is the president. Most encouraging was a visit with the theology department. It was inspiring to learn that this is truly an international institution. Because of the great outreach of the brothers to many African countries, and also to Latin America, as well as Asia, there is a built-in link to the church around the world, and visits to these missions and pastoral centers are now an essential part of the education of these young people.... This was a joyful event."

"You Have Done the Church ... Proud," Peter Cardinal Turkson (Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana)

In the spring of 2006, Peter Cardinal Turkson was the commencement speaker for Holy Cross College. Cardinal Turkson is a good friend of our college.

"You have done the Church and the people of Ghana proud and I am profoundly grateful. I wish I could turn the tables, so that my country and the Ghanaian Church can do the honours. However, since the tables cannot be turned as I stand here, permit me to say a huge "Thank You" for all that we have received from your hands. This honorary degree is surely icing on the cake. So, thank you again, Holy Cross College. May God bless all of your graduates, your families and your future endeavours. May God bless Holy Cross College. Ad multos faustosque annos!"

"An education that helps to form their mind and their heart," Fr. James Gallagher, C.S.C.

"Holy Cross College has been very intentional as well as successful in integrating the vision of Catholic Education as set out by the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C..  The College works to educate in and out of the classrooms, preparing their students for citizenship in this world as well as the next.  Students at Holy Cross College are offered an education that helps to form their mind and their heart, that they may step out into the world informed about the issues of today as well as informed about how the Gospel calls them to engage those issues."

Fr. James Gallagher, C.S.C.
Director, Office of Vocations
United States Province, Congregation of Holy Cross

"Giving students the opportunity to more boldly proclaim the Gospel," Life Teen Leader, Mark Hart

"An authentically Catholic education does not begin and end in a classroom. It's vital that students understand their role in the greater Church, the living Body of Christ, beyond their immediate surroundings. In addition, opportunities to share one's faith and evangelize not only fulfill our apostolic mission and serve the greater Church, they offer invaluable encounters in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is literally breathed and given flesh, encounters that draw their strength from the Sacraments. Following the model of our Lord, we must encounter God in the people of earth. Like traveling companions on the road to Emmaus, we must go to where they are, walk with them, unpack the Scriptures with relevance, and walk them to the Eucharistic table, time and time again. Christ's true presence is the greatest gift we have to give...but it's a gift that too often goes unopened. God needs workers in the vineyard, strong young souls who boldly want to proclaim the love and mercy of God with their whole lives.

Holy Cross College is offering young Catholics more than an opportunity to grow in knowledge but in humility, as well, a chance to stand when others sit, and speak when others fearfully remain silent. Jesus Christ did not call us to be spectators in this life. Our Church and our world need leaders, now...and a leaders' formation is found in several areas, both within and outside of the typical classroom setting. That is why the mission team approach offered at Holy Cross College is such a stroke of brilliance.

Holy Cross College, through their campus ministries, and specifically their Mission Team, is giving students the opportunity to more boldly proclaim the Gospel with their lives and to put the Sacraments into action, putting their gifs and talents at the service of others (1 Pet. 4:10). Holy Cross College is to be commended for their willingness to develop the whole human person and to humbly infiltrate the greater community with an authentically Catholic, authentically loving presence.

I consistently hear from young Catholics, as they exit high school, that they are looking for places to continue to grow in their faith when they leave home and move away from their communities. Their greatest fear is that the relationship they've begun to develop with Jesus Christ, through their youth group and parish, will die out when they lack support or accountability outside of the Sunday Mass experience. Problem solved. Young Catholics who are desiring to know God more deeply, who are searching for a like-minded community of young believers, and who are selflessly hoping for a way to give back to God, would be wise to look into Holy Cross College and avail themselves of all the campus ministries, faculty and community have to offer."

Mark Hart, aka "The Bible Geek"
Executive Vice President, Life Teen International