Catholic Schools Week and Our Holy Cross Heritage

In addition to celebrating our Catholic Character and our Holy Cross Heritage, the activities of this annual celebration focus our attention on our citizenship in the Kingdom of God that Jesus preached throughout his ministry.  This year, students had the opportunity to participate in a 5K run to support IRIS, a New Haven-based organization assisting refugees, or to collect non-perishable food for WHEAT, West Haven’s city-wide food pantry.  

On Monday, January 24, we welcomed Father Brogan Ryan, CSC, Director of Campus Ministry at King’s College, a Holy Cross College in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., as our celebrant of the Eucharistic Liturgy.  Fr. Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.  He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2012 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2019.

For many years, Notre Dame students have raised funds for the benefit of Saint Joseph’s Hill Senior Secondary School, Kyembogo, Fort Portal, Uganda, a school sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, District of East Africa.  Students returned to Saint Joseph’s Hill on January 10 after a two-year lockdown, the longest in the world. Brother Joseph Kaganda, CSC, Headmaster, and some students greeted the ND student body via a video posted on the school’s Facebook page.  A dress down was the incentive to contribute to our support of Saint Joseph’s Hill.

The Junior Ring Ceremony is incorporated into Holy Cross Heritage Week as another reminder to the members of the Class of 2023 that they will soon be stepping up to more responsibilities as school leaders.  The rings were blessed at the end of Monday’s liturgy and distributed at a prayer service on Thursday. The ring service complements the Junior Commissioning Ceremony that was inaugurated in October. 

In keeping with another long-standing ND tradition, the last event of the week was the much anticipated faculty-student basketball game. This article was prepared before the game was played. Any bets on who won this year’s contest?

Notre Dame’s Holy Cross Heritage Week events remind us of Blessed Basile Moreau’s counsel: We place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.