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Rev Warner, Superior General of C.S.C. to speak at Holy Cross Graduation!

Rev Warner, Superior General of C.S.C. to speak at Holy Cross Graduation!


Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C., Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will be the featured speaker at the 46th Commencement Exercises of Holy Cross College, to take place Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2pm. 


"Fr. Dick Warner, Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is also a personal friend of the college," said Holy Cross College President, Brother John Paige, C.S.C.   "In his years as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame, he facilitated many collaborative events between UND and Holy Cross. We are delighted to be able to honor him and recognize his extensive ministry in the Congregation of Holy Cross by awarding him a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa."


Father Warner was elected the 12th superior general in 2010, succeeding Rev. Hugh W. Cleary, C.S.C.  Father Warner leads the worldwide ministries of Holy Cross from its headquarters in Rome.  Founded in 1837 by Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the congregation is a religious order of some 1,500 priests and brothers in the Catholic Church, who live and work in 16 countries in five continents. 


Among the Congregation of Holy Cross' early members was Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., who founded Notre Dame in 1842.  The congregation has founded seven other colleges and universities in the United States, including Holy Cross College in 1966, and 45 secondary schools worldwide, including 19 in the U.S.  In addition to education, the Congregation of Holy Cross is actively committed to parish work and missionary outreach.


Father Warner graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962, obtained a licentiate degree in theology from  Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, in 1966, and was ordained the same year in Lakewood, Ohio.


From 1967 to 1973, Father Warner taught English and theology at St. George's College in Santiago, where he also served in administration.  In 1973 he became the provincial treasurer and a member of the Provincial Council for the Indiana Province.  He was elected provincial superior in 1979, serving nine years in that office.


Father Warner was Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame for twenty-one years. For much of that time, he also served in a dual role as Presidential Counselor.  He is a trustee emeritus of Notre Dame, serves as chair of the board of directors of the Center for the Homeless and Memorial Health Systems, both of South Bend and is a corporate member of Holy Cross Family Ministries of New York.


Brian Farkas, a 2001graduate of Holy Cross College, will be the featured alumni speaker.  Born and raised in Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Mr. Farkas attended Holy Cross College from 1999 to 2001, when Holy Cross was a two-year institution.  He continued his studies at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Political Science, earning a BA in 2003.


Brian went on to study at University College Cork in Ireland on a Rotary Scholarship. Returning to the United States, he worked as an admissions counselor at Holy Cross College, and later became a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of  Michigan. Brian then attended Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  While in law school, he co-found  the Farkas Eye Black Company, whose product is used today by many top NFL and college football players.


Following graduation from law school in 2009, Mr. Farkas was appointed, and served for two years, as an Assistant Attorney General of Michigan. Recently, Brian co-founded the Detroit Blight Authority, an organization that clears blight from whole city blocks in Detroit.  The Blight Authority plans to eventually eliminate blight from the entire city, and has been featured in numerous national media outlets.


"Brian Farkas is doing some groundbreaking work in revitalizing the city of Detroit, Michigan by spearheading the effort to eliminate literally tens of thousands of abandoned houses. These houses create tremendous health and safety hazards for the people around them. His passion for the welfare of others is a prime example of the Holy Cross College spirit put into action. I know the class of 2013 will be proud!" Holy Cross Vice President for Mission Advancement, Robert Kloska said of Farkas.


Holy Cross College will graduate its Class of 2013 on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2pm. The ceremony will take place in the Pfeil Center's McKenna Area, on the campus of Holy Cross. Friends and family members of Holy Cross graduates are welcome to attend. A reception will immediately follow.