Holy Cross Brother Nich Perez, CSC, says “Forever”
NOTRE DAME, IN (February 28, 2014) — The Congregation of Holy Cross, along with Holy Cross College, are happy to announce that Br. Nich Leanda Perez, CSC, professed his final vows as a religious brother in the Holy Cross community. The Rite of Perpetual Profession took place on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the St. Joseph Chapel at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Rev. Richard V. Warner, CSC, Superior General, was the presider and homilist. Br. William Zaydak, CSC, Provincial Superior of the Moreau Province, received Br. Nich’s vows. Members of the Holy Cross family – brothers, sisters, and priests – in addition to faculty and students from Holy Cross College, and Br. Nich’s family and friends witnessed this joyous occasion.
The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded by Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, CSC, in Le Mans, France, in 1837. The brothers and priests of Holy Cross serve in 16 countries around the world as “Educators in the Faith,” bringing hope to those most in need. In the United States, the Congregation founded the University of Notre Dame as well as five other colleges and 14 secondary schools.
Br. Nich is the son of Rhett Iman Perez and the late Zenaida Leanda Perez. He was born in Bacolod City in the Philippines and attended the University of St. La Salle. Br. Nich entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2005 and professed his first vows in Cascade, Colorado, in 2007. He graduated in 2009 from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with a Master’s Degree in Communications, specializing in Media Studies and Film, with some intense film-making training in New York. Br. Nich taught Film and Theology at Holy Cross of San Antonio from 2007 – 2010 before joining the faculty of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana, as a member of the Communications Department and the Supervising Faculty at the Holy Cross Media Studio. He is very active in marketing Holy Cross College to prospective students and their families through his video work with his interns. Br. Nich recently completed a full-length feature film depicting the vocation of the religious brother in the Catholic Church. Trailers of his film, “BRO: Men with Hope to Bring,” can be viewed at www.BroFilmHope.com.
Speaking of his family’s support of his vocation, Br. Nich stated, “They were so happy with my decision, which was not really surprising for me. I have their full support, which has reaffirmed the path that I chose to take.” Perez went on to say, “They love the idea that I am giving and dedicating my life to a cause that is honorable and faith-filled. They have grasped my strong belief that this decision has given my life meaning and direction.”