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Brothers Form Community at College

Brothers Form Community at College

Holy Cross College announces the appointment of three Holy Cross Brothers to the faculty/staff of the college and the formation of a new Holy Cross religious community residence on the college campus in summer 2011. The brothers who will be joining the college are Br. Nich L. Perez CSC, Br. Jesús A. Alonso CSC, and Br. Joseph E. Umile CSC. New president of the college (since January, 2011), Br. John R. Paige CSC, Ph.D., will also be joining the three new brothers living in this community.

Brother Nich, a native of the Philippines, comes to Holy Cross with Bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and in Business Management from St. LaSalle University, Manila, and a Master's degree in Communication Studies (film and media) from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. His most recent assignment has been at Holy Cross School of San Antonio where he taught theology and film studies. At HCC he will serve as Assistant Campus Minister and as a member of the Communications faculty.

Brother Jesús is a Computer Science graduate of St. Edward's University and a PhD. candidate (Microbiology) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. The Brownsville, Texas, native has taught at San Juan Diego Catholic High School in Austin, Texas. At HCC he will be Director of the Center for Intergenerational Learning and a member of the Science faculty.

Brother Joseph hails from New Haven, Connecticut. He earned his B.A. (Modern Languages) degree from Fairfield University, an M.A. (French) degree from Middlebury College, and an M.S. (Administration) degree from Iona College. In April 2011 he came to HCC from Florida, where he was engaged in family ministry caring for his elderly mother. Prior to that, he served fourteen years as Principal and President of Bishop Chatard Catholic High School in Indianapolis. At HCC Brother Joseph will work in our Institutional Advancement division as Director of Development.

President of the college since January 2011, Brother John served six years as Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Rome. Prior to that ministry, he was Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Education at St. Edward's University. A native of Albany, New York, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master's degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Space for the four brothers is being made available by the college in Pulte Residence Hall, Brother John Paige says, "We plan to form an intentional religious community on campus. Living with the students is purposeful. As a religious community of college teachers/administrators right at the college, students will have easy access to us for guidance, academic assistance, and counseling. We believe our community will have ‘witness value' and might be attractive to those discerning vocation choices."