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Holy Cross College to host Symposium Celebrating the Brothers of Holy Cross and 170 Years of Service

Holy Cross College to host Symposium Celebrating the Brothers of Holy Cross and 170 Years of Service

NOTRE DAME, IN (September 14, 2011) - Holy Cross College will celebrate 170 years of service in America by the Brothers of Holy Cross with a symposium Thursday, September 22.

Titled "A Desire to Correspond with the Designs of God; Being and Doing Brotherhood for the 21st Century," the symposium honors the Brothers of Holy Cross and their achievements over the past 170 years, but also profiles the Brothers of Holy Cross today and introduces their continuing plans for the future.

In 1841, Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau sent a group of six Brothers and one Priest to the United States, arriving first in Vincennes, Indiana.  One year later, they would head north and establish the first Holy Cross institution in North America, founding the University of Notre Dame.

Today, the Brothers of Holy Cross continue to fulfill their mission of being Educators in the Faith.  In partnership with hundreds of lay people, the Brothers of Holy Cross help staff two Catholic colleges and over a dozen Catholic high schools throughout the United States while ministering to the poor and oppressed in 15 countries around the world.

Brother Joel Giallanza, C.S.C. will present the symposium from 9:00am to 12:00pm in Driscoll Hall Auditorium.  Following Brother Giallanza's presentation, invited responders who work with the Brothers will offer their comments.  A question and answer session will follow their brief presentations.  Free and open to the general public, the symposium is one of several inaugural events leading up to the installation of Holy Cross College's 4th President, Brother John. R. Paige, C.S.C. Friday, September 23.

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross.  With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success. The college focuses on the holistic development of the mind, body, and spirit.  Baccalaureate students must complete four requirements before graduation-a professional internship to develop their real-world qualifications, service experiences to develop their compassion, an international experience to expand their horizons, and a senior Capstone presentation to sum up their learning outcomes and attest to a panel of faculty and business leaders that they are ready for life after college. With a campus adjoining St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds-a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.