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New College President to be Installed Friday
New President to Holy Cross College Inaugurated
Holy Cross Hails a New Leader
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades


New College President to be Installed Friday

South Bend Tribune Staff Writer
8:01 PM EDT, September 21, 2011

SOUTH BEND - One of the newest residents in Pulte Hall at Holy Cross Hall is also one of the most recognized faces on campus.

It's Brother John R. Paige, the Holy Cross brother who in January became the college's fourth president.

Paige and three other Holy Cross brothers are living in the men's student apartment building. "I wanted   to live back on campus with the students," Paige said.

He and the other three brothers cook for themselves. "We eat together. We pray together. We share the chores of shopping and cleaning," he said.

Paige will be officially installed as president during at ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in the Pfeil Center on campus. The event is open to the public.

Holy Cross College has about 450 full-time students. It was founded as a two-year college, but now more than 80 percent of students are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs.

Paige has a goal of growth for the college. "I'd like to see enrollment increase to around 700 or so," he said, noting current campus buildings could support that enrollment growth.

Holy Cross College sits on about 150 acres. The campus will expand by 14 acres to the south after St. Joseph's High School closes its current building and moves to a new site on East LaSalle Avenue.

Notre Dame is buying the old high school and nearby property along Indiana 933. The high school parking lot and playing fields to the west originally were owned by the Brothers of Holy Cross, and the brothers are buying that property back.

The 14 acres along Angela will become part of Holy Cross College property. The college likely will create a campus entrance on Angela and continue to use the high school's former athletic fields for recreation and sports programs, Paige said.

About 50 percent of Holy Cross students live on campus. Although Holy Cross long had a reputation as a commuter school for area residents, that's no longer the case. Half of the students come from out of state, and only about 25 percent are from the Michiana area.

During his nearly nine months on the job, Paige and other administrators have been working to more closely link residential life, student life, campus ministry and athletics to provide more integrated activities for students. They're doing things like adding an open microphone night, three-on-three basketball, a flag football team and more social events

New President to Holy Cross College Inaugurated

Today's Catholic
September 28, 2011

Recites, signs oath of fidelity before Bishop Rhoades

NOTRE DAME - Holy Cross Brother John R. Paige was inaugurated in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, the college has grown from a two-year college to a four-year liberal arts college with 500  students.

Brother John began his duties as college president in January,  but he was formally installed in the 2 p.m. Friday ceremony in the  college's Pfeil Center. The formal installation was preceded by a special Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Chapel, with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend as the main celebrant. Holy Cross Father Richard V. Warner, superior general of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was the homilist, and 31 Holy Cross priests concelebrated the Mass. The large chapel was nearly filled by the college's friends, students, faculty, benefactors, and Holy Cross brothers and sisters.

During the Mass, Brother John and the entire Holy Cross theology faculty entered the sanctuary and recited the Profession of Faith. Brother John then recited and signed the Oath of Fidelity before Bishop Rhoades.

In an interview prior to the inauguration, Brother John told Today's Catholic that canon law requires anyone who takes over responsibility of an apostolate in the name of the Church to make an Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith in front of the bishop, and this is oftentimes done in private.

"Since the bishop would be presiding at our inauguration Mass, and the superior general of the Congregation of Holy Cross would be the homilist, I said to the bishop: 'Wouldn't it be nice if I made my public Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity during that Mass?'" Brother John explained.

When the theology faculty learned of Brother John's plan, they asked to join him in making their Profession of Faith as teachers of the sacred disciplines.

"We wanted to do it publicly to affirm to the bishop and to our own constituents that this is not something done reluctantly," Brother John said. "We are doing this willingly, and we want to make it public because we cherish our Catholic identity and our relationship with the diocese."

Indeed, Catholic identity was the first value Brother John mentioned when Today's Catholic asked him about his plans and hopes for Holy Cross College. The Catholic identity is already "alive and vibrant" on the campus, he said, and "That is something I certainly want to maintain and celebrate."

Brother John also is determined to continue what Holy Cross refers to as its four pillars. He said that Holy Cross has a relatively focused curriculum that he calls "the practical liberal arts," because to graduate, every student must: 1) be involved in a professional internship; 2) do service learning in teams; 3) take part in a global experience either domestically or with Holy Cross missionaries overseas; and 4) do a "capstone" presentation that articulates the student's experience at Holy Cross and details how that experience will enable the student to benefit the world and others.

Holy Cross Hails a New Leader

September 29, 2011

Congratulations to Brother John R. Paige who was officially installed as president of Holy Cross College on Friday.

He has been serving the office since January.

Holy Cross just 10 years ago was best known as a junior college transferring students to the University of Notre Dame. Today it's just as often the recipient of transfers, a four-year school serving 450 full-time students.

Paige hopes to build on that success by engaging more adults and transfer students from Ivy Tech Community College and other institutions.

He already has enriched the school's experience by pushing to integrate various aspects of student life on campus.

He proposes next to expand Holy Cross' Center for Intergenerational Learning and add a gerontology major to the college's current minor, which could well improve the quality of life of aging Americans everywhere, and especially here. One initiative involves training individuals to help the aging baby boomer population navigate medical and social services.

Paige's goal is to increase Holy Cross' enrollment to about 700 full-time students. He believes the current facilities can accommodate that growth.

Meanwhile, the campus overall soon will expand into 14 acres being vacated in the relocation of St. Joseph's High School from Indiana 933 near Angela Boulevard to downtown South Bend.

Paige, a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame, earned two master's degrees and a doctorate elsewhere and has served in Rome as vicar general of the Congregation of Holy Cross. We welcome him back and look forward to the contributions he will bring our entire community through his work at Holy Cross College.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Posted on September 28, 2011
Today's Catholic
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

On Friday, September 23rd, I celebrated the Inaugural Mass on the day of the inauguration of Holy Cross Brother John R. Paige as the fourth president of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame. It was a beautiful liturgy attended by Brothers, Priests, and Sisters of Holy Cross; trustees, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Holy Cross College; friends and benefactors of the College; representatives of other colleges and universities and of the community; and family and friends of Brother John.

I have gotten to know Brother John the past several months since his arrival at Holy Cross College last January. It is a joy to welcome him to our diocese and to support him in his leadership of this wonderful liberal arts Catholic college, located near Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame. Brother John has a highly accomplished career in Catholic education. Most recently, he served in Rome as Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross. I am impressed not only by his excellent educational credentials, but by his strong commitment to the Catholic identity and mission of Holy Cross College.

During the Inaugural Mass, Brother John led the whole theology faculty of Holy Cross College in making the Profession of Faith, a clear visible and public affirmation of adherence to the Catholic faith. Further, as required by the Church, Brother John took the Oath of Fidelity on assuming the office of President of Holy Cross College, an office he exercises in the name of the Church. He promised to always preserve communion with the Catholic Church in his words and actions.

When the members of the theology faculty of Holy Cross College came forward to make the profession of faith, each carried with him or her an icon of a Doctor of the Church whom each personally chose as "favorite" theologians and to invoke their intercession. I list here the Doctors of the Church who inspire the theology faculty of Holy Cross College and the commitment associated with each:

Through the intercession of Saint Anselm, we will commit ourselves to search for truth and apply that truth to the service of humanity.

Through the intercession of Saint Jerome, we will help our students to see in Scripture that God speaks through human beings to proclaim a message of salvation.

Through the intercession of Saint Thomas Aquinas, we will foster rigorous theological investigation in the pursuit of truth according to the teachings of the Church, for the glory of God.

Through the intercession of Saint Catherine of Siena, we will encourage our students not only to know God, but to worship God through prayer and the Sacraments.

Through the intercession of Saint Therese, we will guide our students to find God in the ordinary moments of daily life.

Through the intercession of Saint Gregory the Great, we will attempt to teach the faith, make it credible to human reason, and embody it in our lives.

As I heard Brother John invoke the intercession of these saints and as I witnessed his and the theology faculty's profession of faith, I thanked God for their witness and for their strong commitment to the Catholic mission of Holy Cross College. I have seen that commitment evident also in the rest of the faculty, staff, and administration of Holy Cross College. It is an institution that is proud of its identity and clear in its mission. I encourage our high school students and their parents who are searching for a strong liberal arts Catholic college to consider Holy Cross, right here in our own diocese. I am grateful for the strong and close collaboration between Holy Cross College and our diocese.

Founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Holy Cross College began as a two-year junior college. Many people know of Holy Cross College because of the movie Rudy, about the aspiring Notre Dame football player who attended Holy Cross prior to his acceptance at Notre Dame.  Holy Cross College has since become a four-year college, having added academic programs, more dormitories, and additional athletic teams. It is still a small college (about 500 students), which has many advantages, including the strong family-like atmosphere and individual attention afforded by its size. Holy Cross students are also able to participate in many activities at the nearby campuses of Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame.

The Inaugural Mass of Brother John Paige was appropriately the Votive Mass of Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the Brothers of Holy Cross. We all know about the great devotion of Holy Cross Brother (now Saint) Andre Bessette to Saint Joseph. That devotion is strong among the Holy Cross Brothers. After Communion, I spoke about Saint Joseph as a great model and intercessor for Brother John and for Holy Cross College.

Like his spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph was a man of great faith and trust in God. After hearing God's message through an angel in a dream, Saint Joseph arose and did as the Lord commanded him. Though we have no spoken words of Saint Joseph recorded in the Scriptures, his very silence is eloquent. He acted in faith. He did as the Lord asked him. He took Mary as his wife. He lived his great vocation as faithful and loving husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. He watched over and protected the Holy Family. His obedience of faith is a model for the whole Church. He is, in fact, the patron saint of the universal Church.

Saint Joseph shared the same attitude of faith and obedience that Mary expressed in her words at the Annunciation: I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word. Joseph said those words too, perhaps not out loud, but certainly in his heart: I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word. I encouraged Brother John, as he begins his service as president of Holy Cross College, to meditate on those words often and to turn to Saint Joseph for his intercession. Saint Andre, the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, has taught us all to do so.

May God bless Brother John in his ministry of leadership at Holy Cross College! May the Lord bless the whole Holy Cross College community through Brother John's example of faith, his dedication to the Catholic mission, and his skills as an educator! How blessed we are to have Holy Cross College in our diocese! Congratulations, Brother John, on your inauguration!