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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum.  It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

At a Glance

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees
Location: 150 acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Indiana
Founded: 1966
Mascot: “Saints”
Undergraduate Enrollment: 530
Student Body: Holy Cross students are a diverse group representing more than 30 states and a dozen countries. Enrollment is approximately 60% male and 40% female. Racial mix varies in any given year but roughly mirrors the US population.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.)
Tuition & Fees (2016-2017): $28,760 annual
Room & Board (2016-2017): $10,500 annual
Degree Programs: Majors and Minors
in Business, Communications, Elementary Education, English, History, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology, Visual Arts, and Gerontology. Also offer minors in Global Perspectives, Political Studies, Pre-Med, and Spanish
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Cheerleading, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse

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Holy Cross in the News


11/16 CCAC explores ND, SMC relationship with city

The Community/Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) met Tuesday afternoon at the Holy Cross College St. Joseph Arts and Sciences Building to discuss ways to foster and improve the relationship between South Bend, its residents and local college students.
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11/14 Native justice served in Mass for the Oppressed

Before an audience of 50 inside the Holy Cross Chapel at Holy Cross College, Emerson Eads conducted the Concordia Choir, the Ritornello Orchestra, and soloists Tess Altiveros, Jaunelle Celaire, Toby Newman, Barry Banks and David Miller in his local unveiling of “Mass for the Oppressed.”
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11/09 Cervelli plants Trinity Tree ahead of inauguration

Br. Jesus Alonso, vice president for strategic initiatives at Holy Cross College, said all the branches of Moreau’s religious vision must collaborate for the tri-campus community to reach its full potential.
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11/05 Michiana Orchid Society Fall Show ends Sunday

A variety of vendors are displaying their best blooms and competing for prizes.
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10/01 Young Fort Wayne woman's situation highlights immigrants' obstacles to college

Maria Barrera is the type of applicant every college wants: highly intelligent, hard working and caring toward her family and others.
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09/20 Holy Cross College marks 50th anniversary

Holy Cross College opened 50 years ago this fall as a Catholic two-year junior college founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross.
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09/19 Holy Cross Touts Records, New Programs

Holy Cross College is reporting a record 647 students enrolled for the 2016-2017 academic year, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. The college says it has also added 24 faculty members and advisors with the expansion of its academic programs.
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09/02 Tri-campus community comes together for sustainability class

Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are united by a shared history, community and strong connection with the Congregation of Holy Cross. For the first time ever, the three schools are coming together in one classroom to learn about sustainability in a new course this fall.
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06/02 Holy Cross Hopes To Expand Prison Education Efforts

Holy Cross College in South Bend wants to give more Indiana inmates the opportunity to pursue a college degree. The college is one of more than 200 vying for federal funding to support prison education.
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05/24 Holy Cross College reveals plans for former St. Joseph's HS property

Holy Cross College is set to breathe new life into the former Saint Joseph’s High School property, which includes a partial demolition.
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09/28 Private colleges offer scholarships to undocumented students

Some area colleges, including Holy Cross, have created scholarships specifically to help undocumented students who otherwise might be shut out of higher education.
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04/21 Holy Cross College Students Offer Friendship at the Margins

Students, faculty and staff of Holy Cross College welcomed Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to campus on April 16 in celebration of the Pope Francis Challenge, an initiative inspired by a call for authentic embodied evangelization.
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03/24 Notre Dame and Holy Cross Educators Bring Knowledge and Hope to Westville Prisoners

The Westville Education Initiative offers male inmates the opportunity to enroll in college level courses to work towards earning an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Holy Cross.
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09/03 University Based Retirement Communities

Just 1,000 feet from the university, Holy Cross Village residents have access to the college library, fitness center and athletic events, as well as being able to audit classes at Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s College. Residents participate in a quarterly lecture series, help with international student programs and have other close ties to campus life.
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05/09 Holy Cross grad credits mom for his success

Sometimes you’ve got to make difficult choices to provide a future for those you love. That’s what Lavarr Barnett’s mom did, when she chose to send her son from their family home in a rough part of Chicago to Culver Military Academy. But it’s that decision, preceded and followed by a lifetime of love and support, that’s gotten him to where he is now: Graduating from Holy Cross College Saturday and headed to the University of Notre Dame Law School in the fall.
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10/08 High enrollment fills Holy Cross housing

Holy Cross College has an enrollment of 524 students this fall, a 15 percent increase since fall 2012. It’s the second highest enrollment in the college’s history. The highest enrollment was 557 students in fall 2001, when Holy Cross was a two-year college, campus spokesman Jeff Penney said.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome to an event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement at Holy Cross College on Thursday, January 19, 2017, sponsored by the Holy Cross Student Government Association and Alumni and Parents Programs.

The day will be split up into two main events. From 3:15-5:30 p.m. in the Vincent Building (map available here), there will be five 25-minute rotating sessions by speakers from a variety of backgrounds including recent Holy Cross graduate Juan Constantino, digital program coordinator at La Casa de Amistad; Br. Jony Gregory, CSC, of the Brothers of Holy Cross; Lavarr Barnett, a Holy Cross alum and president of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Notre Dame Law School; George Garner, curator at the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center (the Natatorium) in South Bend; and G. David Moss, Ph.D., director of the African American Student and Parent Services department for the South Bend Community School Corporation.

After dinner, a keynote address will be given in the Pfeil Athletic Center at 7:00 p.m. by G. David Moss. Moss earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. He is a passionate advocate for civil rights, and has spent his career encouraging excellence in black and African American students.

This day of celebration is free and open to the public.

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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Recognized by CCAC

Men’s and Women’s Soccer Recognized by CCAC

The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced their fall sport award winner this past weekend. The women’s soccer team had two players recognized by the CCAC for Academic All-Conference, while the men received one.

The women’s soccer team received Karl Boeck Champions of Character Team award from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference for the first time. They shared the award with Trinity Christian College.

Women’s soccer seniors Kaylee Ables and Hayley Deisinger were both named to the CCAC All-Academic team for outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom. Ables ended her career finishing in the top ten in program history in games played, games started, and total minutes played. Ables’ tenacity on defense was her trademark during her career in a Saints uniform.

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Deisinger will leave the program with nearly every record possible as a goalkeeper. Deisinger has led the nation in saves the past two years as well as shots faced. Deisinger will be #1 in games played, minutes logged, total saves, save percentage, and most importantly most overall wins as a goalkeeper.

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Senior goalkeeper Brian Aldrich was named to the CCAC All-Academic Team for the second straight year. Aldrich leaves the Saints men’s program as one of the top goalies in Holy Cross history. Aldrich has the most wins, top save percentage, and goals allowed average in history. Aldrich missed part of his senior year due to injury, but was named CCAC Defensive player of the week three times last season.

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Stay updated on Holy Cross Soccer by following @hocrosaints on Twitter and Instagram.

College Trustee Shares Temperament Secrets to Success

College Trustee Shares Temperament Secrets to Success

Dr. Thomas McGovern, a trustee of Holy Cross College, will discuss how self-analysis and temperament corresponds with success at Holy Cross College’s next Practical Lessons in Success speaker series on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.

McGovern, a native of Escanaba, MI, is a dermatologist and co-owner of Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants, Inc., in Fort Wayne, IN. He obtained a biology degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, graduated from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He also served in the United States Army for eight years, working in defensive biological warfare research and later as a dermatologist.

Over his career, McGovern has experienced how personal success is related to the understanding of temperament: the unchanging part of the personality. During Practical Lessons, he will discuss the importance of discovering one’s own temperament, what the four main temperaments are, and how individuals can use that knowledge to their personal benefit. McGovern will also explain how understanding how to use the knowledge of how aspects of temperament are engaged at various levels every day can help us exert our influence, improve relationships, communicate more effectively and achieve success. As well, determining the temperaments of others can lead to more successful interpersonal and professional relations.

McGovern encourages anyone attending the talk to take a temperament survey at to supplement the presentation.

All Practical Lessons in Success programs are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Auditorium on the campus of Holy Cross College. Seminars are free, open to the public, and followed by a reception.

Orchid Show Brightens Holy Cross

Orchid Show Brightens Holy Cross

The Michiana Orchid Society will hold its annual fall orchid show at Holy Cross College Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking and admission to the show and workshops are free and open to the public.

There will be a colorful variety of exhibits by orchid societies and vendors from Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. Tropical orchids in fantastic colors and forms will be featured in the Vincent Hall atrium, and photographs are encouraged. Members of the Michiana Orchid Society will be present both days to answer questions. Orchids will be available for purchase in the Vincent Hall student lounge.

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Prize ribbons will be awarded by local judges Saturday morning followed by the American Orchid Society national judging. Crafts and activities for children are planned. Workshops on growing and caring for orchids are scheduled for 1:30 on both Saturday and Sunday, and a free raffle for orchids will also be held each day.

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Marine Corps Celebrates 241st Birthday at Holy Cross

Marine Corps Celebrates 241st Birthday at Holy Cross

On Thursday, November 10, at 8:00 a.m., Holy Cross College will host its 13th annual Marine Corps Morning Colors Ceremony, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday.

Marines from the Notre Dame ROTC and the United States Marine Corps Reserves, along with those from around the South Bend area and those affiliated with Holy Cross College, will join in a flag-raising ceremony in honor of the Corps’ birthday at the Col. Brian Regan Flag Complex, located on the Holy Cross College campus.

Marine Corps Morning Colors 4Celebrations will be held worldwide on November 10 as a result of Gen. John A. Lejeune’s order on November 1, 1921, which provided a summary of the history, mission, and traditions of the Corps. Gen. Lejeune directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on November 10, in honor of the founding of the Marine Corps.

The order will be read in locations across the United States, Afghanistan, and worldwide, wherever Marines are found. Celebrations range from silent observations in austere locations to more ceremonial readings.

The public is welcome to attend.

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Realizing the Dream Scholarship Awarded to Maria Perez

Realizing the Dream Scholarship Awarded to Maria Perez

On October 11, 2016, Maria Perez, a sophomore at Holy Cross College, was awarded a 2016 Realizing the Dream scholarship, a $2,500 grant offered by the consortium of Independent Colleges in Indiana (ICI) to first-generation college students. Perez, a resident of South Bend, will be honored at a banquet for recipients of the scholarship on November 5, 2016, in Indianapolis.

In addition to her scholarship, Perez was also able to name an inspirational educator in her life who will receive a $1,000 professional development award. Perez chose Kathy Cook, her academic counselor at Marian High School, in Mishawaka, IN, who will also attend the Indianapolis banquet.
Endowed by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, ICI distributes the scholarship to 31 participating colleges, who select the recipient based on need and merit. Brian Howard, dean of academic support services at Holy Cross College, personally selected Perez for the scholarship out of an exclusive pool of applicants. “This scholarship is life-changing for students like Maria,” Howard says. “College success can potentially affect a student’s future and family. It’s a big deal.”

To Howard, Perez’s application immediately distinguished itself from the others. “While we take academic performance into consideration,” he says, “we also consider the applicant’s life story.” Perez and her family are from Mexico, and Perez is a beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Coming from a family that is undocumented in the United States has taught her some tough lessons about what it takes to achieve her goals.

Maria Perez Realizing the Dream

DACA eased some logistical burdens, but in seeking out prospective colleges in Indiana, Perez was discouraged by realizing she would have to pay out-of-state tuition costs due to her undocumented status, even though she lives in South Bend. However, the passage of DACA did help her get a better job hosting at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. “I have been able to pay off my high school tuition,” she reports proudly, “and I’m the main contributor of my college tuition.”
A highly motivated young woman, Perez’s extracurricular involvement includes the Student Coalition for Immigrant Advocacy (SCIA), where she has had the opportunity to speak with congressmen and women about the issues surrounding immigration legislation. She would like to pursue a law degree at the University of Houston after graduation and become an immigration lawyer, inspired by her passion for immigrants’ rights and her own experience with immigration.

For Perez, all of this is part of realizing the dream. “My parents always told me, ‘just because we couldn’t do it doesn’t mean you can’t. This is why we’re here.’”

For more about the Realizing the Dream Scholarship, please visit

10th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Children’s Festival

10th Annual Ghosts & Goblins Children’s Festival

Looking for a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween with the kids? Holy Cross College will host its 10th annual Ghosts & Goblins Festival on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place in Jazzman’s Café in the Vincent Building on the Holy Cross College campus, 54515 State Route 933 North, South Bend 46556.

Admission to Ghosts & Goblins is free. All activities are family friendly and appropriate for children ages 2 – 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and although encouraged, costumes are not required. Trick-or-treating will be offered in the college’s North Residence Hall.

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“Every year the Holy Cross community eagerly anticipates our annual Ghosts & Goblins event.” states Hank Gettinger, director of student programming. “Our students especially enjoy hosting the families during their visit, and organizing games and activities for the children of the area.”

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The event is sponsored by Holy Cross College’s Social Concerns Committee, a student organization whose goal is to meet the needs of the less fortunate within the community and beyond. Members of the Social Concerns Committee are actively involved in volunteering their time and efforts to serving others by means of providing donations of food and clothing, mentoring, and community outreach. “Ghosts & Goblins is a family friendly, age-appropriate event which provides local children with a safe environment in which to celebrate this ‘spooky’ holiday,” says Dr. Doris Van Auken, Holy Cross professor and advisor to the Social Concerns Committee.

IB Conference Comes to Campus

IB Conference Comes to Campus

Holy Cross College and the Hoosier Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (HIBS) are excited to announce the student-led International Baccalaureate (IB) Student Conference at Holy Cross College on Friday, October 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The IB Student Conference is a student-led conference for high school students. This is the major event for all 44 authorized IB World Schools in Indiana. The conference aims to provide a forum for all students involved in the Diploma Years Program, Career-Related Program, Middle Years Program, and Primary Years Program. The conference is geared toward IB juniors and seniors and encourages them to present talks and share their insight about various IB-related topics, as well as learn about issues relevant to all students.

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The keynote speaker for this year is Brianna Smrke, with a speech entitled, “The Elephant and the Rider: Using Insights from Psychology to Pave Your Path to Success.” Smrke is an IB Diploma graduate from Michael Powers-St. Joseph High School in Toronto, Ontario. She earned a perfect IB score of 45 in 2010, only achieved by 0.001% of all IB students worldwide. She earned a degree from McMaster University’s arts and sciences program, followed by a 3M National Student Fellowship and studies with Minerva Schools at KGI. Smrke spoke at the 2014 IB Conference of the Americas, and authored the book High School Hacks – Habits of Mind: Success in the IB and Beyond (2016, John Catt Publishing).

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Group and individual student presentations will take up much of the day. The conference will also host panel discussions with eight Indiana college and university officials who seek to recruit IB graduates for their respective schools.

Please contact Dr. Mika Roinila at or call 574-283-7733 for more details.