Dr. Marco J. Clark was installed as the 6th President of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana, on March 25. He is making history as the first president of the College who is not a Holy Cross brother or priest, doing so with an altruistic, deep commitment to Holy Cross College.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Holy Cross College held a day of service on Thursday, March 23, an academic symposium on Friday, March 24, and the official installation on Saturday, March 25.

Day of service

The day of service was an opportunity for the college to demonstrate what it truly means to be a Saint, and participate in collaboration projects with local, non-profit partners. Visitors from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, the Catholic Worker/Our Lady of the Road, LOGAN Industries, Real Services, Reins of Life, and Ronald McDonald House all manned information booths for students to network and learn about ways to get involved. A school supplies drive was held for La Casa de Amistad with the community purchasing items through Amazon that were shared with the organization. A toiletries drive was also held for the St. Vincent De Paul Society and items delivered to the organization on Thursday. Lastly, a blood drive and COVID vaccine clinic were hosted on campus. Click here for a collection of pictures from the day.

Academic symposium

The academic symposium, A Showcase of Holy Cross College and Its Catholic, Liberal Arts Education, was an opportunity to listen to talks about a wide range of topics connected to Holy Cross College. Brother Philip Smith, C.S.C., presented “Brother Columba O’Neill, C.S.C.: In Kind Love,” giving visitors a chance to learn more about the canonization process of Brother Columba and ways they can help the process continue forward. Click here to watch the lecture.

Students and faculty members of the science department shared a lecture about the types of research happening on campus. Click here to view the talk.

Students who went on an immersion trip to Lebanon during fall break shared details on their experiences in the communities they visited and research efforts happening in Lebanon. Click here to listen to the lecture.

The day of learning ended with a lecture highlighting the newest majors on campus to enlighten the community and visitors on the next journey for Holy Cross College. Click here to learn more.

An exhibition of literature, poetry, and art was on display in the Vincent Hall Atrium including works by students, faculty, staff, and students who are part of the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Prison. Ave Tunes included the musical stylings of faculty and students delighting the crowd with a variety of musical pieces.


Events on Saturday began with an Inaugural Mass on the Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. Click here for a grouping of pictures from the celebration.

The Installation Ceremony was held in the Pfeil Center on campus, and included members of the community, faculty, staff, and visitors. Click here to watch the installation ceremony.