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About Holy Cross

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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: 500
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 (2019-2020): $30,900 annual
Room & Board (2019-2020): $11,650 annual
Degree Programs: Holy Cross offers majors and minors in Biology, Business, Education, English, English – Communication, History, Liberal Studies, Liberal studies – Pre-Law, Psychology, Theology, and Visual Arts. Also offer minors in Communication, Global Perspectives, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Studies, Spanish, and Sports Management
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer.
Club Athletics: Men’s Lacrosse

NAIA Guide for the college-bound student-athlete

Holy Cross Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Holy Cross Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” These words, uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over 50 years ago, could not ring more true than they do in the world today.

As a means of demonstrating its commitment to the values that Dr. King stood for, the Holy Cross College community will come together in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life, legacy, and spirit. Students, faculty, staff, and administration welcome the public to commemorate the timeless values he taught through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, and forgiveness; compassion, dignity, humility, and service that defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement will be held on the campus of Holy Cross College on Monday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. The College hopes to inspire others and affect positive change, not only for this celebration, but throughout the year.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how one person can make a difference. He preached tolerance and respect. He introduced new ideas and inspired countless individuals to take up the cause for diversity and equality. He demonstrated that together, with courage and compassion, despite challenge and controversy, we can positively transform the lives of others in our communities.

Joining us for the Holy Cross College celebration will be guest speaker, and civil rights activist, Mr. Richard Morrisroe, a man who not only heard MLK’s message, but actively worked toward living a life focused on diversity and equality.

Richard Morrisroe, now married with two adult children, has earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Mary of the Lake University, a master’s degree in urban studies from Loyola University, a law degree from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union. As an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph since 1981, Morrisroe has taught courses in Business Ethics, Social Justice, and scripture studies, just to name a few.

Before becoming a professor, Morrisroe spent a portion of his life following in King’s call, participating in non-violent demonstrations. In his time serving Chicago’s African American community, Morrisroe found himself increasingly involved in the Civil Rights Movement. This involvement led him to travel to the South where he had a life altering experience. Facing trials and overcoming challenges, losing a friend and almost losing his own life in the summer of 1965, Morrisroe never let these obstacles deter him from continuing to fight for what he believed in.

Join us in hearing Mr. Morrisroe’s inspirational story as we reflect on the impact and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

This event is free and open to the public.

Advent Lessons and Carols at Holy Cross College

Advent Lessons and Carols at Holy Cross College

Christmas joy! Holy Cross College’s service of Advent Lessons and Carols will bring voices uplifted in song, together with the spirit uplifted by tradition and reverence. The Lessons and Carols form of worship is a reflective way to ring in the spirit of the season, by presenting the Christmas story in word and music.

Holy Cross College invites the community to participate in this Christmas tradition, celebrated around the world. Lessons & Carols will be offered on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm in the St. Joseph Chapel. The tradition of celebrating Advent with a service of Scripture readings and hymns dates back to 19th century England and is a wonderful
celebration to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Looking forward to hosting the service on an annual basis at the college, organizer Andrew Ouellette, Director of Holy Cross Campus Ministry states, “This ancient tradition of Lessons and Carols will inspire the Holy Cross community to await the coming of Christ at Christmas, and his coming at the end of time, with joyful expectation.”

Choral music and hymnody will be sung by Schola Cantorum Sanctae Crucis, a sacred music ensemble comprised of Holy Cross College students.

St. Joseph Chapel is located on the campus of Holy Cross College, 54515 SR 933 North, Notre Dame, IN. The event is free and open to the public.

Holy Cross College holding event to support Toys for Tots

Holy Cross College holding event to support Toys for Tots

Holy Cross College’s Athletics Department and Student Government Association will join forces to bring Christmas cheer, when together they host a Toys for Tots event on Monday, December 9 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The event will take place in the Pfeil Recreation Center during the Holy Cross women’s basketball game. The Saints tip off against Aquinas College at 7:00 pm in McKenna Arena.

Guests who attend and donate a new, unwrapped toy, or make a monetary contribution to the Toys for Tots fund, will receive free admission to the basketball game, as well as be invited to partake in the Santa and the Saints festivities. Santa will be present for pictures and Christmas wishes. Members of the Holy Cross College men’s basketball team will host cookie decorating, hot chocolate, raffles, and crafts for the kids. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

As a Toys for Tots drop-off location, toy and monetary donations are being accepted at Holy Cross College through Thursday, December 12. The public may contact the Office of Special Events,, for more information.

Together, with faculty, staff, students, and the community, Holy Cross College seeks to assist the U.S. Marine Corps in their endeavors to help put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children during the Christmas season. All toys and gifts donated at the Holy Cross College location will be provided to children in the Michiana community.

“Partnering with Toys for Tots has become a tradition at Holy Cross, and the generosity of our campus community during this season of giving continues to be humbling,” says event organizer, assistant athletic director and men’s basketball head coach, Mike McBride. “Seeing donations in our toy collection bins this close to final exam week shows our community truly knows how to live our mission of educating minds and hearts. This year we open our toy drive to the public, especially our local alumni, and hope they’ll join us on December 9th for Santa and the Saints.”

The public is welcome to attend.

16th Annual Marine Corps Morning Colors Ceremony

16th Annual Marine Corps Morning Colors Ceremony

On Sunday, November 10th, Holy Cross College will host its 16th annual Marine Corp’s Morning Colors Ceremony, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 244th 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 8 a.m. at the Col. Brian Regan Flag Complex, located on the Holy Cross College campus.

Celebrations 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.

Long-time organizer, Mark Lyon asserts that the occasion is much more than simply raising a flag. “The nation’s flag, and the Marine Corps’ flag in particular, are powerful symbols. To the Marines in the community, and to the members of our sister services in attendance and to our families, the Marine Corps Flag is a symbol honoring the Marines’ heroism in epic battles against determined enemies,” states Lyon. “It honors the sacrifice of friends lost in battle and lost to wounds received in battle. It honors the commitment demonstrated earning hard won scars, both visible and not visible. It honors the devotion of family members who suffered through separation and the trepidation of worrying about the safety of their deployed Marine. It recognizes fellow citizens who supported Marines in both peacetime and war. It’s an opportunity for both tears and laughter, while remembering great friends and sharing common experiences, and to recall the pride with which they served a grateful nation,” he goes on to say.

The public is welcome to attend the Morning Colors Ceremony at Holy Cross.

God, Guts, and Glory: Professional Athletes Discuss Faith and Sports

God, Guts, and Glory: Professional Athletes Discuss Faith and Sports

With the fall semester underway, and college athletics in full swing, Holy Cross College is pleased to host a conversation with Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) on October 31st at 4pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by Holy Cross Vice President for Advancement and Athletics, John Kuka, and feature guest speakers David Casper, Craig Stammen, and Patrick W. Steenberge.

Launched in 2006, CAC was formed in response to St. John Paul II’s call to evangelize the world of sports. CAC serves Catholic athletes, coaches, and staff through an integrated network of oriented clergy and lay people to promote a Catholic sports culture.

David Casper, nicknamed “The Ghost”, is a former NFL football player known best for his time with the Oakland Raiders. One of the greatest tight ends to ever play, he is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Craig Stammen, currently a pitcher for the San Diego Padres, is a native of North Star, Ohio, where he played football, basketball, and baseball at Versailles High School. Following high school, Stammen continued his baseball career at the University of Dayton. Drafted by Washington Nationals in 2009, Craig Stammen went on to sign with the Padres in 2016.

Patrick Steenberge is a former football quarterback who played for Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame. Today, Steenberge owns and operates Global Football, an organization that hosts competitive events for young amateur athletes worldwide.

When asked about the event, John Kuka indicated that he was looking forward to moderating the discussion and believes that CAC’s mission aligns well with Holy Cross’ mission. “The college does a really good job of showing the Catholic faith in all aspects of life”, he said. “We want to provide another avenue for that.”

Kuka went on to explain the importance of this event’s message, that of integrity, love of one’s faith, and love of athletics. Supportive of CAC’s mission to reshape sports culture, this discussion serves as an opportunity to show student athletes what it truly means to be a high-profile athlete, yet remain a grounded, faithful example, and positive, principled leader.

Join Holy Cross College for this conversation on sports, faith, and ways in which the two are profoundly intertwined. The event takes place in Driscoll Auditorium on the campus of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Ind., with a reception in the Vincent Atrium immediately following. The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to stay and cheer on Saints men’s basketball as they host Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.)

Holy Cross College Hosts Annual Basil’s Boo Bash Children’s Festival

Holy Cross College Hosts Annual Basil’s Boo Bash Children’s Festival

Looking for a safe, family-friendly way to celebrate Halloween with the kids?

Holy Cross College will host its annual Basil’s Boo Bash, previously known as Ghosts and Goblins, on Tuesday, October 29, 6pm – 8pm.

Dress up in a costume or come as you are for this fun-filled event that features ghoulish games, eerie crafts, a costume contest, Halloween-themed refreshments, prizes, and trick-or-treating!

“Basil’s Boo Bash is a fun, safe place to enjoy Halloween with family and friends. Hope to see everyone for a merry – not scary – time”, stated co-event coordinator and Holy Cross student, Dylan Maugel.

All activities are family friendly and age 3-9 years appropriate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Basil’s Boo Bash will take place in the Ave Brew Café, located in Vincent Hall on the Holy Cross College campus, 54515 State Route, 933 North, South Bend (across from the WNDU station) and is free to the public.

Pats Vazquez, co-event coordinator and Holy Cross student, went on to say, “This is an event that Holy Cross students really look forward to each year because it connects the local community with our Holy Cross family.”

Annual Fall Orchid Show to be Held at Holy Cross College

Annual Fall Orchid Show to be Held at Holy Cross College

It may be cold outside, but the beauty of exotic orchids will warm the atmosphere at the Michiana Orchid Society’s annual fall orchid show and sale on October 26-27, 2019, at Holy Cross College. Orchid growers, designers, photographers, and artists from across the region will showcase their beautiful orchid displays, orchid photographs, and works of orchid-related art, while vying for awards in this American Orchid Society judged competition.

Orchid vendors will be on hand, offering a large selection of blooming orchid plants and supplies, while experienced Michiana Orchid Society members will be available to answer questions and provide tips.

Admission, parking, workshops, children’s activities, and raffles are free and open to the public. Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT both Saturday and Sunday.

Holy Cross College is located just south of Indiana Toll Road Exit 77, next to Saint Mary’s College and across the street from the University of Notre Dame on State Road 933 North. For more information on the orchid show and the Michiana Orchid Society, please visit or contact Sandy Ohlund at 219.778.4457.

Holy Cross College ranked in top thirty of Midwest regional colleges, recognized in two other categories

Holy Cross College ranked in top thirty of Midwest regional colleges, recognized in two other categories

Photo courtesy of Matt Cashore 


Notre Dame, IN, (September 10, 2019)—Holy Cross College has been ranked in the top thirty of Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best College Rankings released yesterday morning. The College was also ranked as 31st for best value, and came in 47th place for top performance in social mobility.

This year’s rankings are evidence of the turnaround since the Board of Trustees appointed Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., as the College’s president in 2017.

“I’m pleased that this truly remarkable place of Catholic higher education has been ranked as such,” said president of the College Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C. “It is a true reflection of the work of our devoted faculty, trustees, and administration. This recognition highlights the difference they make, enhancing the development and success of these young men and women through an exceptional liberal arts education.”

The rankings used by the U.S. News and World Report are based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as first-year student retention, graduation rates, and the strength of faculty.

See the College’s profile here.

Pia de Solenni, Ph.D. to speak at Holy Cross College

Pia de Solenni, Ph.D. to speak at Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN (September 6, 2019)–Theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni will deliver her talk, “Women in the Body of Christ” in the Pfeil Center’s McKenna Arena on Holy Cross College’s campus, Thursday, October 10 at 7pm.

Click here to stream this event live.

Dr. de Solenni’s talk will explore various theological concepts and traditions regarding the role of women in the Catholic Church.

“We are so fortunate to have Dr. de Solenni here to our campus and community,” said senior vice president Michael Griffin, Ph.D. “She is a true leader in our Church, and we are proud to have her be part this important conversation here at the College.”

De Solenni’s research and work discusses issues relating to women’s health, life issues, new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including America magazine, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

She has appeared on MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, andABCNews. Dr. de Solenni has been quoted in newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press.

“Dr. de Solenni’s message is particularly appropriate on college campuses as it is clear that young people are needed for the future leadership of the Church,” said dean of students Andrew Polaniecki. “She speaks with authentic genuineness and is compelling in her vision and understanding of women and their important role in the Church.”

De Solenni received her doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. Her dissertation was published in the university series Dissertationes. She is the recipient of the 2001 Award of the Pontifical Academies for her doctoral work, presented by John Paul II.

In addition to the doctorate, de Solenni has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts-Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, California; a Sacred Theology Baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from Holy Cross, Rome.

Most recently, De Solenni served as chancellor of the Diocese of Orange and theological advisor to the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Vann.

She lives in San Diego, California.

The lecture, made possible through the generosity of Chantel and Nathan Durkes ’10, is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens to exhibit MCI biological illustrations

Fernwood Botanical Gardens to exhibit MCI biological illustrations

Notre Dame, IN (September 2, 2019)–The Moreau College Initiative will present the art exhibition “Imprisoned Nature: Beauty Behind Bars” featuring biological illustrations by the 2019 Scientific Illustration class at Westville Correctional Facility. Artwork will be on display in the Clark Gallery at Fernwood Botanical Gardens from September 9 through November 17.

Directing the students is Catherine Craker, Ph.D. The artwork illustrates plants and animals using ink and watercolor.  Professor Craker earned her doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame, where she got her start painting mosquitoes for a vector program at the Eck Institute for Global Health.

“Some of our students have produced professional-grade pieces for this course, and we are excited to have the opportunity to share their work with the Michiana community,” said director of the Moreau College Initiative, Alesha Seroczynski, Ph.D.

An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Sunday, September 15 from 2-4 pm.

The Moreau College Initiative is a rigorous liberal arts program co-sponsored by Holy Cross and Notre Dame in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Corrections. Enrolled students are eligible to earn associate and bachelor of arts degrees through Holy Cross College. MCI seeks to embody the mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross by providing excellent academic programs in the correctional context.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens are located at 13988 Range Line Road in Niles, Michigan.