National and Regional Conferences

The Holy Cross Associates ministry, sponsored by the Midwest Province of the Brothers of Holy Cross, periodically hosts Regional and National Conferences that address the deeper spiritual needs of our members.  These conferences afford an opportunity for all the Associates to come together at either a National or Regional venue, and to experience the enrichment of our speakers, topics and exercises, alongside and in community with other Associates.  These conferences are open to non-Associates who might be interested in exploring their own participation as Holy Cross Associates.  We encourage you to review the postings here and consider joining us at an upcoming event.  Please “COME AND SEE”.

Upcoming Conference!

Saturday, April 24 2021 – Teleconference


Celebrating the 200th Anniversary
of the Brothers of St. Joseph

who later became the Brothers of Holy Cross.


The Legacy of the Early Brothers of St. Joseph

What can the early Brothers teach those who want to carry on their dedication to Holy Cross today? What can we learn from their lifestyle? How were the two Holy Cross Brothers’ missions to Algeria (1840 and 1844) different in their purpose and fulfillment? How did they differ from the 1841 mission to Indiana? How are those who carry on the Holy Cross tradition similar missionaries today?

Brother George Klawitter, CSC, retired in 2012 from St. Edward’s University where he taught for eighteen years and chaired the Department of English Literature. Brother George published a life of Brother Gatian (After Holy Cross, Only Notre Dame) and the lives of a dozen early Brothers (Early Men of Holy Cross). He has also translated and published two books of Holy Cross missionary letters (Adapted to the Lake and Holy Cross in Algeria). He lives at Columba Hall, Notre Dame


Looking Forward: The Universal Christ

Like the early Brothers of St. Joseph, what will it be like to be church in uncertain times? How do we prepare ourselves to become other Christs to meet and live in an unknown world?

Brother Raymond Papenfuss, CSC, has been a Holy Cross Brother for over 50 years. He taught at Holy Trinity High School before spending 28 years in Ghana. He taught at Holy Cross and St. Mary’s Colleges and spent years as vocation director and then as assistant provincial. Over the years he has given a number of retreats and conferences and has done spiritual direction. He is thankful for his mentors: Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Ronald Rolheiser, and Richard Rohr through their books and lives.

Conference Schedule EST

10:00 AM   Opening Prayer

10:15 AM  The Legacy of the Early Brothers of St. Joseph – Brother George Klawitter, CSC
11:15 AM  Presentation and Awards Announcement for Student Essay and Video Contest Finalists

12:00 PM Noon – Lunch

01:00 PM  Looking Forward: The Universal Christ – Brother Raymond Papenfuss, CSC
02:00 PM Panel Discussion

02:30 PM Closing Prayer

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Past Conferences

Saturday April 14, 2018

Competency to See, Courage to Act

A Conference in Discipleship for Our Times

“’In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples’ (Mt. 28:19)…. All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our imperfections offers us this closeness, his word and his strength, and gives meaning to our lives. What you have come to realize, what has helped you to live and given you hope, is what you also need to communicate to others.” Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel”

Join us for an experience of the renewal of the light of God within, so you can share that light with those you know and with the broader community.

Regional Meeting Schedule on April 14, 2018, for the Notre Dame Community

Meeting at Holy Cross College
  9:00     Prayer
9:15     Speaker: Sister Brenda Cousins, CSC
              How a Disciple brings light in a Dark World
  9:50     Reaction to talk: Tom Labuzienski, Charlene Witka, Sister Associate
10:20     Break
10:40     Speaker: Father Kevin Grove, CSC
              St. Brother Andre: Letting God’s Grace Work Through You
11:30     Panel on Christian Discipleship for Young People by Student Associates
Denis Alexander, Kayla Rask, Colin Crawford, Eddie Donnelly
12:00     Lunch
1:00     Speaker: Bishop Bill Wack, CSC
              Lay Women’s and Men’s Role in Today’s Church
  2:00     Closing Comments and Prayer 



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