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, January 29, 2022 – Teleconference

Midwest Holy Cross Associates
and the Midwest Province

Present

Reaching Out

Touching Minds and Hearts through Information, Formation and Transformation

Midwest Holy Cross Associates and the Midwest Province Present

Reaching Out

Touching Minds and Hearts through Information, Formation and Transformation

The Holy Cross tradition invites all of us connected with the Holy Cross Communities not to remain static in our spiritual life but to grow. Father Moreau, the founder of Holy Cross Communities, wanted to impart to us a holistic spirituality which included minds and hearts. He drew on the spiritual resources of his time to impart a practical way of life. If he were alive today, he would challenge us to move from information, to formation and be transformed by God’s grace. This involves a letting go of what is static in our past so that something new will be born in us. He would want us to recognize and activate our natural gifts as well as the spiritual gifts that God has placed in us at our Baptism. Then we will be able to make a difference in our personal lives, in our communities, in our ministries and in this world which is so in need of our engagement.

Today! Hopefully our time together will spark a new awakening and we will hear God’s call to be what God has planned for us to be and do.

Touching Minds and Hearts through Information, Formation and Transformation

The Holy Cross tradition invites all of us connected with the Holy Cross Communities not to remain static in our spiritual life but to grow. Father Moreau, the founder of Holy Cross Communities, wanted to impart to us a holistic spirituality which included minds and hearts. He drew on the spiritual resources of his time to impart a practical way of life. If he were alive today, he would challenge us to move from information, to formation and be transformed by God’s grace. This involves a letting go of what is static in our past so that something new will be born in us. He would want us to recognize and activate our natural gifts as well as the spiritual gifts that God has placed in us at our Baptism. Then we will be able to make a difference in our personal lives, in our communities, in our ministries and in this world which is so in need of our engagement.

Today! Hopefully our time together will spark a new awakening and we will hear God’s call to be what God has planned for us to be and do.

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Biography

Judith R. Fean, MA

Following her recent retirement as Vice President for Mission at Saint Mary’s College, Judy will continue to share her pastoral ministry, mission integration, and leadership experiences, especially in higher education, as a consultant. Her experiences as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Associate within parishes in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and her work in Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s College for 27 years, directly supported the education philosophy of engaging the whole person. As the first lay person to serve as Vice President for Mission at Saint Mary’s, Judy is an advocate of women’s leadership in the church and is committed to the spiritual and ministerial formation of women. She is deeply rooted in Holy Cross Spirituality demonstrated by her collaborative work with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

“Pope Francis’ Gift to Holy Cross”

During the Opening Session, we will explore excerpts from Care of Our Home, Laudato si and Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Guadium. Pope Francis calls us to care for each other and our Earth, recognizing our interconnectedness with nature and our neighbors. How will we respond to the very challenging times we face today and be mindful it is in God we trust? Moreau reminds us in the document, Christian Education, “How we educate the mind will change with the times, how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless.” Pope Francis challenges us to think differently and to respond. How will we encounter with open hearts, dialogue to listen deeply, and accompany to bring new life? Are we willing to seek new ways of educating the mind and engage in practices that continue to cultivate the heart?

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Biography

Michael Reiling, MA

Mike Reiling is a retired high school theology teacher and retreat leader, who, at retiring in 2014 had spent 23 years at St. Edward H.S. in Lakewood, Ohio. Since retiring, he has led adult programs on the spiritual vision of Teilhard de Chardin, as well as workshops on journaling for personal insight and growth. Mike also regularly leads Tai Chi classes at several locations.

“Transforming Your Life in Christ”

This presentation will make the theme of the Conference come alive and will challenge us to reexamine our relationship with Christ using the archetypes of “Hero”, “Friend”, and “Mystic”. Having delved into the spirituality of de Chardin, Mr. Reiling will present a transforming vision of Christ and Holy Cross for our time.

Conference Schedule EST

10:00 AM   Opening Prayer

10:15 AM  Presentation: “Pope Francis’ Gift to Holy Cross”
11:00 AM  Panel

11:30 PM Contest Winners 

12:00 PM  Lunch Break

01:00 PM Presentation: “Transforming Your Life in Christ” Interaction

02:00 PM Closing

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Past Conferences

Saturday, April 24 2021 – Teleconference 

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

who later became the Brothers of Holy Cross.

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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

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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

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 

SPEAKERS

Early Men of Holy Cross

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