Posts Tagged ‘spiritual life’

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols Offers Many Festive Scenes

December 6th, 2012 by

A holiday tradition since 1978, the Office of the College Chaplains and the College Choir at Holy Cross host an annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent in St. Joseph Chapel.

Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., vice president for mission, gives a reading.

Michelizabeth Sainvill ’14 delivers a reading.

Guest conductor Christopher Shepard leads the College Choir.

Michelle Sterk Barrett, director of Community-Based Learning, gives a reading.

Paul Melley, assistant chaplain and director of liturgical music, delivers a reading.

Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, director of the Office of the College Chaplains, presides at the event. Servers are, from left, Matthew Boni ’15 and Joseph Seebode ’15.

From left, Suzanne Crifo ’13, Ariel Jiminez ’13, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president, Tracy Barlok, vice president for development and alumni relations, and Eileen Dombrowski, receptionist in the Office of the College Chaplains.

Fr. Boroughs gives a reading.
Photography by John Buckingham

‘Today’ Show Segment Serves as Poignant Tribute to Fr. Brooks

July 5th, 2012 by

“Today” show correspondent Craig Melvin, right, interviews Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., in the Mary Chapel at Holy Cross on April 17. The segment, which focused on the book “Fraternity,” the story of Fr. Brooks’ efforts to recruit African-American students to campus in the late 1960s, aired on July 4 and can be viewed online. It was the last television interview for Fr. Brooks, who died July 2.

Photograph by Christian Santillo

Fr. Campbell ’87 Commemorates 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Jesuits to New England

November 1st, 2011 by

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Jesuits in New England. In the summer and fall of 1611, Pierre Biard, a French Jesuit priest explored the rivers of what is now the state of Maine. At that time, he offered the first recorded mass on an island at the entrance of the Kennebec River on Nov. 1, 1611. That island is believed to be Swan Island. Over this past summer, Rev. William R. Campbell, S.J., ’87, president of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, offered mass on that same island to commemorate that event. Holy Cross is honoring “Jesuits and Colleagues at Work” with a yearlong series of events this year.

Holy Cross Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11th, 2011 by

The Chaplains’ Office held an interfaith vigil to mark the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 in Memorial Plaza, which is dedicated to the members of the Holy Cross community and beyond who were victims of the tragedy. View coverage and more photos from the interfaith vigil.

A bronze plaque at Memorial Plaza bears the names of the seven alumni who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11: Edward A. Brennan III ’86, Thomas D. Burke ’85, Neilie A. Heffernan Casey ’90, John G. Farrell ’91, Todd A. Isaac ’94, Beth A. Quigley ’97 and John J. Ryan ’78.

Students sing during the vigil.

Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., vice president for mission, delivers remarks.

A student pauses to remember.

Attendees light sticks of incense as a sign of prayers rising up for those held in memory.

Photograph by Patrick O’Connor

Author of First-Year Reading, Jesuit Fr. Greg Boyle, Gives Talk

September 6th, 2011 by

Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries and author of “Tattoos on the Heart” delivers a presentation titled “Barking to the Choir: Finding the Kinship of God” in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. “Tattoos on the Heart” was selected as the first-year reading for the Class of 2015. Read more about the talk in the Telegram & Gazette.

Fr. Boyle signs books following his talk.

Photograph by J Kevin Crowley ’12

SGA Co-Presidents in Baccalaureate Mass

May 26th, 2011 by

Seniors Kevin Leggio and Jenna Sattar, co-presidents of the Student Government Association, participate in the Presentation of Gifts during Baccalaureate Mass. View more photos on the Commencement website.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Monumental Floating Sculpture Installed in St. Joseph Chapel

March 23rd, 2011 by

Hundreds of sheets of shorn fiberglass fabric create a monumental, curving, floating sculpture above the main aisle of St. Joseph Chapel. Titled Curalium, the original, contemporary sculptural installation by German artist Angela Glajcar, pictured above with Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, will be on display from March 25 – May 16.

Photography by Christian Santillo

Crucifixion Scene Covered in Snow

February 6th, 2011 by

The 15-foot high monument of the Crucifixion scene, which overlooks the Jesuit cemetery, south of St. Joseph Chapel, as seen on a clear, cold day.

Photograph by Tricia Dunn ’12

Students Bring Attention to ‘Modern Day Slavery’ in Nine-Hour Demonstration

April 14th, 2010 by

The Holy Cross Coalition for Students Against Human Trafficking held an event titled “Wearing Their Misery: The Realities of Human Trafficking in Our Supply Chain” in Kimball Quad. The event, part of the Not For Sale national campaign, “is aimed at raising awareness of forced labor and child labor — two of the many forms of modern day slavery — in the supply chain,” said Matt Harper ’11. The theme of the event and the future work of the coalition is “It is time to stop paying for slavery.”


Four of the members of the coalition volunteer their time to making bracelets. “What was originally intended to be a simulated garment factory became a means for students to celebrate their freedom by remembering those who live enslaved throughout the world,” said Harper.


Students “work to raise awareness of the often unseen realities behind the goods and products our nation consumes and, in some situations, produces,” explains Harper. The effort to raise awareness was matched by a similar event on the campus of the University of San Francisco, where Not for Sale originated.


Between 300 and 400 bracelets were created by more than 100 students and faculty members in the nine hours spent working on Kimball Quad, according to Harper. “The bracelets were handed out to students to encourage active and conscious consumerism based on the fact that one never truly knows if he or she is ‘wearing someone’s misery,’ said Harper.


At the close of the event, a “Vigil for the Enslaved” was held to remember the estimated 27 million men, women and children (represented with 27 candles) who currently find themselves in slavery today.


Rev. James Hayes, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community and associate chaplain, reflects before the vigil begins. He concluded the prayer in memory of those in slavery.


Jamee Herbert ’10 leads the vigil, encouraging students to consider and be cognizant of how they are often unconsciously perpetuating human slavery simply by the decisions they make as consumers.


The group pauses for a moment of quiet reflection.

Candles burn brightly over pictures of modern day slaves.

Congressman McGovern Delivers Talk at Holy Cross

March 29th, 2010 by


U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, gives a talk on the 20th anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter in El Salvador, in Rehm Library.

Photography by Kristin Keegan ’11