The Holy Cross Institute sponsors a variety of programs for education, formation and transformation of board members, administrators, faculties and staffs, students and other members of school communities on the rich history, mission and traditions of Holy Cross. Additionally, we provide research into these values and their application in education, teaching and leadership in the present time and into the future.
2021 - 2022 Webinar Series
"Forming Citizens for this World and for Heaven"
On Demand Webinars
Sept. 24, 2021
In this new academic year, the theme for the 2021-2022 Holy Cross Institute Webinar Series is Forming Citizens for this World and for Heaven. From the very beginning, the charism of Holy Cross has included a special emphasis on a preferential option for the poor and the oppressed. This is outlined for us in the writings of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and further delineated in the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. From Constitution 2:12 we read: As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people. Like them we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses; like them we are made new by the same Lord’s love; like them we hope for a world where justice and love prevail. Thus, wherever through its superiors the congregation sends us we go as educators in the faith to those whose lot we share, supporting men and women of grace and goodwill everywhere in their efforts to form communities of the coming kingdom. To kick off our year we are honored to be joined by Brother Richard Daly, C.S.C. and the new president at St. Edward's University, Dr. Montserrat Fuentes. Brother Richard, a member of the Moreau Province of Brothers, St. Edward's University alumnus, adjunct faculty member and Trustee served for more than 30 years as the lobbyist for the Texas bishops in his role as executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference. His presentation will focus on the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how these principles align with the mission and charism of Holy Cross. Dr. Montserrat Fuentes has a vision for St. Edward’s University as a “Destination Social Justice University.” Dr. Fuentes, a native of Spain, is the first Hispanic president to lead St. Edward’s, representing a significant milestone for the university, which is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is recognized in the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities in the West ranking. She is also the second female president in the university’s history, a role held by Patricia Hayes from 1984–1998. Dr. Fuentes is an accomplished administrator, professor of Statistics and researcher, and was most recently executive vice president and provost for the University of Iowa, where she championed entrepreneurial and real-world training, curricular initiatives, leverage of technology, and civic engagement to enhance student success. Throughout her career, Dr. Fuentes has sought to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Equity of Women award in 2013 for major contributions to the equity and wellbeing of women at NC State University. She was also selected as the NC State University faculty liaison for the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity in 2014 to support women and minorities as they manage a successful career in academia with family responsibilities.
2020 - 2021 Webinar Series
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers of St. Joseph: 1820–2020
To view the recordings of Webinars 1 thru 10, please scroll down and click a webinar title below, or go to the Holy Cross Institute YouTube channel. The HCI YouTube channel also has recordings from past HCI Convocations and from other events. Please feel free to enjoy these videos at your convenience. #HolyCrossBrothers200thAnniversary
On Demand Webinars
Aug. 20, 2020
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Brothers of St. Joseph, now the Brothers of Holy Cross, the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward's University sponsored a five-part webinar series featuring Holy Cross Brothers and Priests whose research and lived experiences reflect on this 200 year history.
The first webinar features Br. George Klawitter, C.S.C., who has written extensively on the life of Fr. Jacques Dujarie, founder of the Brothers of St. Joseph, and the mission and ministry of the early Brothers.
Sept. 24, 2020
This webinar features Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C. and his recent work on The History of the Congregation of Holy Cross scheduled published in December 2020 by Notre Dame Press.
Oct. 22, 2020
Brother Donald Blauvelt, C.S.C.; Assistant Provincial, C.S.C. Moreau Province
Brother Thomas Dziekan, C.S.C.; Provincial Superior, C.S.C. Moreau Provincial
Nov. 19, 2020
Brother Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Assistant Provincial, C.S.C. Midwest Province; and a panel of three leaders from Holy Cross schools will share their insights on how Fr. Moreau's vision and the Holy Cross charism is manifested today in our schools.
Dec. 17, 2020
This webinar features Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., Vicar General and First Assistant in the Congregation of Holy Cross, Rome, Italy. Brother Paul shares about the work and ministries of Holy Cross taking place in the 18 countries they serve. This includes parishes, schools, colleges and universities, and social services.
Welcome remarks were provided by St. Edward's University president Dr. George E. Martin, whose vision it was to found the Holy Cross Institute in 2004. Dr. Martin will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. His storied career helped propel St. Edward's University to a place on the U.S. News and World Report Top 10 College or University in the West list, for multiple consecutive years.
Jan. 14, 2021
Sister Ann Lacour, M.S.C., Congregational Leader, Marianites of Holy Cross, shares the history, legacy and continued ministry of the Marianites today, and their special role in continuing the heritage and mission of Holy Cross, as well as insights into how the original sisters developed into three separate groups.
Due to February's extraordinary weather conditions, St. Edward's University canceled both Homecoming and the HCI February 25th webinar. We hope to reschedule this webinar for sometime later this Spring.
Planned speakers included Holy Cross Brothers Larry Atkinson, CSC, George Klawitter, CSC, and John Paige, CSC.
Sister Irma Diane Cundiff, CSC, Directora Geral, Colegio Santo Domingo, Sao Paolo, Brasil, tells the exciting story of three sisters in Brazil and the work they grew from those small seeds to the thriving schools in Brazil and around the world today. Click the title line above to view the recording.
May 13, 2021
Dr. George E. Martin joined St. Edward’s University as president in 1999. In his time on the hilltop, undergraduate enrollment has doubled, and St. Edward’s has been ranked a top-10 university in the Western Region for 18 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. The university’s Holy Cross mission, which has guided it throughout its history, compels us never to educate the mind at the expense of the heart. Dr. Martin writes that, “By learning with their hearts to respect, value and love others — even those different from themselves — students learn that all people are equally entitled to fairness, kindness and justice. They also learn that education is about more than learning, intellectual growth and preparation for vocation. It is about understanding one’s role in advancing the cause of social justice in the world.” Dr. Martin is one of the most respected leaders in Catholic higher education. His commitment to the educational mission and charism of the Holy Cross Brothers is evident in his everyday work, interactions with students and faculty, written and spoken communications, and through his personal witness. He is truly Holy Cross. With the vision to create a center for resources, research and leadership development for Holy Cross schools around the globe, Dr. Martin spearheaded the founding of the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University in 2004. With only a few weeks left in his tenure as president at St. Edward’s, we hope you can join us for this conversation with this empowering Holy Cross educator and transformational leader who will reflect on his own leadership legacy and the unique charism of the Brothers of Holy Cross. He will also share his hopes and dreams for the future of Holy Cross and St. Edward's University. Click the title line above to view the recording.
10. Intercultural, Interreligious, Excellent: The Heroic Witness of Holy Cross in Bangladesh with Br. Jony Gregory, C.S.C.
June 17, 2021
In 1851, Propaganda Fide, the Vatican congregation that oversees the Church’s missionary work, asked Blessed Basile Moreau if Holy Cross would assume responsibility for the Church’s mission in East Bengal. Whereas other congregations had refused because of the region’s poverty and difficult climate, Moreau accepted. Despite several early setbacks that led to many deaths of Holy Cross religious due to disease and natural disasters, the Congregation persevered and has continued to grow throughout Bangladesh despite these difficulties. Although Christians constitute a small minority (about 0.3%) in this predominantly Muslim country, the Congregation is well-known and respected. Today, Holy Cross religious vocations continue to grow through the Final Professions and Ordinations of many Bangladeshi brothers and priests.
Educational excellence is a hallmark of a Holy Cross education. The Congregation administers over a dozen high schools and trade schools in two provinces in Bangladesh. Notre Dame College in Dhaka, founded in 1949, is the premier college and institution of higher secondary education in the country. In 2014, Notre Dame University in Bangladesh was established and is already a leading private university in the country. While educating some of the elite, the Congregation has a long history of advocating on behalf of the dignity and rights of the poor. We hope you will be able to learn more about the heroic witness of the Holy Cross men and women in Bangladesh from Br. Jony Gregory, CSC, a member of St. Joseph Province, Bangladesh. Br. Jony took his final vows in 2013 and is currently the Assistant Headmaster of St. Philip’s High School and College in Dinajpur, Bangladesh, and teaches English Language & Arts from 9th - 12th grade. He graduated from Loyola College, India, in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in English literature, and from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2019 with a master's degree in English language and literature.
Throughout the year, the Holy Cross Institute offers additional programs:
- Mission-based programs
- Research and Training
- Affinity Group meetings
- Leadership Development opportunities
- Networking events
- Service Ministry opportunities
The HCI Executive Director also makes regular visits to school campuses and is available for:
- keynote addresses,
- special programs,
- faculty and staff in-services,
- retreat facilitation, and
- coaching and consultation for leaders and aspiring leaders.
Blessed Basile Moreau, C.S.C., stated that our "union is that great lever in which we can move, direct and sanctify the whole world.”