With abundant joy and thanksgiving, the Congregation of Holy Cross announces the Perpetual Profession of Vows of five religious of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers on Friday, September 4, 2020: Mr. David Smith, C.S.C., Mr. Geoffrey Mooney, C.S.C., Br. Pablo José Quan López, C.S.C., Mr. Robert Lisowski, C.S.C., and Mr. Felipe Campos Reséndez, C.S.C.
They professed their Final Vows at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Fr. William M. Lies, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, presided at the Mass and received their vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Br. Quan's Final Profession marks the second consecutive year that the United States Province's Final Profession class has included a religious brother. God willing, more Final Professions of religious brothers are on the way in the coming years, as there are currently six brothers in temporary vows for the Province, representing a growing renewal of the vocation in the Congregation in the United States.
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The following day, Saturday, September 5, 2020, Br. Quan's four seminarian classmates--Smith, Mooney, Lisowski, and Campos Reséndez--were ordained to the Diaconate by the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. That Mass was also held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and included the ordinations of four Holy Cross priests from the Province.
This upcoming year, Deacon Robert is assigned as a rector at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; Br. Pablo is serving at St. André Bessette Parish in Portland, Oregon, and is also assisting in Campus Ministry at the University of Portland; Deacon Geoffrey is serving at Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana; Deacon Felipe is serving at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, Texas; and Deacon David is serving at St. John Vianney Parish, Goodyear, Arizona, as Associate Pastor.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the Final Vows Mass was live-streamed and the numbers of family and community members were tightly controlled for the liturgy. The Final Vows Mass is available for viewing on the YouTube page of the Province's Vocation Office.