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.


Current Programs

2021 - 2022 Webinar Series 

"Forming Citizens for this World and for Heaven" 

On Demand Webinars

May 2022 Webinar

8. Monumental Women: Remembering Holy Cross Sisters at Notre Dame and in America

May 19, 2022 5pm CT

This presentation explores the role that Holy Cross sisters played in founding and building the University of Notre Dame in the nineteenth century. It also examines why they are so little remembered, situating their story in the context of our current debates over national monuments.

April 2022 Webinar

7. The Sabbath's Potential: Reconsidering the Aims of a Catholic Education in light of the Pandemic

April 7, 2022 5pm CT

Is there a sense of sabbath to be regained from our experience of the pandemic? Its initial lockdowns provided the natural world with some much needed breathing room—a sabbath of sorts. Free of human disruption, species across the globe have experienced several fold increases in birth rates that will have an impact for generations. At the same time, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on schooling. The additional burdens borne by faculty and administrators as well as students and parents have left very little breathing room. In response, this webinar will explore sabbath as a principle aim of a Catholic education. Sabbath is a key element of Holy Cross education, one that kindles the heart, illumines the mind, and guides the journey. Without it, Catholic education risks forming Schoolers not Learners.

February 2022 Webinar 

6. Solving Global Challenges By Building Community: Inspirations from Laudato Si 

Feb. 17, 2022 5PM CT

Our world is faced with many social and environmental challenges that are the root causes of some of the deepest suffering felt around the world. Forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and economic injustices, food scarcity, are just a few examples of the interconnected symptoms caused by our world's underlying ecological challenges. In his encyclical, Laudato Si, His Holiness Pope Francis invites us to reimagine our world as an integral family between people and planet, where earth is our common home. Laudato Si encourages us to acknowledge the bond between one another and our planet, and inspires us to provide care to our most vulnerable and marginalized through the stewardship of our planet. Mr. Ballarta shares his experiences working in collaboration with the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on a number of initiatives such as the Laudato Si Challenge, Humanity 2.0, and the Economy of Francesco as efforts to design solutions that provide a collective solution to our world's systemic challenges. Kyle shares the many ways Laudato Si has inspired his work as a venture capitalist to create cures with care through the reconciliation of the heart and mind, and how in a complex world, building community with one another can help solve some of the most pressing challenges of our day.

January 2022 Webinar

5. Known, Loved, and Served: Finding God in Immersion Zeal 

Jan. 20, 2022 5PM CT

January 20 th is the feast day of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy
Cross. In his document, Christian Education, Moreau writes, “Zeal is the great desire to make
God known, loved, and served and thus, to bring knowledge of salvation to others.” Applying
Moreau’s framework of “known, loved, and served” one can also explore the transformative
possibilities of immersive service work. During this presentation, we will discuss the
importance of making God known through our individual narrative, sharing God’s love through
solidarity with our neighbor, and serving God in the way we honor our experiences of
encounter. The presentation will draw upon scripture, spirituality, and narrative as ways to
unpack the concept of immersion zeal. We will conclude by exploring the intersection between
these three concepts, immersion programs, and Catholic education.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Jimmy Menkhaus, Theology instructor at Gilmour Academy
and adjunct Lecturer at John Carroll University. He will be joined by Kat Rankin ’20 graduate of
Gilmour Academy and sophomore at the University of Kentucky who will provide the
perspective of a student who has participated in immersion programs. The content for the
presentation will draw upon themes from Dr. Menkhaus’ newly published book through New
City Press, Immersion: A Pilgrimage into Service.

4. The competence to see: A discussion on navigating expression in a polarized society 

Dec. 16, 2021

We are delighted to be joined by Dr. David Thomason, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Civics Lab, a student group dedicated to working on projects focusing on economics, politics, and society for this month’s webinar. During our November webinar we received feedback on the need for how to discuss civil discourse in and out of the classroom. This webinar will dive into how we can have those conversations, why we should reach out to groups beyond our own, and our shared civic virtue to advance the common good.

A Holy Cross school's mission includes helping students become active and informed citizens. We are reminded that Holy Cross was founded in the aftermath of the French Revolution, a time of division, distrust, death and despair. Fr. Moreau saw Christian Education as the vehicle for the restoration and transformation of the Church and society. Similarly today, our world is facing division, distrust, death and despair. As such, Holy Cross Education is as important and as needed as any time in our history.

Dr. David Thomason is a public policy, media, advocacy, and grassroot expert. He often writes op-ed articles in the Austin American-Statesman, his most recent piece last month was titled “Opinion: Transportation Choices Matter In The Fight Against Climate Change.” He will begin the webinar with a presentation on civic virtue.

This will be an engaging webinar and highly encouraged for all to attend.


“We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.” —Bl. Basil Moreau, Circular Letter 36


3. Who Is Our Family?: A Call To Solidarity. 

Nov. 18, 2021

Since the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837 by Blessed Basil Moreau, Holy Cross men and women religious and lay educators have pursued, as disciples of Jesus, to “stand side by side with all people.” They have truly grasped that “we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses,” that “we are made new by the same Lord’s love,” and that “we hope for a world where love and justice prevail” (Holy Cross Constitutions, 2:12).

For our November webinar we are honored to bring together a panel of esteemed leaders, theologians, and educators to discuss two of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching: community, family, and participation; and solidarity. The goal of this webinar is to explore more deeply what our Gospel calls us to be: “one body, individually members of one another” (Romans 12:4-8) “living rightly,” which means to love one another (Romans 13:8-10). Pope Francis further challenges us by stating, “To all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by solidarity! No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that exist in the world” (Address to Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, July 25, 2013).

This webinar will explore some of these inequalities that exist in the world, like the call for racial justice, the work of DEI, responding to immigrants and the refugee crisis, and helping, supporting, and defending LGBTQ youth who face many challenges (USCCB statement, God is on Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protection of LGBT Youth). It will also offer tools and insights for reconciliation despite the magnitude of pain or misunderstanding that result from these inequalities. 

The Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross reminds us that “Our concern for the dignity of every human being as God’s cherished child directs our care to victims of every injury: prejudice, famine, warfare, ignorance, infidelity, abuse, natural calamity…” (2:16). Pope Francis articulates four verbs in describing this work: welcome, protect, promote, and integrate (Address to International Forum on Migration and Peace, February 2017). This webinar will feature six members of the St. Edward’s University community, representing a variety of perspectives, and will be moderated by our Assistant Director, Meigs Turgeon, in order to support men and women of grace and goodwill and to form “communities of the coming kingdom” (Holy Cross Constitutions, 2:12).

The panel consist of the following people:

Fr. Peter Walsh, C.S.C., Director of Campus Ministry 

Dr. Lisa Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Student Affairs 

Dr. Richard Bautch, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Chair of the Board of Governors  

Ms. Liza Manjarrez, Associate Director of Campus Ministry 

Mr. Al Baker, Doctoral Student and Alumni 

Ms. Calista Rebledo, St. Edward’s Student


2. "Go to Joseph": St. Joseph, St. Andre, and the Oratory's Spiritual and Welcoming Mission

Oct. 21, 2021

We are excited to have Fr. Michael DeLaney, CSC, rector at Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Quebec, join us for this month’s webinar. Since his ordination in 1987, Father Mike has served in various Holy Cross Schools around the world including The University of Portland, Notre Dame High School, Niles, IL, and later in Santiago Chile at Saint George's College and Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo. In all of these places, the development and formation of the Holy Cross mission was a primary part of his work in these educational settings.

For 20 years Fr. Mike has participated in programs with the CSC secondary schools in the United States, and at the Holy Cross Institute since its founding. Even when in Chile he was able to participate in many of the Convocation meetings, and often was tapped for leading break-out sessions on International Education in Holy Cross and in the area of Peace Studies. In 2015, he returned to the USA to direct the Holy Cross Mission Center, and was able to work directly with Holy Cross schools and other ministries across the globe to help them grow and bring the mission of Holy Cross in Asia, Africa, Haiti, and Latin America.

As we continue to celebrate the year of St. Joseph, Fr. Mike will discuss the significance of Saint Joseph for us, and the important role that Joseph played in Jesus's life. He will talk about the mission of the Oratory today and help us come to know where St. Brother Andre has impacted the world. As rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, his hope is to collaborate with Holy Cross educators everywhere in ways to help bring the presence of Saint Brother Andre and Saint Joseph to their schools and communities.


1: Social Justice in the Holy Cross Tradition: Creating a World Where Love and Justice Prevail

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

1: Early History of the Brothers of Holy Cross

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.

2: The History of the Congregation of Holy Cross

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.

3: Holy Cross Education in the U.S. and Abroad

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

4: Understanding the Journey of Being a Holy Cross Educator

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.

5: International Work and Ministries of Holy Cross

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.

6: Marianites of Holy Cross: A Welcoming Presence

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.

7: Postponed

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.

8: The Sisters of the Holy Cross: Bringing Hope Around the World

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.

9: Dr. Geroge E. Martin, President of St. Edward's University

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.

Other Programs

Throughout the year, the Holy Cross Institute offers additional programs:

  • Mission-based programs 
  • Research and Training 
  • Webinars 
  • Affinity Group meetings 
  • Leadership Development opportunities
  • Networking events 
  • Retreats
  • 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.”