Fr. Ronald Raab, C.S.C., reflects for us on how the Advent Season is meant to get under our skins and help us find true, enduring hope in the Messiah.
Around the World
The Congregation’s work in East Africa expanded into Tanzania in 2000 when Holy Cross took responsibility for St. Brendan Parish in Kitete, which is located in the foothills bordering Ngorogoro National Park. The move was in response to vocations from the country as well as the overall growth of the Congregation in the region.
Since its arrival, the Congregation has grown the parish in keeping with our charism as educators in the faith. Holy Cross has opened both a medical dispensary and a vocational training center that teaches job skills to help provide economic security.
Over 4,000 people attended the Jubilee Mass marking the 50th Anniversary of St. Brendan Parish, whose new church is almost complete.
In Bangladesh, two novices made their First Profession on November 1, joining their classmates who professed on August 1.
Blessed Basile Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, chose Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, to be the patronness of his religious family of sisters, brothers, and priests.
In reflecting on what Our Lady of Sorrows has to teach us, Br. Stephen Binoy Gomes, C.S.C., writes, "Our Blessed mother listened to the Word of God, pondered over it, and put it into practice in her life; this helped her to bear all the sorrows in her life. This is why she is blessed. Jesus advises us all to listen to the Word of God and to observe it then like his mother."