Motherhouse Road Trip

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Nun’s Life Ministry visits the Sisters of the Holy Cross on a Motherhouse Road Trip on Tuesday, June 9, at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana. A highlight of the road trip is an hour-long podcast that is live-streamed over the Internet at 5 p.m. EDT. You are invited to join with others around the world and tune into this podcast at

Karnival for Kyembogo

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Students of the Academy of Holy Cross, Kensington, Maryland, raise funds for Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre in Kirinda, Uganda.
Students of the Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington, Maryland, sport their face painting, which was one of many carnival events held to raise funds for Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre in Kirinda, Uganda.

Each year the 11th-grade students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at the Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington, Maryland, develop a service project that is global in nature. This year the students designed a project to benefit Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre in Kirinda, Uganda. When the girls explored our sisters’ work at the center, they became excited about finding a way to join with them in this ministry, so they sponsored a “Karnival for Kyembogo” with popcorn, snow cones, games, raffle and other carnival events. As a result, the girls were able to raise a little over $2,000 for clinic’s needs. Way to go, Tartans!

The Academy of the Holy Cross and Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre are sponsored ministries of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

A moment to remember

Saturday, May 23, 2015

During the Civil War the Sisters of the Holy Cross volunteered to serve the sick and wounded in Illinios, kentucky, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

During the Civil War the sisters responded to the request of Governor Morton of Indiana who asked the congregation if it could spare sisters to care for Indiana’s soldiers. A total of 68 Sisters of the Holy Cross volunteered to journey to Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., to tend the sick and the wounded. On Christmas Eve 1862, three Holy Cross sisters boarded the U.S. Navy’s first hospital ship, The Red Rover, to serve as nurses for the wounded on both sides of the war. In so doing they became what U.S. naval history today hails as the forerunners of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. All are remembered with flags on their graves every Memorial Day.

Dreams for life's journey

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How will your dreams shape your life journey? What gives you meaning in life? What are your hopes and dreams?
It’s graduation time. And although we think of graduation as an end to something, commencement really means beginning. If you are graduating or starting something new, what do you dream about as you continue along the journey of life?

All of us should reflect upon our life’s hopes, dreams and goals because they reveal a lot about us as individuals. Are your dreams centered on what you want to get out of life and what life can do for you? Do you aspire to be wealthy and have everything you want? Do you want the prestige of an important job so others will think highly of you?

Or do you dream of making a difference in the world? Do you want a just world and are willing to work at it? Do you want to help others through your regular job or by volunteering?

Do you always think about what you will get out of a permanent relationship or do you think about all that you want to give to a marriage and family or a congregation or a diocese if you choose religious life?

Are you primarily self-centered or other-centered? When you agree to do something for someone is your first thought, “What’s in this for me?” Does this desire hold a lot of weight in your decision-making? Or do you help others out of your generosity and care?

This may sound like a corny exercise but it can be very revealing. If, in your reflection, you discover that you basically take care of “number one” then it is time to stop and look at where your life is going.

It is not possible to be a good Christian if we think only of ourselves. Take Pope John Paul II, for instance. Despite his illness and frailty he continued to reach out to others. If he thought only of himself he probably would have stayed in bed for most of the time during the last years of his life. His age and Parkinson’s disease would have been a valid excuse. However, like Jesus and so many of the saints, he was a person for others.

As Christians we have a road map for how to live. Jesus could not be any clearer about the fact that his followers are called to love. Yes, he did say that we are to love ourselves too, but he was not talking about self-centered love. The love of self he wants us to have is the love and respect for ourselves that makes it possible to love and respect others. It is being grateful for our God-given gifts and using them for others.

Now is a good time to look at our lives and reflect upon what gives us meaning. When our days on this earth are over, how do we want to be known? Do we want other people to say that we were a person who was very successful, earned a large salary and never wanted for anything? Or would we rather be known as the woman or man who gave time to many causes that helped others, improved the world and worked to build God’s kingdom?

Think about your hopes and dreams and if they center on what you can get out of life, then switch gears and begin to dream about what you can give. If you do, I guarantee your life will be a lot happier.

Ultrasound technology comes to Kyembogo

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sister Angelica Birungi, CSC, observes an ultrasound in Kirinda, Uganda.
Sister Angelica Birungi, left, observes as a sonographer at Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre, Kirinda, Uganda, generates an ultrasound image using the center’s new scanner.
"We are very grateful for your continuous support of our ministries at Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre in Kirinda, Uganda," writes Holy Cross Sister Angelica Birungi. "Uganda has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with most of the maternal deaths occurring in the rural and underserved areas, such as Kyarusozi, where we serve. In this rural place, many pregnant women were at risk because we relied only on an external examination, which sometimes does not give a correct diagnosis. However, that was in the past. Today, we are able to identify problem pregnancies with the aid of the health center’s new ultrasound scanner, which we were able to purchase through your generosity." Read more.

Claiming our faith

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Do you have a relationship with Jesus and the church? Take some time to reflect on your faith.
It is not uncommon for one to question his or her faith. This is not a bad thing. In fact, those who question what they claim to believe usually end up with a stronger and more meaningful conviction. Some characterize it as “owning” one’s faith.

Central to our Christian faith is our belief in Jesus. He is the core of what we profess. I always reflect on this each time I hear the words in the Gospel when Jesus asks Peter and the others, “Who do you say that I am?” To be a Christian, a follower of Jesus, each of us must answer that question for ourselves.

Have you ever really taken time to reflect upon your faith and who Jesus is for you? Is Jesus merely a historical figure who lived in the past and has stories written about him in the Bible?

Do you view Jesus primarily as a good person, someone ready to help others, especially the poor and the outcast, or someone to fear?

Maybe you view Jesus as a miracle worker who can help when you have a problem or who gets you out of trouble. Is Jesus someone you go to when you are desperate and can’t think of anything else to do, someone you think of last instead of first?

Do you go to Jesus regularly? Is he real to you and a part of your ordinary life? Is Jesus a personal friend or a figure “out there somewhere?” Do you spend time with him? Do you desire to get to know him better and to love him more?

I heard in a homily once that there is a difference between belief and real faith. We can believe everything our church teaches and obey all the commandments, but we will never grow in faith unless Jesus is in the center of it. Our faith is empty without him.

Take some time and honestly reflect on your relationship with Jesus and the church. Are Jesus and the church an important part of your life? Who have you spoken to about him lately?

Local Jubilee Celebration at Saint Mary's

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fourteen local Sisters of the Holy Cross, representing 815 years of vowed life in the congregation, were honored at a Jubilee liturgy on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, followed by a reception on Monday, May 4, in Lillie O’Grady Center.

Young at heart

Friday, May 8, 2015

During the Play Date with Sisters program held at Saint Mary's Convent, Sister Estelle Marie, CSC, enjoys baby Emma.
Sister Estelle Marie gently kisses baby Emma, who participates in the Play Date with Sisters program and regularly visits with the sisters at Saint Mary's.
There is nothing like a little child to make you smile and forget your concerns for a while.

Molly, Mary Grace and Emma are special guests of Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana, and although they are small in size, the three generate a lot of attention.

Every other week, the sisters meet in the Hospitality Room to enjoy and play with 2-year-old Molly, 21-month-old Mary Grace, and baby Emma, who is five months old. The girls’ mothers are graduates of Saint Mary’s College and appreciate all they have received from the Sisters of the Holy Cross. As new moms, they want their children to get to know the sisters, and this desire developed into a new program called Play Date with Sisters.

During the girls’ last visit, the sisters were amazed at their blossoming creativity. The three are very quick to learn. In fact, Mary Grace loves anything electric. Working her way across the room, she discovered the television remote, which she soon mastered. Many of the sisters present, especially Sister Estelle Marie, were in their glory when they held baby Emma in their arms. A great spirit of happiness and joy pervaded the room.

Everyone interacted with the children in some way. Each sister there was touched by the simplicity of the children and was grateful to go to a place where one could just “be” and marvel at God’s creation of a human being.

Give a gift of prayer for Mother's Day

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day cards are available from the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with the gift of prayer. Our Development Office will send a card to your recipients telling them they will be remembered by the Sisters of the Holy Cross at Mass on Mother’s Day. Gifts may be made in memory of someone special. Your donation will help people around the world. See Mother’s Day remembrance card.

Taking the plunge

Friday, May 1, 2015

by Sister Sharlet Ann Wagner, CSC

Sister Sharlet Ann Wagner, CSC
Sister Sharlet
I can't say what put the idea of becoming a sister into my head, but suddenly, during my junior year in college, it was there, and no matter how hard I tried to push it out again, it wouldn’t go. It was a gentle but very persistent call that seemed to come from deep within me.

Finally, toward the end of my senior year, I worked up the courage to talk with a Holy Cross sister who worked at the University of Texas Newman Center. “How do I know that God is calling me to religious life?” I asked. Her answer surprised me. “Sometimes you can’t know something is right for you until you’ve tried it.” She compared it to walking around a swimming pool. You can look at the water, test it with your foot, stick your hand in, but you eventually have to jump in and swim around a little or walk away.

I decided that evening to go ahead and jump in. And that choice has opened me to a variety of experiences I hadn’t even imagined. Religious life is an opportunity to enter fully into life, to develop one’s self, to give generously to people who need what you have to offer and to receive from them, and to give your best self to God. I took the plunge and have no regrets.

If you think you might have a call to the religious life or want to know more about the Sisters of the Holy Cross, please contact us.