October 8, 2018 officially marked the beginning of a new academic year at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Hundreds of students and professors gathered in the adjoining Basilica of Sant’Apollinare to commemorate the occasion with a Mass celebrated by the Prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor of the university, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, which was followed by an inaugural lecture on “The Christian Ideal and Commitment in the World: Three Lay Persons of the 16th Century”, given by Mr. Luis Martínez Ferrer, Professor of Church History. Each academic year begins with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, in which all those involved in the life of the university are invited to ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to, in the words of Msgr. Ocáriz, “become docile instruments of His action in the Church and in the world”, so as to be led “to the truth in its entirety”, both intellectually and spiritually.
While Santa Croce is primarily an institution of higher learning, it takes great care to ensure that its students receive human and spiritual formation, as well. The universal call to holiness in the everyday circumstances of life lies at the very heart of the university’s mission, and it is with this perspective that all students – whether clergy, religious or lay – are invited to approach their studies.
The Heart of Santa Croce is
Christ in Our Students
|Fr. John Wauck|
"I see in my students the future of the Church...bishops, professors, even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
"For me, what is most exciting about teaching at Santa Croce is seeing in the faces and behind the faces of my students the souls whose lives they will touch. Souls whom I will probably never meet in India, Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America -- and that's the future of the Church I see in my students."
"I am deeply aware when I am teaching my class that I am talking to and with people who will be professors, perhaps bishops, perhaps even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
Father John Wauck, Professor of Literature
The University was conceived in the heart of a saint (St. Josemaria), and co-founded by St. John Paul II and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, the University's first Chancellor. It is an internationally prestigious university for ecclesiastical sciences. It is located in Rome, Italy. The University has students and supporters from all over the world.
The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation assists the University in its financial needs and grants scholarships to students from poor dioceses wishing to attend the University.
The Foundation accepts gifts from donors within the United States in order to support the University in training students to impact the world.