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


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The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, affectionately known as "Santa Croce" ("Holy Cross" in Italian), addresses one of the world's most critical needs -- the formation of priests who will lead the Church in the 21st century.

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.