St. Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275) helped organize the Church’s legal code and aided Christian captives. He inspired St. Thomas Aquinas to write the Summa Contra Gentiles for the conversion of non-Catholics. At least 10,000 Muslims reportedly converted as a result of St. Raymond’s evangelistic efforts.
In honor of the feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort, patron saint of the School of Canon Law, Santa Croce’s students and professors were welcomed at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), where they were met by the Congregation’s Under-Secretary, Rev. Matteo Visioli, who gave a brief tour of the Congregation’s office and spoke about the important work of the dicastery for the good of the Church.
The feast day of each of the four faculties at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is an important occasion. Classes are suspended for the day as students and professors mark the occasion with a special celebration of the Holy Mass, a keynote lecture and, occasionally, another activity tied to the specific interests of students. In the past few years, the School of Canon Law has visited the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Basilica of St. Mary Major, and the “Redemptoris Mater” chapel in the Apostolic Palace, in honor of the occasion.
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.