Growing in Holiness

September 11, 2018 3:03 PM


People may casually address Fr. Patrick Beidelman as “Fr. Pat”, but his official title is “The Very Rever­end Patrick Beidelman”. The “Very” is used for priests who are seminary rectors or rectors of cathedrals. Fr. Pat has worked in both settings, and cur­rently he is the rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis and the Executive Director of the Secre­tariat for Worship and Evangelization for the archdiocese.

After his ordination in 1998, his early assignments included being an associate pastor, part-time high school chaplain, and later a pastor. Fr. Pat completed a Liturgical Theology degree from Santa Croce in 2009 in Liturgical Theology. He and his bish­op chose Santa Croce because of their pastoral approach. Other excellent liturgical studies programs in Rome were heavily academic, requiring 4 or 5 years to complete, and the study of original sources in their original languages. The Santa Croce degree required two years of study and was ideal for pastoral work.

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Fr. Rocky and Relevant Radio

December 11, 2017 8:20 PM

Taking Evangelization to a Higher Level


Fr. Rocky with Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio®. 

Fr. Francis J. Hoffman (“Fr. Rocky”) is a familiar priest to many Catholics, partly because he has been a weekly contributor to the Relevant Radio® “Morning Air® Show” for the past 13 years. Since the merger of Rel­evant Radio® with Immaculate Heart Radio this past July, his audience has expanded considerably. The poten­tial audience in the USA totals 133 million persons via 127 AM/FM sta­tions. Countless more people across the world can listen to programs through a free radio app.

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A New Bishop, with the Heart of a Parish Priest

February 05, 2017 6:45 PM


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. [This article by Sharon Otterman appeared in The New York Times on January 31, 2017. Bishop Barres is a graduate of The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

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Bishop John O. Barres, installed as the head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Tuesday, pledged to bring a pastoral approach and a focus on personal spirituality to Long Island’s 1.5 million Roman Catholics.

In a ceremony rich with symbolism that dates back centuries, Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, read aloud the official letter from Pope Francis appointing Bishop Barres. Bishop Barres then walked with it down the aisle of St. Agnes Cathedral here, holding it aloft so all could see.


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Alum named Pastor of St. Agnes, NYC

December 31, 2016 2:23 PM


Father Michael J. Barrett has been named the new pastor of St. Agnes' parish in Manhattan. Fr. Barrett received a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and was a member of our first graduating class! Read the full article here.

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Promoting "The Good Catholic Life"

December 31, 2016 2:11 PM


On August 24, 2016, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley consecrated Fr. Mark O’Connor as Auxillary Bishop of Boston. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston – coincidentally, Bishop O’Connor received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 1999 and 2002.

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A Theologian for the New Evangelism

December 31, 2016 2:04 PM

Dr. Pia de Slenni

Since graduating from Santa Croce (summa cum laude, 2001) with a doctorate in Sacred Theology, Pia de Soleni has been actively equipping Catholics for the “New Evangelism.” Her expertise in Thomistic Anthropology, Bio-Ethics, Feminism and Gender Studies, Marriage and Family, and Culture has provided many opportunities for her to educate and serve over the past fifteen years.

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