Endings and New Beginnings at Moreau House

Moreau House - Graduating Seniors

Moreau House – Graduating Seniors

May marked an ending and beginning for members of Moreau House, the on-campus residence at St. Edward’s University composed of young men committed to living in community, service and prayer through the Congregation of Holy Cross. Five of the 11 residents graduated from St. Edward’s on May 7 with exemplary academic records and a deeper understanding of their inner spirituality and life goals.

Moreaunian Matthew Nuñez was accepted to the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) Teaching Fellows program at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. A graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD, Matthew will be part of a select cohort of the nation’s top emerging Catholic school teachers and leaders. In addition to serving in a Catholic school through ACE, Matthew will also earn a cost-free master’s in education from Notre Dame.

Bro. Larry Atkinson, CSC, assistant director of campus ministry and Moreau House director isn’t surprised about Matthew’s path after graduation. “He is a true Holy Cross man. Matthew really lives the ideals of Holy Cross and Moreau.”

Catholic studies major Carlos Barboza graduated St. Edward’s with the ambition to create a Christian residential program nationwide, that is modeled on Moreau House community. Carlos will take the first step toward this goal this fall when he returns to campus as the Moreau House graduate assistant, guiding other undergraduates in the formative college experience.

Established in 2001, more than 110 males have lived in Moreau House. A few have explored or entered religious life, while others have gone on to lead more committed Christian lives. “There is the hope that God might nurture a vocation, but it’s not a formation program,” said Bro. Larry.

When the fall semester begins on August 29, Moreau will be a full house once again. Bro. Larry reports 10 students, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, were accepted to the program for the 2016-2017 academic year. “Students come in with a great desire to live a committed lifestyle in community,” he said. “Moreau House helps them focus that.”