Vocation Without Borders

Aspirant Jacob Eifrid (left) is all smiles!

Dustin Nelson and Jacob Eifrid have discovered that discerning a religious vocation with the Congregation of Holy Cross can expand your worldview in dramatic ways. Prior to living in community at St. Joseph Discernment House, Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN, international travel for both men meant Canada. Dustin, a native of Indiana who began his Postulancy last fall, and Jacob, an Aspirant, traveled to India with a group of Holy Cross College students and professors during the winter break.

The group visited New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Holy Cross schools in Bangalore and Tamil Nadu and the novitiate in Yercaud, where the novices gave the Americans a tour of the coffee plantation housed on the grounds.

The group at the Taj Mahal in Agra.

“I really enjoyed meeting the children in the schools and seeing how Holy Cross works in other countries,” said Dustin, who is earning his teaching certification at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame. The daily rhythm and prayer in each Holy Cross ministry was also very familiar to both men. “Holy Cross is a family, you feel it wherever you go,” said Jacob, who also traveled to Uganda last summer. “Obviously it’s a different culture and a new experience but with Holy Cross you always feel very much at home.”

Dustin and Jacob share the big and little moments as part of discerning a vocation at Living in Faith, the St. Joseph Discernment House blog.