Come and See: Getting to Know the Brothers at Holy Cross College

The participants change, but the refrain at the conclusion of “Come and See,” an event hosted by St. Joseph House, the on-campus residence of Brothers working at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Ind., is always the same. “I didn’t know what to expect at first and have really enjoyed spending time with the brothers.”

April 8-13 marked the third year St. Joseph House hosted “Come and See,” which invites male students at Holy Cross College to a weeklong experience of prayer, meals and community. “It’s a unique opportunity for them, whether they are discerning religious, single or married life,” said Bro. Chris Torrijas, CSC, Director of Formation, Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau and Midwest Provinces. “Students who participate often find there’s an alternative to deciding on how you want to live life.”

Beginning this fall, in addition to its Aspirant Program, St. Joseph House will offer a Collegiate Program for young men who are not actively exploring a religious vocation. The program is open to male Catholics, sophomore or older, in good academic standing, interested in personal spiritual growth and sharing their lives with others. Bro. Chris reports that one Come and See participant has already applied to the Collegiate Program.

“Come in with an open heart and be open to the experience,” is the advice Bro. Chris gives to Come and See participants and candidates for the Collegiate Program. “If you do that, wonderful things will come your way.”

Learn more about St. Joseph House at Living in Faith, a blog where Aspirants and Postulants share their experiences of living in religious community.