Holy Cross Students Experience Holy Cross Ministries in Texas


Notre Dame High School tweeted about the five-day Holy Cross immersion experience in San Antonio and Austin.

For 11 juniors from Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT the world of Holy Cross has grown a lot larger. The group of students, accompanied by the school officials, traveled to San Antonio and Austin, TX for five days in February as part of a Holy Cross immersion experience. This was the school’s third immersion trip in the last four years.

“It’s eye opening for the students,” said Bro. Michael Winslow, C.S.C., director of Christian Service at Holy Cross of San Antonio, who worked with the Notre Dame group. “They see that Holy Cross goes beyond West Haven, it’s in San Antonio, in Austin and at St. Edward’s University.”

The students, accompanied by former school president Bro. James Branigan, C.S.C., Director of Campus Ministry, Gail Bellucci, and Michael Abbott, senior class advisor, stayed at the Bro. Charles Andersen Residence in San Antonio, and became acquainted with the Brothers and with Holy Cross ministries in the southwestern United States.


Notre Dame High School tweeted about the five-day Holy Cross immersion experience in San Antonio and Austin.

The students prepared and helped serve meals at Haven for Hope, an organization that addresses the root causes of homelessness and helped harvest broccoli at the San Antonio Food Bank. They attended Mass at a local church, visited the city’s Westside mural projects and experienced the culture of the Mexican-American community. In Austin, the group spent time at Casa Marianella, a volunteer emergency homeless shelter serving recently-arrived immigrants and asylum seekers, and toured St. Edward’s University and the Texas State Capitol.

Bro. Mike works with other Holy Cross high schools on immersion experiences; a group of students from Holy Cross in New Orleans will visit in March and will have the opportunity to visit St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in San Antonio. The service students perform goes beyond helping. “The service is to hear people’s stories,” said Bro. Mike. “And then honor them with your attention.”