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Fr. Tim O’Brien ’06 Named Incoming Director of Mission Initiatives

Fr. O'Brien reflects on his time at Holy Cross as he returns to spread the mission he loves

For Rev. Timothy (“Tim”) O’Brien, S.J., ’06, frequent zip code changes have become the norm as part of his Jesuit vocation and scholarly pursuits. But his most recent move — one that brings him back to Mount St. James to …

Holy Cross Says Farewell to Six Retiring Professors

The cohort leaves a long legacy, teaching on Mount St. James for a combined 203 years

At the finish of the 2020-2021 academic year, Holy Cross saw six professors conclude their careers on Mount St. James, after decades of educating generations of Crusaders.

Religious Studies Professor Discusses the Complexities of Mental Health Conversations in Faith Communities

Associated Press

Suicide is a complex and delicate topic in U.S. Muslim communities. In an effort to address the barriers excluding Muslims from seeking mental health support, a group of mental health professionals are working with faith leaders and activists to raise …

Ten Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Grants for COVID-Related Research

The grants will fund research in a wide range of areas, from the impact of COVID-19 on college students’ mental health to pandemic responses in the ancient Roman and Chinese empires

Holy Cross’ Committee on Faculty Scholarship, along with the Office of Sponsored Research, has awarded more than $26,000 in research grants to 10 faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines for nine projects designed to explore issues related to …

Holy Cross Driver, Student Bond Over Quest for U.S. Citizenship

Unexpected friendship develops over long round-trip rides

Josephine Kalondji ’23 applied for U.S. citizenship a few weeks before she arrived at Holy Cross in August 2019, but she didn’t consider one important detail.

Students Share What It Was Like Living Through the Pandemic at an Empty Holy Cross

60+ students unable to return to their homes and families abroad created a bubble — and memories unlike any other in College history

Nearly all Holy Cross alumni have experienced life on a bustling campus, from noisy, packed dining spaces to hilly paths teeming with foot traffic. But when the pandemic forced students to return to their homes last March, a small group …

Religious Studies Professor Explains the Intricacies Behind the Good Friday Catholic Worship Services

The Conversation

Did you know that Easter is the earliest and most central of all Christian holidays—more ancient than Christmas—and that the Good Friday worship service is historically the most controversial of Holy Week services?  In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, …

Religious Studies Professor Urges President Biden and Congress to ‘Care For Our Common Home’

"Values and Voices" brings together leading scholars to write on pressing issues of our day

Tat-siong Benny Liew, the Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies and professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, recently penned a letter addressed to president Biden, vice president Harris, and members of Congress as …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Analyzes Case for Military Chaplain’s Sainthood

The Conversation

In early Christianity, soldiers could be baptized only if they refused to kill another human – today, Father Emil Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain and a war hero, is being considered a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church. In …

What Is Lent? Religious Studies Professor Explains the History Behind The Holy Season Leading To Easter

The Conversation

Did you know that Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and prayer preceding Easter, became common in Christian churches as early as the fourth century? In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, breaks down the …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Examines the Changing Face of Christianity Today

The Christian Science Monitor

Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, spoke at length with The Christian Science Monitor about the changing face of Christianity, as well as his time volunteering for a Roman Catholic order in rural Oklahoma decades ago, an …

Blog: Ojanen ’24 Eager to Get Involved With Community and Ministry at Holy Cross

The New Hampshire native is interested in studying English and religious studies

Name: Elsi Ojanen ’24 Hometown: Rindge, NH Studies She’s Considering: English and religious studies Why She Chose Holy Cross: I chose Holy Cross because of the rich sense of community and the Christian values evident in every aspect of the …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Named Chair of the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature

Founded in 1880, SBL is one of the oldest learned societies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences

Tat siong Benny Liew, the Class of 1956 Chair in New Testament Studies and professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, was recently named chair of the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature. Professor Liew …

31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Nu acceptance is granted to less than four percent of the class

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …

What Does a Biden Presidency Mean to Catholics? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Opines

Boston 25 News

When President-elect Joe Biden assumes office in January, he will become only the second Catholic president in U.S. history, following John F. Kennedy.  In an interview with Boston 25 News, Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy …

A New Patron Saint of the Internet? Holy Cross Professor Explains the Process of Becoming a Saint

The Conversation

In what has been considered a puzzling act by some, a teenage computer whiz from Italy – nicknamed “the patron saint of the internet” – was beatified on Oct. 10, 2020, making him the first millennial to be put on …

Holy Cross Course Examines Health Care as Common Good

Students analyze theological perspectives on medical ethics, health care and more

Many students first learn about HeLa cells in a science course. These human cells were the first to grow indefinitely in a laboratory setting, which is why they’re commonly referred to as “immortal.” The cell line has been used for …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Reflects on the History and Meaning Behind Oaths of Office

The Conversation

The Supreme Court nomination and subsequent confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett have shined a spotlight on her alleged commitment to the Christian religious group, People of Praise, and raised concerns for some over her impartiality if she is approved …

What Is the Catholic Charismatic Faith? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated as President Donald Trump’s pick to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, media focus immediately turned to her reported membership in “People of Praise,” a nondenominational Christian charismatic community formed in …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Receives $5,000 Grant from the Wabash Center

The award will be used to promote diversity and equity within teaching and learning at the College

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Tat siong Benny Liew has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to explore teaching and learning about race and racial dynamics in ways that …