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Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Considers What Makes Religious Relics Sacred to Christians

The Conversation

As the Russian missile cruiser Moskva sank after heavy damage sustained in April 2022, stories began to circulate that the ship may have been carrying a relic of the “true cross,” a fragment of the actual wooden cross on which …

WATCH: Holy Cross Faculty Discuss the Living Legacy of Global Health Champion Paul Farmer

Ten years ago, global health champion Dr. Paul Farmer was an honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker at Holy Cross, telling graduates, “…the miracle of human solidarity… when linked to both meaningful action and compassion, is something all of us, …

How Does a Saint Become a ‘Doctor of the Church’ and Why Is That Title Important Today? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

Did you know that there are more than 10,000 saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, but only a few dozen have been named a “doctor of the church?” In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor of religious studies at Holy …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Honored With 2021 Excellence in Mentoring Award

Forum for Theological Exploration says Professor Tat-siong Benny Liew "has, for decades, been an exemplar of mentoring and support for future generations of scholars of color"

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, was honored with the 2021 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Forum for Theological Exploration. Each …

Women Are the Forgotten Heroes of Hanukkah, Says Holy Cross Judaic Studies Professor

The Conversation

The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah is a time to celebrate heroes, but the identity of these heroes can be elusive. In an article for The Conversation, Alan Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt professor in Judaic studies at Holy Cross, breaks down the …

Four Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Professor

Educators in classics, physics, religious studies, and sociology and anthropology recognized for their scholarship.

Four Holy Cross faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor this fall, in recognition of their scholarship, teaching, mentorship and service to the College.

Pope Francis’ Green Message Will Be ‘Well-Received and Echoed,’ Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Tells BBC Radio

BBC World Service Radio

Pope Francis, in an exclusive message shared by the BBC World Service radio, recently urged world leaders participating in a United Nations climate summit in Scotland to consider radical action in response to the global climate crisis. Mathew Schmalz, professor …

30 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

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

Thirty Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a ceremony held on Sunday, Oct. 24th in the Rehm Library. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, …

True Democracy Is Made Possible Through Work of Liberal Arts Institutions Like Holy Cross, Says Famed Legal Scholar Martha Minow

Holy Cross faculty symposium on democratic citizenship and global engagement was part of the inauguration festivities for President Vincent D. Rougeau

These are not good times for democracy, human rights expert, legal scholar and former Dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow told a Holy Cross audience Thursday, but she said education can help strengthen “the guardrails of democracy.” “Even more …

Is Church Governance Becoming More Open and Inclusive? Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

Pope Francis recently launched a two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 “Synod on Synodality,” thereby expanding the “Synod of Bishops” institution to encourage much wider consultation with members and organizations of the church at all levels as part …

The Catholic Church Has Long History of Environmental Stewardship, Says Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor

The Conversation

Faith leaders representing the world’s major religions were hosted by the Vatican this week to call for strong action to protect the environment ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.  In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor …

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 …