Lenten Lecture Series 2018

This series will take place on the Wednesdays of Lent at 7:00 P.M. at Andre Place, Geenen Hall


February 14                                                     Br. Raymond Papenfuss CSC                                         “How Good Do We Have To Be?” We can reenter Paradise.

Brother Ray  spent 28 years working in Ghana until 1987 when cerebral malaria made it impossible for him to stay in Africa. He taught briefly at Holy Cross College and St Mary’s. He was Assistant Provincial for 12 years and development person for Africa for the past 30 years. He is an advocate and friend of a disabled man. He has a great interest in Tennis and Tai Chi which he teaches to various groups in the South Bend area.


February 21                                                 Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo

Lent: A Time to Listen”

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo currently serves as the Distinguished  President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University.   From 2012 to 2016, Carolyn served as President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Before coming to CRS, Carolyn served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Carolyn was one of five presenters in Rome at the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment in June 2015. Her faith journey and work at CRS are recounted in her book, Working for a Better World, published in 2015 by Our Sunday Visitor.


February 28                                                             Dominic Vachon

“How Jesus Saves Us by Awakening Our Compassion:  A New Way to Understand Lent and the Easter Triduum”

Dominic Vachon is currently the Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame.  He has been involved in the training of physician residents in patient-physician communication and professionalism.  He is also a practicing psychologist.

March 7                                                                     Fr. David Farrell            

“Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC – Educator in the Faith”

A native of Pittsfield, MA, David Farrell studied in public schools and then political science at Williams College before entering the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1961. He has degrees in philosophy from Stonehill College, theology from la Pontificia Universidad Catolica en Santiago, Chile and was ordained a priest in 1968. Fr. David received a Masters of Science in sociology with special reference to education from the University of London in 1983. King’s College awarded Fr. David a degree of Doctor Honoris Causus in 1995.


March 14                                                                    Br. Douglas Roach

“A Spirituality of the Cross”

Doug Roach, CSC, has spent most of his life in Holy Cross as a teacher and administrator in secondary education.  He also served on the provincial administration as personnel director and councilor.  Prison ministry, parish administration,  province formation and out reach services to the elderly has occupied his post high school era.  He is a native of Detroit, MI., and a graduate of St Edward University, Austin, TX., De Paul University, Chicago, IL., Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.  Doug presently resides at Columba Hall.


 March 21                                                                      Fr. Mike Connors

“Walking with Jesus through Holy Week”

Mike Connors is the Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics, University of Notre Dame.  His scholarly interests include pastoral ministry, preaching, and spirituality.