Jubilarians honored by Holy Cross

Author: Carol Bradley

Earlier this year, the Congregation of Holy Cross gathered to honor priests and brothers celebrating their diamond, golden and silver jubilees with a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, including five whose careers were spent in service to the University.


Sixtieth Anniversary of Ordination

Rev. Matthew M. Miceli, C.S.C. Father Miceli

Rev. Matthew M. Miceli, C.S.C., born in San Giuseppe Jato, Italy, graduated from Notre Dame in 1947 and was ordained in Washington in 1952. Miceli taught theology at Notre Dame from 1963 to 1993, and at one time held the record for serving as rector of the same residence hall, calling Cavanaugh Hall home for 27 years. His impact on students has been great—there are 17 children named after him, 16 Matthews and one Matthea. Other student tributes include the endowment of the Rev. Matthew Miceli Scholarship by an ND alumnus of Cavanaugh Hall. In 2009, he moved to Holy Cross House, where he stays busy in a variety of activities.


Sixtieth Anniversary of Religious Profession

Br. Louis F. Hurcik, C.S.C. Brother Hurcik

Br. Louis F. Hurcik, C.S.C., joined Holy Cross as a postulant at North Dartmouth, Mass., after graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Chicago in 1950. He moved to Notre Dame to found André House—then located at what is now the site of Legends Restaurant. After profession in 1952, he assisted at Sacred Heart for 10 years, also teaching swimming and lifeguarding to the seminarians. From 1970 to 2002, Hurcik assisted at the pool for the physical education department and the Rockne Memorial. He retired from the P.E. department in 2008 and continues to serve at University Health Service as a computer/safety specialist.







Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination

Rev. James F. Flanigan, C.S.C. Father Flanigan

Rev. James F. Flanigan, C.S.C., entered Holy Cross Seminary in 1949 and then the Novitiate in Jordan, Minn., in 1955. He earned a master’s in art at Notre Dame followed by a master of fine art in sculpture at George Washington University in Washington. Flanigan, who was director of the Old College Program and later served on the staff at Moreau Seminary, taught sculpture and drawing at Notre Dame for 44 years, in addition to serving as associate vice president for student affairs. He was the Second Assistant Provincial of Indiana Province, concentrating on the renovation of Holy Cross House. For many years, he assisted at St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte and is currently working on a sculpture of St. Peter the Fisherman for the church. He resides in Corby Hall, where he continues to work on sculpture.

Rev. Gregory A. Green, C.S.C. Father Green

Rev. Gregory A. Green, C.S.C., left home shortly after his 14th birthday and began his 13 years of preparation for the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame. After the high school seminary, he was received into the Holy Cross Community and entered the Novitiate in Minnesota. A 1958 Notre Dame graduate, Father Green was ordained in 1962. After parish appointments in South Bend and Vermont, he returned to Notre Dame, serving as associate vice president of student affairs until 1984. Today he continues to serve the University as staff chaplain.







Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Ordination

gaughan_150 Father Gaughan

Rev. Thomas E. Gaughan, C.S.C., a 1980 Notre Dame graduate in sociology, was ordained in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in April 1987. His first assignment as priest was to serve as associate rector at Sacred Heart and live in residence on campus. Twenty-five years later, he continues to assist and reside at Notre Dame. In 1998, he stepped down from his position in Campus Ministry to spend the next two summers serving in Santiago, Chile. Throughout his travels, Gaughan has remained active at Notre Dame, serving as chaplain to several athletic teams and to the folk choir.







The following jubilarians were celebrated during the Mass:

Sixtieth Anniversary of Ordination

  • Rev. Matthew M. Miceli, C.S.C.

Sixtieth Anniversary of Religious Profession

  • Br. Clarence J. Breitenbach, C.S.C.
  • Br. Robert C. Ewald, C.S.C.
  • Br. Louis F. Hurcik, C.S.C.
  • Br. John J. Platte, C.S.C.
  • Br. Ronald G. Whelan, C.S.C.

Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination

  • Rev. Harry C. Cronin, C.S.C.
  • Rev. James J. Denn, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Jerome C. Esper, C.S.C.
  • Rev. James F. Flanigan, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Gregory A. Green, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Lawrence J. Henry, C.S.C.
  • Rev. William R. Persia, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Chester S. Prusynski, C.S.C.
  • Rev. David Sherrer, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Ronald R. Tripi, C.S.C.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Ordination

  • Rev. Eugene Justin Anjus, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Michael M. DeLaney, C.S.C.
  • Rev. John F. Denning, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Thomas E. Gaughan, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Charles B. Gordon, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C.
  • Rev. Robert E. Roetzel, C.S.C.