Santa Croce Foundation

President's Message

Easter Greetings

He is Risen! What a wonderful feeling to wake up knowing that He is Risen! It is also a wonderful feeling to know that the support we provide through the generous donations and patronage of our sponsors at our fundraising events results in more workers for the harvest. This inaugural Santa Croce Foundation's newsletter will provide you with interesting updates from the university as well as news from our Canadian fundraising events. I wish all of you a very Blessed Easter season. Daniel McCash President

Local News

2012 Santa Croce Charity Golf Classic

Planning has already begun for the 7th edition of the highly successful Santa Croce Charity Golf Classic hosted by Tevelec Limited. Set for Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at Glen Eagle Golf Club north of Bolton, Ontario, we are once again looking forward to a great day on the link with a goal to raise more funds to support our sponsored seminarians. $225 gets you a great lunch, followed by an 18 hole scramble, then a great steak dinner, prizes, and good camaraderie with the other participants. We always have a few surprises and this year will be no exception. Keep watch on the Santa Croce Foundation web site at www.santacroce.ca for more details and registration information. Please contact the following for further information. Dan McCash (dmccash@hotmail.com) ; Michael Hale (michael.hale@live.com) ; John White (jwhite@tevelec.com) ; or Tony Corvinelli (anthony@tevelec.com).

Update from Santa Croce University

Roman Seminary

The following article appeared in Link to Rome, Year 1, Num 1. We will be sharing many of the great stories that come out of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in our newsletters. I hope you will find the information and stories interesting. From the 27th to 29th of January 2012, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross held a leadership seminar for French entrepreneurs entitled "Leadership des saints, Saintete des leaders". The seminar was directed by the paris-based "Thomas More Leadership Institute", www.thomas-more-leadership.com which helps entrepreneurs who want to communicate the Christian example in all areas of social life. CEO's, members of consulting firms, solicitors, and senior executives of the French state were among the 35 attendees, all seeking to more positively influence society. After, the Rector of the University, Msgr. Romera, gave the opening greeting; conferences were given on themes like virtues of a leader, the meaning of holiness today, the figures of a holy leader, etc. The participants also met H.E. Card, Jean Louis Tauran, Msgr. Justo Mullor and Msgr. Boulos Matar. The French Ambassador to the Holy See, M. Stanislas de Laboulaye, personally welcomed the group at Villa Bonaparte, by speaking to them about the important role that the embassy plays in Rome. At the end of the event, most of the participants visited the International Ecclesiastical College Sedes Sapientiae, erected by the Holy See to house seminarians from around the world, and entrusted to the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1991. There, they were able to talk with several seminarians who currently benefit from scholarships granted by the French foundation (DPTN www.dptn.org). We would gladly welcome all our benefactors around the world here in Rome!

"I want to be very close to that"

My name is Paul-Marie Boutin, I come from the French Basque Country and I am in my first year of theology at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome. For six months I have been living at the international seminary Sedes Sapientiae. Time goes by too fast! But how did I get here? It all started when I was little when, upon entering into a church, I told my mother - looking at the priest that was celebrating Mass - "Mom I want to be very close to that". My mother decided to enrol me as an acolyte. But soon I found out that it was not enough. I wanted to be even closer, because looking at priests I always wanted to act like them and be like them. Once, my family and I went to Lourdes, and in the presence of our Lady, my mother asked Her for the grace to protect me. It seems she heard the prayers because a few years later, after another pilgrimage, I made the decision to enter the seminary. being in Rome is like a dream that I had for many years, living with seminarians and priests from all around the world...., today at breakfast for example, I was with a seminarian from Uganda, one from Haiti, one from Ecuador, one from Sri Lanka and one from Vietnam. Being close to the Holy Father has taught me to love the Church even more. Every morning when I'm on my way to college, I cross a bridge that allows me to see the dome of St Peter, and from there to lift up a prayer for the Pope. With the help of our heavenly Mother, I hope that all seminarians, and I included, may be faithful to the call we received and may respond to the trust that many people have placed in us.