The theme of this year’s Convocation is "Being Family," a core value of Holy Cross and a timely focus in light of the new pathways before us. Since its founding in 2004, the Holy Cross Institute has maintained strong relationships with the high schools in the Moreau and Midwest provinces, and in recent years it has been reaching out increasingly to colleges and universities in these provinces. At every level of education, the Institute’s goal is to support mission integration. Congregation 2023 showcases mission integration in our high schools, colleges and universities. Over three days, we will together explore the many ways we can all "Be Family" in the spirit of Holy Cross.

 

Form follows function, and Convocation 2023 is structured to serve Holy Cross educators at different levels. All three days will offer inspiring and highly informative material on the mission of Holy Cross in our educational ministries, and there will be time to process the content that is presented and engage in discussions. The first day of Convocation will focus more on our colleges and universities, while the third day will put the focus on our secondary schools and the work that they do. The day in between, the center of the Convocation as it were, will feature the keynote address, by Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., the Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and plenaries that speak to everyone involved in the work of mission and Catholic education. 

 

We hope you will attend all three days of Convocation to take full advantage of the affinity groups that will be forming; high school educators will form their affinity groups in the afternoon of the first day (Wednesday, March 1), when the day’s focus is on higher education. That afternoon, there will be dedicated time to meet colleagues from other high schools and form your cohort. Similarly, on the third day (Friday, March 3), educators from the colleges and universities will meet in affinity groups to discuss mutual concerns and opportunities.  

 

Convocation 2023 will be the time to meet up with old friends, make new contacts and join initiatives. You will renew in mind and heart your connection to Holy Cross. We highly encourage you to register now (registration through Eventbrite is complimentary)

 

We especially ask that you reserve your hotel room now with our dedicated partner, the Southpark Hotel of Austin. The Southpark offers the best rate and will allow you to network throughout Convocation. Per our arrangements with the Southpark, please make your hotel registration by Friday, January 27. 

 

We can’t wait to see you in Austin!

 

Updated schedule as of 1/12/23 

Wednesday, March 1st - Focus: Colleges and Universities

Prayer service and acknowledgement statement (Jones Auditorium) 

9:00 AM

Welcome from Dr. Montserrat Fuentes - President, St. Edward’s University

9:10 AM 

Morning plenary session on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

Dr. Monique Jiménez-Herrera - Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, St. Edward’s University

Dr. Hugh R. Page - Vice President for Institutional Transformation, University of Notre Dame

9:15 AM

Breakout sessions

10:45 AM

Mass (optional) and lunch

12:00 PM

Afternoon session one: Higher Ed workshops and affinity groups for high school educators

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Coffee break

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Afternoon session two: Higher Ed workshops and affinity groups for high school educators 

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Higher education workshops:

  • Journey to Sainte-Croix and Other Pilgrimage Sites in France, Dr. Sharon Nell and Dr. Karen Eifler
  • Adopting DEIJ Pedagogy, Dr. Jennifer Jefferson
  • The History of Holy Cross in Texas: A Model of Mission Integration, Dr. Mity Myhr and Joseph Howe
  • Beloved Community: Standing Side by Side with All People, Dr. Marco Clark and Dr. Michael Griffin
  • Promoting Mission and Vision Effectively in a Holy Cross Context, Dr. Douglas Carter
  • The Holy Cross Charism Initiative, Meigs Turgeon

Orientation/Affinity groups for high school educators

  • Presidents, Facilitator: Terry Lee 
  • Board Members, Deepak Patel
  • Principals, Facilitator: Mary Anne Beiting 
  • Campus Ministers, TBA 
  • Faculty, TBA
  • Student Life, TBA

Happy hour at Southpark Austin Hotel

4:30 PM

Dinner on your own

Thursday, March 2nd - Focus: Being Family

Prayer service and acknowledgment statement (Jones Auditorium) 

9:00 AM

Keynote address: Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., Superior General, Congregation of Holy Cross, Generalate (Rome) followed by questions and a coffee break

9:15 AM

Breakout sessions

10:45 AM

Buffet lunch

12:00 PM

Afternoon plenary session (Jones Auditorium) - Topic: Co-Responsibility and Mission Integration, Br. Ernest Miller, F.S.C. - Director, Adrien Nyel Project, Office of Mission & Ministry, The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America

2:00 - 3:15 PM

Breakout sessions

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Mass (Queen of Peace Chapel)

4:30 PM

Cocktail reception (Equity/Premont Courtyard), including an open house at the new offices of the Holy Cross Institute

5:30 PM

Convocation banquet (Mabee Ballroom) including presentation presentation of annual awards and Holy Cross student speaker

7:00 PM

Friday, March 3rd - Focus: High Schools

 Prayer service and acknowledgement statement (Jones Auditorium)

9:00 AM

Morning plenary session on Student Support Programs: Academics and Beyond

Shay Boyle - President, Notre Dame College Prep

Dan Tully, Principal, Notre Dame College Prep

Dr. Abigail Greer, Director of Student Support, Bishop McNamara High School

9:10 AM

Breakout sessions

10:45 AM

Mass (optional) and lunch

12:00 PM

Afternoon session one: High School workshops and affinity groups for university educators

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Coffee break

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Afternoon session two: High School workshops and affinity groups for university educators

3:15 - 4:00 PM

High school workshops:

  • Journaling Workshop Based on Justin McClain’s Book “Called to Teach,” facilitator TBA
  • Building Authentic Relationships: Tools to Creating an Inclusive Environment, Toni West
  • Athletic Programs and Holy Cross Values, facilitator from Archbishop Hoban High School TBA
  • Mission Focus for Presidents and Boards, Terry Lee 
  • Holy Cross Charism Initiative, Meigs Turgeon
  • Identity Formation (Students and Families), facilitator from Archbishop Hoban High School TBA
  • ND Vision: Summer Opportunities for High School Students, Craig Gould

Affinity groups for higher education participants

  • Presidents, VPs, and Deans - TBA
  • Faculty - TBA
  • Campus Ministry - TBA
  • Student Life - TBA

Closing ceremony, Executive Director’s address and memorial service

4:30 PM

Dinner/post-conference gathering at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

6:30 PM

Sponsors 

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“Convocation [2022] was an eye-opening experience for me - [ I saw]  for the first time just how vast and impactful the work of the Holy Cross family is around the world.”

Medene Presley, Director Christian Service and Immersion, Notre Dame High School of Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, CA