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They Come to Serve, Not to be Served. 2018 Missionary Jubilarians

With great excitement and gratitude, the Congregation celebrated seventeen Jubilarians this year. The Julibee celebration honored those who have served the people of God for Seventy, Sixty, Fifty and Twenty-Five Years.

Their years of service are beautiful examples of laying down one’s life and following Christ. While all our Jubilarians have served the Congregation and God’s flock, eight of the seventeen religious have served the international mission of Holy Cross through direct ministry at our mission apostolates.

Sixtieth Anniversary of Ordination

Rev. Francis Zagorc, C.S.C.

Uganda

Fr. Francis Zagorc, C.S.C., traveled to East Africa as a newly ordained priest in November 1958 and was a founding member of the first mission in East Africa (Fort Portal, Uganda) alongside Servant of God Bishop McCauley.

Serving the people of Fort Portal and surrounding areas was part of Fr. Zagorc's ministry in Western Uganda. Pictured here Fr. Zagorc shares a smile and the love of Christ with a baby and his parishioners.
Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination

Rev. James Chichetto, C.S.C.

Perú

For his first assignment, Fr. James Chichetto, C.S.C., served the needs of our poor and marginalized brothers and sisters in Perú.

Fr. Jim Chichetto, C.S.C., stands with Fr. Tom Shea, C.S.C., and Fr. Richard Sullivan, C.S.C., provincial of the former Eastern Province, in front of the Cathedral in Trujillo, Perú around 1970 during Fr. Sullivan's provincial visit.

REv. David Farrell, C.S.C.

Perú, Chile, El Salvador

In addition to serving as Provincial of the Eastern Province, Fr. David Farrell, C.S.C., dutifully and compassionately accompanied the poor and marginalized in Latin America (Chile, Perú, and El Salvador) for most of his 50 years of priesthood. His contributions were many and focused on serving the people through parish, social action, and justice ministries.

Fr. David Farrell, C.S.C., presents with members of the Yancana Huasy administration/staff during a ceremony to acknowledge the 30 year Anniversary of Yancana Huasy, of which he was president.

REv. Robert Gilmour, C.S.C.

Ghana

Even as a teenager, Fr. Robert Gilmour, C.S.C., knew he desired to serve the international missions by taking the Missionary Vow, which sent him to Ghana for 41 years where he taught, guided, and communicated for the Ghanaian people with Holy Cross brothers.

Fr. Robert Gilmour, C.S.C., built up a communications network as there was virtually no communication among the Holy Cross apostolates in Ghana. Having ham radio systems set up, 283 stations were connected and linked the Catholic Hospitals, agricultural projects, and parishes across the country together. The network Fr. Gilmour began became known as the Ghana Catholic Mission Radio Network, and he would dedicate a couple hours each morning to do radio work.

REV. Andrew Guljas, C.S.C.

Chile

Fr. Andrew Guljas, C.S.C., prayerfully and diligently taught and accompanied the Chilean people for 15 years, ten of which were during General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

REV. Peter Logsdon, C.s.C.

Mexico

During his term as Provincial of the Southern Province, Fr. Peter Logsdon, C.S.C., took on a mission in the Archdiocese of Monterrey, Mexico and then spent the next 20 years shepherding Holy Cross parishes in Mexico as associate pastor and pastor at two parishes.

Fr. Logsdon served the parishioners of Santo Tomo Moro and La Luz Parishes for 20 years and said that "to say that I loved it in Mexico would be an understatement."

REV. Fred Serraino, C.S.C.

Perú

Fr. Fred Serraino, C.S.C., spent eight years serving and appreciating the lives and faith of Peruvian people and led the District of Perú as Superior.

REV. Tom Shea, C.S.c.

Perú

Fr. Tom Shea, C.S.C., began his missionary journey in 1968 when he sailed to Perú, where he would remain for 41 years as a teacher, diocesan administrator, parish assistant in five different towns, and servant of youth and young adults and those with social needs.

Fr. Shea ministered in Perú for 41 years, for 20 of those years he served as pastor in Chucuito, Puno, Perú, where he met and become close with the lay administrator of the Chucuito parish. Fr. Shea is pictured here with his friend's son, and Fr. Shea's godson, Willi Cruz Flores, in 1995. Willie is now married and has two children and lives in Puno; Fr. Shea visits him and his family when he visits Perú.

Through their vocation and dedication to serving the poor and marginalized, these Jubilarians changed the lives of thousands. Their legacy lives on through the expansion of Holy Cross vocations and ministries in the countries they served. The global Holy Cross family feels the impact of these missionaries as their labor continues to produce fruit and will for generations to come. Their vocations, ministries, and lives are examples we should all hold as examples of living God’s love.

"What we have learned over time is that this ministry entrusted to us has never been a means of seeking our own fulfillment, but rather a call to fulfill the mission to make known the boundless love of Jesus Christ....
...Life has seasoned us and over time, experience and above all grace has ripened us...
...While today you raise a toast to us, we toast ultimately to the one who alone if God's one and only priest, the true mediator between the human and the holy, who blesses and sanctifies, and saves us." ~ Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., Jubilarian

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