Speaker Biography's

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

Dr. Monique Jiménez-Herrera is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. She co-leads the University’s commitment and strategy to be a diverse, antiracist, equitable, and inclusive campus and employer. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Jiménez-Herrera's work is informed by social justice principles and socially responsible practices. She has worked for more than 20 years in Higher Education settings leading academic departments, teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and leading accreditation processes. She also conducts consultation work on diversity and multicultural topics, and provided bilingual psychological services at her own professional practice. Dr. Jiménez-Herrera earned a Doctor of Psychology degree and a Master of Science in Psychology degree from Albizu University in Miami, FL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

Dr. Hugh R. Page, Vice President for Institutional
Transformation and Advisor to the President, University of Notre Dame

Hugh R. Page, Jr. is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies; and Vice President for Institutional Transformation and Advisor to the President at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His research interests include early Hebrew poetry; Africana biblical interpretation; the role of mysticism and esotericism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities; and the Blues aesthetic as theological and interpretive paradigm. He is author of Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse (Fortress, 2013); general editor of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Augsburg Fortress, 2010); and one of the co-editors for the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014); Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … (Brill, 2015); and Black Scholars Matter: Visions, Struggles, and Hopes in Africana Biblical Studies (SBL Press, 2022).

Dr. Sharon Nell, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities

Sharon Diane Nell is Professor of French and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s University, where she has served for over ten years. In addition to her work as Dean, Nell is an active scholar of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French women writers. She recently published a book-length translation and edition of a collection of texts by Madeleine de Scudéry entitled _Lucrece and Brutus: Glory in the Land of Tender_ (Toronto: Iter Press, 2021).

Dr. Karen Eifler, Director, Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American
Culture, University of Portland

Karen Eifler directs the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture at the University of Portland, where she is also a professor of Education. After many years as a teacher of teachers, most of her of her professional energies and writing these days go in to faculty formation and issues related to Catholic identity and mission. She has published numerous articles and essays, including two recent collections of essays: Near Occasions of Hope and A Month of Mondays, and co-edited along with Tom Landy the Lilly award-winning Becoming Beholders: Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in College Classrooms, featuring pedagogical insights from 22 professors in varied disciplines. In July 2022, she took on the leadership of Collegium, a national colloquy on faith and intellectual life for faculty and administrators at Catholic colleges and universities throughout North America.

Dr. Jennifer Jefferson, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, St. Edward’s University

Jennifer Jefferson is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She comes to this role after being a Visiting Assistant Professor in University Studies at St. Edward's University. Previously, she taught at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. Her educational background is in American Studies and Cultural Studies in Education. She is committed to providing programming and support that is responsive to the St. Edward's community, and she collaborates across campus to address the complex needs of faculty at a liberal arts university. Some of her areas of interest include inclusive course development, reflective practice, and peer learning communities.

Dr. Mity Myhr, Professor of History, Associate Dean, St. Edward’s University

Dr. Myhr is a professor of History and serves as Associate Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward's University. Her research has focused on Early Modern religious women and the Reformation. Recently, she has begun new projects exploring the Marianites and Holy Cross in Texas.

Joseph Howe, Prospect Research and Writer; Candidate (SMU)

With seven+ years education, communications and fundraising, and over five years experience in program management for diverse communities and institutions, seeking role in higher education, education, non-profit work, or communication to pursue client and stakeholder success. Known for dedication and agility in meeting and exceeding program goals and for skill in writing, instruction, research, technology adoption, cultivating community partnerships, accommodating at-risk students, and crisis intervention. Graduate level education in higher education, communication, English, and rhetoric, and professional experience includes event planning, communication campaign design, research and reporting, and serving under-served and at-risk populations.

Dr. Michael Griffin, Provost, Holy Cross College

Michael Griffin, Ph.D., is the Provost of Holy Cross College and has been with Holy Cross College for over eighteen years.  He began as the Director of Service Learning and leader of global immersion experiences.  After earning his doctorate, he became an Assistant Professor of Theology. In 2015, he became Chair of the Holy Cross Theology Department and founding Director of the College’s Saints & Scholars Institute.  After earning tenure in 2017, Griffin transitioned into the role of Senior Vice President, leading efforts across the College, in particular in the areas of mission, enrollment and tri-campus collaborations with Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame.  In Fall 2021, Griffin also took on the role of Interim Provost and has served as the Chief Academic Officer of the College. He is the author of the 2014 book, “The Politics of Penance: Proposing an Ethic of Social Repair.” He also co-edited a book on health care, medicine, and social justice, entitled “In the Company of the Poor.” He began his career working for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and then teaching at a Holy Cross Brothers high school in Washington, DC., returning to Notre Dame to enter formation at Moreau Seminary. Though he discerned this was not his path, he completed his Divinity degree and began working at Holy Cross College in 2004. While teaching, he earned his doctorate in Moral Theology.

Dr. Louis Albarran, Associate Professor of Theology, Department
Chair, Holy Cross College

Joined the theology department at Holy Cross College in 2011 after teaching theology for four years in a Young Catholic Scholars program for a Newman Center. My areas of research and teaching focus on the intersection between faith and popular culture/music/movies, and faith and popular religion (the use of religious statues/medals/art in ordinary settings). I can’t wait to help our summer scholars learn to see how Jesus (the Logos) is hidden in many forms of media—even secular/non-religious media—and to help them learn about the benefits, as well as the unsuspected traps, for using media in evangelization and the new evangelization. When I’m not in the classroom, I can be found in the streets of South Bend playing old time American music with my two daughters and two sons on guitars, banjos, harmonicas, and violins.

Dr. Dianne Barlas, Associate Professor of Theology, Holy Cross College

Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois, Doctorate, University of Notre Dame, Master of Divinity, and Purdue University, Bachelor of Science

Dr. Douglas Carter, Assistant Professor of Management, St. Edward’s University

Entrepreneurship and Global Management, Faculty Advisor-European Innovation Academy

Meigs Turgeon, Assistant Director, The Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s

Meigs Turgeon was born and raised in Dallas, TX, where he attended Highland Park High School. As a student at Highland Park, he developed a keen interest in philosophy, theology, and apologetics, feeling a strong call to pursue these academic interests in a Catholic setting. He enrolled at St. Edward’s University in August of 2012, where he majored in Religious and Theological Studies and minored in Psychology. Meigs focused his studies on Second Temple Judaism, apocalyptic literature, disability hermeneutics, and the pastoral treatment of the mentally ill. As an undergrad, he developed a love of research and writing, which led him to present academic papers at professional conferences around Texas on four occasions. He was also actively involved with Campus Ministry, where he served as president of Pax Christi, moderated interfaith dialogue events, and participated in numerous Service Break Experiences. He graduated in May of 2016. As a result of his studies and involvement in Campus Ministry, Meigs felt a strong vocation to serve the church. To better prepare himself for this task, he matriculated to Duke Divinity School in August of 2017 to pursue a Master of Divinity. At Duke, he grew in his love for theology, Scripture, and social justice, specializing in Catholic eschatology, the interpretation of the Greek New Testament, and the intersectionality of race, gender, religion, and politics in contemporary American society. In addition to his studies, Meigs underwent ministerial formation and training; over the course of his degree program, he served in a rural United Methodist church, taught in Ugandan parochial schools, and worked for an urban interfaith non-profit based in Durham, NC. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in May of 2020. Following the completion of his Master of Divinity, Meigs returned to his hometown of Dallas to teach high school theology. Meigs was first exposed to Holy Cross during his undergraduate years at St. Edward’s. Holy Cross helped him to fall in love with learning and inspired him to get involved in the work of education and the service of the church. With Basil Moreau, he considers education to be an essential work of resurrection, and he wishes to help educators and students understand what it means to bear the title of Holy Cross. He hopes to bring zeal, vision, and a unique theological perspective to the Holy Cross Institute.

Dr. Stanton McNeely, President of the University of Holy Cross

Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III was named 19th president of the University of Holy Cross on July 15, 2019. Dr. McNeely, an undergraduate of the University of Holy Cross who earned a doctorate in Education from Northcentral University, succeeded Dr. David M. “Buck” Landry who retired earlier in 2019. In addition to his doctorate, McNeely earned an MBA from Loyola University. He is a New Orleans native and 1991 graduate of Jesuit High School. President McNeely most recently led the Louisiana Association for Independent Colleges and Universities, which includes 10 member institutions across Louisiana. He has also held numerous positions at UHC including Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Director of Admissions, Director of Student Affairs, and Assistant to the Dean of Sciences. McNeely was also a business professor at the University of Holy Cross in the 2000s. “I am deeply grateful to have been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the next president for the University of Holy Cross. I look forward to working with the entire UHC family as we move forward together in faith, spirit, and action to fulfill the missions of the Marianite sisters and the University of Holy Cross.” said Dr. McNeely.

Dinah Sbelgio Kinar, Senior Director of Admission Partnerships, St. Edward’s

Dinah Sbelgio Kinard is Senior Director of Admission Partnerships and Programs at St. Edward’s University. With over 20 years of experience in enrollment management, the focus of Dinah’s role is to leverage internal and external partners to expand and support student recruitment efforts across the admission division. Partners include university faculty, alumni and parents, as well as, school and community-based partners, independent educational consultants, and other external audiences. Additionally, Dinah oversees all recruitment events and on campus visit programming, supervises the Welcome Center, and maintains a direct recruitment territory. A member of NACAC, TACAC and WACAC, Dinah has presented at several state conferences. Dinah holds a B.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University and an M.P.Aff. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

David Bernay, Director of International Admission and Advancement, St. Edward’s University

David Bernay is Director of International Admission and Advancement at St. Edward’s University, where he oversees the university’s international recruitment efforts and leads projects related to international fundraising. David has traveled to more than 40 countries to promote St. Edward’s programs and in the past three years he has expanded the university’s engagement with international holy cross high schools, most recently by directing a fundraising effort to enroll five students from Holy Cross Lake View in Jinja, Uganda. David holds a B.A. in German from Middlebury College and an MA in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., Superior General, Congregation of Holy Cross

On Friday afternoon, July 1, in a historic first, the 2022 General Chapter of the Congregation of Holy Cross elected Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., as Superior General. Br. Bednarczyk, who served as the Vicar General and First Assistant during these previous six years, is the first brother to serve as Superior General in the Congregation’s history. Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and is a 1975 graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven. Inspired by the brothers and their vocation at Notre Dame, Br. Bednarczyk entered the former Eastern Province of Brothers in 1975 and began his formation at Moreau Hall on the campus of Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.He professed his First Vows in 1979 in Sacred Heart Church in Bennington, Vermont, and later his Final Vows in 1985 at St. Joseph Center in Valatie, New York. During this time, Br. Bednarczyk graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and from Fordham University in New York, New York, with a Master’s Degree in Religion and Religious Education. After 12 years working as a teacher, administrator, and campus minister at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland, and Notre Dame International School in Rome, Italy, Br. Bednarczyk served as Vocation Director for his province for nine years. He also worked for three years as Formation Director and served several terms on his Provincial Council. In July of 2002, Br. Paul assumed the role of Executive Director of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), where he oversaw this professional organization of religious vocation directors consisting of over 900 members in 15 countries. Within this capacity, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Br. Bednarczyk spearheaded four major studies on religious vocations, the most famous being the 2009 NRVC/CARA Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Praesidium Religious Services, the Corporate Board of Holy Cross Family Ministries, and on several international Holy Cross commissions. Br. Bednarczyk has published several articles on vocation ministry. In addition to his retreat work, he has been invited to give workshops in vocation ministry throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Br. Bednarczyk was serving as Executive Director of NRVC when the 2016 General Chapter elected him the Congregation's First General Assistant and Vicar. He was still serving in that position at the time of his election as the Congregation’s 14th Superior General, succeeding Fr. Robert L. Epping, C.S.C. He will assume responsibilities at the Congregation’s Superior General at the close of the General Chapter on July 8.

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

Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, currently serving as the Vice-President for Mission, Diversity, and Inclusion at La Salle University in Philadelphia, to be the founding Director of this project. Brother Ernest’s passion for teaching and learning, his competence as an outstanding classroom teacher, his Lasallian scholarship and commitment to our Gospel-centered mission ensure that the program will have a solid beginning. I am most grateful for Ernest’s willingness to give up a position he finds very satisfying to take on the challenge of creating a new and important initiative in our District. We are making a significant commitment of both our limited human and financial resources to this project. I am most grateful to an anonymous Brother who has already made a significant contribution of his patrimony to support this initiative. His support is a sign of confidence in the relevance of our charism in today’s world. The encounter those three centuries ago between Adrien Nyel and John Baptist de La Salle began a story that continues to unfold and adapt to the challenges of the times. There are young people who, like the Founder, will be inspired to alter previously planned life directions in favor of a Gospel adventure that favors the Reign of God. Let us all pray that this new endeavor will stir the hearts of young men and women of good will to begin a journey to see the joy that comes from being a Catholic school teacher.

Mr. Shay Boyle, President, Notre Dame College Prep

Shay Boyle is the President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, IL. He has worked at NDCP for 11 years as the Director of Enrollment, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Enrollment, and President for the last three years. Boyle is a 1999 graduate from the University of Notre Dame where he received his undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Computer Applications. He received his MBA in Marketing from Lewis University in 2004. Boyle worked as a computer consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1999-2002 where he specialized in IT Security and worked for several Fortune 500 clients. Boyle enjoyed a six-year career as a college men's basketball assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago and Lewis University, four years as the Director of Admissions & Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Gordon Tech High School, and eight years as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Notre Dame College Prep.

Mr. Daniel Tully, Principal, Notre Dame College Prep

Dan has deep roots in Holy Cross. He has worked at his alma mater, Notre Dame College Prep, since 2000. He has served as principal from 2007 to present and teaches in the social studies department. He is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame (BA 1998, MA 2009) and Loyola University Chicago (MA 2002). He was a member of the Remick Leaders cohort 2 through the Alliance for Catholic Education. Located in Niles, Illinois, Notre Dame College Prep is a Holy Cross school of the Midwest Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross and is the largest all-boys school in Illinois.

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

Dr. Greer started her teaching career as a science teacher at Bishop McNamara in 2005, serving as a Biology and Psychology teacher and also a member of the Counseling department. She then spent seven years as an administrator at the elementary level, as the school counselor at St Mary of the Mills, and as the principal at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle in Lanham, Maryland. While at Saint Matthias, she created partnerships with The University of Notre Dame, through the ACE teaching program, and Boston College, through the implementation of a two-way immersion model. At Saint Mary of the Mills in Laurel, Maryland, she implemented a systemic school counseling program including a focus on academic and social skills. Dr. Greer holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland (B.A. in Psychology), a Master's degree from George Washington University (M.A in Education and Human Development in School Counseling), and a certificate from George Washington University in Counseling Diverse Populations. While at George Washington, Mrs. Greer was a mentor for interns with intellectual disabilities at the Kennedy Center and was a counselor at the community counseling center on campus. Dr. Greer has an Ed.D from Creighton University, where her research focus was on secondary school leadership and the inclusion of students with disabilities in school populations. Dr. Greer has spoken nationally on character education, inclusion, and social media usage. She previously served on the National Catholic Educational Association's Advisory Council. A lifelong learner, Dr. Greer has been a participant in the Boston College Emmaus Leadership Series and the University of Notre Dame's Reform Leaders Summit.  She is an adjunct professor at Marymount University in their doctoral program. Dr. Greer also serves as the head varsity swim coach at Bishop McNamara, repriving a role she previously served from 2005-2009.  She brought the team to their first-ever National Catholic Swimming Championships in 2006.  Over half the team records have been set during her leadership. Dr. Greer is a volunteer soccer coach and Girl Scout leader.

Ms. Anisa Zepeda, Theology Teacher and Grant Writer, San Juan Diego Catholic High School

Anisa Zepeda graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2021 where she studied English Literature, Teacher Education, and Catholic Studies. Anisa began her teaching career at a Holy Cross high school, San Juan Diego Catholic High School. Anisa strives to shape hearts and minds through her inclusive classroom culture and advocacy for social justices.

Dr. Steven Fletcher, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, St. Edward’s University

Dr. Fletcher grew up on an Island off the coast of Rhode Island and quickly developed an interest and passion for the natural sciences. He continued study of natural systems at the University of Connecticut, where he graduated with a degree in Wetlands Ecology. After 4 years as an outdoor educator and program manager - again on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay this time - he travelled across country to build boats in Seattle. He then decided to pursue teaching in a more formal way and earned an MEd in Science Education from the University of Arizona. After teaching secondary science in the Washington DC metro area and in Tucson Arizona, he moved to Austin to pursue a PhD in Science Education. He received his PhD in 2006.  His passion for understanding the workings of the natural world, keen interest in communities of practice, and firm commitment to social justice serve him well at St. Edward's University, where he has taught both education and science courses. Dr. Fletcher has also been active in pursuing external funding opportunities, from private foundations and the National Science Foundation. He has served as the principal investigator for two NSF Noyce Scholarship grants from 2008-2018 and continues to be active in teacher education research and service. Dr. Fletcher's work includes building communities of practice for the Teacher Education Program.  ​Learn more about Angie Lux, an alumna of our program and the Noyce Scholars Program at St. Edward's University. Click on the image to access the article. It is not enough to prepare a teacher for the rigors of classroom teaching. Our goal must include thoughtful and reflective practitioners that blend research-driven practices with contemporary theories about teaching and learning.

Ms. Toni West, Assistant Principal of Climate and Culture, Moreau Catholic High School

Toni West is currently the AP of Climate and Culture at Moreau Catholic High School after serving as a teacher and Associate Dean the past seven years. Toni received her Administrative Credential in Education Leadership in Social Justice, and has committed the past four years in helping educators create inclusive environments.

Mr. Terry Lee, Director of School Sponsorship, Moreau Province

Terry Lee is the Director of School Sponsorship for the Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In this role, he supports the 11 schools of the province in the areas of mission and governance, and serves as the schools' liaison to the provincial administration. Previously, Terry served at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA for 23 years, most recently as President for the last 13 years.

Mr. Craig Gould, Associate Director–Notre Dame Vision, McGrath Institute for
Church Life

Craig Gould joined the McGrath staff in 2022 and serves as the Associate Director of Notre Dame Vision where he helps nourish the Catholic imagination and vocational call of the young church through the Notre Dame Vision summer conferences for high school students and their campus and youth ministry leaders.  He assists in aspects of planning, recruitment, program management and the formation of undergraduates who serve as Mentors within the high school Vision program. He has a particular passion for helping youth and young understand their own story as it connects to the story of Jesus. Craig developed a love for theology as an undergrad courtesy of the Society of Jesus at Boston College. Upon graduation he moved to Anchorage, Alaska to serve in the ministry of Young Life and then subsequently at St. Patrick Parish as Pastoral Associate for Evangelization. Following his time in Alaska he moved to become Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's in Alexandria, Minnesota. At that time he simultaneously began his MA in Systematic Theology at St. Johns in Collegeville, Minnesota, where the Benedictines taught him how to better pray and study. While there he and his family also had the pleasure of being part of the founding of a Catholic Worker community. After completion of the degree he served as the Director of the Peacebuilders Initiative and Catholic on Call at Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park, Chicago. From 2015 until 2022 he was the Director of Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the oldest diocese in the United States. Originally from Maine, Craig enjoys cheering for all Boston sports, going on outdoor adventures, and traveling to warm places during the winter. He shares his life and his corny jokes with his wife, Katie and their seven amazing kids. 

Ms. Desiree Moyer, English Teacher, Archbishop Hoban High School

Desiree Moyer is in her fourth year as the British Literature and AP Literature and Composition Teacher at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio.  Prior to Hoban she taught middle school and high school in the Cleveland area for over ten years.  Desiree has a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Cleveland State University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowling Green State University.  She has served as a committee member for revision of Ohio’s ELA Standards.  At Hoban, she leads the CIA (Committed to Inclusivity Alliance), a group that serves LGBTQ+ students.  Desiree believes that building rapport with students is the key to maintaining an innovative classroom environment. 

Mr. Michael MacDonald, Mathematics Teacher, JV Boys Basketball Coach, Archbishop
Hoban High School

Mike MacDonald has been a mathematics educator and coach for 18 years. He has spent most of his teaching years in a Catholic school with the last 9 years at Archbishop Hoban High School where he is the College Credit Plus mathematics teacher and JV boys' basketball coach. Mike received his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Education from the University of Toledo and his master's degree in Mathematics from Kent State University. He is currently applying for graduate programs in Catholic School Administration. When he is not at Hoban, Mike can be found with his wife Kristin coaching or watching his sons Brendan and Owen, ages 11 and 9, participate in their school or sporting events. As a lifelong Notre Dame fan, it has been Divine Providence for Mike to earn a teaching and coaching position at a school that carries out the mission of the Brothers of Holy Cross.

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 schedule

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 

Having the Courage to Take Risks: Integrating a DEIJ Lens in our Higher Education Institutions

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

Building Transformative Communities of Learning in the Holy Cross Tradition

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

9:15 AM

Breakout sessions

10:45 AM

Optional Mass (Queen of Peace Chapel) & lunch (Mabee Ballroom)

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
  • Learning, Reflecting, Acting: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice on Our Campuses, Dr. Jennifer Jefferson
  • A History of Holy Cross in Texas, A Model of Mission Integration, Dr. Mity Myhr and Joseph Howe
  • CSC Constitution 2.14: Where Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Tradition Meet, Dr. Marco Clark, Dr. Louis Albarran, Dr. Dianne Barlas, and Dr. Michael Griffin
  • Promoting Mission and Vision Effectively in a Holy Cross Context, Dr. Douglas Carter
  • The Holy Cross Charism Initiative: A Program for the Formation of Holy Cross Educators, Meigs Turgeon
  • Holy Cross Student Engagement through St. Edward’s Moreau Scholarship, Dinah Sbelgio Kinard and  David Bernay
  • Embedding Mission in Health Care Programs at our Universities, Dr. Stanton McNeeley

Orientation/Affinity groups for high school educators

Presidents, Board Members, Principals, Campus Ministers, Faculty, and Student Life

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: 

The Holy Cross School Community as a Means of Evangelization

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 (Mabee Ballroom) including Holy Cross student speaker, Evan Mao

12:00 PM

Afternoon plenary session (Jones Auditorium)

Bearing witness within the reign of God: a summons to discipleship

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


Breakout sessions


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 of annual awards and Holy Cross student speaker, Si Sweeney

7:00 PM

Friday, March 3rd - Focus: High Schools

 Prayer service and acknowledgement statement (Jones Auditorium)

9:00 AM

Morning plenary session 

Bringing Hope to Families of Students with Special Needs

Shay Boyle - President, Notre Dame College Prep

Dan Tully, Principal, Notre Dame College Prep

Inclusion, Catholic Identity, and Me

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:

  • Called to teach: Overcoming challenges and finding inspiration in the K-12 setting, Anisa Zepeda and Dr. Steven Fletcher
  • Building Authentic Relationships: Tools to Creating an Inclusive Environment, Toni West
  • Athletic Programs and Holy Cross Values, Michael MacDonald
  • Mission Focus for Presidents and Boards, Terry Lee 
  • The Holy Cross Charism Initiative: A Program for the Formation of Holy Cross Educators, Meigs Turgeon
  • Creating a Safe Space to Address Identity and Inclusivity, Desiree Moyer and Br. Ken Haders, C.S.C.
  • Power of Summer Programming, Craig Gould

Affinity groups for higher education participants

Presidents, VPs, and Deans, Faculty, Campus Ministry, and Student Life 

Closing ceremony, Executive Director’s address and memorial service

4:30 PM

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

6:00 PM


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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