"Answering the Call"

A stained-glass window in the Old College chapel bears the symbol of the Congregation of the Holy CrossA stained-glass window in the Old College chapel bears the symbol of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Copyright University of Notre Dame / Photo by Matt Cashore '94.

Many college students are unsure of their post-graduation plans.  When the second semester of senior year rolls around, people have to ask "What are you going to do when you graduate?" as if it might offend somebody.

But for incoming Notre Dame freshman Daniel Passon, that question is an easy one: He's going to be a Holy Cross priest.

As one of only two students in the class of 2016 who will be entering Notre Dame's discernment program, Passon will live in with other discerning young men and seminarians in Old College, on the banks of St. Mary's Lake.  No girlfriends allowed.

The nine-year journey to Holy Cross priesthood is straight and narrow: theology, philosophy and lots of prayer.  Passon remains undaunted.

And whether he settles on education, mission work or parish service, Passon knows his journey begins at a place where he can do all three: Notre Dame.

Danielle Portteus of Michigan's Monroe News eloquently tells Passon's story.

Photo by Matt Cashore '94.

 by Michael Rodio

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