Our Catholic Identity
As a college rooted in the vision and mission of Blessed Father Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, we at Stonehill strive to educate our students in a discernment process for discovering and affirming their own unique vocation in life.
The word vocation comes from the Latin verb to call. In Catholic circles the term vocation is often associated with a religious call but its scope is far broader. Every person has a vocation, a distinctive call from God, most often corresponding to the unique instincts, interests, talents and dreams each of us has within our person.
A vocation is embodied through an occupation or career which best suits us, one for which we are qualified and trained and which gives purpose to our daily lives. In that sense, a vocation is concerned with life’s meaning and how we live out meaning in our fields of interest and employment.
Our primary responsibility is to assist students in identifying and pursuing their unique vocation.
Our Founders & Sponsors
The priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross founded Stonehill in 1948 and continue to sponsor the College today.
When Fr. Moreau founded the Congregation in 1837, education and faith were being suppressed in France. The Congregation’s commitment to education, parish and mission – still relevant today – are rooted in the crisis of those times.
Fr. Moreau challenged his priests and brothers to become educators, envisioning vibrant communities of scholarship and faith where students would engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas. Stonehill continues this tradition of Holy Cross higher education.
Holy Cross at Stonehill Today
Members of the Congregation share in the mission of Stonehill today as administrators, faculty members and campus ministers. Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. is the ninth Holy Cross priest to serve as Stonehill’s president. In addition, twelve members of the congregation serve the college as members of its Board of Trustees; four of whom are Stonehill alumni.
The Office for Mission
Inspired by Blessed Basil Moreau's vision, the Office for Mission works with the entire Stonehill community to promote the values of a Holy Cross education.