"Our thoughts are not easily God's thoughts, nor our will His will. But as we listen to Him and converse with Him, our minds will be given to understand Him and His designs." (Constitution 3.22)
Old College combines a structured formation program with the advantages of a Notre Dame educational experience. The program is housed in the campus' original building constructed in 1843. Old Collegians are introduced to religious life in Holy Cross through daily Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, spiritual direction, service placements, retreats, one-on-one meetings with their chaplains, and weekly community gatherings. Old Collegians must acquire a total of twenty-four credits of philosophy and eighteen of theology but are free to pursue various degrees, depending upon their academic interests.
Applicants are not expected to be certain about a vocation to Holy Cross, but they should demonstrate a serious inclination to be a Holy Cross Priest or Brother. Some begin their studies at Notre Dame and others at Holy Cross College adjacent to the University, but all are fully immersed in campus life and encouraged to participate in a range of activities. Old Collegians may apply to study for a semester or year abroad. During breaks, they are free to return home or travel.