As we begin a new calendar year, much of the heaviness we wished we could leave in 2020 lingers. Still, there are reasons to hold hope in our hearts. I think of the motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross, founded by Bl. Basil Moreau whose feast day is celebrated on January 20: Ave Crux, Spes Unica, or 'Hail the Cross, our only hope.'

"There is no failure the Lord’s love cannot reverse, no humiliation He cannot exchange for blessing, no anger He cannot dissolve, no routine He cannot transfigure. [...] He has nothing but gifts to offer. It remains only for us to find how even the cross can be borne as a gift." (Congregation of Holy Cross, Constitutions 8:118)

In this edition, our alumnae share ways they have grown in compassion for others, and for themselves, as they've carried the crosses of life: from pandemic-related challenges, systemic racism and sexism, to mental illness. Assisted by community and faith, we can find bright spots in the midst of deep pain.

I'm excited to note that this is our first newsletter created as a team; from my call for volunteers in the October 2020 edition, over twenty alumnae came forward to give their time and expertise to write, edit, and research. Click here to meet the women to whom I send my sincerest thanks.

Regina Gesicki ‘08, ‘11MA / Newsletter Editor

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