Holy Cross

Hoban is sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, the first order of teaching brothers established in the United States. The Holy Cross educational tradition in this country dates from the founding of the University of Notre Dame in 1842.

Hoban students are challenged to live up to the ideals of the Catholic faith through religious studies classes, sacramental opportunities, retreats and Christian service programs. This spiritual dimension complements the educational process, going beyond instruction that merely transmits specific knowledge and skills. A Holy Cross education fosters the values, attitudes and behaviors necessary for individuals to make a real difference in the world.

Education is about wholeness and relationships: the relationship between mind and heart, between scholarship and service, between students and teachers, between schools and society. 

Brothers Robert Livernois, James Spooner, Joseph LeBon, Philip Smith and Edward Libbers (retired) have collectively served at Hoban for more than 100 years.

While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life.

- Blessed Basil Moreau 
founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross
The Spes Unica is the symbol for the Congregation of Holy Cross and is Latin for %22Hail to the Cross, our only hope.%22

10 Holy Cross Core Values

Based on the writings of Blessed Basil Moreau, Hoban has adopted a set of 10 core values. These values are essential to our identity as a Holy Cross school and reflect Hoban's philosophy of educating students in the faith. 

Holy Cross values are the center of a Hoban education. They provide the balance, passion and discipline necessary to become a productive, yet compassionate citizen. They serve students in making good decisions and in realizing their unlimited potential.

Each academic year, Hoban chooses one core value on which to focus more attention. This allows students to examine different core values in more depth, and faculty incorporate the core value theme in their lessons and instruction. The core value theme for the 2018-19 academic year is cultivation of the heart as well as the mind. 

Reliance on Divine Providence

We accept God’s grace and action in our vocation as educators. We remain faithful to God’s will. Very simply, in our heritage, providence represents the presence and activity of God among us. In his manuscript Christian Education, Blessed Basil Moreau said, “Let us not forget that the development of the work entrusted to us depends upon our acceptance of the inspirations of grace and our fidelity in seconding the designs of Divine Providence.” And so we are called to teach young people entrusted to us with God’s help.


The Holy Cross school experience is characterized by formation and transformation. Development of the whole person is encouraged through a supportive atmosphere of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and a variety of cocurriculars. Hoban empowers each student to mature intellectually and to become a lifelong learner. Blessed Basil Moreau said, “We do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know. To this end, we shall avoid no sacrifice. The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” 

Cultivation of the Heart as well as the Mind

“The work of education in the schools of the Congregation has the following goals: the formation of the hearts of young people and the development of a positive response toward religion within them. I have always been convinced that the first duty of any teacher is to produce Christians; society has a greater need for people of values than it has for scholars. Knowledge itself does not bring about positive values, but positive values do influence knowledge and put it to a good use.” (Moreau, Christian Education 1856)


We celebrate our diversity, value each person, and welcome one another with the hospitality of Christ. Blessed Basil Moreau writes in Christian Education, “It would be a serious mistake to open a school imagining that all the students will be alike in character and conduct. In the group of students given to you there are no two who have the exact same mind and heart. Never forget that all teaching lies in the best approach to an individual student, that all the successes you will find will be in direct proportion to the efforts you have made in this area.” 


Within an orderly learning environment we are committed to challenging each student in mind, spirit, and body. There is an attitude of respect that draws out potential and encourages change and growth. It is based on building relationships more than control. Blessed Basil Moreau said, “In order to influence the minds and hearts of the students, and consequently to lead in school, the teacher needs gentleness. Without the gentleness of which we have spoken, never, in fact, will you obtain from your students the love of work, application, and good behavior which are the essential conditions for success.” 

Option for the Poor

Holy Cross educational ministries strive to enable students to critique society’s values, priorities and hopes in light of the gospel message. We seek to integrate gospel values, Catholic traditions, moral decision-making, sound and challenging pedagogy, and generous community service to facilitate a synthesis of faith and life for our students. As educators with hope to bring, we understand our students hold responsibility for the future and work assiduously to prepare them for this responsibility. 


Spes Unica. Our only hope is in the cross of Christ. The Holy Cross Constitutions state: “As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people. Like them we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses; like them we are made new by the same Lord’s love; like them we hope for a world where justice and love prevail.” This hope we bring comes in serving meals at a soup kitchen, swimming with a mentally challenged child, sharing our faith with students in Mexico, collecting over 47,000 canned goods for the poor. These are lessons of hope for life. 


To be educators in the faith is to walk with our students in their journey as they try to be all that their God calls them to be—to be guides, to be supportive companions on their journey of learning and becoming, and to be supportive of all good people, especially each other, as we accept this blessing and responsibility. It is not a question of the same church, but of the same will, the will to see all that Jesus taught come alive and become vibrant in this community and in this world. 


“We will place education side by side with instruction. Instruction transmits particular knowledge and skills, while education of the heart fosters the values, attitudes, and behaviors which will use that knowledge and those skills appropriately and productively. The quality which defines the students of a Holy Cross education is the training of the hearts as well as the minds. True education is the formation of the hearts and transforming of values in people.”  (Moreau, Christian Education 1856)


Zeal is a hunger for mission, a passion to continue what Jesus of Nazareth began through His life, teaching, and example. Zeal is that flame of ardent desire that one experiences to make God known, loved and served, and by that to save souls. Zeal is that power, that grace through which the convictions of our hearts are translated into the actions of our hands and directed toward love of others. Zeal takes energy and effort. Zeal is in doing. Zeal responds to the needs of others in generosity and love.