Holy Cross Brother Joe DeAgostino waits for homeless guests to arrive at St. André Bessette Parish earlier this year. He professed solemn vows as a brother Aug. 31. (Katie Scott/Catholic Sentinel)
Holy Cross Brother Joe DeAgostino waits for homeless guests to arrive at St. André Bessette Parish earlier this year. He professed solemn vows as a brother Aug. 31. (Katie Scott/Catholic Sentinel)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the perpetual profession of vows of five men Aug. 31, including Brother Joe DeAgostino, who served for two years at St. André Bessette Parish in downtown Portland before leaving this summer. He is now at André House of Hospitality in Phoenix.

Brother Joe and the four other men promised to live out poverty, chastity and obedience for the rest of their lives.

As one of five temporarily professed brothers in the United States Province, Brother Joe said he is overjoyed to be offering this commitment to God and to the church.

“Reading and reflecting on the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, I routinely find myself incredibly grateful for the blessing of each and every ‘yes’ I have made throughout life, not only in the profession of vows but in the daily commitments and ministries that I have done throughout my time in Holy Cross,” he said.

Brother Joe is the second of six children of Thomas and Laura DeAgostino of Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2013, where he also earned a master of divinity degree in 2016. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in August 2009 as an undergraduate and made his first profession of vows in 2014.

During his formation, Brother Joe served as a catechist in Indiana and Colorado and in ministry to homeless people in Massachusetts and Portland. He was a hospital chaplain in Colorado and a camp counselor in Arizona.

While working at St. André Bessette in Portland, he was a pastoral resident at a University of Portland residence hall.

Also professing perpetual vows at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame were Vincent Nguyen, M. Joseph Pedersen, Zachary Rathke and Gilbrian Stoy, all of whom were ordained deacons on Sept. 1 by Bishop Jorge Izaguirre of the Territorial Prelature of Chuquibamba, Peru.

During their formation, Rev. Mr. Pederson and Rev. Mr. Stoy served as an intern for a summer in the development office at the University of Portland.

Rev. Mr. Rathke spent a winter helping with school and ministry programs at Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland.

The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded in 1837 in France by Father Basil Moreau. The congregation established the University of Notre Dame in 1842 and the University of Portland in 1901. There are approximately 1,200 Holy Cross religious worldwide in education and parish work.