Holy Cross Father Christopher Brennan was ordained to the priesthood April 7 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

He served as a deacon for the past year at Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland and will continue at Holy Redeemer as parochial vicar.

“In a certain sense, I think the decision to enter religious life was similar to the stages of dating, engagement and marriage,” says Father Brennan. “As you continue in relationship, you get to know the community better and better. There is so much good that is before me, just as there is before a couple who gets married. Of course, there will be struggles and crosses to bear, but it is encouraging to know I will be supported by my family in Holy Cross.”

Father Brennan is the youngest of four sons of Michael and Dorothy Brennan of Granger, Indiana.

He entered formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2008 and professed first vows in 2013.

During his formation, Father Brennan served in music ministry at Holy Cross House, an assisted living facility at Notre Dame. He also worked at André House in Phoenix, a ministry to people who are homeless.

He taught religious education in South Bend and worked with low-income and homeless populations in New York. He tutored children at an inner-city Catholic school in South Bend, was a pastoral care intern at a Colorado Springs hospital and helped prepare couples for marriages at the parish in his hometown of Granger.  

Father Brennan served briefly in Bangladesh and East Africa as a seminarian and was rector of a residence hall at Notre Dame. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology at Notre Dame in 2012 and earned a masters in divinity from Notre Dame in 2017.

His brother, Father Michael Brennan, is a recently ordained Norbertine priest.