Rev. Cajetan T. Holland, C.S.C. passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. He was 91 years old.
Fr. Holland was born in Lawrence, Mass. to Thomas and Annie Holland. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Church, Lawrence, Mass. In 1936, Fr. Holland graduated from Lawrence High School and for the following four years he worked at Pacific Print Works. In 1940, he entered the Holy Cross Brothers as a Postulant at St. Joseph’s, Valatie, NY. On August 15, 1941, he entered Holy Cross Novitiate, North Dartmouth, Mass. He made his Final Profession on August 16, 1945, in Sacred Heart Church, North Dartmouth, Mass. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1946. In 1968, he obtained a Master’s of Science from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Fr. Holland was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1979.
In 1950, he taught for five years at Holy Trinity High School, Chicago, Ill. He then moved to Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, Ind. where he taught until going to Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Conn., in 1958. From 1958 – 1973, he taught at Notre Dame, West Haven, with the exception of two years, 1965-1967, during which he taught at Vincentian Institute, Albany, New York.
In 1970, Brother Cajetan became the religious superior of the Holy Cross Brothers in West Haven, Conn. and in 1973 he was appointed Director of Saint Joseph’s Spiritual Life Center, Valatie, New York.
In 1975, Fr. Holland, entered Pope John XXIII Seminary for delayed vocations in Weston, Mass. to begin studies for the priesthood. During his studies at John XXIII he worked as a part time chaplain at Bon Secours Hospital, Methuen, Mass., and at Danvers Mental Hospital, Danvers, Mass. He had also spent summers working at Holy Cross Parish, South Easton, Mass., and Most Holy Trinity Parish in Saco, Maine.