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Tribute Messages and Memories

Phil, since I've been on sabbatical all year and not in the testing protocol, I won't be able to attend your farewell event and say goodbye to you in person. I wanted to thank you for lending your kindness and sensitivity and generosity of spirit to Holy Cross — and especially for your unstinting support of the arts. I will miss you.
— Steve Vineberg, faculty

Thank you for your admirable service to the College. It has been a privilege and an honor to launch my career as an educator of theological ethics at Holy Cross during your presidency. Best wishes for your continued success and flourishing in the years to come!
— Peter K. Fay, faculty

Fr. Boroughs I enjoyed working with you in the President's Office. Thank you so much for all of your support through the years. I wish you best wishes in your future endeavors. God Bless.
— Diane Girard, staff 

Fr. Boroughs speaking with two students by the Hogan Courtyard



Thank you so much for your service to our Holy Cross family. It has been such a pleasure to work with you this year, and I wish you the best in your next chapter.
— Noah Sisk '21

Fr. Boroughs, thank you for your leadership at Holy Cross. This is no easy job in the best of times, and you had more to contend with than a person could wish. I am grateful for the love and care you showed to all — at times this was not as kindly reciprocated by people who could have done better. I also am personally grateful for the kindness you shared to our son while he was on The Hill. That a person as busy as you would take time to exchange kind words with a student from time to time, is a reminder of how special Holy Cross' culture can be and your own good nature. Wishing you much happiness and success in your next adventure. Kindly, Fred
— Fred James O'Connor '84

Dear Phil, I will miss you as the President of Holy Cross and very grateful for always making me feel welcome whenever I had occasion to visit the College. Although we only have met a few times I have enjoyed your warm and friendly spirit that has made you such a success as the President of alma mater. Many blessings as you continue your ministry where ever you land. United in prayer, Tom Henehan, M.M.
—  Rev. Thomas Henehan, M.M. '60

Thank you, Fr. Boroughs, for your leadership of the College of Holy Cross. Your dedication to the College's mission has been steadfast and your legacy will be seen through the continued commitment to belonging, dignity and justice for all people. May God continue to bless you and hope that we see you at some event donning your famous purple shirt! 
—  Joanne and Chris Aventuro '87 

Fr. Boroughs, thank you for your years of service to HC! I've had the experience to work with you both as a student leader, a member of the staff in Alumni Relations, and a volunteer of the BHC. I have always respected your sincerity and approachability, especially on diversity and inclusion work on campus. I remember our conversations regarding the renaming of Mulledy Hall, and your attentiveness and response to our concerns. I also reflect on the conversations regarding the Crusader moniker, and admire the grace you had while facing criticism from both sides. While I am excited for the future, when I think back on my time at HC, know that your admirable leadership is intertwined with that experience.
— Amina Gomez '16

Bob Podolak '70



I enjoyed your visit to Colorado and have thought of you often since then. Mostly, I felt that Holy Cross was in good hands with you at the helm.
— Bob Podolak '70


Fr. Boroughs, Thank you for your service to the College. The College is a huge part of my life, as it not only is my place of work, but it also is my alma mater. It has been so encouraging to see you cherish, grow, and develop the College. Not only have I loved the addition of the buildings on campus and the Contemplative Center, I have loved the sharpening of the College's mission, the College's increasing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the College's deepening relationships with Worcester and beyond. You will certainly be missed, but your legacy will be ever-present. Good luck and best wishes.
— Isabelle Jenkins '10

Fr. Boroughs, Thanks for all you have done for Holy Cross. I am especially grateful for your support of the HCAA. Your presence at our board meetings was always a pleasure and a great opportunity to learn what was happening on campus. Best wishes.
— Laura Cutone Godwin '96 

Dear Fr. Boroughs, please accept my very best wishes as you take the next step on your path, and thank you for all your thoughtful guidance when I was leading the Holy Cross Magazine team. I remember well your joyful arrival, and appreciated your very quotable communication style — every editor's dream! Be well.
— Suzanne Morrissey

On freshman move-in day, the dorms were crazy (in a good way) and we were meeting our daughter’s roommate and trying to unpack. This priest walks in and introduced himself. “Hi, I’m Fr. Boroughs. Welcome to Holy Cross, do you need anything?” His smile and welcoming behavior was needed. He left and we all were like, “that was nice.” Then it hit me that he looked like the president. After a quick google, it was confirmed and we all were amazed that the president would be cruising the dorms offering assistance. I realized then and there that Holy Cross was a special place. 
—  Jeff Shorter P21

Best wishes to you Fr. Boroughs! My husband and I are alumni and both of our children have now graduated from Holy Cross. I always liked how you took the time to stop and chat when we were on campus for visits or a reunion. Thank you for your service to Holy Cross! 
—  Sarah Sullivan '93, P21, 19

Thank you Fr. Boroughs for your strong, yet humble leadership at Holy Cross. I have watched many other Jesuits come and go at Holy Cross in many different roles, and I have a deep respect for you all. Holy Cross is a better place because of you. Sending you only the best as you encounter a new journey!
—  Debora Cain

Those of us alumni who live in the Pacific Northwest have always felt a special pride that one of ours was the president of Holy Cross. Thank you for your inspiring leadership!
—  David A. Lynch '69

Thank you for your incredible leadership and commitment to Jesuit education, Fr. Boroughs. As an alumna, I am certainly grateful. Prayers and best wishes in your next steps!
—  Amy Golden '01

Dear Fr. Boroughs, Thank you for your years of service at Holy Cross. It has been wonderful to get to know you and we wish you all the best in the coming years. And we hope to see you during this next phase of your life! 
— Susan Halleron Calcio '88 and John Calcio

Fr. Boroughs, Thank you for your service to Holy Cross. I have always been impressed by your wisdom and strength. Be well, and I hope to see you in the future.
— Jim Tracy '70 P00

Dear Phil - You have provided the men and women at Holy Cross a living example of what it means to be "a man for others." THANK you!! In this often loud world, your silent prayers were felt by the entire Crusader community both on campus and in places far away from The Hill. I will miss your prayerful presence, gentle ways, and humble, simple approach to living life. Best of luck in your retirement. You EARNED it! Onward and upward dear friend! 
—  Gieriet Bowen '86 P22

Congratulations and best wishes! 
—  Gier Sullivan Bowen ’86, P22 

Father Phil: Congratulations on a terrific job as president of Holy Cross College. Your nine-year impact on the College is significant. It was a pleasure to know you as the College president, but it was better to know you as a caring and accomplished priest and person. Good luck in your future endeavors! Respectfully yours
— Dick Matteis '58