Who We Are
This family is the Congregation of Holy Cross, founded by Basil Anthony Moreau. ... We are a religious congregation composed of two distinct societies of religious, one of priests and one of brothers, bound together in one indivisible brotherhood.
— Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 1:6
One of the distinguishing marks of the Congregation of Holy Cross is that our community consists of both religious priests and religious brothers. Understanding who we are in Holy Cross involves learning how these two vocations are complementary and bind us together in a common life and common mission.
Who we are as the Congregation of Holy Cross is rooted in our history, dating back to our founding by Blessed Basil Moreau in 1837. Reading our history as a congregation helps shed light on our identity and mission today.
The Congregation of Holy Cross has a unique spirituality that defines who we are and is part of the spiritual heritage left to us by our holy founder, Blessed Basil Moreau. He patterned our religious community after the Holy Family, instilled a trust in Divine Providence, inflamed a zeal for ministry, and witnessed to the Cross of Christ as our only hope. Learning our spirituality is a big step in learning who we are.
Over the life of the Congregation of Holy Cross, several of our religious have exemplified what it means to be a Holy Cross religious. Learning about these heroes of our community, like Blessed Basil Moreau, Saint André Bessette, Servant of God Patrick Peyton, and Servant of God Vincent McCauley, reveals in a tangible way who we are for the Church and world.
As religious priests and brothers, who we are is inextricably rooted in our religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Also known as the evangelical counsels, these vows are essential to understanding the vocation of a Holy Cross religious.
Our Constitutions, often quoted on this website, are our rule of life as religious. Eloquent, even poetic at times, they are at once a beautiful articulation of and a moving reflection on who we are in Holy Cross. Reading the Constitutions, along with the reflection questions provided, is a great help in discerning a vocation to Holy Cross.
One of the best ways to learn who we are in Holy Cross is to see those who are casting their lots with us to be a part of our life and mission through final vows and ordination. These celebrations are a great sign of hope not just for Holy Cross, but the wider Church and world.