“To cement this union and this imitation of the Holy Family, I have consecrated and do hereby consecrate anew, as far as lies in my power, the Auxiliary Priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the shepherd of souls; the brothers to the heart of St. Joseph, their patron; and the sisters to the heart of Mary pierced with the sword of sorrow.”
-- Blessed Basil Moreau, Circular Letter 14
Blessed Basil Moreau modeled his religious family of Holy Cross on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Not surprisingly then, the priests, brothers, and sisters of Holy Cross find their special patrons and models within the three members of the Holy Family.
The priests of Holy Cross are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The brothers of Holy Cross, drawing upon their beginnings with Fr. Jaques Dujarie as the Brothers of St. Joseph, are consecrated to St. Joseph. The sisters of Holy Cross are consecrated to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows. The entire Congregation is also placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, is both the patron of Holy Cross sisters and the special patron of the whole family of Holy Cross. In selecting Mary under this title as our principal patron, Blessed Basil Moreau gave us a patron who, better than anyone else, could instruct us in our spirituality and mission to proclaim the Cross of Christ as our only hope.
Saint Joseph embodies the virtues for which all Christians, but especially we religious, strive, including integrity, fortitude, fidelity, and sanctity. We seek to live our vocations as Holy Cross brothers with the same loyalty, faithfulness, and generosity that Joseph showed in his vocations as the husband of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus.
As Holy Cross priests, we ground our model of priestly charity in the Sacred Heart of Jesus – that heart pierced by the soldier’s lance in the final proof that Jesus offered all, every last bit of His life, for us. In imitation of Him, we also seek to offer all in ministering the Sacraments and preaching the Good News.