This plan was to found three establishments consecrated to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, although living in separate dwellings and under different rules, would, nevertheless, remain united among themselves after the model of the Holy Family.
— Blessed Basil Moreau, Circular Letter 8
The model of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph was before Blessed Basil Moreau as he founded a community that would draw together priests, sisters, and brothers to serve the Church. The priests were dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the sisters were dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the brothers were dedicated to the pure heart of St. Joseph.
Blessed Moreau’s desire was that this community would be rooted in the virtues that one would find in the home at Nazareth, such as humility, obedience, and chastity. Following the model of love offered by the Holy Family, the Holy Cross community would attend to one another in their struggles, assist one another in their good works, and celebrate together in times of joy. Community life would continually offer opportunities to grow in virtue and in service to one another.
The Holy Family continues to be a model for the Holy Cross community as we live out our vocation. When we enter the community we join a family that spans national and cultural borders without leaving our own family behind. The extended family of any one religious is often seen as the extended family of the whole community.
As with many families, our life in community draws us together at set times during the day and throughout the week for prayer and for meals. Community celebrations and feasts often resemble large family gatherings marked by the celebration of Mass followed by opportunity for socializing and dinner.
As a community we pool our resources, we support one another in word and deed, and we are present to one another in our joys and our sorrows. In this life modeled on the Holy Family we strive to be a witness of the joy that can be found in brotherhood.