The "charism" of a religious community is its particular personality within the Church — that which makes it distinctive and sets it apart from others. The Congregation of Holy Cross is an apostolic, Roman Catholic community of priests and brothers committed to common table, common prayer, and a common mission.
It is bold to claim that the cross of Christ is our hope. It is even bolder to believe and live the cross as our only hope. Yet the Congregation of Holy Cross professes this truth as the center of its spiritual tradition. Holy Cross’ motto is: “Ave Crux, Spes Unica — Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope!” For 175 years, they have worked to bring the hope of the cross to schools, universities, parishes, and other ministries on five continents of the globe.
Born Basile-Antoine Marie Moreau (Basil Anthony Marie Moreau in English) in Laigné-en-Belin, in the diocese of Le Mans, France, on February 11, 1799, Moreau would be forever affected by the spiritual upheaval caused by the French Revolution. Church property was seized, priests were executed and arrested, and religious communities were expelled from France. Moreau's hope was to fill this vast spiritual and educational gap.
The Vocations Office of the Congregation of Holy Cross offers more information about Holy Cross priests and brothers, tips for prayer and discernment, vocation stories, and retreat opportunities to learn more about the community. Explore a vocation with Holy Cross here.