Our consecration is a public one, for we are called to stand forth in service and witness. It is desirable therefore that we ordinarily be known and seen as members of the congregation. The symbol of the congregation, the cross and anchors, is worn to identify us as members of Holy Cross. — Blessed Basil Moreau

Our motto is: “Ave Crux, Spes Unica” — “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” For more than 175 years, our priests and brothers have worked to bring the hope of the Cross to schools, universities, parishes and other ministries on five continents. The Congregation offers the world not only our hope in crosses, but also our trust in Divine Providence, our familial spirit and unity, our Eucharistic fellowship and worship, our belief that education is both of the mind and the heart and our apostolic zeal to make God known, loved and served around the globe. We are “educators in the faith,” “a great band of men,” “men with hope to bring.”

Portions taken from “The Cross, Our Only Hope” edited by Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C. and Kevin Grove, C.S.C.

History of Holy Cross

The History of Holy Cross dates back to Post-Revolutionary France when the order was established to bring education and the Catholic faith back to a country devastated by the Humanism era. There are more than 400 priests and brothers who are part of the United States Province and more than 1,200 members of the Congregation worldwide.

about_blessed_basil_moreauBlessed Basil Moreau

Blessed Basil Moreau founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837 by combining a group of auxillary priests and teaching brothers to make them “educators in the faith.”

about_saint_andreSaint André Bessette

Br. André Bessette, C.S.C., was a simple man who used the power of prayer to heal thousands of the sick in Montreal, Canada. Saint André was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2010.


The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, was established in July 2011 when the Eastern Province merged into the Indiana Province. See a listing of the Provincial leadership.


The United States Province serves the people of God through its parishes, colleges and universities and other ministries located across the U.S. and Mexico. The U.S. Province also has three international Districts: Chile, Peru and East Africa.


The United States Province of Priests and Brothers is a vibrant community with more than 50 men in formation. This is a gallery of photos/videos from Final Vows and Ordinations.

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Whether you are interested in learning more about the Congregation of Holy Cross, considering a Vocation or are interested in supporting us and our mission, please contact us.