We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.
—Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C.
At the time Blessed Moreau founded Holy Cross in post-war Revolutionary France, both education and faith were being suppressed. While freedom was championed, the Church and her schools were outlawed. Holy Cross’ commitment to education, parish and mission are rooted in the crisis of those times, but are still relevant today. Moreau charged his priests and brothers to be “educators in the faith.”
Holy Cross prides itself on its devotion to higher education. Today, four colleges and universities in the United States are guided by the principles, philosophy and spirituality of Holy Cross.
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Established in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross’ Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., today, the University of Notre Dame is at the forefront in research and scholarship, is one of America’s leading undergraduate teaching institutions and one of the world’s most renown Catholic higher education institutions.
Known as “Oregon’s Catholic University,” Holy Cross has sponsored the University of Portland since 1901. The University is ranked among the West’s top 10 schools by U.S. News and World Report and boasts some of the finest professors in the country.
Founded in 1946 by the Congregation to educate the children of miners and mill workers in the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. area, today, King’s College offers 35 different majors in various fields and is ranked among the nation’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Report.
The Congregation of Holy Cross founded Stonehill College, a small liberal arts college outside of Boston, in 1948. Stonehill has been nationally recognized for its numerous community engagement efforts by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation.
The Office of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame has published a 16-page booklet, “Holy Cross and Christian Education,” to explain Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision for a Holy Cross education.