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Wherever we work we assist others not only to recognize and develop their own gifts but also to discover the deepest longing in their lives.

— Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 2:16

The first Holy Cross priests were recruited by Blessed Basil Moreau to preach parish missions and assist diocesan clergy in the French countryside. After Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., crossed the Atlantic and settled in Northern Indiana, he ventured out on horseback as a circuit rider to celebrate Mass and the sacraments for Catholics who rarely saw a priest. Eventually, he founded a number of parishes in the area. The United States Province staffs 13 parishes in the United States and two in Mexico, focusing the Congregation’s resources on parishes with schools and those that serve the poor. We also provide parish assistance in diocesan parishes throughout the U.S., offering a vital service to the greater Catholic Church.