olsWhen Blessed Basil Moreau formed the Congregation of Holy Cross, he exhorted his religious to conform themselves to Christ by trusting in Divine Providence. He called us to find hope in the Cross of self-emptying love, to stand by others as the Mother of Sorrows stood by her Son Jesus Christ and to work together zealously as educators in faith. Blessed Moreau dedicated each branch of Holy Cross to a patron:

  • Priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
  • Brothers to the pure heart of Saint Joseph; and
  • Sisters to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, was established as the special patroness for all of the Congregation Holy Cross.

moreau_bookcoverOur Founder

In 1835 in Le Mans, France, our founder, Blessed Moreau, organized a group of young and energetic “auxiliary priests” who, along with the Brothers of St. Joseph, would become the Congregation of Holy Cross.

spirituality_charismThe Charism of Holy Cross

The Congregation’s priests and brothers share a collective charism to serve as educators in the faith and to fulfill Holy Cross’ mission to educate both minds and hearts.

The Cross, Our Only Hope

Our motto is: Ave Crux, Spes Unica — Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.We work to show the people of God how the Cross can be “borne as a gift” and help the followers of Christ be born to eternal life.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Blessed Basil Moreau selected Our Lady of Sorrows as the patroness for all of Holy Cross, believing better than anyone else, she could instruct and strengthen us in the core of our spirituality and mission as Holy Cross religious: to proclaim the Cross of Christ as our only hope — Ave Cruz, Spes Unica!

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The priests of Holy Cross ground our model of priestly charity in the Sacred Heart of Jesus — that heart pierced by the soldier’s lance in the final proof that Jesus offered all, every last bit of His life, for us. His open heart is a burning center from which flows life-giving blood and water, hope for the world that we Holy Cross priests strive to embody.

St. Joseph

The brothers of Holy Cross, drawing upon their beginnings with Fr. Jaques Dujarie as the Brothers of St. Joseph, are consecrated to St. Joseph. St. Joseph remained unwavering in his loyalty, faithful to his mission, and unselfishly open to the will of God. We seek to live our vocations as Holy Cross brothers with that same loyalty, faithfulness and generosity.


Holy Cross Constitutions provide members of the Congregation with focus, guidance and inspiration, while also providing insight to those with an interest in the work of Holy Cross.

Saint André Bessette

In 1982, Brother André Bessette — the “miracle man of Montreal” — was beatified. On October 17, 2010, he was canonized, becoming St. André Bessette, Holy Cross’ first saint.

Causes for Sainthood

Holy Cross has five men in various stages of the canonization process.


Rev. Herb Yost, C.S.C., posts weekly Reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel readings as a way to provide spiritual insights and guidance for the supporters of Holy Cross.

The Congregation’s Seal

The symbolic cross and anchors “coat of arms” of the Congregation of Holy Cross has evolved since Blessed Basil Moreau founded our religious order in 1835.