The Final Vows profession class of 2023 exits the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Nik Guiney on a mission trip educating children in Africa
holy cross in a church
Fr Brendan McAleer in adoration
Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., teaches college mathematics at the University of Portland
Two men in formation lie prostrate during their profession of perpetual vows
Nik Guiney on a mission trip educating children in Africa
CSC priest raises up the Gospel during Mass

We are Men with
Hope to Bring

Called to make God known, loved, and served
by bringing the hope of the Gospel to all the world.

We are Educators in the Faith.

We are a global community of pontifical right: priests and brothers who wish to abandon all to follow Christ. United by our motto — Ave Crux, Spes Unica (Hail the Cross, our Only Hope) — we are sent forth to make God known, loved, and served in ministries of education, parish, and mission throughout the world.

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Discover how we devote ourselves to higher education and learn more about our affiliated institutions.


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Learn more about our dedication to bringing hope to sixteen countries around the world.

“We are a religious congregation composed of two distinct societies of religious, one of religious priests and one of religious brothers, bound together in one indivisible brotherhood. Ours is a common founder, tradition, rule, government, way of life and mission.”

Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 1:6

Discern God’s Call

… with a brotherhood serving the Lord Jesus in mission.​

God raises up men in every generation to serve the Church and the world and so to work for the realization of the kingdom. If you are discerning a vocation as a priest or religious brother, we offer a variety of discernment opportunities to help you hear his call, including retreats, pilgrimages, book clubs, summer programs, and more!

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Mission Center

Bring Hope Across Borders

The Holy Cross Mission Center brings the hope of Christ to communities in need around the world. With a presence in 16 countries, we support the poor and vulnerable at our international missions through prayer, education, vocational training, health aid, and so much more.

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Help us Make a Difference

The generosity of our donors enables our priests and brothers to fulfill their mission of being men with hope to bring. We are responsible for providing for our young men in formation, retired and infirm religious, and our ministry to the poor — both here at home and in our international missions.

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CSC Priests congratulate new ordinance 2022

“[The vows of consecrated celibacy, poverty, and obedience] are an act of love for the God who first loved us. By our vows we are committed to single-hearted intimacy with God, to trusting dependence upon God and to willing surrender to God. We wish thus to live in the image of Jesus, who was sent in love to announce God’s rule and who beckons to us to follow him.”

Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 5:43

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Lay Collaborators

Looking for Other Ways to Assist our Mission?

The Congregation of Holy Cross has a long history of lay contributors and partners in mission who assist our work of education, parish, and mission in a variety of ways. If you’re searching for unique opportunities to get involved — or if you’ve already partnered with us at one of our many apostolates — we’re glad you’re here!

Information For Lay Collaborators

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Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau

Blessed Basil Moreau

150th Anniversary

On January 20, 2023, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Blessed Basil Moreau’s entry into eternal life. The founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Moreau was ordained a priest on August 12, 1821, at the age of 22 and was approaching fifty-two years as a priest at the time of his death.

Learn about Blessed Basil Moreau’s Life

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