When we hear the word "Mission," our first thought might be a mission church in an exotic a far-away locale. Certainly the Congregation of Holy Cross serves in foreign missions. This was of critical importance to our founder Blessed Basil Moreau. Not only is the work of foreign missions a pillar in the history of the Congregation of Holy Cross, it is also an important part of our present, and future. We invite you to learn more about our foreign missions in the Mission Center section of our website.
Additionally, the Congregation of Holy Cross is involved in other ministries that might fall under the heading of 'missions.' These are other apostolates that operate both in and outside of the United States.
St. André House
At André House, Holy Cross religious and other volunteers directly engage in social justice ministry to the homeless and unemployed, assisting with meals, job training, shelter and other forms of counseling and training.
Saint André Bessette Catholic Church
As a ministry, Saint André Bessette Catholic Church provides spiritual and emotional support for the underserved population of Portland. Holy Cross also works with the local government to find housing and physical resources for the homeless, elderly and poor.
Holy Cross Family Ministries
Today Holy Cross Family Ministries encompasses a family of four ministries: Family Rosary, Family Theater Productions, Father Peyton Family Institute, and Catholic Mom. Servant of God Father Peyton's work in mass media continues to play an important role the identity of all of these ministries.
Ave Maria Press
Ave Maria Press was established in by Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C,, in order to print Catholic materials to circulate in the South Bend area for the instruction and edification of the local Catholic community. Today Ave Maria Press offers a wide range of books, and educational resources for Catholics and educators.
During the Civil War in 1861, Fr. William Corby, C.S.C., joined the Irish Brigade to serve as a military chaplain. In fact, a statue of Fr. Corby, which depicts him giving absolution to a group of his men just before the battle of Gettysburg, has long graced the lawn in front of Corby Hall at Notre Dame. In keeping with this tradition, several Holy Cross men have volunteered to serve as Military Chaplains.
Holy Cross priests strive to be open to the needs of the communities in which they serve. For several Holy Cross priests, including Fr. Tom McNally, C.S.C., this meant regular visits to a local prison. Prison ministry is important work in that it reminds us all that no one is beyond the mercy of Jesus Christ, and that those who struggle most deserve our love and attention.