Notre Dame, IN–At its general chapter meeting in Rome this past summer, theCongregation of Holy Crossapproved the merger of its two existing U.S. provinces of priests and brothers.The newly-adopted legislation authorizes the Superior General to effect the merger in order to enhance the congregation’s ministries of “education, parish, mission.” At a joint meeting of theEastern ProvinceandIndiana ProvinceCouncils on December 4-5, it was agreed that the merger of the Eastern Province into the Indiana Province should be effected by the Superior General on July 1, 2011 (Feast of the Sacred Heart). The Indiana Province will proceed with the appropriate civil instruments to change its name to the United States Province of Priests and Brothers.
The ministries of the new province will include four colleges and universities:University of Notre Dame(Notre Dame, IN, founded 1842),University of Portland(Portland, OR, 1901),King’s College(Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1946), andStonehill College (Easton, MA, 1948). These and all other ministries will be integrated, including 13 parishes from Vermont to Oregon (and two in Mexico);Andre House, a ministry to the homeless and poor in Phoenix; theDowntown Chapelin Portland;Ave Maria Pressin Notre Dame; and Holy Cross Family Ministriesin North Easton, Massachusetts. HCFM was founded by Servant of God Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., and encompassesFamily Theater Productions, Family Rosary, and Father Peyton Family Institute. The United States Province will also be present in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Please view a map of the new United States Province of Priests and Brothers.
The Congregation’s United States Province will comprise over 410 priests and brothers plus 80 seminarians currently in formation for a life of service in Holy Cross. The administrative offices of the province will be located in South Bend, IN. Holy Cross presence in America began in 1841, when the French-founded order sent Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., who later founded the University of Notre Dame. Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., was beatified in 2007, and the order celebrated thecanonization of its first saint, Saint Andre Bessette, C.S.C., on October 17, 2010.
This reorganization has been under discussion by both provinces for some time, with a vision “to enhance the effectiveness of the Holy Cross mission in the United States,” stated Fr. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., Provincial Superior for the Indiana Province. Fr. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province, stated, “In merging we celebrate and manifest God’s gift of our brotherhood in Christ for the service of God’s people.”