Our vows bind us together in community. We commit ourselves to share with one another who we are, what we have and what we do. Thereby we form a community as did those who first believed in Christ’s resurrection and were possessed by His Spirit. The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul.
— Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 5:46
Within the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Basil Moreau dedicated our religious brothers to the patronage of St. Joseph. Just as St. Joseph was an integral part of the Holy Family, so too, our brothers have an essential presence in the Holy Cross family.
Brothers profess the vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience and in doing so commit themselves to the common work, prayer, and life in Holy Cross. In service to the Church, our brothers answer Christ's call to go out to all the nations and make the Gospel known. They do this primarily as teachers, administrators, or directors in the schools, parishes and missions of Holy Cross around the world. In their commitment to the communal prayer of Holy Cross they strive to grow in holiness and draw the world into deeper holiness.
Their participation in the common life unites our community and provides support and encouragement for their confreres. In their "yes" to Christ's invitation to follow him, they make themselves radically open to serving the needs of the Church and the world.
In their own words . . .
What is a religious brother?
"He is a man of prayer," responds the late Br. John J. Platte, C.S.C. "A man dedicated to God and to his vows. A man who makes himself at service to his community, to the Church and its people. A man whose example will lead others to Christ. 'Brother' really isn't a title-it's a relationship."
What type of man would make a good religious brother?
"If you're a man who doesn't mind doing the little things and the big things, doing them well, and doing them all for the love of God . . . consider being a brother," says the late Br. Clarence Breitenbach, C.S.C. "A vocation to religious life is not just a job, it's a way of life that requires faithfulness. Trust in God in all things, and he will not lead you astray."
To learn more about the vocation of a brother in Holy Cross:
- Read posts on our vocations blog from Holy Cross religious reflecting on the brotherhood.
- Learn more about Saint André Bessette, a humble Holy Cross brother who became the Congregation’s first canonized saint.
- Watch this video of Br. Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C., explaining how being a religious brother is not about a particular ministry, but a particular way of life.