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Congregation of Holy Cross – Mission

Window depicting the men of Holy Cross in mission, Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau

Carrying on the work begun by our holy founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, the Congregation of Holy Cross continues the mission of Jesus Christ entrusted to the Catholic Church by working to “make God known, loved, and served, and thus save souls.” As apostolic religious brothers and religious priests at the service of the Universal Church, we go wherever the Spirit and this mission lead us. Today this includes 16 countries around the world.


“Wherever we are sent…”

As men vowed to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, we evangelize as “educators in the faith.” This includes ministering primarily in educational institutions (including grade schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools) and in parochial ministry. We also engage in other apostolic works of charity and service to share the Good News with those in need.

“Wherever through its superiors the congregation sends us we go as educators in the faith to those whose lot we share, supporting men and women of grace and goodwill everywhere in their efforts to form communities of the coming kingdom” (Constitutions, 2:12).


Our mission sends us “across borders of every sort” (Constitutions, 2:17). Sometimes these are international borders between countries; other times they are socio-economic, cultural, linguistic, and other barriers that hinder people from hearing and accepting the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Congregation of Holy Cross strives to fulfill its mission in particular communities in response to local needs, especially the needs of the poor. Wherever we minister, we serve in the midst of the people of God.

“We come not just as servants but as their neighbors, to be with them and of them” (Constitutions, 2:13). Whether it is living in residence halls with students, being invited into the family life of our parishioners, or residing in the impoverished neighborhoods of our missions, we share our lives and the spirit of our religious vocation with those whom we serve.

Window depicting the women of Holy Cross in mission, Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau