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Religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross, an international community with a global presence and perspective ministering in English Canada, serve in parishes as educators in the faith and men with hope to bring to our world.  Inspired by our missionary founder, Blessed Basil Moreau C.S.C. and by the spirit and teaching of Vatican Council II, we serve in the local Church to actively promote collaboration with laypersons, so that a parish entrusted to us lives as a sign, instrument and foretaste of the Reign of God.  


A vision for the Mission of the ministry in parishes for the Region of English Canada identifies ways the members of our Region and our parish communities ought to be increasingly transformed by Christ.  Our vision entails a picture of what we could be and should be to inspire our parish community to experience the Reign of God. This vision is our view of what our Holy Cross contribution should be for the better or preferred future of the parishes entrusted to us.

The following are characteristics of this vision desired by religious of Holy Cross ministering in parishes.

The following are characteristics of this vision desired by religious of Holy Cross ministering in parishes.

  1. COMMUNITY LIFE: “Our calling is to serve the Lord Jesus in mission not as independent individuals but in a brotherhood” (Constitution 4: 3    Community life for Holy Cross religious in our parishes is a priority. 

  2. EDUCATORS IN THE FAITH: “For many of us in Holy Cross … our mission as educators takes place in parishes and other ministries” (Constitution 2: 16) Holy Cross places a high value on the education of the heart as well as the mind.

  3. COMMITMENT TO THE POOR: Christ was anointed to bring good news to the poor, release for prisoners, sight for the blind, restoration for every broken victim. Our efforts, which are his, reach out to the afflicted and in a preferential way to the poor and oppressed.” ((Constitution 2:13) A commitment to the poor in Holy Cross parishes is evident through direct service to the poor, vulnerable and marginalized and an active   social justice ministry.

  4. LAY COLLABORATION: “As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people. Like them we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses: Like them we are made new by the same Lord’s love; like them we hope for a world where justice and love prevail.” (Constitution 2:12)  Holy Cross parishes are marked by a communal spirituality that encourages wide participation and the development of charisms of all God’s people.

  5. LITURGY: “There can be no Christian Community which does not gather in worship and prayer. It is true of the Church and it is true of Holy Cross as well. The Lord’s Supper is the Church’s foremost gathering for prayer.” (Constitution 3:27) Holy Cross values liturgical excellence.

  6. HOSPITALITY: “The measure of our generosity will be the sincerity, the simplicity and the sensitivity of our welcome. But we shall have most to share with others by dwelling as brothers in unity.” ( Constitution 4:40) Hospitality is a hallmark of Holy Cross spirituality. 

  7. ENCULTURATION: “Our mission sends us across borders of every sort. Often we must make ourselves at home among more than one people or culture.” (Constitution 2: 17) We recognize and celebrate the positive influence of the multicultural option in Canada and its blessing for the Church in Canada.

  8. INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE: “Our broader experience allows both the appreciation and the critique of every culture and the disclosure that no culture of this world can be our abiding home.” (Constitution 2:17) The international presence of Holy Cross links us firmly to the universal Church. 

  9. VOCATIONS AND FORMATION:  “The Lord’s call will be heard in our steadfast witness to the gospel, the companionship we offer one another, the cheerfulness with which we serve in our mission without counting the cost, and the sincere welcome we openly offer men who join us. I we delight in our vocation, we will share it with others.” (Constitution 6: 60) Recognizing the unique role of the parish in promoting the universal call to holiness, Holy Cross parishes foster a culture of vocations. 

  10. DIOCESAN COLLABORATION: “We must evaluate the quality, forms, and priorities of our commitments as to how effectively they serve the needs of the Church and the world”. (Constitution 2:19).We seek to work in dioceses where Holy Cross can uniquely impact the life of the local Church.

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