The Brothers of Holy Cross are members of an international congregation of Catholic religious brothers and priests who lead extraordinary lives by bringing hope to others. Devoted to God through our ministry and prayer, we strive to make a difference in the world by being present and available to the people and communities we serve.Although ministry is essential to the life of a brother or priest in Holy Cross, it does not define our life. Rather, it is our lifestyle that makes us unique – we take this extraordinary journey of faith together. Abroad or at home, Holy Cross men live in community. In good times or challenging times, we can always count on our fellow brothers for support and encouragement
Our calling is to serve the Lord Jesus in mission not as independent individuals but in a brotherhood. Our community life refreshes the faith that makes our work a ministry and not just an employment; it fortifies us by the example and encouragement of our confreres; and it protects us form being overwhelmed or discouraged by our work.
TO BROTHER is to recognize our need for and reliance upon a community for support, sustenance, and love. We allow tenderness to be our strength and vulnerability to be our power so that our compassion may enkindle the full potential of all our brothers and sisters.
TO BROTHER is to invest in integrity, intimacy, and friendship, to let go of one all-encompassing human relationship. We center our lives on the belief in God’s love for us and, in turn, we share that love with others.
TO BROTHER is to let go of possessions, role expectations, and even reputation in our freedom to care for the earth and its people. Our arms are not cluttered with goods and excesses. Our arms are not raised in a defensive posture or to build a shell around ourselves. Rather, our arms are free to embrace and make whole bodies that are broken and communities that are fragmented. We freely give away what we have received as gifts.