Holy Cross Community

Holy Cross Congregation

Holy Cross Congregation

Faithful to the mission of the first Holy Cross religious sent to minister to the people of the Wyoming Valley, we continue to preach the Gospel, to teach, and to serve. We do this primarily within the King's College community, as well as in the local church and through participation in the wider civic community.

Our ministry is guided by our desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ who, by living a preferential option for all in need, helped people to grow in the knowledge and service of the Father. The ministry flows from a strong community life rooted in prayer and fidelity to the vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience.

In living out our mission as "educators in the faith," we wish to help others to learn the values and the religious meaning of life. We also seek to collaborate with and empower our colleagues, students, and others to join us in this mission.

(Adopted November 6, 1989)

King's and the local Holy Cross Community are entering their 64th year. Currently, 17 "C.S.C.s" (the Community's Latin name is, "Congregatio a Sancta Cruce") serve at King's and in the Wyoming Valley. Of those, 12 minister at the college; five others work locally, residing on campus or in the area.

In addition to their roles at the college, the Holy Cross Community members are actively involved in Northeastern Pennsylvania religious, civic, and service organizations. Many of our priests also assist at area parishes on weekends.

Holy Cross Affiliates Program
We offer this experience for those students who may feel called to examine religious life in Holy Cross. They have an opportunity to meet on a regular basis for prayer and conversation with Holy Cross religious and with other young men who are interested in religious life.

Holy Cross Candidate and Semester Residential Program
This is a two-semester residential program for college graduates who are seriously interested in pursuing a vocation as a Holy Cross religious. They share daily prayer and meals, volunteer ministry, and take courses in theology and philosophy, while exploring the various aspects of religious life and the sharing of faith. The Holy Cross Candidate Program is situated at the University of Notre Dame. You may also ask Fr. Richard Hockman or Fr. Dan Issing or any Holy Cross priest or brother for further information.

Lord God,
you filled the heart of Father Basil Moreau,
founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross,
with zeal for the proclamation of your kingdom
through the ministry of education.

Bless us and all the administrators,
teachers, students, staff, and alumni of King's College
with a desire for your truth and a passion
to make you known, loved, and served.

May we work together to educate the mind and heart
of every member of our college community.

May your gracious Spirit
enable this
work of resurrection in us
so that we might bring light
to those in darkness
and proclaim your liberating love
to all in need.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Thomas Looney, C.S.C.

Blessed Basil A. Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross,
was beatified September 15, 2007 in LeMans, France. His beatification brought him one step closer to being canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church.

Beatification: a special time for the Holy Cross Order
Beatification is one way the Roman Catholic Church honors people whose lives have been exemplary models of love, devotion, and witness to God. Beatification celebrates the life of someone whose life is worthy of exceptional recognition. On September 15, 2007, Fr. Basil Moreau, was beatified in Le Mans , France bringing him one step closer to sainthood.

The Holy Cross Community was founded at Sainte Croix ("Holy Cross"), France, in 1837 by Fr. Basil Anthony Moreau. He envisioned a religious community of priests, brothers, and sisters who would assist the diocesan clergy, teach at all levels of education, and respond to other pressing needs in the church.

In 1841, the first group of Holy Cross priests and brothers came to America. Late in November of 1842, Fr. Sorin and the brothers arrived at what is now South Bend, Ind., and began building. Since that time, three Holy Cross Congregations of priests, brothers, and sisters have founded nine colleges and universities in the United States.

HISTORY

University of Notre Dame
St. Mary 's College
St. Edward's University
University of Portland
Our Lady of Holy Cross
King's College
Stonehill College
Notre Dame College
Holy Cross College
1842: Notre Dame, Ind.
1844: Notre Dame, Ind.
1885: Austin, Texas
1901: Portland, Ore.
1916: New Orleans, La.
1946: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
1948: North Easton, Mass.
1950: Manchester , N.H. (closed)
1966: Notre Dame, Ind.

The Holy Cross Community has ministered for more than 160 years in the United States in parishes, educational institutions and as chaplains in hospitals, the military service, and elsewhere. The community seeks to form people whose Christian values guide their lives and who will contribute to the development of a more just society.

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