The Congregation of Holy Cross: Anchors of the Mission

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Holy Cross priests and brothers anchor the University’s Catholic character and spirit. Of the members of the Congregation on campus, 37 live in residence halls, and seven of them serve as rectors. Twenty Holy Cross religious teach in the classroom in some capacity.

This is the essence of the Holy Cross model of education: forming students both inside the classroom and beyond it.

“Moreau inspired his band of Holy Cross religious to prepare useful citizens for society, but also to set ourselves to the task of preparing citizens for heaven. The Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame—and around the world—continues with this mission today,” said Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs.

Today, members of the Congregation are found across campus, working in administration, serving in chapels, living in residence halls, and teaching in classrooms. They gather for meals and common prayer, oversee the daily operations of campus life, celebrate Mass, counsel students, and provide instruction in everything from science to social justice to liberal arts.

Literally, since day one, the Congregation has been working to fulfill the vision of its founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., to cultivate the hearts and minds of students.

C.S.C. Priests and Brothers on Campus

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Note: Personnel at Notre Dame’s o-site locations are included.

In one of the Congregation’s first missionary efforts, Father Moreau sent Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and a group of brothers to the American frontier in the early 1840s to found a university. Today, priests and brothers of the Congregation continue to animate the University of Notre Dame with their mission to be “educators in the faith.”In the troubled times following the French Revolution, a young priest named Basil Moreau assembled other priests to educate and revitalize the Catholic community in the region around Le Mans, France. Shortly thereafter, he accepted responsibility for the Brothers of St. Joseph, a group founded 15 years earlier. In 1841, Blessed Basil united the priests and brothers within a single association, the Congregation of Holy Cross, and the community began to grow internationally through its educational and missionary activity.

In one of the Congregation’s first missionary efforts, Father Moreau sent Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and a group of brothers to the American frontier in the early 1840s to found a university. Today, priests and brothers of the Congregation continue to animate the University of Notre Dame with their mission to be “educators in the faith.”

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