Information, Formation and Transformation
The Holy Cross Institute sponsors a variety of programs for education, formation and transformation of board members, administrators, faculties and staffs, students and other members of school communities on the rich history, mission and traditions of Holy Cross. Additionally, we provide research into these values and their application in education, teaching and leadership in the present time and into the future.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Brothers of St. Joseph: 1880–2020
Topics and speakers will be added soon. Registration information to come.
- 3 p.m. CT, November 19, 2020
- 2 p.m. CT, December 17, 2020 (please note time change)
Early History of the Brothers of Holy Cross
The History of the Congregation of Holy Cross
The History of Holy Cross Education
The Holy Cross Institute’s signature event is the annual Convocation which takes place each spring. Throughout the year, the Institute also sponsors mission-based programs, research and training, webinars, affinity group meetings, leadership development, networking events, retreats, and service-ministries. Likewise, the Executive Director makes regular visits to school campuses and is available for keynote addresses, special programs, faculty and staff in-services, retreat facilitation, and coaching and consultation for leaders and aspiring leaders.
Blessed Basile Moreau, C.S.C., stated that our "union is that great lever in which we can move, direct and sanctify the whole world.”
Moreau embedded the virtues of faith, hope, and zeal in the community he created, a community unique among religious communities of his time and of today. Moreau’s Congregation consisted of priests, brothers, and sisters — clerics and laypeople — and established a tradition of collaboration and mutuality that marks the Congregation and all of its apostolates in a profound way. In any Holy Cross community there is a fundamental, structural need for collaboration among all of its members – its Trustees, its schools and colleges, its departments and faculty, students and staff – a need that creates a familial spirit and unity of purpose that is unmatched elsewhere.
The best known practices of a Holy Cross education stem from a quote by Moreau: “We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” Thus, a Holy Cross education is about competence in knowledge coupled with highly developed skills that are shaped by the values of the Catholic intellectual tradition, a continuing conversation.
The Constitutions of Holy Cross read: 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. Thus, 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.
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 the oppressed. We come not just as servants but as their neighbors, to be with them and of them. It is not that we take sides against sinful enemies; before the Lord all of us are sinners and none is an enemy. We stand with the poor and the afflicted because only from there can we appeal as Jesus did for the conversion and the deliverance of all.
The mission is not simple, for the impoverishments we would relieve are not simple. There are networks of privilege, prejudice and power so commonplace that often neither oppressors nor victims are aware of them. We must be aware and also understanding by reason of fellowship with the impoverished and by reason of patient learning. For the kingdom to come in this world, disciples must have the competence to see and the courage to act.
“Hurry then; let us take up this work of resurrection.” —Blessed Basile Moreau, C.S.C.
Fr. Moreau concludes his work on Christian Education with these words. As Holy Cross educators let us never forget that we are called to be the change that our world so desperately needs. Moreau also quotes the prophet Daniel when talking about the role of Holy Cross educators, “Those who teach justice will shine like the stars in the heavens.”