Brief History

Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau* (1799–1873), CSC, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837 in the small French town of Sainte- Croix (Holy Cross), near Le Mans, France. In 1841, Father Moreau sent six brothers and one priest — Father Edward Sorin, CSC — to the United States. In 1842, they established the first Holy Cross school in the country in South Bend, Indiana, which became the University of Notre Dame.

In 1872, Father Sorin traveled to Austin, Texas, with plans to establish a Catholic school. St. Edward’s Academy was founded in 1877 and opened for classes in 1878. In 1885, the academy secured its charter as a college, and in 1925, it received its university charter.

Preferred styles for Moreau:

  • Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC
  • Father Moreau or Basil Moreau (second reference)

NOTE: The French spelling of Moreau’s first name is “Basile.” We use the English version of “Basil.”

St. Edward’s University is part of the Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The Province Center (headquarters) for Moreau Province is located adjacent to the St. Edward’s campus.