Extraordinary Lives, Bringing Hope to Others

The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded in response to the need for education and evangelization in France following the devastation of the French Revolution. Our founder, Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., brought together a group of brothers, auxiliary priests and for a period of time, sisters, to form a bold vision for a religious community modeled on the Holy Family. Fr. Moreau’s vision carried the men and women of Holy Cross beyond France to the United States in 1841, where the Congregation founded the University of Notre Dame.

In the ensuing decades, the Congregation evolved into an international religious community of brothers and priests who minister side by side in more than 15 countries throughout the world today.




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