March 1, 1837 - Congregation of Holy Cross Founded



Ave Crux, Spes Unica
Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope

Congregation of Holy Cross Anchors and CollarAfter the French Revolution when Catholic priests could not practice in the open, Blessed Basil Moreau organized a group of priests in the diocese of Le Mans to assist in educating and preaching. Several days after this group was formed, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Bouvier requested for Father Moreau to accept responsibility for the Brothers of Saint Joseph. On March 1, 1837 the two groups united under the Fundamental Act calling themselves Congregatio a Sancta Cruce (C.S.C.), literally meaning Congregation of Holy Cross. The priests and brothers were continuing the needs of the French Church.

The Congregation of Holy Cross chose a cross and anchors as their symbol to coincide with their motto Ave Crux, Spes Unica. The cross symbolizes salvation while the anchors have traditionally been a symbol of hope in Christianity. Together, they symbolize "Christ's victory on the Cross providing hope for all who believe".

Since then, Holy Cross has spread missions to sixteen countries on five continents. Numerous universities and colleges have also been founded keeping in line with Father Moreau's initial focus on education. Moreau first sent Father Sorin to the Northwest Territory and Holy Cross would later expand to the Pacific Coast with the University of Portland.

To learn more about the full history of Holy Cross, read more on their website. Read about their 175th Birthday here.




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Posted On: 2012-03-01 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07

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