charism picCrosiers share in the conventual form of religious life, similar to the Dominicans. Living together for God alone, we are vowed men who seek to combine contemplative routines with a shared apostolic life. The Crosier charism centers on our commitment to live and work in community, to celebrate the prayer of the Church (both through Eucharist and the liturgy of the hours), and to serve the people of God in light of the Cross of Christ as a sign of hope and glory.


  • Commmunity
  • Prayer
  • Service
  • Spirituality of the Cross


Following the Rule of St. Augustine, our Crosier life is based on community, promoting the common good while respecting each confrere. Our life, ministry, and prayer center on our community life. Because of our call to an Augustinian form of communal life, each member gives himself to the life and unity of the community while respecting each man for the unique person he is. 


As a community founded in faith, the Crosiers recognize that prayer is an essential expression and source of our life and work together. Crosiers gather five times a day to pray together as a community: in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. We live out the special Crosier vocation to foster the liturgy of the Church—both the liturgy of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours—by coming together regularly to pray.


Our lives are spent in service. We serve Jesus by serving our fellow men and women through our various ministries, and through our most immediate apostolate—our community life—we are called to assist our confreres in charity and unity, by our prayers, and through all of our daily activities. Crosiers actively minister to the needs of the Church and society, working in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.

Spirituality of the Cross

An essential element of our charism is expressed in our name, the Order of the Holy Cross. Our spirituality of the cross is rooted in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus (the Paschal Mystery). We recognize that there is much suffering and pain in the world, but we also believe the resurrection of Jesus guarantees that in our suffering and pain there is hope and healing. Because of this, we emphasize the glorious, or triumphant, cross.


Learn more about Crosier History.

learn more