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.


As Crosiers, we find prayer to be an essential source of our life and ministry.

We gather five times a day to pray as a community, living out our Crosier charism to foster the liturgy of the Church: both Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.


Our lives are spent in service. We follow Jesus by serving men and women through various ministries, and in our most immediate apostolate—our common life—we are called to assist our confreres in charity and unity, by our prayer and our daily activities. Apostolic service is integral to our Crosier life.

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.


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