Crosier Fathers and Brothers in U.S. adopt new structure
22-AUG-18 (Phoenix, Arizona) – The U.S. Crosier Fathers and Brothers have changed their structure from province to conventual priory. Master General Laurentius Tarpin, osc, promulgated this change as he established the Conventual Priory of the Holy Cross.
“After much prayer and discussion during our 2017 Provincial Chapter, we determined that a conventual priory was the best structure to sustain and grow Crosier Religious Life in the United States,” said Fr. Tom Enneking, osc, national superior for the U.S. Crosiers.
The restructuring was in response to a directive from the 2015 General Chapter where all areas of the Order were asked to discern which structure (province, conventual priory or delegation) they will adopt to foster the growth and vitality of Crosier Religious Life.
The Crosiers will spend the years leading up to the 2021 General Chapter living in this new configuration ad experimentum (on an experimental basis). No formal changes will be made to the Crosiers’ general statutes or Constitutions until the next general chapter to allow for changes and adjustments to how the structure functions and provide flexibility and creativity during the experimental phase.
Fr. Tom stated, “This is an internal change as we look to, and plan for, the future. Our ministry, programs and service to our local communities, the Church and world will continue with even greater joy. We will always maintain our mission to touch suffering with hope.”
The Crosier Fathers and Brothers provide ministry and service to many different groups, including seniors on fixed incomes; those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and their families as they face the many challenges of this condition; the incarcerated as they seek a connection to a faith community; veterans as they seek their spiritual healing; immigrants as they work to become citizens and learn English; and young people who seek a spiritual path and purpose in life. They also offer healing, pastoral and sacramental ministries and assistance; pastoral leadership to parishes; spiritual direction and retreats; and mission outreach.
The Crosiers are consecrated men of one the Roman Catholic Church’s oldest religious orders. They are also the only religious community whose national headquarters is located within the Diocese of Phoenix. The Crosiers established a community hub of spiritual outreach and activity to expand their ministries and to accompany and serve those in greatest need. The campus, known as the Crosier Village of Phoenix, serves as a place of light and healing for the greater Phoenix community.
For more information about the Crosiers, contact the conventual priory office at 602-443-7100.
About the Crosiers:
The Crosiers, officially known as the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, were founded in 1210 in modern-day Belgium. For more than 800 years, the priests and brothers have lived a life of community, prayer and service under the Rule of St. Augustine. The Crosiers have a vibrant conventual priory in the United States—with members in Phoenix, and in Onamia, Minnesota. The Crosiers gather as a community each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including parish assistance, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services and jail ministry. There are more than 350 Crosiers today worldwide serving in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil and Rome.