priory logos onamia 002The Crosier Community of Onamia is a vibrant center for Crosier Religious Life located at the gateway to the beautiful Lakes Region in central Minnesota. This Crosier Community has been an important part of Crosier presence in the United States since the Order came over from Europe more than 100 years ago. Its members serve in a variety of ministries, working as parish priests, retreat leaders, and jail ministers, and the community is home to the Crosiers in formation.

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Offerings in 2019

Novena in Honor of St. Odilia 

The nine-day Novena in Honor of St. Odilia begins on the 5th and the 17th of every month. The novenas are prayed by the Crosiers for the intentions of the Church and world. The Crosiers invite you to join them in praying the novenas and they would be honored to pray for your personal prayer intentions. The Novena prayers can be found here and you can send your intentions to the Crosiers by clicking here. 
Give to the Max Day – Minnesota
Each year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting 24-hour Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, a unique online giving opportunity where donations are matched. This year's event is Thursday, Nov. 14. It has also become a powerful reminder that one day really can make a world of difference. Your gift on Give to the Max Day will be used to support more than 100 young men throughout the world aspiring to be Crosier priests and religious brothers. Your financial support will also be used to sustain our ministries in the United States and missionary work in Indonesia, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Crosier Fathers and Brothers, the firm conviction that we are "touching suffering with hope" inspires the Gospel work you help us carry out each day. We invite you to visit and we thank you in advance for your support!  
Holy Cross Parish Turkey Bingo
Turkey Bingo will take place Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Holy Cross Center. Attendees will have 20 chances to win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The Holy Cross Parish Life Committee sponsors this annual event.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
The Crosiers welcomes all to worship with them at 9 a.m., Holy Cross Parish. Mass on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28
Advent Vespers – Onamia
All are invited to attend the Solemn Advent Vespers with the Crosier Community at 5 p.m. at Holy Cross Priory Church and the National Shrine of St Odilia on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The Crosier Community would be honored to pray for your personal prayer intentions, which you can submit to them here.
Advent Healing Mass - Onamia 
The annual Advent Healing Mass will be Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. in Holy Cross Church. Mass includes the Anointing of the Sick and the ritual blessing with the Relic of St. Odilia. Coffee and rolls will be served in Holy Cross Center after Mass. The Crosier Community would be honored to pray for your personal prayer intentions. Click here to send us your special intentions.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 
Join the Crosiers in Onamia on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, for Mass at 4 p.m. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, celebrate the miracle and joy of the birth of our Lord with Mass at 9 a.m. at Holy Cross Priory Church, 102 Crosier Dr. N., Onamia. 

If you would like to inquire about the possibility of an overnight stay at the filial priory, or would just like to stop by for a visit, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 320.532.3103.

If you would like to visit the National Shrine of St. Odilia, you are welcome anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. However, if you would like a Crosier to greet you, please call ahead at 320.532.3103.

The Associates of the Crosier Priory of Onamia are Christian women and men rooted in their baptismal commitment. They dedicate themselves to creating a community intent on God that experiences the timeless treasures of hope, joy, and new life by embracing the cross.

They will accomplish this vision by
• living the values of community, prayer, and service inspired by the spirituality and heritage of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers) and
• keeping the Gospel alive and prophetically proclaimed to the contemporary Church and world.

Their efforts together are motivated by
• the Gospel, the Rule of St. Augustine, and other vital Crosier traditions;
• the values of respect and mutual support as sisters and brothers in the crucified and risen Lord; and
• genuine hospitality for all people as temples of God.

Crosier Associates seek to
• embody/embrace the charism of the Crosier way of life in their daily lives;
• pray the Scriptures, especially the Church’s morning and evening prayer;
• nurture communal spirit and participate regularly in group activities;
• be people of healing, hope, and hospitality, especially for the poor, suffering, and neglected;
• participate in spiritual-growth events and ministries;
• be people intent on God in our secular society; and
• foster equality and unity.

Who can become an Associate?
A person can become a Crosier Associate
• through invitation from or contact with a Crosier or Associate;
• by meeting with the director of the Crosier Associates;
• after personal reflection and prayer during a period of inquiry, while exploring the life of the Crosiers and Associates;
• by requesting to become a candidate and, together with other candidates, seriously explore, embrace, and integrate the Crosier charism into one’s life; or
• through continued discernment and prayer.

The period of candidacy (generally one year) concludes with one’s request to become a Crosier Associate through a formal commitment.

The annual enrollment for Crosier Associate candidates takes place on Pentecost Sunday. Prior to this enrollment is a period of inquiry that can take one to six months, tailored to the needs of the individual.

For more information about the Associates, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 320.532.3103.
Crosier Associates
PO Box 500
Onamia, MN 56359

Liturgy Schedule at the Holy Cross Priory Church - 102 Crosier Dr. N., Onamia, Minnesota


  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m. - Eucharist with Holy Cross Parish
  • 11:50 a.m. - Midday Prayer
  • 5 p.m. - Evening Prayer
  • 9 p.m. - Night Prayer 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday:

  • 7:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 8 a.m. - Eucharist
  • 11:50 a.m. - Midday Prayer
  • 5 p.m. - Evening Prayer
  • 9 p.m. - Night Prayer


  • 7:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 11:50 a.m. - Midday Prayer
  • 9 p.m. - Night Prayer


  • 7:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 11:50 a.m. - Midday Prayer



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