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 2018

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. 
Habits of Crosier Spiritual Architecture
Join the Crosiers for a retreat to explore consecrated life on July 13–15, 2018. Do you feel God may be leading you to leave your ordinary life and enter into a closer relationship with Christ? We invite men 25–40 who are joyful, generous with their talents and who desire to live in community to a weekend retreat at our priory. The retreat will provide you with an opportunity to experience Crosier Religious Life by: living and praying with us, learning about our religious life and outreach ministries, meeting our young men in formation, interacting with the community and spending time in personal prayer and reflection. There is no cost for this retreat, but space is limited. To inquire about this opportunity, please call the Crosier Priory at: 320.532.3103 or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Las personas con Inglés como segunda lengua son bienvenidos.
Healing Mass in Honor of St. Odilia
The Crosier Community of Onamia is hosting a Healing Mass in honor of St. Odilia, Patroness of the Blind and Afflicted and Patroness of the Crosiers at 10:30 a.m. July 15 at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minnesota, the home of the National Shrine of St. Odilia. The Healing Mass is an opportunity for pilgrims to come and celebrate the healing petitions and ministry that are the heart of this devotion. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is celebrated, and at the end of Mass, personal blessings with the ancient relics of St. Odilia are offered. The Mass is free and all are welcome! A brunch will follow the Mass. The suggested offering for the brunch is $10 per person. For more information about the Healing Mass or to RSVP for the brunch, contact the priory at 320-532-3103. 
Crosier School Alumni, Save the Date!
Alumni—you and your family and guests are invited to our Crosier All-Schools Reunion on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from Noon-8 p.m. at Holy Cross Center in Onamia! We have an action-packed agenda. Catch up with friends and classmates from Our Lady of the Lake, Wawasee Prep, The Crosier House of Studies, Sacred Heart Seminary in Indiana, and Crosier Seminary High School and/or Junior College in Onamia. We are suggesting a minimum donation of $25 per alumnus for this event, though family and guests are free. Save your spot and register today! NOTE: If you are planning to bring family and/or a guest, please select the "Register (Group)" button. Invitations will be mailed to alumni addresses on file.



If you would like to inquire about the possibility of an overnight stay at the 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

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