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  • Br. Albert Becker, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I wanted to dedicate my life to God through prayer, the fraternal life, and service. I grew up in a family setting where the Catholic Church was very much a part of our daily lives, part of our tradition as a family, and God was very much present in the ordinary ways of our life as a family.

Alumnus

  • Welcome Alumni
    As former students of Crosier schools, you have a special connection to the Order. You are part of the Crosiers' long tradition of service to Catholic education here in the United States and in other countries. While Crosiers no longer operate or staff any schools in the United States, we are grateful for the thousands of students who have passed through our classrooms.

Apostolate

  • Apostolate
    Be an integral part of our Crosier life and mission by becoming a member of the Crosier Apostolate! Apostolate members share the Crosier call to discipleship and proudly display their relationship with the Crosiers by wearing their Crosier Cross lapel pin. Apostolate members regularly gather with Crosiers for prayer and social events.

Arizona

  • Phoenix
    The Crosier Community of Phoenix lives and prays together in their priory located in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix. The Crosiers serve as associate pastors and provide weekend assistance in the Diocese of Phoenix. They are involved in a number of apostolates, including campus ministry, immigration assistance, jail ministry, spiritual direction, visiting memory care patients, and other ministries that serve the Church.
  • Phoenix
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.
  • Visitor Information
    The Crosiers in Phoenix welcome guests to our community, though we have limited overnight space in our current residences. If you would like to inquire about accommodations, please contact the prior, Fr. Dave Donnay, osc, by email, by phone at 602.224.0434, or via mail at PO Box 32705, Phoenix, AZ 85064.

Belgium

  • International
    Since their foundation more than 800 years ago in a small church in Belgium, the Crosiers have grown into an international Order, serving on five continents. The Order's international headquarters is in Rome, Italy, at the Basilica of San Giorgio in Velabro near the ancient Roman Forum. Crosiers have cared for this seventh-century church since 1939

Blessed Theodore

  • History Part 1
    The first period of Crosier history, during medieval times, was one of growth. Blessed Theodore and four companions came from Liège in Belgium and formed a community near the city of Huy called Clairlieu. They were influenced by the fraternal life movement in the Church at the time that led to the founding of the Franciscans, the Dominicans, and the Carmelites.

Campaign

  • Crosier Village of Phoenix
    Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others. –St. Augustine These words have been the basis of Crosier Religious Life since the Order was founded more than 800 years ago.

Canons Regular of the Holy Cross

  • About Us
    We are Crosiers, members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dedicated to the spirituality of the glorious Cross. The Crosiers minister to help people find hope in suffering and joy from struggle. Living Together for God Alone, Crosiers follow the Rule of St. Augustine. Our community life, along with our fidelity to public celebration of the liturgy of the Church and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Crosiers work in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, campus ministry, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.

Capital

  • Crosier Village of Phoenix
    Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others. –St. Augustine These words have been the basis of Crosier Religious Life since the Order was founded more than 800 years ago.

Charism

  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • Prayer
    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.
  • Service
    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).

Cincture

  • Cincture
    Worn around the waist to confine the tunic, a cincture is included in almost every form of religious or ecclesiastical clothing. The cincture is closely associated with chastity, and those following the Rule of Augustine use a broad one of a dark color.

Communities

  • Communities
    Crosiers live in two vital communities in the United States: one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers gather each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including assisting in local parishes, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services, and jail ministry. Crosiers also serve in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Indonesia, the Democratic Repulic of the Congo, Brazil, and Rome, where the Order is based.

Community

  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • Onamia
    The 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.
  • Phoenix
    The Crosier Community of Phoenix lives and prays together in their priory located in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix. The Crosiers serve as associate pastors and provide weekend assistance in the Diocese of Phoenix. They are involved in a number of apostolates, including campus ministry, immigration assistance, jail ministry, spiritual direction, visiting memory care patients, and other ministries that serve the Church.
  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.
  • Commmunity
    Following the Rule of St. Augustine, our Crosier life is based on community, promoting the common good while respecting each confrere.
  • Visitor Information
    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 Kermit Holl, osc, prior, or call 320.532.3103.
  • Visitor Information
    The Crosiers in Phoenix welcome guests to our community, though we have limited overnight space in our current residences. If you would like to inquire about accommodations, please contact the prior, Fr. Dave Donnay, osc, by email, by phone at 602.224.0434, or via mail at PO Box 32705, Phoenix, AZ 85064.

Companions

  • Companions of the Holy Cross
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.
  • Escuela de Santa Escucha Cruzada (ESEC)
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.

Conventual

  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • About Us
    We are Crosiers, members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dedicated to the spirituality of the glorious Cross. The Crosiers minister to help people find hope in suffering and joy from struggle. Living Together for God Alone, Crosiers follow the Rule of St. Augustine. Our community life, along with our fidelity to public celebration of the liturgy of the Church and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Crosiers work in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, campus ministry, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.
  • Commmunity
    Following the Rule of St. Augustine, our Crosier life is based on community, promoting the common good while respecting each confrere.

Conventual eucharist

  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • About Us
    We are Crosiers, members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dedicated to the spirituality of the glorious Cross. The Crosiers minister to help people find hope in suffering and joy from struggle. Living Together for God Alone, Crosiers follow the Rule of St. Augustine. Our community life, along with our fidelity to public celebration of the liturgy of the Church and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Crosiers work in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, campus ministry, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.
  • Commmunity
    Following the Rule of St. Augustine, our Crosier life is based on community, promoting the common good while respecting each confrere.

Crosier

  • History
    The Order was founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and companions. The name Crosier is derived from the French word croisés—signed with the cross. In medieval England, Crosiers were known as the Crutched (crossed) Friars. The designation refers to the cross and the spirituality of the Order.
  • Meet A Crosier
    The Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States live in two vibrant communities—one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers 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 outreach, and jail ministry.
  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • Our Habit
    When the Crosier Order was founded in 1210 during the Middle Ages, people paid close attention to the symbolic nature of clothing. Thus, the first Crosiers designed their habit to be a highly visible statement of the community’s religious values.
  • International
    Since their foundation more than 800 years ago in a small church in Belgium, the Crosiers have grown into an international Order, serving on five continents. The Order's international headquarters is in Rome, Italy, at the Basilica of San Giorgio in Velabro near the ancient Roman Forum. Crosiers have cared for this seventh-century church since 1939
  • Communities
    Crosiers live in two vital communities in the United States: one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers gather each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including assisting in local parishes, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services, and jail ministry. Crosiers also serve in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Indonesia, the Democratic Repulic of the Congo, Brazil, and Rome, where the Order is based.
  • Onamia
    The 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.
  • Phoenix
    The Crosier Community of Phoenix lives and prays together in their priory located in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix. The Crosiers serve as associate pastors and provide weekend assistance in the Diocese of Phoenix. They are involved in a number of apostolates, including campus ministry, immigration assistance, jail ministry, spiritual direction, visiting memory care patients, and other ministries that serve the Church.
  • Phoenix
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.
  • St. Odilia
    About the year 300, St. Odilia and ten other young women, including St. Ursula, set out from England on a pilgrimage to the East. By accident or plan, their ship went up the Rhine, where they were captured by Huns and taken to Cologne, where they were martyred defending their faith and their chastity.
  • Prayer Requests
    The Crosiers are happy to pray for and with you. Please send your special intentions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.
  • Leave a Legacy
    Leave a legacy. It’s not just for the very wealthy! You can give significant support to the life and work of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers through a Charitable Gift Annuity, remembering the Crosiers in your will, or making a gift of a life insurance policy you currently own. Consider giving the gift of appreciated stock. When you do so, you have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to support Crosiers’ needs, and you may be able to earn certain tax advantages.
  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.
  • History Part 1
    The first period of Crosier history, during medieval times, was one of growth. Blessed Theodore and four companions came from Liège in Belgium and formed a community near the city of Huy called Clairlieu. They were influenced by the fraternal life movement in the Church at the time that led to the founding of the Franciscans, the Dominicans, and the Carmelites.
  • History Part 3
    The modern era began in 1840 when the law forbidding the reception of new members was repealed and surprising numbers joined the Order, some of them diocesan priests who believed all along they had a call to religious life. Henricus van den Wijmelenberg was one of them.
  • Master General Laurentius Tarpin, osc
    The leader of the worldwide Crosier Order, Most Rev. Glen Lewandowski, osc, was born in Foley, Minn., attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., before entering the Crosiers and making his first profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1970
  • Conventual Prior Thomas Enneking, osc
    As prior provincial, Fr. Thomas Enneking, osc, is the religious superior of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States. A native of Spring Hill, Minn., Fr. Tom attended Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a degree in music and psychology in 1980. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He made his first profession of vows as a Crosier on Aug. 4, 1978, and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1984
  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.
  • Commmunity
    Following the Rule of St. Augustine, our Crosier life is based on community, promoting the common good while respecting each confrere.
  • Prayer
    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.
  • Service
    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.
  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.
  • Vocations
    Consider becoming a Crosier As a Crosier, you will seek, with other Crosiers, to announce the Good News in the midst of our life together and in the world.
  • Visitor Information
    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 Kermit Holl, osc, prior, or call 320.532.3103.
  • Companions of the Holy Cross
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.
  • News and Information
    Citizenship classes to resume in October Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, will offer his series of citizenship classes to those interested in learning the basic how-tos of becoming a U.S. citizen. This session begins Oct. 12 and continues for six consecutive Saturdays. The classes, conducted in English, are held from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at 4423 N. 24th St., in Phoenix, and are free (with a fee for class materials). For more information or to reserve a place in class, contact Br. Jim via email or call him at 602-769-7744.
  • Visitor Information
    The Crosiers in Phoenix welcome guests to our community, though we have limited overnight space in our current residences. If you would like to inquire about accommodations, please contact the prior, Fr. Dave Donnay, osc, by email, by phone at 602.224.0434, or via mail at PO Box 32705, Phoenix, AZ 85064.
  • Tunic
    A long white robe similar to a cassock. Historically, it was made from unprocessed, undyed wool and was inexpensive, warm, and a dull white. The color and texture were a reminder to live a simple life. Before Vatican II, Crosier brothers wore a black tunic to distinguish themselves from the priests.
  • Scapular
    The broad rectangular cloth that goes from the shoulders to the knees on both the front and back of the body, the scapular boasts the distinctive red and white Crosier Cross. At first the scapular was simply a working garment or apron worn by agricultural laborers, but by about the fifth century religious orders began wearing them as a sign of their religious vows, often calling it crux (cross) because of its shape. The Crosier scapular doubled as a work apron and a sign of solidarity with common laborers and the poor.
  • Mozetta
    Mozetta An elbow-length black cape worn over the scapular, the mozetta has a row of nine buttons on the right side and nine button holes on the left. When a novice receives his habit, his mozetta has only three buttons, one for each of the vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  • 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).
  • Br. Roman Fleischhacker, osc, dies in Onamia
    Br. Roman Fleischhacker, osc, died on Sept. 14, 2013, in Onamia, Minn. He was 90.
  • Fr. David Gallus, osc, dies in Onamia
    Br. Roman Fleischhacker, osc, died on Sept. 14, 2013, in Onamia, Minn. He was 90.
  • Crosier Village of Phoenix
    Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others. –St. Augustine These words have been the basis of Crosier Religious Life since the Order was founded more than 800 years ago.
  • Escuela de Santa Escucha Cruzada (ESEC)
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.

Crosier Apostolate

  • Apostolate
    Be an integral part of our Crosier life and mission by becoming a member of the Crosier Apostolate! Apostolate members share the Crosier call to discipleship and proudly display their relationship with the Crosiers by wearing their Crosier Cross lapel pin. Apostolate members regularly gather with Crosiers for prayer and social events.

Crosier Associates

  • Associates
    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.

Crosier Cross Ministries

  • Crosier Village Ministries
    Crosier Cross Ministries is a school of spirituality sharing the peace, hope, and joy of the Glorious Cross of Jesus through spiritual accompaniment, instruction, and training. Inspired by the vision and principles of the Second Vatican Council, Crosier Cross Ministries provides formation and education in spirituality and theology through personal direction, parish missions, contemplative retreats, guided study, and other programs.

Crosier alumni

  • Welcome Alumni
    As former students of Crosier schools, you have a special connection to the Order. You are part of the Crosiers' long tradition of service to Catholic education here in the United States and in other countries. While Crosiers no longer operate or staff any schools in the United States, we are grateful for the thousands of students who have passed through our classrooms.

Crosier blog

  • Blog
    Read more about our thoughts on Crosier Religious Life, our charism, and what it's really like to live in a Crosier community and minister to God's people.

Crosier habit

  • Cincture
    Worn around the waist to confine the tunic, a cincture is included in almost every form of religious or ecclesiastical clothing. The cincture is closely associated with chastity, and those following the Rule of Augustine use a broad one of a dark color.

Crosiers

  • History
    The Order was founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and companions. The name Crosier is derived from the French word croisés—signed with the cross. In medieval England, Crosiers were known as the Crutched (crossed) Friars. The designation refers to the cross and the spirituality of the Order.
  • Meet A Crosier
    The Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States live in two vibrant communities—one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers 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 outreach, and jail ministry.
  • About Us
    We are Crosiers, members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dedicated to the spirituality of the glorious Cross. The Crosiers minister to help people find hope in suffering and joy from struggle. Living Together for God Alone, Crosiers follow the Rule of St. Augustine. Our community life, along with our fidelity to public celebration of the liturgy of the Church and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Crosiers work in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, campus ministry, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.
  • Onamia
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.
  • Litany to St. Odilia
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us
  • Prayer to St. Odilia
    Praise to you, O Christ, for the victory of your Glorious Cross. Through the power of your death and resurrection, be our champion over the evil that afflicts our bodies, the errors of our minds, the confusion of our feelings, the guilt of our consciences, the brokenness of our relationships, and the weakness of our faith. Make good our hope in you, and restore us now and forever to your glory, O Crucified and Risen Lord
  • History Part 2
    The second period of the Order’s history was ushered in by a reform initiated at the General Chapter of 1410. This reform, influenced by a spiritual movement called the devotio moderna, was spearheaded by the priory of St. Agatha in the Netherlands and was typified by a very personal devotional spirituality
  • Onamia (2)
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.

Cross

  • 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).

Crossview

  • Crossview
    This is an exerpt from our latest edition of Crossview, our quarterly newsletter.

Devotio moderna

  • History Part 2
    The second period of the Order’s history was ushered in by a reform initiated at the General Chapter of 1410. This reform, influenced by a spiritual movement called the devotio moderna, was spearheaded by the priory of St. Agatha in the Netherlands and was typified by a very personal devotional spirituality

Devotion

  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and shared with him where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.

Donation

  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.

Donations

  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.

Emil Hartman osc

  • Br. Emil Hartman, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? When I was a seventh grader, Sr. Malachy handed out information about religious life. It was at that time that I knew I wanted to be a brother. For me it meant time for prayer, Mass, and physical work throughout the day. I knew there would also be times for silence (no talking at all) and other times for talking. I chose the Crosiers because they were located close to my home. It truly was the grace of God that directed me to the Crosiers. I am deeply grateful for the life God has given me.

Ernie Martello osc

  • Fr. Ernie Martello, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I joined the Crosiers because I saw a community where the members prayed together daily and worked together on common projects, especially education at that time, and I wanted to live that way. I liked the habit.

Eyesight

  • Healing Masses
    Healing Masses in honor of St. Odilia, Patroness of the Blind and Afflicted and Patroness of the Crosiers, are celebrated three times each year at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minn., the home of the National Shrine of St. Odilia, and in Phoenix, Ariz.

Fr. Dave Gallus osc

  • Prayer for Healing
    A member of our Crosier Community, Fr. David Gallus, osc, died the morning of Dec. 5, 2012. The previous day the entire community, along with members of Fr. Dave’s family, gathered at his bedside to anoint him and entrust him to the loving care of God.
  • Crosier Religious Formation
    A member of our Crosier Community, Fr. David Gallus, osc, died the morning of Dec. 5, 2012. The previous day the entire community, along with members of Fr. Dave’s family, gathered at his bedside to anoint him and entrust him to the loving care of God.
  • St. Odilia Guild
    A member of our Crosier Community, Fr. David Gallus, osc, died the morning of Dec. 5, 2012. The previous day the entire community, along with members of Fr. Dave’s family, gathered at his bedside to anoint him and entrust him to the loving care of God.

Fr. Robert Rossi

  • Fr. Robert Rossi, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I was a high school seminary student at the Crosier-run Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., and I was attracted to Crosier community life and the teaching apostolate.

Fr. Stephan Bauer

  • Fr. Stephan Bauer, osc
    What does Crosier spirituality mean to you? In the midst of struggle and pain God offers life and transformation. When my father was dying of cancer, it was our Crosier spirituality that gave me hope that while my dad was dying God was there, offering him life in the midst of his pain. That is the glorious cross. Seeing my dad dying was very painful, but I knew and trusted that God was there lifting my dad up, so I was not devastated.

Fr. Tom Carkhuff

  • Fr. Tom Carkhuff, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? In the 1960s I first became familiar with the Crosiers when I attended Crosier Seminary; this was my first introduction to Crosier brothers and priests and their way of life. As I progressed through my high school and college years, I became much more familiar and intrigued with the Crosiers and with the dynamics of religious life because of our interaction with the faculty and community. I came to see and understand so much more about religious life and this vocation within the context of communal settings. Having been formed in large family dynamics and familiar with religious and ordained people from my childhood, I felt particularly interested in and attracted to this foundational way of life as a basis for a life vocation.

Fr. Virgil Petermeier

  • Fr. Virgil Petermeier, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? Through my first five years here at Crosier Seminary I got to know the Crosiers better, and felt that the brotherhood and community life they portrayed were what God was calling me to. Having Crosiers as spiritual directors had an impact on me as well. So I transferred from being a candidate for priesthood in the St. Cloud Diocese (my home diocese) and requested candidacy as a Crosier.

Fr. kermit Holl

  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.

Gift

  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.

Glen Lewandowski

  • Master General Laurentius Tarpin, osc
    The leader of the worldwide Crosier Order, Most Rev. Glen Lewandowski, osc, was born in Foley, Minn., attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., before entering the Crosiers and making his first profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1970

Greg Poser osc

  • Fr. Greg Poser, osc
    Why did I join the Crosiers? I used to work summers at Crosier Seminary in Onamia to help pay for my education there. The summer between my two years of college, the Crosiers at Onamia had a great summer—they got along well with each other, they enjoyed the summer months together. That prompted me to apply for novitiate.

Gus Schloesser osc

  • Br. Gus Schloesser, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? At the time, I was in the junior college program for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and didn't necessarily like what I was experiencing. In working with my spiritual director while exploring the possible Church-related vocations, he informed me that a vocation recruiter from the Crosiers would be visiting some time in the future and encouraged me to visit with him, which I did. I eventually made a visit to the Crosier Priory in Onamia, Minn., and liked what I saw: men serving in very distinctive ways. I felt at home during my visit and eventually opted to seek admittance to the community. I have no regrets about that decision.

Habit

  • Our Habit
    When the Crosier Order was founded in 1210 during the Middle Ages, people paid close attention to the symbolic nature of clothing. Thus, the first Crosiers designed their habit to be a highly visible statement of the community’s religious values.
  • Tunic
    A long white robe similar to a cassock. Historically, it was made from unprocessed, undyed wool and was inexpensive, warm, and a dull white. The color and texture were a reminder to live a simple life. Before Vatican II, Crosier brothers wore a black tunic to distinguish themselves from the priests.
  • Scapular
    The broad rectangular cloth that goes from the shoulders to the knees on both the front and back of the body, the scapular boasts the distinctive red and white Crosier Cross. At first the scapular was simply a working garment or apron worn by agricultural laborers, but by about the fifth century religious orders began wearing them as a sign of their religious vows, often calling it crux (cross) because of its shape. The Crosier scapular doubled as a work apron and a sign of solidarity with common laborers and the poor.
  • Mozetta
    Mozetta An elbow-length black cape worn over the scapular, the mozetta has a row of nine buttons on the right side and nine button holes on the left. When a novice receives his habit, his mozetta has only three buttons, one for each of the vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Healing

  • Healing Masses
    Healing Masses in honor of St. Odilia, Patroness of the Blind and Afflicted and Patroness of the Crosiers, are celebrated three times each year at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minn., the home of the National Shrine of St. Odilia, and in Phoenix, Ariz.

History

  • History
    The Order was founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and companions. The name Crosier is derived from the French word croisés—signed with the cross. In medieval England, Crosiers were known as the Crutched (crossed) Friars. The designation refers to the cross and the spirituality of the Order.
  • St. Odilia
    About the year 300, St. Odilia and ten other young women, including St. Ursula, set out from England on a pilgrimage to the East. By accident or plan, their ship went up the Rhine, where they were captured by Huns and taken to Cologne, where they were martyred defending their faith and their chastity.
  • History Part 2
    The second period of the Order’s history was ushered in by a reform initiated at the General Chapter of 1410. This reform, influenced by a spiritual movement called the devotio moderna, was spearheaded by the priory of St. Agatha in the Netherlands and was typified by a very personal devotional spirituality
  • History Part 1
    The first period of Crosier history, during medieval times, was one of growth. Blessed Theodore and four companions came from Liège in Belgium and formed a community near the city of Huy called Clairlieu. They were influenced by the fraternal life movement in the Church at the time that led to the founding of the Franciscans, the Dominicans, and the Carmelites.
  • History Part 3
    The modern era began in 1840 when the law forbidding the reception of new members was repealed and surprising numbers joined the Order, some of them diocesan priests who believed all along they had a call to religious life. Henricus van den Wijmelenberg was one of them.

Holy Cross

  • Companions of the Holy Cross
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.
  • Escuela de Santa Escucha Cruzada (ESEC)
    The Association of the Companions of the Holy Cross is comprised of Catholic men and women, single and married, who wish to deepen their baptismal commitment through the inspiration of the Crosier way of life. The Companions, a group connected with the Crosier Community of Phoenix, embrace fellowship with other Companions and Crosiers, establish a daily rhythm of prayer in the spirit of the liturgy, and provide acts of service in response to human and religious needs.

Instruction

  • Crosier Village Ministries
    Crosier Cross Ministries is a school of spirituality sharing the peace, hope, and joy of the Glorious Cross of Jesus through spiritual accompaniment, instruction, and training. Inspired by the vision and principles of the Second Vatican Council, Crosier Cross Ministries provides formation and education in spirituality and theology through personal direction, parish missions, contemplative retreats, guided study, and other programs.

International

  • International
    Since their foundation more than 800 years ago in a small church in Belgium, the Crosiers have grown into an international Order, serving on five continents. The Order's international headquarters is in Rome, Italy, at the Basilica of San Giorgio in Velabro near the ancient Roman Forum. Crosiers have cared for this seventh-century church since 1939

Jim Lewandowski osc

  • Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I joined the Crosiers because I found the community to be a small, intimate group of religious men dedicated to Christ and the Church.

Jim Scher osc

  • Br. Jim Scher, osc
    Why did I join the Crosiers? My student counselor in high school suggested that I look at Crosier brotherhood. I did this and found that the possibility of living Crosier Religious Life was something that appealed to me and was something that I wanted to do with my life.

Jude Verley osc

  • Fr. Jude Verley, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? Since kindergarten I wanted to be a priest, and the Crosiers took me in. There were no lofty ideals, goals and desires in joining the Order like so many have had down through the ages. I really didn't know much at all about the Crosiers. There was very little interacting with Crosiers beforehand and no series of testing as the new guys need to take - just a physical, recommendation from the pastor of my home parish, and I was in.
  • Fr. Alex Juguilon, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? Since kindergarten I wanted to be a priest, and the Crosiers took me in. There were no lofty ideals, goals and desires in joining the Order like so many have had down through the ages. I really didn't know much at all about the Crosiers. There was very little interacting with Crosiers beforehand and no series of testing as the new guys need to take - just a physical, recommendation from the pastor of my home parish, and I was in.
  • Fr. Jude Verley, osc (2)
    Why did you join the Crosiers? Since kindergarten I wanted to be a priest, and the Crosiers took me in. There were no lofty ideals, goals and desires in joining the Order like so many have had down through the ages. I really didn't know much at all about the Crosiers. There was very little interacting with Crosiers beforehand and no series of testing as the new guys need to take - just a physical, recommendation from the pastor of my home parish, and I was in.

Kermit Holl osc

  • Fr. Kermit Holl, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I joined the Crosiers because our charism of community is the "encouragement" I need to serve well as a religious and to turn my heart and mind to God. Were I not implicitly held to the expectations of our life together, I think that I would drift much more without focus and dedication. My confreres help keep me on track and on task toward God.

Legacy

  • Leave a Legacy
    Leave a legacy. It’s not just for the very wealthy! You can give significant support to the life and work of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers through a Charitable Gift Annuity, remembering the Crosiers in your will, or making a gift of a life insurance policy you currently own. Consider giving the gift of appreciated stock. When you do so, you have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to support Crosiers’ needs, and you may be able to earn certain tax advantages.

Litany

  • Litany to St. Odilia
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us

Living Together for God Alone

  • About Us
    We are Crosiers, members of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, dedicated to the spirituality of the glorious Cross. The Crosiers minister to help people find hope in suffering and joy from struggle. Living Together for God Alone, Crosiers follow the Rule of St. Augustine. Our community life, along with our fidelity to public celebration of the liturgy of the Church and our rich contemplative prayer life form a substantial part of our ministry to the Church. Crosiers work in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, campus ministry, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.

Masses

  • Healing Masses
    Healing Masses in honor of St. Odilia, Patroness of the Blind and Afflicted and Patroness of the Crosiers, are celebrated three times each year at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minn., the home of the National Shrine of St. Odilia, and in Phoenix, Ariz.

Master General

  • Master General Laurentius Tarpin, osc
    The leader of the worldwide Crosier Order, Most Rev. Glen Lewandowski, osc, was born in Foley, Minn., attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., before entering the Crosiers and making his first profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1970

Ministry

  • Meet A Crosier
    The Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States live in two vibrant communities—one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers 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 outreach, and jail ministry.
  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.

Minnesota

  • Onamia
    The 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.
  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.
  • Visitor Information
    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 Kermit Holl, osc, prior, or call 320.532.3103.

Mozetta

  • Mozetta
    Mozetta An elbow-length black cape worn over the scapular, the mozetta has a row of nine buttons on the right side and nine button holes on the left. When a novice receives his habit, his mozetta has only three buttons, one for each of the vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience.

News

  • News and Information
    Join us for Mass All are welcome to join the Crosier Community of Onamia for Mass every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church. The church is located at 104 Crosier Drive North, Onamia, Minnesota. For more information, call the priory at 320.532.3103.
  • News and Information
    Citizenship classes to resume in October Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, will offer his series of citizenship classes to those interested in learning the basic how-tos of becoming a U.S. citizen. This session begins Oct. 12 and continues for six consecutive Saturdays. The classes, conducted in English, are held from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at 4423 N. 24th St., in Phoenix, and are free (with a fee for class materials). For more information or to reserve a place in class, contact Br. Jim via email or call him at 602-769-7744.

Newsletter

  • Crossview
    This is an exerpt from our latest edition of Crossview, our quarterly newsletter.

Novena

  • Novena to St. Odilia
    Day One But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Romans 6:17

Obituary

Onamia

  • Communities
    Crosiers live in two vital communities in the United States: one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers gather each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including assisting in local parishes, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services, and jail ministry. Crosiers also serve in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Indonesia, the Democratic Repulic of the Congo, Brazil, and Rome, where the Order is based.
  • Onamia
    The 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.
  • Onamia
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.
  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.
  • News and Information
    Join us for Mass All are welcome to join the Crosier Community of Onamia for Mass every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church. The church is located at 104 Crosier Drive North, Onamia, Minnesota. For more information, call the priory at 320.532.3103.
  • Visitor Information
    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 Kermit Holl, osc, prior, or call 320.532.3103.
  • Onamia (2)
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.

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  • Master General Laurentius Tarpin, osc
    The leader of the worldwide Crosier Order, Most Rev. Glen Lewandowski, osc, was born in Foley, Minn., attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., and St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., before entering the Crosiers and making his first profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1970
  • Conventual Prior Thomas Enneking, osc
    As prior provincial, Fr. Thomas Enneking, osc, is the religious superior of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States. A native of Spring Hill, Minn., Fr. Tom attended Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a degree in music and psychology in 1980. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He made his first profession of vows as a Crosier on Aug. 4, 1978, and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1984
  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.
  • Fr. Tom Carkhuff, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? In the 1960s I first became familiar with the Crosiers when I attended Crosier Seminary; this was my first introduction to Crosier brothers and priests and their way of life. As I progressed through my high school and college years, I became much more familiar and intrigued with the Crosiers and with the dynamics of religious life because of our interaction with the faculty and community. I came to see and understand so much more about religious life and this vocation within the context of communal settings. Having been formed in large family dynamics and familiar with religious and ordained people from my childhood, I felt particularly interested in and attracted to this foundational way of life as a basis for a life vocation.
  • Fr. Stephan Bauer, osc
    What does Crosier spirituality mean to you? In the midst of struggle and pain God offers life and transformation. When my father was dying of cancer, it was our Crosier spirituality that gave me hope that while my dad was dying God was there, offering him life in the midst of his pain. That is the glorious cross. Seeing my dad dying was very painful, but I knew and trusted that God was there lifting my dad up, so I was not devastated.
  • Fr. Virgil Petermeier, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? Through my first five years here at Crosier Seminary I got to know the Crosiers better, and felt that the brotherhood and community life they portrayed were what God was calling me to. Having Crosiers as spiritual directors had an impact on me as well. So I transferred from being a candidate for priesthood in the St. Cloud Diocese (my home diocese) and requested candidacy as a Crosier.
  • Fr. Robert Rossi, osc
    Why did you join the Crosiers? I was a high school seminary student at the Crosier-run Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., and I was attracted to Crosier community life and the teaching apostolate.

Phoenix

  • Communities
    Crosiers live in two vital communities in the United States: one in Onamia, Minn., and the other in Phoenix, Ariz. Crosiers gather each day to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to celebrate Eucharist. Members are involved in a wide range of ministries serving the Church and those in need, including assisting in local parishes, retreat work, spiritual direction, elder care, immigrant services, and jail ministry. Crosiers also serve in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Indonesia, the Democratic Repulic of the Congo, Brazil, and Rome, where the Order is based.
  • Phoenix
    The Crosier Community of Phoenix lives and prays together in their priory located in the Biltmore area of central Phoenix. The Crosiers serve as associate pastors and provide weekend assistance in the Diocese of Phoenix. They are involved in a number of apostolates, including campus ministry, immigration assistance, jail ministry, spiritual direction, visiting memory care patients, and other ministries that serve the Church.
  • Phoenix
    Today there are about 400 Crosiers living and ministering in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, and in Rome, where the Order is based. Every Crosier plays an integral part in our community.
  • News and Information
    Citizenship classes to resume in October Br. Jim Lewandowski, osc, will offer his series of citizenship classes to those interested in learning the basic how-tos of becoming a U.S. citizen. This session begins Oct. 12 and continues for six consecutive Saturdays. The classes, conducted in English, are held from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at 4423 N. 24th St., in Phoenix, and are free (with a fee for class materials). For more information or to reserve a place in class, contact Br. Jim via email or call him at 602-769-7744.
  • Visitor Information
    The Crosiers in Phoenix welcome guests to our community, though we have limited overnight space in our current residences. If you would like to inquire about accommodations, please contact the prior, Fr. Dave Donnay, osc, by email, by phone at 602.224.0434, or via mail at PO Box 32705, Phoenix, AZ 85064.

Prayer

  • Charism
    Crosiers 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.
  • Prayer Requests
    The Crosiers are happy to pray for and with you. Please send your special intentions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Prayer to St. Odilia
    Praise to you, O Christ, for the victory of your Glorious Cross. Through the power of your death and resurrection, be our champion over the evil that afflicts our bodies, the errors of our minds, the confusion of our feelings, the guilt of our consciences, the brokenness of our relationships, and the weakness of our faith. Make good our hope in you, and restore us now and forever to your glory, O Crucified and Risen Lord
  • Prayer
    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.

Prayers

  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and shared with him where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.
  • Novena to St. Odilia
    Day One But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Romans 6:17
  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.

Prior

  • Prior Kermit Holl, osc, Crosier Community of Onamia
    The superior of the Crosier Community of Onamia, Fr. Kermit Holl, osc, is a native of Richfield, Minn. After graduating from Crosier Seminary High School in 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Fr. Kermit made his first profession as a Crosier on Aug. 28, 1985, and began his studies toward a master of divinity degree at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, which he was awarded in 1990.

Prior provincial

  • Conventual Prior Thomas Enneking, osc
    As prior provincial, Fr. Thomas Enneking, osc, is the religious superior of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States. A native of Spring Hill, Minn., Fr. Tom attended Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a degree in music and psychology in 1980. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He made his first profession of vows as a Crosier on Aug. 4, 1978, and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1984

Relic

  • Shrine
    In 1952, a major relic of St. Odilia was brought to the Crosier community in Onamia, Minn., and a shrine in her honor was set up in the priory chapel, where the reliquary is currently housed.

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Rome

  • International
    Since their foundation more than 800 years ago in a small church in Belgium, the Crosiers have grown into an international Order, serving on five continents. The Order's international headquarters is in Rome, Italy, at the Basilica of San Giorgio in Velabro near the ancient Roman Forum. Crosiers have cared for this seventh-century church since 1939

Scapular

  • Scapular
    The broad rectangular cloth that goes from the shoulders to the knees on both the front and back of the body, the scapular boasts the distinctive red and white Crosier Cross. At first the scapular was simply a working garment or apron worn by agricultural laborers, but by about the fifth century religious orders began wearing them as a sign of their religious vows, often calling it crux (cross) because of its shape. The Crosier scapular doubled as a work apron and a sign of solidarity with common laborers and the poor.

Service

  • Service
    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.

Shrine

  • Shrine
    In 1952, a major relic of St. Odilia was brought to the Crosier community in Onamia, Minn., and a shrine in her honor was set up in the priory chapel, where the reliquary is currently housed.

South mountain

  • Crosier Village of Phoenix
    Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others. –St. Augustine These words have been the basis of Crosier Religious Life since the Order was founded more than 800 years ago.

Spiritual direction

  • Crosier Village Ministries
    Crosier Cross Ministries is a school of spirituality sharing the peace, hope, and joy of the Glorious Cross of Jesus through spiritual accompaniment, instruction, and training. Inspired by the vision and principles of the Second Vatican Council, Crosier Cross Ministries provides formation and education in spirituality and theology through personal direction, parish missions, contemplative retreats, guided study, and other programs.

Spirituality

  • 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).

St. Odilia

  • St. Odilia
    About the year 300, St. Odilia and ten other young women, including St. Ursula, set out from England on a pilgrimage to the East. By accident or plan, their ship went up the Rhine, where they were captured by Huns and taken to Cologne, where they were martyred defending their faith and their chastity.
  • Shrine
    In 1952, a major relic of St. Odilia was brought to the Crosier community in Onamia, Minn., and a shrine in her honor was set up in the priory chapel, where the reliquary is currently housed.
  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and shared with him where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.
  • Healing Masses
    Healing Masses in honor of St. Odilia, Patroness of the Blind and Afflicted and Patroness of the Crosiers, are celebrated three times each year at Holy Cross Church in Onamia, Minn., the home of the National Shrine of St. Odilia, and in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Novena to St. Odilia
    Day One But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Romans 6:17
  • Litany to St. Odilia
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us. God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us
  • Prayer to St. Odilia
    Praise to you, O Christ, for the victory of your Glorious Cross. Through the power of your death and resurrection, be our champion over the evil that afflicts our bodies, the errors of our minds, the confusion of our feelings, the guilt of our consciences, the brokenness of our relationships, and the weakness of our faith. Make good our hope in you, and restore us now and forever to your glory, O Crucified and Risen Lord
  • Prayers
    The Crosier devotion to St. Odilia dates back to 1287, when she appeared to Br. John of Eppa and told him that God had commanded her to be the protectress of the Order and where her relics could be found. Br. John and his companion, Fr. Louis, journeyed from Paris to Cologne, where they unearthed her remains and those of her two sisters, Ida and Emma. During their return journey, many cures took place that were credited to the intercession of St. Odilia.

Support

  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.
  • Support
    We honor the generous benefactors who have supported our life and ministry through the years. We have many special needs as we work to live out our mission – including our commitment to support young men on the path to Crosier religious life, our senior members, our outreach efforts to serve the needs of recent immigrants, and the work of Crosiers around the world.

Timothy Tomczak osc

  • Br. Timothy Tomczak, osc
    How do you view Crosier spirituality? There are three pillars essential to Crosier spirituality: community, prayer, and ministry. Like a three-legged stool that needs to be in balance, Crosier apostolic presence flows out of that dynamic balance of these three pillars, bringing Gospel presence to people.

Tom Enneking

  • Conventual Prior Thomas Enneking, osc
    As prior provincial, Fr. Thomas Enneking, osc, is the religious superior of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States. A native of Spring Hill, Minn., Fr. Tom attended Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a degree in music and psychology in 1980. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He made his first profession of vows as a Crosier on Aug. 4, 1978, and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1984

Trusts

  • Leave a Legacy
    Leave a legacy. It’s not just for the very wealthy! You can give significant support to the life and work of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers through a Charitable Gift Annuity, remembering the Crosiers in your will, or making a gift of a life insurance policy you currently own. Consider giving the gift of appreciated stock. When you do so, you have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to support Crosiers’ needs, and you may be able to earn certain tax advantages.

Tunic

  • Tunic
    A long white robe similar to a cassock. Historically, it was made from unprocessed, undyed wool and was inexpensive, warm, and a dull white. The color and texture were a reminder to live a simple life. Before Vatican II, Crosier brothers wore a black tunic to distinguish themselves from the priests.

United States

  • History Part 3
    The modern era began in 1840 when the law forbidding the reception of new members was repealed and surprising numbers joined the Order, some of them diocesan priests who believed all along they had a call to religious life. Henricus van den Wijmelenberg was one of them.

Visitor

  • Visitor Information
    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 Kermit Holl, osc, prior, or call 320.532.3103.

Visitors

  • Visitor Information
    The Crosiers in Phoenix welcome guests to our community, though we have limited overnight space in our current residences. If you would like to inquire about accommodations, please contact the prior, Fr. Dave Donnay, osc, by email, by phone at 602.224.0434, or via mail at PO Box 32705, Phoenix, AZ 85064.

Vocations

  • Vocations
    Consider becoming a Crosier As a Crosier, you will seek, with other Crosiers, to announce the Good News in the midst of our life together and in the world.

Wills

  • Leave a Legacy
    Leave a legacy. It’s not just for the very wealthy! You can give significant support to the life and work of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers through a Charitable Gift Annuity, remembering the Crosiers in your will, or making a gift of a life insurance policy you currently own. Consider giving the gift of appreciated stock. When you do so, you have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to support Crosiers’ needs, and you may be able to earn certain tax advantages.