Congregation celebrates 175th anniversary

This year is a time of special celebration for the Sisters of the Holy Cross. January 20, 2016, opens a yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Marianites of Holy Cross in Le Mans, France. From this beginning in 1841 grew three branches of Holy Cross women: the Marianites, Sisters of Holy Cross and Sisters of the Holy Cross. We, the Sisters of the Holy Cross around the world, invite you to pray with us and join us in the celebration of this milestone in service to God’s people.

As you explore this special section of our website, please note the anniversary prayer written by Sister of Holy Cross Pauline Morneau, CSC, and the anniversary symbol, which was designed by Sister of Holy Cross Trinh Ta, CSC. The symbol appears on the prayer, as well as the proclamation, and features three main elements:

  1. The background of water and sunlight represents light and life.
  2. The rock — a reference to Jesus telling Peter, “on you I build my church” — is shaped like a heart, which is the founding symbol used for the Holy Cross women.
  3. The three flowing rivers streaming out of the tree represent the three congregations of Holy Cross women.

Finally, we invite you to visit the celebration website of the three women’s congregations where you will find more rich history of the women of Holy Cross.

We thank all the employees, volunteers, associates, benefactors and friends who have journeyed with us over the years. Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, our founder, and Mother Mary of the Seven Dolors, the first sister, stressed the importance of reaching out to women and men to assist the “work of resurrection” that Holy Cross would undertake. Whether in Le Mans, where the delightful adventure of the Holy Cross sisters began, or wherever you are reading this message, the evidence of this collaboration is alive and well. We are grateful to each of you.


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