We, Sisters of the Holy Cross, participants in God’s mission, rejoice in being an international and intercultural congregation, which is both gift and challenge for us, for the Church and for the world. Immersed in a world of violence that is destroying human dignity and creation, it is our responsibility to work to implement a culture of peace and nonviolence.
As women of compassion and hope, with deep trust in Divine Providence and with zeal for the Gospel, we are called to:
- deepen our understanding and appreciation of distinct cultures, realities and persons so we live our Holy Cross charism and identity more fully;
- commit ourselves to a renewed exploration of our congregational documents, especially the Constitution; and
- develop skills, capacities and imagination, bringing us to a deeper conversation about our identity, our commonality and our differences that leads to a transformation of minds and hearts.
To enhance and facilitate governance and leadership at all levels for the sake of our life and mission, we are called to:
- strengthen our understanding of the mutual responsibility between members and leadership, including communication, ownership and accountability;
- clarify the roles and responsibilities of leaders;
- promote and enhance an atmosphere of collegiality and subsidiarity, including capacity for discernment, dialogue and decision-making;
- deepen our understanding and practice of obedience, authority and shared leadership; and
- mentor and empower sisters at the local level in order to enhance their full and conscious participation in the life of the community and in ministry.
Our reality urges us to develop and implement a comprehensive, congregation-wide planning process that includes:
- involvement and participation of members throughout the congregation;
- dialogue and discernment;
- creative uses of our resources for ministry, for action on corporate stands and for our common life; and
- adaptability to the needs and reality of each place where we are.
We choose to deepen our commitment to the people we serve and continue to be a prophetic sign of God’s love to the Church and the world.
We, Sisters of the Holy Cross throughout the world, are called to participate in the prophetic mission of Jesus to witness God’s love for all creation.
Compassion moves us to reflect on the signs of the times, discern needs, and respond. We stand in solidarity with the poor and the powerless.
Our life together enriches and strengthens us to foster community wherever we are.
Compassion compels us to stand with and embrace others in their suffering, that together we may experience God’s liberating and healing presence.
Faith impels us to trust God ever more radically and to risk responding as disciples of Jesus.
Prayer, personal and communal, grounds us in God’s unconditional love, calls us to integrity in discernment, and animates us in our work of building a society of justice and love.
Community commits us to seek ways to journey together which energize and sustain us to live our mission in solidarity with one another.