COVID-19 updates


We rejoice that our sisters at the motherhouse who had contracted COVID-19 have tested negative, and our employees who had the virus have been released from their doctor’s care and are back to work. We remain vigilant in following protocols to keep everyone healthy. A no-visitor restriction continues. We also give thanks that two sisters and an employee in Asia have now tested negative for the virus. Across the Congregation, we presently have only one sister quarantined with the virus. We continue to pray for all who suffer physical, mental and financial hardships because of COVID-19. Updated May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Statement from Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), CSC: April 22, 2020

The Sisters of the Holy Cross and the staff at the motherhouse at Saint Mary’s are deeply grateful for the ongoing support of so many people as we continue to do all we can to keep our sisters and employees healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus. Read More...


COVID-19 Statement from Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), CSC: April 14,  2020

In these uncertain and trying times of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sisters of the Holy Cross join people around the world and in our community here in South Bend in doing all we can to keep our loved ones healthy and limit the spread of the virus. Read more...

news  alerts  &  statements


For more information on any of the following statements, please contact:

Amy H. Smessaert 

Communications Director

phone: 574-284-5728

fax: 574-284-5577

Public statements

June 2020: Statement about the death of George Floyd

This past weekend, those in the United States were invited to pause and grieve the more than 100,000 persons who have died nationwide as a result of COVID-19. Another death, coming not at the hands of an invisible virus, but of law enforcement officials, plunged us further into grief. Read more...


October 2018: Statement on the Migrant Caravan

The Sisters of the Holy Cross, in solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), call on U.S. President Donald Trump to allow the people of the Central American migrant caravan to seek asylum in the United States according to due process of law. Read more...


July 2018: Sisters stand against violence in Nicaragua

The Sisters of the Holy Cross in the Area of North America join other U.S. Catholic sisters in their concern about the accelerating, politically-sparked violence in Nicaragua. In accord with the Congregation’s Corporate Stand on Nonviolence and the Family of Holy Cross Statement on Nonviolence and Just Peace, sisters in the Area of North America strongly support the call to nonviolence and to peaceful, productive dialogue among all parties to the conflict. Read more...


June 2018: Statement Condemning Forcible Separation of Refugee Families

The Sisters of the Holy Cross are appalled that on the eve of World Refugee Day (celebrated globally on June 20), the United States is detaining and forcibly separating refugee families at our border, rather than welcoming them. We also deplore the recent decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remove domestic violence as grounds for asylum. Read more...


March 2018: Statement regarding DACA and the Dream Act of 2017

The Sisters of the Holy Cross are deeply disappointed that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work authorization and temporary protection from deportation to roughly 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children, has been ended. Read more...


February 2018: Statement against executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement

We, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, an international congregation of Catholic religious women serving vulnerable people on four continents, are deeply disturbed by United States President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement. Our Congregation’s core value of compassion “compels us to stand with and embrace others in their suffering, that together we may experience God’s liberating and healing presence.” Read more...


August 2106: Catholic sisters urge U.S. presidential candidates to engage in civil discourse

More than 5,650 Catholic sisters signed a letter asking the United States (U.S.) presidential candidates “to engage in political dialogue that reflects the principles and values upon which this nation was founded,” according to a media release from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Read more...


media release

September 2019: Sisters of the Holy Cross Install 2019–2024 General Administration

Notre Dame, Indiana—The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross installed its 2019-2024 General Administration on Sunday, September 8, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana. Read more...


family of holy cross statements

Nonviolence: September 2017

Violence is rampant in our global society, embedded in social, economic, and cultural systems; and expressed in myriad forms such as marginalization and oppression, military conflict and terrorism, climate change and environmental degradation, inequality and scarcity, and interpersonal aggression. Read more...


Syrian Refugee Crisis: September 2015

We, the leadership of the four Holy Cross congregations, meeting in Rome, Italy, are acutely aware of the plight of our Syrian sisters and brothers. We are shocked and saddened by the violence being perpetrated against innocent men, women, and children, and by the international community's failures to respond effectively to this ongoing tragedy. Read more...


Climate Change: September 2009

Earth and the life it sustains are precious gifts of God, now radically threatened by climate change and ecological exploitation. Safeguarding these sacred gifts for future generations is a moral responsibility integral to the mission of the Family of Holy Cross. Read more...