St. Gabriel Building Project
In eastern Ohio, the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and the Sisters of the Holy Cross are building a house of Adoration and prayer for priests. This will serve as home-base for both communities, where they pray and intercede for the Church and direct the Opus Angelorum apostolate. From there they will also go out to serve in missions, retreats and family apostolates.
Although the Order and the Sisters of the Holy Cross have had a presence in the United States since 1979 through Opus Angelorum missions and retreats, community life for the Priests was first established at a parish in Detroit in 1995. A group of the Sisters came over to help the Priests with the growing apostolate in 1999. The Order purchased a property in the Diocese of Steubenville and moved to temporary housing in 2015.
The Building Project: 4 Phases
Phase 1 (already complete thanks to your generous help!) was the renovation of the future guest house and the addition of a small Chapel. The Priests and Brothers currently live here until their new Monastery can be built.
Phase 2 (almost complete!) entails the Sisters’ Convent, with space for 12 Sisters and 2 guests, and all the necessary rooms for community life.
Phase 3 consists in a new Monastery complex for the Priests and Brothers. This development offers the possibility to observe their religious life with greater regularity and fidelity to its contemplative spirit while also enabling them to better accommodate guests and provide external ministries.
Phase 4 of the St. Gabriel Building Project is to build a larger Chapel along with the National Opus Angelorum Center: a center of spiritual instruction, Adoration and prayer for priests – open for all who wish to come.