Frequently Asked Questions
When were you Founded?
We were founded in 1131 in Coimbra, Portugal by Dom Tello and St. Theotonius.
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What is the Spirituality of the Order?
Adoration, Contemplation, Expiation and Mission constitutes the Four Fundamental Directions of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. The spirituality of the Order is further vivified through a consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Angels; all lived out within community life – rooted in the love of God.
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What Religious Rule do you follow?
The Rule of Saint Augustine.
How many Members do you have?
The Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross numbers around 125 members (including Brothers and Priests).
Where is the Order located internationally?
The Order is established in Austria (Motherhouse of the restored Order), Italy (Generalate of the Order), Brazil (Formation Houses), Germany, Portugal, Columbia, Mexico, India, the Philippines, and the United States. In sum, 12 Houses throughout 10 countries.
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Where are you located in the US?
St. Gabriel’s Monastery:
164 Apollo Rd. SE
Carrollton, OH 44615
(Diocese of Steubenville)
What sort of apostolates/ministries do you have?
Preaching is our principal apostolate. We engage in an extensive preaching ministry of directing retreats, missions, and days of recollection. Moreover, we promote devotion to the Holy Angels and guide the spiritual movement Opus Angelorum. We also labor for the sanctification of Priests.
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Are you distinct from the Crosier Fathers and the Congregation of the Holy Cross?
Yes; we are distinct from both. The Crosier Fathers (O.S.C.) were founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and companions. The Congregation of the Holy Cross (C.S.C.) was founded in 1837 by Blessed Basil Moreau.
We, the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (O.R.C.), were founded in 1131 by Dom Tello and Saint Theotonius.
We are not a Congregation; we are a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right. Learn more about our History