Who we are:

The Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross is a priestly community of pontifical right, gathered about Jesus Christ, the Crucified and Eucharistic Lord. After the model of the holy Angels and the Apostles, we want to love, honor and serve God. We lead a common life of chastity, poverty and obedience according to our Constitutions.

We venerate the Holy Cross and strive after a perfect conformity with the Crucified Lord (cf. Phil 3:10). In communion with the Angels and Saints we dedicate our lives, especially in the solemn liturgy, to the adoration of the Triune God and to expiation for the salvation of souls.

We see our apostolate in the service of the salvation of souls, especially of priests and consecrated persons, in the administration of the Sacraments and the proclamation of the Word of God.

From the very beginning, there existed among the “Cruzios” various ways of life within the one religious family. There are members who pursue a contemplative life of silence and prayer within the monastery. There are also members who live an active life, assisting in various missions within the Church. In addition to the priests members of the community, there are “lay” professed brothers, who in their own proper way share in the priestly charism of the Order on account of their common priesthood arising from baptism and confirmation and by virtue of the religious profession.

The Community of Sisters of the Holy Cross is a religious community aggregated to the Order of the Holy Cross.


• Founded in 1131 in Coimbra, Portugal.
• Suppressed by the Portuguese government in 19th century.
• Restored in 1979 by decree of St. John Paul II.
• Now present in 11 countries around the world.
• Forming one spiritual family with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.


• Fraternal life in community is fundamental to our mission in the Church.
• We serving for the sanctification of the priestly state.
• We preach retreats and parish missions.
• We assist with pastoral work in parishes.
• We promote devotion to the holy Angels.


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