Canons Regular of the Holy Cross

‘What shall I do, Lord?’(Acts 22,10) asked St. Paul in regard of his future mission. 'What shall I do?' – is the most question each one of us ought to raise to the Lord. What is the goal of my life? Why am I here on earth? What is my vocation? To what am I called" To marriage? To the consecrated life as a religious? To the priesthood?

In raising these question we are seeking happiness, fulfillment and meaning for our lives. To common denominator of these three is true love. Anything less than love can never fulfill our hearts, make us happy or be meaningful.

Presenting these questions to God demands faith and trust! He created us in view of happiness, with a purpose that would truly fulfill us. Paradoxically, it sounds very risky? If we would ask Him, He would share His dream for us with us? How often, though, are we afraid that it will not coincide with our own dream?

Such was the drama of the rich young man. Upon hearing Christ's call to follow Him, after putting aside his wealth, "he was overcome with sadness, for he was very rich" (Lk 18,23). Yes, he went away sad. Somewhere, though, St. John Paul II says that story of the rich young man is not ended definitively at that point in the gospel. How many souls like him, after many a hard struggle return and give themselves unconditionally to our Lord!

BrothersAfter all, love always demands a gift, the gift of self, our greatest treasure! The choice of our deepest love always demands the renunciation of many other cherished goods! Material wealth is really the least of our riches! Our true treasure is our very life, which we have to give away in order to be truly happy, to be truly alive!

These are essential questions, for they regard our entire life and future. Clearly, the more we are in tune with God's plan, the greater will be our interior peace and happiness. Above all, we should ask God this question: "What is my vocation?" He is our father, he has plans for your welfare (Jer 29:11).

Pope Benedict XVI. encouraged the youth at the World Youth Day in Madrid to think about their vocation: "Christ calls others to follow him more closely in the priesthood or in consecrated life. It is hard to put into words the happiness you feel when you know that Jesus seeks you, trusts in you, and with His unmistakable voice also says to you: "Follow me!" (cf. Mk 2:14).

We, in the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, see this as our calling, to "follow the Lamb wherever he goes" (Rev 14,4), to remains faithful to Him by sharing intimately in His Paschal Mystery of the Cross, but, therefore, also in the joy of His resurrection. Along with this comes the mission to share this only gospel (=good news) with the world. The vows of poverty, chastity and obedience help us to conform our lives and our love more perfectly to Christ. Our community life focuses around the solemn celebration of the liturgy and Eucharistic adoration. "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! ... It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore" (Ps 133,1.3).

The preaching ministry is our principal apostolate! The Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross guides the spiritual movement Opus Sanctorum Angelorum – Work of the Holy Angels. This is the hour of the angels in the history of salvation.  "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you …" (Rev 22,16).

He whose heart is enkindled with fire for love of our Lord and with the zeal to share this love with others is a kindred spirit! Our Lord is already dwelling in his heart! They rejoice when the Baptist points him out, say: "Behold the Lamb of God!" (Jn 1,29). When HE speaks to them along the way, their hearts are on fire (Lk 24,32). When they ask Him, "'Rabbi' -- which means Teacher -- 'where do you live?' He replied, 'Come and see'; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day" (Jn 1,38-39). Indeed, for the rest of their lives and eternity! If your own heart echoes with such longing, it may just be that He is inviting you into 'His home' in the Order of the Holy Cross. If He didn't live here, none of us would either.

The age limits for entering the Order are 18 years; the cut off age is 35 years. Candidates for the priesthood should have finished high school; other candidates should have some professional training. After candidacy, postulancy, and novitiate, the brothers take their temporal vows and after six years they make solemn vows.

Contact Address for further Information:

Vocations Director:

USA and Canada:



Fr. William Wagner, ORC

St. Gabriel Monastery
164 Apollo Rd SE
Carrollton, OH 44615
Tel 330-313-1331

Email: br.wm@opusangelorum.org

Fr. George V Paraka

Mar Thoma Bhavanam
Vadacode P.O.
Kerala, India Pin 682 021
Tel./Fax 0091 484 2532018


Fr. Eusebius Schwald, ORC

St. Raphael's Priory
2212 Candelaria, Zambales
Tel. 0063 929 346 3773

Email: candelaria_orc@hotmail.com

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