New Beginnings

On Thursday, June 8, the Chapter of the Order of the Holy Cross elected Br. Robert James Magluila, OHC, as Superior of the Order for a term of six years.  He was installed in his office on Saturday, June 10 by the outgoing Superior, Br. Robert Sevensky, OHC, who had come to the end of his nine years of service.  Br. Robert James brings years of experience as a chaplain, parish priest, therapist, artist and monastic.  He was a member of the OHC monastic community in South Africa for five years, where he served as Principal of our Holy Cross School. Most recently he has served as Vocations Director and Novice Master as well as on various committees of the Diocese of New York.

The Superior and Council of the Order then confirmed the appointment of Br. Bernard Delcourt, OHC, as Prior of Holy Cross Monastery for a term of three years. Br. Bernard was elected some months ago by the community at Holy Cross Monastery to succeed Br. Scott Wesley Borden, OHC, and he begins his work with vision and enthusiasm.

Join us in welcoming these familiar faces to new roles in leadership and service.

Br. Aidan, OHC’s, Sermon for, PRIDE Evensong at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York :

“Integration recognizes that there is unity inherent in diversity. Integration does not require the abandonment of identity in order to secure belonging. Rather, it realizes that true belonging is already given, and that the whole is stronger for the diversity and multiplicity of its parts. An integrated church and society would celebrate the obscene rather than trying to strip it of its earthiness in favor of a bland whiteness. We would revel in our dual nature as embodied spirits and spiritual bodies. We would proclaim with joy rather than shame that we are the stuff of the earth.”. . . read more on our sermons blog

Br. Josép, OHC’s, Sermon for Poper 7 :

“The desert monastics tell the story of Abba John who prayed to God to take away his passions so that he could become free of inner turmoil. Abba John reported to his spiritual elder, “I now find myself in total peace.” His spiritual elder said to him, “Really? Well, in that case, go and beg God to stir up warfare within you again, for it is by warfare that the soul makes progress.” ” . . .read more on our sermons blog

The Prior’s Column is back with Br. Bernard, OHC blogging

Some asked me to report as the new Prior on goings-on at Holy Cross Monastery. It’s been years since I’ve been blogging so I’ll need to get back into the swing of it. What would you like to know about monastic life but never dared to ask…?

Read my first entry at The Prior’s Column. It’s called “Transitions, Transitions, Transitions.” You’ll always find a link to this blog from our Meditations and Sermons web page.

Chanting to the Lord – discerning a Capital Campaign

Holy Cross is never without chanting! Equally, the physical structures that support our life of prayer, worship and service always need maintenance and improvement. Many projects are worthwhile, yet priorities must be set based on financial realities.

This year, we plan to initiate a capital campaign to raise funds for projects in the areas of worship, hospitality and sustainability. Our capital campaign comprises three phases (Discerning / Studying / Asking). We are in the process of preparing the final phase, the Asking phase.

Please visit our ‘Chanting to the Lord’ website to watch a new video that explains what makes Holy Cross unique. In words and images, the Brothers explain the projects we believe will improve our shared life of worship, hospitality and sustainability. Visitors to the monastery speak movingly about why Holy Cross matters, and how this work will allow us to serve many more. This website also contains more information about the need for a capital campaign and news items about it. Keep visiting it as the campaign unfolds.

Consider how you might support our efforts through prayer, and in due time, make a financial gift to the campaign. If you have questions about our needs, the campaign, or how you can help, contact Br. Bernard Delcourt (BernardJeanDelcourt at gmail dot com).

A Random Image from Holy Cross

A Benedictine Monastery in the Episcopal Tradition

At Holy Cross, you enter into a time of prayer and reflection, renewal and re-creation. The time you spend here can help you deepen your sense of communion with God, nature and with others. Holy Cross Monastery is part of the Order of the Holy Cross. Our facilities consist of 2 Guest Houses, the Monastery Church of St. Augustine, and the Monastic Enclosure, located on twenty-six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River.

The primary ministry of Holy Cross Monastery is to guests on individual and group retreats. Our Guesthouse is a well-loved retreat facility in the church. Rooms are available for overnight stays so that you can join with us and explore the spiritual dimension of your life. We estimate that about 5,000 people visit us each year.

In addition to our guest ministry we also manufacture incense, publish, and operate a book and gift shop. Many monks see people in spiritual direction (a form of spiritual companioning).

The primary work of the community is worship and prayer, which are the central components of our daily life.