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.

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. A capital campaign would progress in three phases (Discerning / Studying / Asking). We are in the discernment phase, where we are called to share our vision, hopes and needs widely.

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).

Br.  Robert Magliula, OHC’s, Sermon for Trinity Sunday:

True union does not absorb distinctions, but actually intensifies them. The more one gives one’s self in creative union with another, the more one becomes one’s self. This is reflected in the Trinity, perfect giving and perfect receiving. The more one becomes one’s true Self, the more capable one is of not overprotecting the boundaries of one’s false self. You have nothing to protect and that’s the freedom and happiness we see in converted people.” . . .read more on our sermons blog

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.