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. Roy Parker, OHC’s sermon for Easter 6 C

So now when I pray
I sit and turn my mind like a television knob
till you are there with your large, open hands
spreading my life before me
like a Sunday tablecloth
and pulling up a chair yourself
for by now
the secret is out…

 read more on our sermons blog

Br. Ronald Haynes, OHC – Funeral on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m.

Br. Ronald’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. in St Augustine’s Church at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park. It will be followed by a luncheon.

We invite you to pray and offer thanksgiving with us for the life of our Brother Ronald Haynes, OHC.  Ronald died Wednesday, April 13, at about 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital, Poughkeepsie.  He was 76 years old and in the 43rd year of Life Profession.

In his later years he suffered from various forms of pulmonary disease.

Our Brother Ron was born in Baltimore on January 14, 1940.  He grew up Methodist.  After high school he worked for some years, then joined the Order, and was life professed on August 6, 1973.   He was stationed at Mount Calvary briefly from 1971-72, but spent the years 1970-71 and 1973-77 at the Order’s Whitby House monastery near Dallas, Texas.  He was at Absalom Jones Priory in Harlem in New York City, 1977-78.  Most of the rest of his life he was stationed at West Park.

Ron loved choral music and sang in various choirs throughout much of his adult life.  He was for many years the Director of Associates for the Order in the Eastern U.S., and was revered by many for his wisdom.  Dedicated to his family and to the brethren of the Order, he was a gentle person, full of good cheer, always seeing the good in people and in situations, a monk full of quiet joy.

His passing from this life was calm and without pain. He had received last rites that morning. On Thursday, the community in West Park prayed the office of the departed and offered the Mass at 9:00 a.m. for the repose of his soul.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen! Alleluia. Christ is risen!!

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.