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Holy Cross Monastery - West Park

Dedicated in 1904, Holy Cross Monastery is the oldest monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross. Church and Guest House from Great Lawn
The monastery is nestled on twenty-six magnificent acres on the West Bank of the Hudson River.

The Monastery's central ministry is that of hospitality. As a community of prayer and worship, part of our service to the world includes hospitality. And for us that means that we are called to share the bounties that God has entrusted to us with those who seek to discover the divine presence in their lives. At Holy Cross, we encourage you to enter into a time of prayer and reflection, renewal and re-creation and explore the spiritual dimension of your life.

We believe that you cannot explore the spiritual dimension alone. As Incarnational Christians we believe the spiritual and material are joined. Therefore issues that confront our world, war and peace, health care, racism, addictions of all types, medical ethics as well as programs that address the issues of spiritual practice are addressed in programs conducted by theBr. Kevin meeting with Princeton Seminary students monastic community &/or outside professionals with expertise, firmness of faith and compassion for God's creation.

This emphasis we believe is in line with our commitment to genuinely listen and respond to each other and our world and to use whatever power we have individually or corporately for the sake of justice.

In addition to the Guesthouse Ministry that is known far and wide within the American Church, the monastery is also the house of formation in North America for the Order. It is here that men discerning their vocation to monastic life are introduced to the OHC understanding of Benedictine monastic life as the total integration of worship and work, liturgical prayer and active ministry.


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