The Brothers and Residents of Holy Cross come from a variety of backgrounds but a share a common interest in devoting their lives to knowing God and becoming closer to God through a practice of monastic living. If you think you may have a call to live with them, check out our vocations page for information on making a vocational retreat to Holy Cross.
Br. Robert Sevensky
Superior of the Order
Br. Robert Sevensky has been a member of the Order of the Holy Cross since 1986 and currently serves as the Order’s Superior. He is a native of Scranton, PA, and holds a doctorate in philosophy from Boston College. Before entering the community he taught at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in the humanities program. He has held various positions in the Order, including guest master, Director of Associates, Novice Master and Prior of Mount Calvary Monastery, Santa Barbara. Over the years he has offered ministries of teaching, retreat guidance, spiritual direction and hospital chaplaincy and now serves as the Chaplain to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. He enjoys good books, especially monastic studies or personal memoirs. He also enjoys meetings, which comes in handy in his current position.
Br. Scott Wesley Borden
Prior of Holy Cross Monastery
Br. Scott was born in Vermont and grew up in the Albany area of New York. He entered the Order of the Holy Cross in 2001 and was life professed in 2005. Prior to entering the Order, Scott worked in the public radio system, including positions at WKYU Bowling Green, West Virginia Public Radio, and WNYC New York. His public radio worked ranged from management and audience research to concert recording, interviewing, and various types of production. Scott is an avid musician and especially fond of a capella choral music. He has sung in various ensembles throughout his life and is especially thrilled to be able to sing with Kairos Consort – which is Artist in Residence at the Monastery. Scott frequently leads retreats both at the monastery and at other locations. He also has a regular ministry of Spiritual Direction.
Br. Robert James Magliula
Before entering Holy Cross he was Rector of Christ the King in Stone Ridge. Much of his time in the Order was spent at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery in South Africa where he was the priest for the community, Director of the Scholarship Fund, and Principal of Holy Cross School. He is currently the Director of Formation and Director of Associates.
Br. Randy Greve
Br. Randy Greve was born in Houston, Texas and attended Southern Baptist churches in early life. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Houston Baptist University in 1988 and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky before being confirmed in the Episcopal Church in 1993. Randy worked at three Episcopal churches as youth minister before entering the Order in 2005. Randy lived the first five years of his vocation at West Park and moved to Holy Cross Priory, Toronto to attend seminary at Wycliffe College and discern ordination. After ordination to the priesthood in December 2013, Randy moved back to West Park where he serves as Sub-Prior, Director of Associates, Bursar, and leads retreats, is a spiritual director, and serves as supply priest to parishes in the area.
Br. Laurence Harms
Br. Laurence Arthur Harms, was born in Rock Island, Illinois in August 1928. He has been connected with O.H.C. since 1960 when he felt called to teach science at the Holy Cross Mission in Bolahun, Liberia. After he completed his two year tour of duty he felt called to try his vocation with the Order and took his life vow on Sept. 1, 1966.
When Laurence came up for Junior Profession, he had some doubts. He really enjoyed teaching math and science so he had to decide whether he wanted to be a teacher or monk. He decided, after much prayer, that he wanted to be monk. Two weeks after he took his Life Vow, the Superior sent him back to Liberia where he was both a monk and a science teacher. Laurence spent some 20 years teaching science and math in Liberia. He has lived in Ghana and the Bahamas. In 1987 he was transferred to Mount Calvary Retreat House. Recently he is serving God at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.
Br. Rafael Campbell Dixon
Br Rafael was born on Corn Island a little Caribbean island off the coast of Nicaragua.
In his twenties he went to the mainland to finish high school in Bluefields. It was there that he first heard of Holy Cross. He was very much interested in missionary work. He heard of Holy Cross’ mission work in Liberia. He wrote the Order about it but did not receive an encouraging response about missionary work.
Four years later, Br. Rafael confided in his Bishop of his interest in the Holy Cross Monastic community. The Bishop was very pleased with the young man’s intererest and enabled Rafael to come to the United States to try his vocation.
That was in 1965. Br. Rafael has been a monk ever since. As it happened, Rafael did eventually get to go to Liberia for eight years of mission work. He has lived in West Park since 2010.
Br. James Robert Hagler
Born in Knoxville in 1946 and raised in Loudon County, Tennessee where he said he fished with a cane pole sitting on a wharf on the banks of the Tennessee River and would sing Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. He came to us in 2016 and feels comforted being back here. The last time he lived at Holy Cross Monastery was from 1978 to 1980. Before coming to us, he was the interim Vicar of St. Andrews Church in Newark, New Jersey for ten years. Also, he lived in the Order’s Holy Cross Priory in Toronto for ten years and then returned to the United States to be the Prior of Mt. Calvary Monastery and Retreat House for fifteen years. While studying toward his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, he got to know the Order by visiting the Order’s St. Andrew’s School also in Sewanee, Tennessee. A Masters in Library Science degree, he received from Peabody University and did his seminary training at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and at Trinity College in Toronto. He was ordained in the Diocese of Tennessee. His interests include poetry. John Donne, to him, is the greatest voice ever. Gardening is his other interest. “Every Anglican Church should have perennial borders based on the principles of Gertrude Jekyll,” he wryly says with a glint in his eye.
Br. Bede Mudge
Br. Bede Mudge entered Holy Cross in 1964, when he was 25, so most of his life has been spent in the Order. Though he has lived in other houses of the Order, the majority of his time has been here at West Park. He has served as Novice Master twice and as Prior of two other houses, and has been Prior here for 3 years. He also managed the book and gift shop and was director of the Guesthouse. Christian Spirituality, Spiritual Direction and the practice and teaching of Meditation have been his ministries. After all these years, one of his chief joys is still the singing of the Divine Office day by day.
Br. Roy Parker
Roy Parker’s brief career as a tool designer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft before entering Holy Cross laid a foundation for his current one in calligraphy which began decades ago when he happened upon the book “Sweet Roman Hand” and fell in love with Italic script. He has worn other hats, at one time dubbed Mt. Calvary’s ‘Man of Culture’ for his abilities in making yogurt and sourdough bread. The singing of chant has been life-giving for him as has the practice of Centering Prayer, the method of which he has been trained to present to beginners.
Br. Lary Pearce
Until he entered the Order in 1985 Lary Pearce lived most of his life in Georgia and South Carolina. He read G. G Coulton’s Medieval Panorama when he was a senior in college in 1962 and became interested in monasticism, and did not realize a vocation until 1984, when he applied for admission to the postulancy. He was life professed at Mount Calvary, Santa Barbara, California in 1990 and served as Guest Master there from 1988 through1994. He transferred Berkeley in 1994 where he studied the New Testament with William L. Countryman at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He also studied mystical theology with Robert Hale, O.S.B. Cam. Lary transferred to Holy Cross Monastery in October, 2007. He does spiritual direction and continues to be interested in medieval history and mystical theology.
Br. John Forbis
Br. John Forbis joined the Order in the Spring of 1993 and did his formation for five years here at The Monastery in West Park. During this time, he served as the editor of the Mundi Medicina and assistant sacristan. He then became one of the founding members of Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery in Grahamstown, South Africa where he resided for eighteen years (1998 – 2016). His ministry there included being the Guest Master, editor of Uxolo, the newsletter for the community, the Novice Master for four years and then, the Associates Director for the last three years he was there.
He returned to The Monastery here in West Park in July of 2016 and is now serving as the Assistant Librarian and is in charge of our coffee operations.
Br. John was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He did his undergraduate work in Music Performance at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and received a Master’s degree in Information and Library Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This led to his being a librarian in The Music and Art Department at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for three years. As one of the founding members of Kairos, an acapella choral group who are Artists in Residence at Holy Cross Monastery, he is delighted to be part of the group again, even if it does sometimes feel like they are too good for him. But to help him to keep up with Kairos and the monastic choir, he is studying voice with Br. Josep Martinez-Cubero, which opens up a whole new world for him. Br. John is also a poet with poems published in the US, UK and South Africa. He sees his monastic life as quite poetic and his poetic life as quite monastic. For him, they go hand-in-hand.
Br. Bernard Delcourt
Prior Coadjutor and Librarian
Br. Bernard, a native of Belgium (and an American citizen since 2009), came to New York in 1998 and entered the Order of the Holy Cross in 2004. He made his life profession of the Benedictine Vow in November 2009.
Prior to entering the monastery, he had been a banker; and then a life skills and business coach.
Br. Bernard meets with several people in spiritual direction. He is the Monastery’s librarian, bookstore manager, webmaster and beekeeper.
Br. Josép Reinaldo Martínez-Cubero
Choirmaster and Interim Director of Associates
Br. Josép is the Monastery Choirmaster and interim Director of Associates. Prior to entering the Order of the Holy Cross, Br. Josép lived in Manhattan for 18 years where he worked as a singer/actor, voice teacher, and theatre director. He founded The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in 1999 and its adult wing, Delphi Theatre in 2003 at Holy Trinity Church, Inwood in New York City, and served as the Executive and Artistic Director of the organization until his entrance in the order in August 2014. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Br. Josép has performed in operas, oratorios, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, cabarets, and theatrical plays throughout the United States. At Holy Cross Monastery, he is currently serving as a Project Manager, Interim Director of Associates, Assistant to the Prior, and Choirmaster. In addition, he leads retreats, prepares the rotas, and is in charge of music. A tenor, voice teacher, and theatre director, Br. Josép sings regularly with Kairos: A Consort of Singers, teaches private voice lessons at the monastery by appointment, and is available as a director of theatrical events, and as a vocal soloist.
Br. Aidan Owen
Vocations Minister and Groundskeeper
Br. Aidan entered Holy Cross Monastery in September 2014, was clothed as a novice in March 2015, and made his first profession of the monastic vow on All Saints’ Day 2016. He grew up in Dallas, Texas. At fourteen he left for boarding school in Connecticut and then received a B.A. from Yale University. After college Aidan volunteered for two years with the Episcopal Service Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he lived in intentional Christian community and worked at a clubhouse program for adults with severe mental illness. He left North Carolina for New York, where he earned his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. Upon graduation he completed a chaplaincy residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is the monastery Groundskeeper, manages the Monk’s Cell Book and Gift Shop, edits the Mundi Medicina, and serves as the Vocations Minister. He loves cooking and reading poetry, fiction, and history. Aidan also writes a popular weekly blog.
Br. Joseph Wallace-Williams
Our Guestmaster, Br. Joseph, comes to us from The Diocese of West Tennessee where he served as Associate to the Rector at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. Br. Joseph is a graduate of The School of Theology at The University of The South in Sewanee, TN. Prior to entering seminary, Joseph served as outreach director and youth minister at Trinity Church New Orleans and as lay chaplain for several organizations in the city of New Orleans focusing on the prevention of HIV and AIDS among young black gay men. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux LA, during which time he served as a youth minister and did work with foster and adopted children in the City of Thibodaux. Joseph is a native of the city of New Orleans.
Br. Simon Thuku
Br. Simon is a native of the Republic of Kenya. He came to the United States in 2011 and entered the Order in February 2016, started his Postulancy in March 2016 and was received into the Novitiate in September 2016. He has lived and worked as a missionary on the Island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, in the Republic of South Africa and in his home country Kenya prior to his coming to the United States.