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. 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. Ronald Haynes
He was the Director of Associates for many years. He also served as Assistant Novice Director.
Br. Ronald started a ministry of massage therapy at the monastery and offered massages for over fifteen years.
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. Bernard Delcourt
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. José Folgueira
In Annual Vows
Br. Jose was born in Cuba, at the age of six his family relocated to Spain. For twenty years, he worked at Miami public schools with physically impaired children at the elementary level. After answering God’s call to the monastic life, he moved to the Benedictine community of Blue Cloud Abbey, South Dakota. There he worked in the Hispanic ministry. He joined the Order of the Holy Cross four years ago and serves as infirmarian.
Br. Peter Rostron
In Annual Vows
Br. Peter entered Holy Cross Monastery in January, 2012 and made his first profession of the monastic vow in July, 2014. He was born and raised in Abington, PA, near Philadelphia, and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a degree in engineering. Following a brief stint as an engineer in San Francisco, Peter earned a masters degree in education at UCLA and went on to teach middle and high school mathematics for 23 years in southern California, Brazil, suburban Baltimore, and, most recently, Washington, DC. A parish retreat with St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in 2007 was his first, and very eye-opening, encounter with Holy Cross. Subsequent visits and discernment and the Holy Spirit led Peter to leave his DC life in the summer of 2010 and spend a year as a member of an intentional Christian community in central Minnesota. He served as the Operations Manager of their retreat center, which is engaged in a ministry remarkably similar to that of Holy Cross. He currently serves as Guestmaster at the monastery.
Br. Reinaldo Martinez-Cubero
Before entering the Order of the Holy Cross Br. Reinaldo Martinez-Cubero lived in Manhattan for 18 years where he worked as a voice instructor, and theatre director. He founded The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in 1999 and The Delphi Theatre in 2003 at Holy Trinity Church, Inwood in New York City, and served as the Executive and Artistic Director of both organizations until his entrance in the order in August 2014. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Reinaldo has performed in operas, oratorios, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, cabarets, and theatrical plays throughout the United States. At Holy Cross Monastery, in addition to his novitiate studies, Br. Reinaldo assists in the prior’s office, prepares the rotas, selects hymns, and works in the sacristy.
Br. Will Owen
Brother Will Owen entered Holy Cross Monastery in September 2014 and was clothed as a novice in March 2015. 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 Will 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. Since entering Holy Cross, he has been working in the bookshop, the garden, and the sacristy and has been studying monastic history and spirituality with the other novices. He loves cooking and reading poetry, fiction, and history.
Br. Joseph Wallace-Williams
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 his entering seminary Joseph served as outreach director and youth minister at Trinity Church New Orleans and served as lay chaplain for several organizations in the city of New Orleans focusing on the prevention of HIV and AIDS amongst 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.