Our Holy Cross Heritage

The Congregation of Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic religious order founded in post-revolutionary France by Father Basil Moreau, today operates schools, colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. The legacy of Holy Cross education is distinguished by the following characteristics:

Innovative. The Congregation’s founder, Basil Moreau, was an innovative educator: introducing the arts and sciences to the curriculum, emphasizing experimental learning, and acquainting students with the Catholic social teaching. He believed education should be available to all, regardless of their role in society.  A Holy Cross education is an experience in justice, one student at a time.

Inclusive. Unlike the founders of some other congregations, Father Moreau did not employ only religious to teach in his schools. He stepped out and found the best educators, and since 1837 lay and vowed men and women have worked side by side in Holy Cross institutions.

Diverse. In Moreau’s Christian Education, he advises us to show preference to the poor, the neglected, the unskilled and those who are not Catholic or Christian. Today, Holy Cross faculty remain committed to maintaining a student body diverse in ethnicity, faith traditions, academic aptitude and socio-economic backgrounds.

Visit our Resource Center for an abridged edition of Father Basil Moreau’s publication Christian Education.

United. Visit any Holy Cross school, and people are likely to tell you, “It feels like a family.” This family spirit becomes visible through our common practices of hospitality and respect for others. Our work has far-reaching implications, for as Moreau told us, our students are “the parents of future generations, each of whom bears within self a family.”

Accepting. As Catholic schools, we teach the Catholic faith, foster Christian insight into social problems and engage in Christian service. As growing numbers of non-Catholics join our school communities, we also must introduce them to the values that set us apart. It is a mission that can shape the future of our society, as well as our schools.

If you share the vision of Father Moreau, consider adding your gift to St. Edward’s University and designate it to benefit the Holy Cross Institute

Charles Shryock IV, Director of Faculty Development at Bishop McNamara High School and HCI Convocation 2014 participant, recently offered this definition of "innovation":

"Innovation is about reframing challenges as opportunities. Within organizations, I am drawn to those moments when a team collectively 'sighs,' because the number of apparent roadblocks has increased to a point of frustration. It's easy for teams to stop trying in these moments, and change focus by moving to another problem with an easier solution. But really, this is the worst time to stop trying, because you have done all the work that prepares you for an innovative move. The solution is there, if you let go of the frustration, question your limitations, and start to play.

You don't necessarily need to make something new to be innovative. For me, innovation can be repurposing an older tool for a new purpose. I'm really inspired by Project Loon, a project of Google X, which aims to provide balloon-powered Internet for everyone. This is an idea that has the potential to improve life for billions of people, and it arises from the creative combination (and improvement) of existing technologies.
The word "innovation" itself descends from the Latin words in and novare, meaning 'to make new.' By adopting an innovative mindset, we make ourselves new."  
(From "What Does Innovation Mean to You?" on Medium.com.  Last accessed 9/16/15)