Having recently spent three months within the community as an “observer,” Brother Theodore Berezuk (formerly Todd) has returned as a postulant to begin his initial period of formation. He joins Brothers Mark, John, and Richard in their continuing process of discernment and seeking the will of God for their lives. It has been a long time since we have had four in the novitiate and we thank God for … Continue Reading
Welcome to Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey
The monastery is a school of the Lord's service where Christ is formed in the hearts of the brothers and where in solitude and silence they aspire to that interior quiet in which wisdom is born. By generous hospitality they share with their fellow pilgrims the peace and hope which Christ has freely given.
(Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance 3:2-3)
Readings: Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13 By most any standard, Jesus is sending out the Twelve to preach repentance with scant resources. That's quite a challenge. Have you noticed that this is only Chapter Six of Mark's Gospel, which has sixteen chapters in all. Yes, we're beyond the beginning, but we're not even half way; and you may recall from past years that up ahead we'll … Continue Reading
- Reflection on Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time
- Abbot Joseph’s Homily for the Feast of Saint Benedict
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
In these “dog-days” of summer, dehydration is something that we have to constantly guard against. Paradoxically, the more dehydrated we become the less capable our bodies are of absorbing life-sustaining fluids even when we do drink water. There is a similar spiritual dehydration that occurs when we fail to imbibe the life-giving waters of God’s living Word and our hearts grow dry, hard, and … Continue Reading
Welcome to Holy Cross Abbey’s Retreat House. This ministry is a way to share a taste of our monastic life with you by sharing our silence and solitude, the natural beauty of this setting and the monastic liturgy throughout the day. The monks think of the Retreat House as our guest house; unfortunately that term has specific connotations in our world and this is not just a place for an overnight stay. Rather our Retreat House is specifically for those who need time to reflect on their lives, pray or refresh themselves spiritually. Staying with us in the Retreat House is a commitment to maintaining the silence contemplative environment of the place for all the guests.
Cool Spring Cemetery
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery is maintained and managed by the Cistercian Monks of Holy Cross Abbey where, for over sixty years, monks have lived on land made sacred by their lives of worship, prayer, and hospitality offered to all who visit. The cemetery thus constitutes a tangible extension of the monks’ life of worship, prayer, and their long tradition of hospitality.