Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 The community Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM in the Chapter Room, Abbot Joseph Wittstock presiding and preaching. … Continue Reading
Welcome to Holy Cross Abbey
Welcome to Holy Cross Abbey a school of the Lord's service where Christ is formed in the hearts of the brothers and who in solitude and silence 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. (const. 3:2&3)
The Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Cross was born out of fire. When the monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, tragically and spectacularly burned to the ground on the night of March 21, 1950, the monks of the abbey were left without a home.
While the abbot of Our Lady of the Valley, Dom Edmund Futterer, labored to re-establish his displaced community at a new site at Spencer, Massachusetts, plans developed for a new foundation.
After the past couple of winters, I was surprised that the weather cooperated and the heavy snow went south of Clarke County. Last Friday there was only a light dusting of snow, as innocuous as confectionary sugar on a pastry; so on Saturday, anyone in Berryville who wanted to, had no problem arriving at the Barns of Rose Hill for the Preview of Saving Place, Saving Grace. In fact, … Continue Reading
A Note From The Abbot
To our friends: Although Saint Benedict cautions the abbot to understand what a difficult and demanding burden he has undertaken, it’s important for me not to forget that the office of abbot is also a unique privilege because it enables me to serve Christ and his church in this unique capacity. As we approach the 66th anniversary of the founding of Holy Cross Abbey …
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.