Congregation of Holy Cross
St. Ignatius Martyr Faith Community is served primarily by brothers, priests and sisters of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The initials, "C.S.C.", after their names are an abbreviation for the Latin "Congregatio a Sancta Cruce", which means "Congregation of Holy Cross".
The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded in 1837 by Father Basil Moreau, who was a priest of the Diocese of Le Mans, France. It was founded in a town named "Holy Cross" hence the name "Congregation of Holy Cross".
The mission of the Congregation was to assist in Church ministries wherever needed as parish priests, preachers of missions, educators, writers, and foreign missionaries.
From a small beginning, the Congregation grew rapidly in Algeria, Canada, India, and especially in the United States.
In 1842 a small band of Holy Cross religious came to Indiana and founded the University of Notre Dame. As the University grew, the Congregation was invited to open other colleges, parishes and high schools throughout the United States. In Texas, they founded Saint Edward’s University and many parishes in the Diocese of Austin.
Today, Holy Cross religious are still active in Texas and across the United States primarily in education, parish work and health ministries. In addition, Holy Cross religious serve the Church throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Parish Ministry in Holy Cross - US Province
Education in Holy Cross - US Province
Saint Andre Bessette, C.S.C.
Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Founder of Holy Cross