Holy Cross Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross
Holy Cross Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serves families in Utah regardless of their religion, and is currently sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The Sisters of the Holy Cross are a Roman Catholic congregation of women religious who engage in ministries that "focus on building communities of justice and love, eradicating material poverty, and ending gender discrimination against women." There are approximately 400 Holy Cross sisters ministering across the world. They are located in eight countries and four continents (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, and the United States) and as an expression of their mission to respond to the unmet needs in Utah, the sisters decided in 1994 to create Holy Cross Ministries to continue outreach services to the poor and underserved in this community. At Holy Cross Ministries, there are four Sisters of the Holy Cross on the Board of Trustees and one on staff.
Origin and History of the Sisters of the Holy Cross
The Sisters of the Holy Cross were founded by Father Basil Anthony Moreau in Le Mans, France. In 1841 Father Moreau founded a group of women religious; which today form three distinct congregations, including the Sisters of Holy Cross. Two years after founding this group of women religious, four Holy Cross sisters were sent to northern Indiana. They were tasked with helping the Holy Cross priests who were establishing a school for boys that would later become known as the University of Notre Dame. The sisters began to teach young girls and the resulting school moved in 1855 and later became Saint Mary's College.
It was twenty years later, in 1875 that the first two Sisters of the Holy Cross came to Utah.
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Called to Serve
The Sisters of the Holy Cross became the forerunners of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps when they answered President Lincoln’s call to minister all soldiers in need more than 150 years ago. They served as Army nurses on the hospital ship USS Red Rover. In recognition of their service, Holy Cross Ministries was an honorary recipient of the U.S. Army Civil War Campaign Medal.
U.S. representative Jackie Walorski wrote that this rare honor was “a sign of our gratitude as a nation and a reminder of the price of freedom.” Her words were read by Ben Parsons, constituent liaison, at the November 30, 2016 ceremony at the Sisters of the Holy Cross Congregation’s motherhouse in Indiana on the Saint Mary’s campus.
Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), CSC, president, commented during the ceremony, stating that “the ‘yes’ of our Congregation and so many other women religious at this period in our history gave birth to the ministry of health care that has grown and developed in this country. The sisters read the signs of their time, and responded with generosity and courage. Each in her own way contributed to preparing for a world better than her own.”
Celebrating 175 Years
January 20, 2016, opened a yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Marianites of Holy Cross in Le Mans, France. As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Ministries joined in the celebration to commemorate a long history of service to the community. Both here in Utah, and across the globe.