The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded by a French diocesan priest named Basil Anthony Moreau on 1 st March 1837. Father Moreau was beatified on September 15, 2007 in Le Mans, France.
According to his vision, Holy Cross was to be a religious community made up of Sisters, Brothers and Priests dedicated to the service of the Church.
Province of the Northeast (Priests)
There were 50 finally professed members of the Province of the Northeast in 2009. Projections are that there will be 61 finally professed in 2016 and 71 members in 2024. The senior most member of the community is seventy one years of age and the vast majority of members is, and will be, sixty years of age or younger.
Initial formation is done in three locations. In 2010 there were sixty students in these programs. Novices are trained in Yercaud (along with novices from the South and from the Vicariate). There were three Northeast Novices in 2010 and two novices in 2011. Post-novitiate formation is done in Pune (described above), again with temporarily professed from the Northeast and the vicariate. In 2010 there were seventeen Northeast temporarily professed studying in Pune. There were also eight regents serving in different ministries.
Contractual agreements exist between the province and Dioceses of Agartala, Aizawl, Shillong, Jowai and Itanagar in thirteen parishes. The province is involved in higher education at Holy Cross College in Agartala. It also owns and operates a school there as well as three other places. Eight schools, linked with the parishes, are administered in other locations. The province also operates a Boys' Town (orphanage) at agartala. The social service activities of the Province is carried out at a center called ASHA (Association for Social and Human Advancement).
Evangelization work among the indigenous population of Northeast India will continue to be the principal apostolate of the province for many years to come. Development of a higher education program and other educational endeavors will be priorities for the province. Enhancement of vocation recruitment, provision of health care for the membership, and formation programs among the indigenous people are likely to be other important undertakings of the province.
Province of South India (Priests)
There were 59 finally professed members of the Province of South India in2009 . Projections are that there will be 75 finally professed members in 2016 and 93 members in 2024. The vast majority of members are now, and will be, sixty-nine years of age or younger.
Initial formation is done in seven locations. In 2010 there were 130 students in these programs. The novitiate is in Yercaud, where novices are formed along with novices from the Northeast and from the Vicariate of India. There were five South Indian novices in 2010. Post-novitiate formation (philosophy, regency, and theology) is done in Pune (also with temporarily professed from the Northeast and from the Vicariate of India). Pune is a national institute managed by the Jesuits for ecclesiastical training that serves over twenty religious communities and many dioceses in India. In 2010, there were sixteen South Indian Province temporarily professed religious in the Pune programs. There were also four regents serving in different ministries.
The province has contractual commitments with six parishes and is in the process of accepting responsibility for two more. It owns and operates four schools, administers one parish school, and is in the process of accepting responsibility for another. The province also supports various individual social ministries and an Ashram ministry. Income for the province comes from an office complex (the Jubilee building) in Bangalore.
The province is currently engaged in restructuring as per the directions of the 2010 General Chapter. Some of the ministries and properties will become part of the projected Tamilnadu Vicariate. In the multi-cultural, multi-religious realities of India and in the context of restructuring, establishment of ministries, provision of health care for the membership, and engaging in meaningful apostolates are likely to be priorities for the province in the years ahead.
Vicariate of India (Brothers)
There were 29 finally professed members of the Vicariate of India in 2009. Projections are that there will be 50 finally professed members in 2016 and 72 in 2024. The vast majority of members is now, and will be for a long time to come, fifty-nine years old or younger.
The vicariate maintains two initial formation houses (Salem, Chennai) with thirty students total. Novices (two in 2010) are formed at Yercaud along with novices from the South Indian and Northeast Provinces. Post novitiate for the Brothers (in 2010 there were five) is done in Pune, along with temporarily professed seminarians. In 2010 there were 4 regents serving in vicariate apostolates.
The vicariate owns and operates five schools. Additionally, the vicariate operates social service facilities (rural development program, technical school) in Whitefield and Honavar. Financial support comes from a shopping complex in Bangalore owned by the Vicariate and from the schools, especially Holy Cross School in Salem.
In the years ahead, the vicariate is likely to continue its efforts to establish a province, to maintain the stability of its membership, and provide health care for its senior membership. Ongoing formation efforts are likely to be a priority for the vicariate, along with strengthening the current formation programs and apostolic commitments