Prayer for Canada

God our Saviour, we desire to do your will.
Help our Order to plan wisely for our continuing ministry in Canada.
Here us to discern our path, to find new ways and places to serve, and to live with integrity
so that others will be enabled to share our monastic commitment and values;
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Save the date: Advent Quiet Day 2018

Speaker: The Rev’d Daniel F. Graves; Rector, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Newmarket
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018; 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: St. Martin-in-the-Fields; 151 Glenlake Ave., Toronto

Welcome

Holy Cross Priory is a monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross, a community founded in 1884 by the Rev. James Otis Sargent Huntington to provide a specifically North American expression of monasticism for Anglicans.

The Priory houses a small community in a Victorian-style home near Toronto’s scenic High Park. Members of the community participate in a daily cycle of prayer, study, and work. We have a number of guest rooms and provide hospitality as well.

Members of the community are available to lead retreats and quiet days at Parishes and other locations. We also offer quiet days, days of prayer, and other programs at the Priory.

The Order has had a ministry in Canada since the 1890′s. Holy Cross Priory was founded in 1973.

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From the Priory’s autumn 2018 newsletter:

“What do you desire?”

That’s the first question you’re asked when you’re received as a postulant, when you receive the habit as a novice, and you’re asked it again when you make the three-fold Benedictine vow of obedience, stability, and conversion of life to the monastic way.

The question of desire drives the Benedictine Way, and indeed the Christian Way. In his Rule for Monks, Benedict gives a very simple and very challenging answer: prefer nothing whatever to Christ.

You see, Benedict knew that, contrary to the image of monasticism in popular culture as a dour and serious life, the monastic life is really a love affair. For fifteen hundred years Benedict’s rule has provided a structure and a context for pursuing the deepest longing of the heart for wholeness and unity in God. The Christian mystical tradition calls this search the pursuit of “purity of heart,” though we might more accurately describe it as “unity of heart,” which is to say the uniting of our entire being

An excerpt taken from the sermon preached by Br. Aidan Owen on St. Benedict’s Day, July 11, 2018, at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

Download the full Holy Crosstide 2018 newsletter here

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After two years of intentional formation in Monastic life, Brother Charles McMulkin made his First Profession of the Monastic Vow at Holy Cross Priory during a Eucharist attended by family, members of several religious orders, and friends and Associates of the Priory. The Father Superior of the Order of the Holy Cross, Br. Robert Magliula, received Charles’ Vow. Br. Reginald-Martin Crenshaw, Director of Formation, preached.

Br. Charles makes his Vow before the Father Superior of the Order.

The Father Superior Blesses the newly Professed Br. Charles with Holy Water.

From L to R: Br. David, Priory; Br. Robert, The Father Superior; Br. Charles; Br. Reginald.

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From the Priory’s Pentecost 2018 newsletter:

Br. David Bryan writes: In our society words are a principal means of communication. Some words inspire, some anger, others energize, still others bore. A plethora of words can overwhelm. In the daily barrage of words most are forgettable. It is important to use words in a careful way.

In the celebration of Pentecost is a retelling of the power of the Holy Spirit in communicating Divine Grace through the medium of language. The message of God is given through many ways – language being only one way. Perhaps on that first Pentecost Day body language, joy, and quiet or exuberant confidence also played a part in proclaiming the message of God’s love.

Download the Pentecost 2018 newsletter here

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A view of Mission Mountain from the Guest House patio at Mt. Calvary Monastery - the Order’s House in Santa Monica, California. Br. Charles returned to Toronto in early April after a 6 week stay at Mt. Calvary.

In mid April we were delighted to welcome Br. Robert Magliula, for his first annual visit to Toronto as Superior of The Order of the Holy Cross.

Br. Desmond Alban, Minister Provincial of the (Anglican) Society of St. Francis, Provence of the Americas, recently spent a week with us while on retreat. Br. Desmond makes his home at San Damiano Friary, San Francisco. From L to R: Br. Reginald OHC, Br. Desmond SSF, Br. Christian OHC, Br. Leonard OHC and Br. David OHC, Prior.

Also in April, two of our long term Associates, both from Ottawa, were coincidently in Toronto at the same time and stayed with us. From L to R: The Rev. Gregor Sneddon, Rector of St. Matthew’s, Ottawa, and the Rev. Kevin Flynn, Director of Anglican Studies at St. Paul University, Ottawa.

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Holy Cross Day is a big festival for us! Year by year we mark it with a celebration of the Eucharist and a party. We are an Anglican Benedictine order for men in Canada, part of a valued international order under the dedication of the Holy Cross. So Holy Cross Day is always a joyful celebration of the liberating power and glory of the Cross, our life together at Holy Cross Priory, Toronto, and our commitment to continually seek new ways and places to serve across our country. As always, we want to thank our next door neighbours for their hospitality: The Rev. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent Priest, and the community at St. John’s Anglican Church West Toronto who once again generously offered their large Sanctuary for this year’s celebration.

The Sanctuary Party. From left to right: The Rev. Evelyn Butler, Deacon; Br. David-Bryan Hoopes OHC, Presider; Br. Reginald-Martin Crenshaw OHC, Homilist; with the Rev. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent, St. John’s West Toronto.

From left to right: The Rev. Kenneth Korsah, Priest-in-Charge, Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto; Br. Leonard Abbah OHC.

From left to right: Canon David Brinton, recently retired Vicar & Sub-Dean of St. James’s Cathedral, Toronto; The Rev. Randy Murray, Incumbent, St. Mark, Port Hope; The Rev. Paul G. Walker, Retired.

From left to right: Olga Clarke, St. Paul, Rexdale; Eunice Thomas, St. Hilda, Toronto.

From left to right: The Rev. Tay Moss, Holy Cross Associate and Incumbant, Church of the Messiah, Toronto; Dr. Betsy Moss; new born twins Samuel Moss and Katarina Moss. (Absent from the family photo is older brother Henry Moss.)

From left to right: Holy Cross Associate Stewart Smith, London, Ontario, and friend from Orangeville, Ontario.

Bill Kahn, Organist and Choir Director at St. Hilda, Toronto, who graciously was the organist once again this year.

A group of Associates of Holy Cross Priory who attended our celebration.

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