Please join us in our Prayer for Canada

God our Saviour, we desire to do your will.
Help our Order to plan wisely for our continuing ministry in Canada.
Hear 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.


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.


In the Priory’s Christmas 2019 newsletter, Br. David Bryan writes:

“Throughout the Christian liturgical calendar we revisit the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and his ministry amongst God’s people. Doing so we are challenged to discern God’s continuing presence in daily life.

“Although at Christmastide we are drawn to the remembrance of the birth of Jesus we also have opportunity to celebrate daily his continuing presence with us. Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God affirms that the Kingdom of God is amongst us (Luke 17:21). In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes that “the word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (Romans 10:8).

“The vision of St. John the Divine of a world redeemed and purified includes these words: ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples and God himself will be with them – see, I am making all things new’ (Revelation 21:1,3,5)”

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an excerpt from the newsletter by Fr. David Bryan Hoopes, Prior:

“Archbishop Rowan Williams said of religious orders that they were ‘the heart of the Church.’

“The human heart is a small organ not visible to the eye; religious communities in our Anglican Communion tend to be small. In some parts of the Communion such may not be known. In Canada at this time there are three residential traditional religious orders – the Community of the Sisters of the Church, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, and the Order of the Holy Cross. The Society of St. John the Evangelist maintains a foundation in Canada and is generous in providing resources for spiritual growth. There are other expressions of the religious life such as the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, the Society of our Lady St. Mary, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Worker Brothers and Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Contemplative Fire, the Brotherhood and Sisters of St. Gregory, and several newly emerging communities.

“At the centre of all religious communities is prayer. In fact, prayer is the first responsibility and privilege of those who choose the religious life. Prayers are offered daily for the Church, the world, special intentions, the sick, those in special need, the departed, and for thanksgivings. Prayer requests are honoured. There are no ‘vacations’ for prayer.”

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The Annual Chapter Photo 2019, including guests from the men's Anglican Order of St. John the Evangelist (SSJD) in Boston.

Timothy Vickery was recieved by Br. Charles McMulkin, Director of Associates, as an Assoicate of Holy Cross, Canada, on May 24. Tim is a member of the ministry team at Sanctuary Toronto in the downtown core.

As usual in early June, we attended our Annual Chapter (A.G.M.) at Holy Cross Monestary in upstate New York along with members from our two houses in the USA and our African house. We prayed and spent time together; had fruitful discussions about our life together; and participated in a conference titled "Jesus as Sacrificial Victim", led by theologian James Alison. For fun we took a boat cruise up the Hudson River Valley. Fr. L- R: Br. Adrian, Br. David, Prior, and Mrs Suzette Cayles, Companion of the Order of the Holy Cross, wait to board "The Rip Van Winkle".

Br. Christian Swayne was celebrated at the Priory on May 24, the actual date of his Ordination 60 years ago. (His anniversary was recognized at St. James Cathedral in April.) From L-R: Christian's sister and Companion of the Order of the Holy Cross Patricia Brown, Br. Christian, Christian's Brother-in-Law Charlie Brown.

Our Priory community toasted The Rev. Br. Brian Youngward at dinner on May 16 - the anniversary of his Ordination. Br. Brian retired after a lengthy Incumbency at St. Paul's Rexdale, Toronto (among other parish appointments.) He was very much loved and respected at St. Paul's for his pastoral care and practical service.

Br. Brian in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's, Rexdale, Toronto



Our Brother Christian Swayne has celebrated 60 years as a Priest. He was honoured by The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, who presented him with a “60 Year Stole” at the Chrism Service at St. James Cathedral. At that time Br. Christian renewed his vows alongside assembled diocesan clergy, including those also honoured for milestones of service. Here is Br. Christian (third from left) with Bishop Asbil, members of the Toronto Priory, and his sister, Patricia Brown, a Companion of the Order of the Holy Cross.



Holy Cross Priory hosted a retreat, led by The Rev Katy Waugh, for the Catechesis Group at Church of the Redeemer, Toronto. From left to right: Heather Steeves and Lynda Younge in conversation.

Nate Wall and Erika Bauder at Lunch

Karen Visser, Chase McMurren and Susan Graham Walker at lunch.


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