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.
Amen.

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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The Rev. Lucy Reid

The Rev. Lucy Reid, Priest in Charge of St. Aidan’s, Church, Toronto, spoke at the recent Lenten Quiet Day co-sponsored by Holy Cross Priory, St. John’s West Toronto, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Here is Lucy’s own summary of her presentation:

“The breath prayer is the most simple and effective way I know of quietening the chattering mind or turbulent emotions, and settling into the quiet, spacious presence of God. By focusing first on the physical sensation of the breath entering and leaving, and then silently repeating a very simple one-line prayer to the rhythm of the breathing (such as “Creator [inhale] guide me [exhale],” “Christ have mercy,” “Spirit of love”), you can anchor yourself in prayer any time, anywhere. Our breath is constantly flowing in and out, until we die. So the breath prayer can become more and more part of our daily life, as we inhale the breath/spirit/wind of God and exhale into trust.”

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Suzette L CaylessSuzette L. Cayless, Companion of the Order of the Holy Cross

For many years The Order of the Holy Cross has elected as Companions of the Order women and men who have offered exemplary service in support of the Order. Currently there are six Companions, one of whom is Suzette Cayless. We are delighted that she is increasingly a welcome guest at our Priory in Toronto and grateful for the support she offers us while here.

Mrs. Cayless, supported by her late husband, The Rev’d. Canon Tony Cayless, has served our Order in any number of significant ways over decades.

The Caylesses voluntarily acted as hosts at Huntington House — a guest house on the grounds of Holy Cross Monastery, West Park — for seven years. Suzette has served as unpaid Secretary to the Superior, receptionist at Holy Cross Monastery and Editor of both the Superior’s newsletter and the Monastery’s newsletter. She has offered spiritual direction for OHC brothers and guests at Holy Cross Monastery.

Mrs. Cayless continues her generous support of our work here in Toronto. Thank you, Suzette.

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On February 12, 2019, Br. Aidan Owen OHC made his life profession at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY. L-R: Br. Robert Magliula, The Father Superior, and Br. Robert Sevensky, our immediate past Superior and the Homilist at the Service.


Immediately prior to making his life vow, Br. Aidan lies prostrate before the Altar as an act of humility and a sign of total self offering.


L-R: Br. Robert, The Father Superior, and Br. Aidan, immediately following the Service.


A selfie with Br. Christian taken in our sitting room by our neighbour and friend The Rev. Pam Trondson while they worked together on a jig-saw puzzle.


The Priory is ready for the long standing and very traditional celebration of Robbie Burns Day by a group of friends, hosted by Br. David Bryan, our Prior.


Brothers Christian and Charles attended The Rev’d. Samantha Caravan’s last Sunday at “the church next door”, St. John’s West Toronto. They expressed our great gratitude to Samantha for her ever generous friendship, practical support, and the enduring relationship between the St. John’s and Priory communities which extends back approximately 30 years. Samantha is the new Incumbent at All Saints, Peterborough.


Br. Charles hosts a planning meetingBr. Charles hosted a planning meeting, Chaired by Stephen Allen, of the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG) from Church of the Redeemer, Bloor Street, Toronto. From l to r: Karen Turner; Heather Steeves; Stephen Allen (Chair); Tony Crosbie; Andrew Wesley; Michael Cheena; Dawn Lee; Dave Gordon.


Indigenous Solidarity Working GroupThe ISWG at work around the Priory’s dining room table.


Father Mama Kwasi EllisFather Mama Kwasi Ellis, a Ghanaian born Anglican Priest now living and working in Virginia, stayed with us while in Toronto to preach at the Annual Revival Weekend sponsored jointly by the Ghanaian Anglican Church and the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church. The symbol on his stole is a traditional Ghanaian Adinkra Symbol literally meaning “except for God”, referring to the supremacy of God.

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In the Priory’s Christmas 2018 newsletter, Br. David Bryan writes:

The beloved bidding prayer for the Cambridge Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols says:

“…and because this of all things would rejoice his heart, let us at this time remember in his name the poor, the helpless, the hungry and the oppressed, the sick and those who mourn, the lonely and the unloved, the aged and the little children; and all those who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not, or by sins have grieved his heart of love.”

May we allow ourselves to encounter God’s grace during this hallowed time. The encounter might come as we hear the majestic words of holy scripture or the beauty of music; perhaps in the solemnity of ritual, colour and forms of decoration or in loving acts and generous care for others, and in places and times of quiet prayer.

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On December 8, Br. David Bryan led an Advent Quiet Day at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto. The Advent Quiet Day is an annual event co-sponsored by the Priory, St. John’s West Toronto and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Top row, L-R: The Rev'd. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent, St. John's West Toronto; the Rev'd. Canon Philip Hobson, Incumbent at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Bottom row, L-R: The Rev'd. Canon Harold Nahabedian, Honourary Assistant at St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Br. Christian, our senior brother at the Priory; Br. David Bryan, our Prior and Guestmaster.

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