Four new novices from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Province were received into the Holy Cross Novitiate in Barisal, Bangladesh, bringing the total to 21 novices.
Around the World
The Congregation first arrived to this South American country in 1963 to assume the pastoral care of field hands and factory workers in a sugar hacienda on the Peruvian coast named Cartavio.
Over the years, Holy Cross has served in several places through Peru, yet today its mission centers on San Juan de Lurigancho on the outskirts of Lima. In addition to sprawling parish larger than many dioceses, the Congregation has a variety of ministries to better serve and accompany those living in urban poverty.
The Vicariate of India ceremoniously dedicated the new Moreau Formation House in Salem and the Grande Saint Joseph in Yercaud.
On the Feast of St. Joseph, the District of West Africa celebrated seven Perpetual Professions Vows, three First Profession, and one 70th Anniversary of Profession.
Our Lady of Sorrows
Blessed Basile Moreau dedicated the Family of Holy Cross, including the sisters, brothers, and priests, to Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows. In the words of the Constitutions, "She is our special patroness, a woman who bore much she could not understand and who stood fast. To Her many sons and daughters, whose devotions ought to bring them often to her side, she tells much of this daily cross and its daily hope."
In this spirit, Fr. Donald Fetters, C.S.C., of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, reflects particularly how Our Lady of Sorrows is precisely also Our Lady of Hope.