Life of Fr. Dujarié

In many ways, the story of the Congregation of Holy Cross begins with Fr. Jacques-François Dujarié, a priest of the Diocese of Le Mans, France. Enrolled in seminary when the French Revolution began, Dujarié had to complete his seminary studies clandestinely. Ordained in secret, he carried out his first years of priestly ministry underground. After the French Revolution ended, in 1820, Fr. Dujarié founded the Brothers of St. Joseph to respond to the immense educational needs of the French countryside. Seventeen years later those same Brothers of St. Joseph united with the Auxiliary Priests brought together by Blessed Basile Moreau to establish what we now know as the Congregation of Holy Cross.

We invite you to learn more about this holy priest and his heroic life: Read more about the story of his life. Explore a bibliography of additional sources on Fr. Dujarié. Read quotes from this holy priest and founder. Explore a timeline of his life and the Brothers of St. Joseph. View of photo gallery of important places from his life and ministry.

Fr. Jacque Dujarié, C.S.C.

Biography on the Life of Fr. Jacque Dujarié

Fr. Jacques-François Dujarié was a key figure in the foundation of the Congregation of Holy Cross. His heroic determination to serve the material and spiritual needs of the poor in France helped to lay the groundwork for the mission of Holy Cross throughout the world.

Fr. Jacque Dujarié, C.S.C.

Quotes from and about Fr. Dujarié

“Insist that the Brothers teach the students religion and virtue, and that they bring them to the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.” That is just one of a number of quotes that reveal the deep faith and spirituality of Fr. Dujarié.


Fr. Jacque Dujarié, C.S.C.

Timeline of Fr. Dujarié and the Brothers of Saint Joseph

Follow the events of Fr. Dujarié's life and the beginnings of the Brothers of St. Joseph. See how these men help set the foundation for Holy Cross Religious today.


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Photo Gallery 

See the historic places from the life of Fr. Dujarié, including the room where he clandestinely celebrated his first Mass and the parish church where he served as pastor for over 30 years. 


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Additional Resources on Fr. Dujarié

To keep learning more about the life and work of Fr. Dujarié, check out this bibliography of additional resources, including a number of in-depth books.