Vocation Profile - Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross
Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross
Austria, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Switzerland
We, in the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross have been touched by our Lord. He called us to leave the world behind us, that is the false promises of wealth and self-realization according to a worldly scheme. The greater happiness and mystery is intimate union with Christ. His love of total self-giving, on the Cross and in the Eucharist, both challenges us and witnesses to the fact that greater communion and happiness in God is possible in this life. In this light we see and embrace the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. With Saint Paul we confess the supreme advantage of really and existentially knowing Christ in our own life, and so put aside the advantages of a worldly life. What kind of love is that flees not the wounds but seeks them! This is the Christ we want to know and learn to imitate. With his help and the grace of perseverance we know this goal can be achieved. We know that we have to help and bear one another. Having been touched by his Life and Love, we want to share it with others in our apostolate of retreats and missions. www.cruzios.org
The first prerequisite is a serious prayer life and a strong desire to grow spiritually that translates itself into a sincere practice of the virtues. Good physical and psychological health is also necessary. The minimum age to join the Order is 18 years, the candidates should not be older then 35 years. Candidates for the priesthood should have finished high school, candidates to be a religious brother should have some professional training.
After candidacy, one year postulancy, and one year novitiate, the brothers make temporal profession and after six years they take their solemn vows.