Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C.

Motivated by the vision of the Blessed Basil Moreau and the Congregation of Holy Cross, the school seeks to provide our student body with a well-rounded program of studies and activities aimed at the formation of character and the education of the heart as well as the mind.

the cast bronze statue of Blessed Basil Moreau

Lord Jesus, source of all that is good, you inspired Blessed Basil Moreau

-Blessed Father Basil Moreau C.S.C

The Congregation of Holy Cross has established schools, as a continuation of the legacy of the Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, to cultivate minds and hearts and to serve the needs of the Church and the world. Educational institutions sponsored by the Eastern Province of Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross are entrusted with the stewardship of the vision of Blessed Father Moreau. These institutions employ their resources in partnership with students, parents, guardians and other members of the wider community.

Student painting of Blessed Basil Moreau on new outer wall.

Holy Cross sponsored schools exist to promote the legacy and vision of Blessed Basil Moreau by developing leaders among the People of God for the good of Church and society.

(Cardinal McCarrick’s address on Blessed Basil Moreau, Stonehill College)
Welcome to The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868. Following in the footsteps of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Sisters, the Academy continues to be innovators in education emphasizing the arts and sciences, experimental learning, and Catholic social teaching. Father Moreau believed that “education is the art of helping young people to completeness.” The Sisters established a firm foundation here based on Father Moreau’s virtues, leaving a lasting educational legacy. Today’s Holy Cross educators take this mission to heart by providing our students with an exceptional opportunity for spiritual, academic, physical, artistic and social growth.Moreau Catholic High School is dedicated to the legacy and values of the Congregation of Holy Cross and its founder Blessed Basil Moreau. We are a college-preparatory school committed to outstanding achievement. As a community of faith, we prepare our students through academic, social and spiritual learning experiences that form and transform them as they become responsible citizens of our global community.Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., was born in Laigné-en-Belin, France, on February 11, 1799. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of LeMans in 1821. He later became a seminary professor teaching philosophy and theology. He organized a group of priests who were known as "auxiliary priests" whose mission was to travel around and assist throughout the diocese. In 1835 the bishop asked him to oversee the Brothers of St. Joseph, a group of teaching brothers founded by Fr. Jacques Dujarie.
In 1837, Blessed Moreau merged the auxiliary priests and the Brothers into a new association. The group took its name from the town where Moreau based them - Sainte Croix, or Holy Cross. Moreau's vision was to bring into this association a group of laywomen, thus modeling the Holy Family. The Marianites of Holy Cross (in France), the Sisters of the Holy Cross (in the United States), and the Sisters of Holy Cross (in Canada) are the spiritual descendants of this initial group of women Moreau brought together. Moreau gave each group a patron. The priests were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the brothers were consecrated to Saint Joseph, and the sisters were consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire congregation was placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Holy See recognized the priests and brothers as a religious congregation, the Congregation of Holy Cross, in 1857. From very early one in the life of the community, Moreau sent out religious to assist in various areas, including Algeria, the United States, Canda, Rome and East Bengal. Following a number of struggles and crises within the community, Moreau resigned as Superior General in 1866.
Blessed Moreau died on January 20, 1873. He was beatified in LeMans, France, on September 15, 2007.Moreau Catholic High School is dedicated to the legacy and values of the Congregation of Holy Cross and its founder Blessed Basil Moreau. We are a college-preparatory school committed to outstanding achievement.

As a community of faith, we prepare our students through academic, social and spiritual learning experiences that form and transform them as they become responsible citizens of our global community.
(Blessed Basil Moreau)

Blessed Basil Moreau | Oblation: Liturgy and Life

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is a community of faith in North Portland, Oregon, pastored by Fr. John Dougherty and Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Fase, of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Following the charism and vision of founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, the Congregation of Holy Cross continues the mission of Jesus Christ to make God known, loved, and served.

Apr. 14, 2011; Bust of Blessed Basil Moreau..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame Copyright (2011) University of Notre Dame

Virtues of Blessed Basil Moreau | Marianites of Holy Cross

Saint Francis High School has thrived in the Holy Cross tradition for nearly 60 years. Following the path of prominent Holy Cross schools such as the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the University of Portland in Oregon, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, we provide our students with a remarkable educational experience. We are proud to belong to the vast network of high schools and universities throughout the world that continue the tradition of excellence founded by Blessed Basil Moreau over 170 years ago.

Holy Cross Father John DeRiso has been assigned as rector of the Shrine of Blessed Basil Moreau in Le Mans, France.

Fr. Bill Wack's Blog: Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC


Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is a community of faith in North Portland, Oregon, pastored by Fr. John Dougherty and Associate Pastor, Fr. Matt Fase, of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Following the charism and vision of founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, the Congregation of Holy Cross continues the mission of Jesus Christ to make God known, loved, and served.