the cast bronze statue of 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.
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.