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Holy Cross Priory is a monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross, a community founded in 1884 by the Rev. James Otis Sargent Huntington to provide a specifically North American expression of monasticism for Anglicans.

The Priory houses a small community in a Victorian-style home near Toronto’s scenic High Park. Members of the community participate in a daily cycle of prayer, study, and work. We have a number of guest rooms and provide hospitality as well.

Members of the community are available to lead retreats and quiet days at Parishes and other locations. We also offer quiet days, days of prayer, and other programs at the Priory.

The Order has had a ministry in Canada since the 1890′s. Holy Cross Priory was founded in 1973.

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From the Priory’s Pentecost 2018 newsletter:

Br. David Bryan writes: In our society words are a principal means of communication. Some words inspire, some anger, others energize, still others bore. A plethora of words can overwhelm. In the daily barrage of words most are forgettable. It is important to use words in a careful way.

In the celebration of Pentecost is a retelling of the power of the Holy Spirit in communicating Divine Grace through the medium of language. The message of God is given through many ways – language being only one way. Perhaps on that first Pentecost Day body language, joy, and quiet or exuberant confidence also played a part in proclaiming the message of God’s love.

Download the Pentecost 2018 newsletter here

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A view of Mission Mountain from the Guest House patio at Mt. Calvary Monastery - the Order’s House in Santa Monica, California. Br. Charles returned to Toronto in early April after a 6 week stay at Mt. Calvary.

In mid April we were delighted to welcome Br. Robert Magliula, for his first annual visit to Toronto as Superior of The Order of the Holy Cross.

Br. Desmond Alban, Minister Provincial of the (Anglican) Society of St. Francis, Provence of the Americas, recently spent a week with us while on retreat. Br. Desmond makes his home at San Damiano Friary, San Francisco. From L to R: Br. Reginald OHC, Br. Desmond SSF, Br. Christian OHC, Br. Leonard OHC and Br. David OHC, Prior.

Also in April, two of our long term Associates, both from Ottawa, were coincidently in Toronto at the same time and stayed with us. From L to R: The Rev. Gregor Sneddon, Rector of St. Matthew’s, Ottawa, and the Rev. Kevin Flynn, Director of Anglican Studies at St. Paul University, Ottawa.

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Holy Cross Day is a big festival for us! Year by year we mark it with a celebration of the Eucharist and a party. We are an Anglican Benedictine order for men in Canada, part of a valued international order under the dedication of the Holy Cross. So Holy Cross Day is always a joyful celebration of the liberating power and glory of the Cross, our life together at Holy Cross Priory, Toronto, and our commitment to continually seek new ways and places to serve across our country. As always, we want to thank our next door neighbours for their hospitality: The Rev. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent Priest, and the community at St. John’s Anglican Church West Toronto who once again generously offered their large Sanctuary for this year’s celebration.

The Sanctuary Party. From left to right: The Rev. Evelyn Butler, Deacon; Br. David-Bryan Hoopes OHC, Presider; Br. Reginald-Martin Crenshaw OHC, Homilist; with the Rev. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent, St. John’s West Toronto.

From left to right: The Rev. Kenneth Korsah, Priest-in-Charge, Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto; Br. Leonard Abbah OHC.

From left to right: Canon David Brinton, recently retired Vicar & Sub-Dean of St. James’s Cathedral, Toronto; The Rev. Randy Murray, Incumbent, St. Mark, Port Hope; The Rev. Paul G. Walker, Retired.

From left to right: Olga Clarke, St. Paul, Rexdale; Eunice Thomas, St. Hilda, Toronto.

From left to right: The Rev. Tay Moss, Holy Cross Associate and Incumbant, Church of the Messiah, Toronto; Dr. Betsy Moss; new born twins Samuel Moss and Katarina Moss. (Absent from the family photo is older brother Henry Moss.)

From left to right: Holy Cross Associate Stewart Smith, London, Ontario, and friend from Orangeville, Ontario.

Bill Kahn, Organist and Choir Director at St. Hilda, Toronto, who graciously was the organist once again this year.

A group of Associates of Holy Cross Priory who attended our celebration.

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Once again, our Holy Cross Priory community joined the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine at their Convent in Toronto for our joint annual Long Retreat, led this year by Bishop Jane Alexander of the Diocese of Edmonton, Alberta. Bishop Jane’s theme was “Being a friend of Jesus.” From left to right: Br. Charles; Br. Leonard; Br. Christian; Sister Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas, Reverend Mother; Bishop Jane Alexander; Sister Doreen McGuff, Prioress; Br. Reginald

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Longtime Holy Cross Priory Associate Jonathan Cowens had conferred on him a Licentiate in Theology by the University of Trinity College, Toronto, at its recent Convocation.


Jonathan Cowens in the Chapel of Trinity College, Toronto, prior to Convocation.


Jonathan Cowans surrounded by members of Holy Cross Priory at the Reception following his Convocation. Top Row: Br. David Bryan; Jonathan Cowens; Br. Charles. Bottom Row: Wen Li Fei, also an Associate of Holy Cross Priory and a close friend of Mr. Cowens; Br. Leonard.

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