Please join us in our Prayer for Canada

God our Saviour, we desire to do your will.
Help our Order to plan wisely for our continuing ministry in Canada.
Hear us to discern our path, to find new ways and places to serve, and to live with integrity
so that others will be enabled to share our monastic commitment and values;
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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On February 12, 2019, Br. Aidan Owen OHC made his life profession at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY. L-R: Br. Robert Magliula, The Father Superior, and Br. Robert Sevensky, our immediate past Superior and the Homilist at the Service.


Immediately prior to making his life vow, Br. Aidan lies prostrate before the Altar as an act of humility and a sign of total self offering.


L-R: Br. Robert, The Father Superior, and Br. Aidan, immediately following the Service.


A selfie with Br. Christian taken in our sitting room by our neighbour and friend The Rev. Pam Trondson while they worked together on a jig-saw puzzle.


The Priory is ready for the long standing and very traditional celebration of Robbie Burns Day by a group of friends, hosted by Br. David Bryan, our Prior.


Brothers Christian and Charles attended The Rev’d. Samantha Caravan’s last Sunday at “the church next door”, St. John’s West Toronto. They expressed our great gratitude to Samantha for her ever generous friendship, practical support, and the enduring relationship between the St. John’s and Priory communities which extends back approximately 30 years. Samantha is the new Incumbent at All Saints, Peterborough.


Br. Charles hosts a planning meetingBr. Charles hosted a planning meeting, Chaired by Stephen Allen, of the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG) from Church of the Redeemer, Bloor Street, Toronto. From l to r: Karen Turner; Heather Steeves; Stephen Allen (Chair); Tony Crosbie; Andrew Wesley; Michael Cheena; Dawn Lee; Dave Gordon.


Indigenous Solidarity Working GroupThe ISWG at work around the Priory’s dining room table.


Father Mama Kwasi EllisFather Mama Kwasi Ellis, a Ghanaian born Anglican Priest now living and working in Virginia, stayed with us while in Toronto to preach at the Annual Revival Weekend sponsored jointly by the Ghanaian Anglican Church and the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church. The symbol on his stole is a traditional Ghanaian Adinkra Symbol literally meaning “except for God”, referring to the supremacy of God.

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In the Priory’s Christmas 2018 newsletter, Br. David Bryan writes:

The beloved bidding prayer for the Cambridge Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols says:

“…and because this of all things would rejoice his heart, let us at this time remember in his name the poor, the helpless, the hungry and the oppressed, the sick and those who mourn, the lonely and the unloved, the aged and the little children; and all those who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not, or by sins have grieved his heart of love.”

May we allow ourselves to encounter God’s grace during this hallowed time. The encounter might come as we hear the majestic words of holy scripture or the beauty of music; perhaps in the solemnity of ritual, colour and forms of decoration or in loving acts and generous care for others, and in places and times of quiet prayer.

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On December 8, Br. David Bryan led an Advent Quiet Day at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto. The Advent Quiet Day is an annual event co-sponsored by the Priory, St. John’s West Toronto and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Top row, L-R: The Rev'd. Samantha Caravan, Incumbent, St. John's West Toronto; the Rev'd. Canon Philip Hobson, Incumbent at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Bottom row, L-R: The Rev'd. Canon Harold Nahabedian, Honourary Assistant at St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Br. Christian, our senior brother at the Priory; Br. David Bryan, our Prior and Guestmaster.

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On October 22 our Brother Leonard -- shown here in the Priory kitchen -- left for Ghana, Africa, to begin a new part-time ministry in the Diocese of Cape Coast at the invitation of its Bishop, the Rt. Rev'd Dr. Victor Atta-Bafffoe. For the next three years Leonard will spend 6 months each year providing Christian Education in Parish communities throughout the Diocese, returning to his ministries here in Canada for the remaining months. This is a wonderful opportunity for Br. Leonard to return to his roots in the Ghanaian Church which he so loves. We brothers pray blessing on his new work.

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Br. Charles represented the Priory community at the Clothing of Sister Suzanne Marie as a Novice in our sister order, The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, Toronto.


Br. Charles was invited by Fr. Nico Montelbetti, a Holy Cross Priory Associate, to Preside at the Sunday Eucharist at St Luke’s Church Coxwell Ave, Toronto, and to speak about Monastic Life and the Order of the Holy Cross. From L-R: Trinity College Divinity Student Adam Brown; Fr. Nico; Br. Charles; Philip Benmore, also a Trinity College Divinity Student.


Br. Reginald completed a year and a half as the Head of the Interim Ministry Team for St. James the Apostle in Brampton, Ontario on Sunday, September 30. From L-R: Br Reginald and The Rev’d. Ron Duncan as they process out from the Sanctuary on Br. Reginald’s last Sunday at St. James.


Br Charles was a Clergy Presenter at the Consecration of The Rt. Rev’d. Andrew Asbil as the new Bishop of Toronto on September 29, 2018 at St. James Cathedral, Toronto. Here Br. Charles and Bishop Elect Asbil wait for the Procession to begin.


The Priory was honoured to host The Most Rev. Daniel Yinkah Sarto, Primate and Metropolitan of the Anglican Province of West Africa - a long time Holy Cross Associate - who spent two weeks in community with us at the Priory. Here Archbishop Daniel blesses the “First Fruits” from Br. Leonard’s garden.


Holy Cross Priory Associates Wen Li Fei and Jonathan Cowans join Archbishop Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, Primate and Metropolitan of the Anglican Province of West Africa, following our regular Saturday evening "First Eucharist of Sunday".


Fr. Philip Bewley, an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Melbourne, Australia, was with us in community for the second time in two years. He explains: "Why have I travelled halfway around the world to Toronto? The answer lies in Fr. Henri Nouwen, one of the great spiritual writers of the 20th C. I am a student in the PhD program at Melbourne’s University of Divinity, my aim being to explore Nouwen’s life and spirituality for our present times. After his death in 1996, his personal papers were housed at the Kelly Library in Toronto, hence my need to travel to Toronto for my research. Thank you, once again to the brothers at Holy Cross Priory for their wonderfully warm hospitality, enhanced even more by the offering of monastic prayer and the daily Eucharist.


Once again this year’s Holy Cross Day celebration was hosted by our next door neighbour St John’s, West Toronto. Our thanks to our good friends, The Rev’d. Samantha Caravan and the St. John’s community for their always generous hospitality.


The Rev’d Louise Peters, Vicar of St. James Cathedral, Toronto was the Homilist at this year’s Holy Cross Day Celebration on September 15. Here is a brief quote: "Today we exult the Holy Cross of Christ as the symbol of our salvation. The Cross, an instrument of Death, becomes through God’s foolish power the instrument of Life! But how can God’s foolishness save us once again? The Cross invites us - compels us - to live our salvation daily - to live, to die to self, to rise again in glory every single day.”

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