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The Order of the Holy Cross has a new Superior! Br. Robert James Magliula OHC was elected on Thursday, June 8 by all professed members of our international Order gathered at the Annual General Meeting at Holy Cross Monastery in the Upper Hudson Valley. Br. Robert James was installed in office on Saturday June 10 by the outgoing Superior, Br. Robert Sevensky OHC. He will serve for an initial six year term. He brings to his new office years of experience as a chaplain, parish priest, therapist, artist and monastic. He was a member of the OHC monastic community in South Africa for five years, where he served as Principal of our Holy Cross School. Most recently he has served as local Vocations Director and Novice Master for the community at Holy Cross Monastery.

Brother Robert James Magliula makes his Vow as newly elected Superior of the Order of the Holy Cross before outgoing Superior Br. Robert Sevensky.

Brother Robert James takes his place in the Superior’s stall in the Monastic Church of St. Augustine at Holy Cross Monestary.

The group photograph of members of the Order of the Holy Cross at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, including all members of our community at Holy Cross Priory in Toronto.

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Some 45 members of Anglican religious communities across North America participated in this month’s Annual General Meeting of the Conference of Anglican Religious Orders of the Americas (CAROA).The New Cosmology was the theme, with workshops facilitated by The Rev’d. Joanna Manning, Diocese of Toronto. This year the AGM was held at our Mother House, St. Augustine’s Monastery, at West Park, New York. And for the first time CAROA was joined at their annual meeting by the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities (NAECC). Our Toronto house was represented by Br. David and Br. Reginald. Br. David was re-elected as CAROA’s Vice President.

Pictured above is the formal group portrait, photographed in the sanctuary of the St. Augustine’s Chapel. [Click or tap on the photo for a larger view].


Pictured at right is the planning team which met at the Order of the Holy Cross’s house in Toronto to organize this year’s annual meeting of the Conference of Anglican Religious Orders of the Americas (CAROA). The New Cosmology was this year’s theme. From left to right: Sr. Margaret Hayward CSC, Secretary; Br. Reginald OHC; Sister Elizabeth Ann SSJD; Br. David OHC, Vice-President; The Rev’d Dr. Donald Anderson, General Secretary.


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Recently Holy Cross Priory hosted the House of Bishops of the Diocese of Toronto for their monthly meeting. The Bishops joined us for our daily Eucharist and the community joined the Bishops for lunch; after which we talked together about our progress in finding new ways and places to serve – particularly outreach to parish leadership and to those seeking a spiritual home outside the organized church. (Above, from left to right: Br. Charles; Br. Christian; Bishop Kevin Robertson; Br. David, Prior; Archbishop Colin Johnson; Bishop Riscylla Shaw; Br. Leonard; Brother Reginald. Missing are Bishop Jenny Andison and Bishop Peter Fenty who left early on other business.)

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The Rev’d. Ross Bliss, a transitional Deacon in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, was received as the newest Associate of Holy Cross Priory, Toronto, during the Eucharist at our annual Easter Party April 20, 2017. Ross has just completed his M.Div. at Huron College in London, Ontario, and is returning to Vancouver for ordination to the Priesthood and parish ministry. (Above, from left to right: Br. Leonard Abbah, Director of Associates, The Rev’d Ross Bliss, and Br. David Bryan Hoopes, Prior.)

Members of the monastic community at Holy Cross Priory, several Priory Associates, and members of our extended Priory community gather around The Rev’d Ross Bliss following his reception as an Associate.

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From the Priory’s newsletter for Easter 2017:

“In an attempt to make the resurrection of Jesus a “respectable” teaching, we are prone to offer platitudes about hope and love and renewal. Or we can be merely existential in deciding how any teaching about the resurrection may be of any value to one’s daily life. Our answers may be dull, safe, and ordinary. Few want to celebrant the dull, the safe, the ordinary.” — Br. David Bryan Hoopes OHC

Download the full Easter 2017 newsletter here

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