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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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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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Br. Charles had the pleasure of celebrating the 89th birthday of Br. Lawrence Harms at the Port Ewan Diner along with members of the Holy Cross Monastery community at West Park, NY. Br. Lawrence is in his 51st year of Life Profession. Br. Charles was on holiday at the monastery, the “mother house” of the international Order of the Holy Cross. From upper left: Br. Charles McMulkin; Br. Robert Hagler; Br. Adrian Gill; Br. Randy Greve; Br. Robert Pierson; Br. Richard Vaggione; Br. Bede Thomas; Br. Lawrence Harms and Br. Peter Pearson.

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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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