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In 1851, Propaganda Fide, the Vatican congregation that oversees the Church’s missionary work, asked Blessed Basil Moreau if Holy Cross would assume responsibility for the Church’s mission in East Bengal. Whereas other congregations had refused because of the region’s poverty and difficult climate, Moreau accepted. After the first group to set sail was forced to turn back in December 1852 due to a storm, a second group of priests, brothers, and sisters arrived to Calcutta on May 20, 1853. They made their way to Dhaka and Noakhali by June.


Servant of God Theotonius Ganguly

Archbishop Theotonius Amal Ganguly was born in Hashnabad, which is in present-day Bangladesh, on Feb. 18, 1920, the feast day of his patron saint, St. Theotonius. His family added the Bengali name Amal, which means “spotless” or “innocent.”


Servant of God Flavian Laplante

Br. Flavian Laplante, C.S.C., was born on July 27, 1907, in St.-Louis-de-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. He was the seventh child of nine to Honoré Laplante and Louise Théroux, who named him Doria.

Ave Crux, Spes Unica "Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope"

“May love of God and of neighbor be the inspiration that urges us on to greater efforts in the service first of God and then of our fellow men.”

Servant of God Theotonius Ganguly

News Publications

Our Mission is the Lord’s

Love is a key attribute in Christianity. The love of God is a prevalent concept both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Our Lady of Sorrows: Taking Our Side

Our Lady of Sorrows

During my childhood, I encountered and experienced Mary, the Mother of Jesus, through my own mother who is named “Shandha Rani” (which means queen of the evening). She taught us to pray every day, especially the Rosary. Every evening just after the evening bell of the Church, all the members of my family used to...

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Collection of Hymns of Blessed Basile Moreau Published

Faithful Echoes

  GIA Publications in the United States has published a small collection of hymns written by Blessed Basile Moreau, entitled Faithful Echoes: The Hymns of Basil Moreau. The collection, which includes music in both French and English, is the fruit of nearly four years of work by a team of translators and hymn composers, led by Fr....

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Nine Make Their Profession of Vows in East Africa

Final Vows & Ordinations

On July 25, 2013, in Fort Portal, Uganda, nine young men made their profession of vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., Superior of the United States Province, presided at the Mass, which was held at the Holy Cross Novitiate at Lake Saaka. All nine newly professed are members of the...

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Seven Profess Final Vows in East Africa

Final Professions

This past weekend, on January 4, at St. Augustine’s Center in Kampala, Uganda, seven members of the District of East Africa made their Profession of Final Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. They were:  Rogers Kakeeto, C.S.C., Patrick Mugabo, C.S.C., Agapetus Mukabane, C.S.C., Francis Mukasa, C.S.C., Sebastian Mulinge, C.S.C., John Mwesige, C.S.C., and Alex Okidi, C.S.C....

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Nine Profess First Vows and Nine New Novices Are Received in East Africa

Final Professions

On July 16, 2014, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the First Profession of nine novices at the Holy Cross Novitiate in Fort Portal, Uganda. Their vows were received by Fr. Pat Neary, C.S.C., the Superior of the District of East Africa. Five days later, on July 21, the Novitiate, which is located on picturesque Lake...

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Ordination Class the Largest Ever for the Congregation in East Africa


On Saturday, August 2, six deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross were ordained priests at St. Augustine’s Institute in Kampala, Uganda. This Ordination Class of six men represents the largest Ordination Class in the history of the Congregation’s District of East Africa, which serves Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The six were ordained by the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, the...

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