Inclusiveness: Creating a Community of Courageous, Collaborative Leaders

Foundations & Vision

HOLY CROSS CHARISM: Inclusiveness
GRADUATION OUTCOME: Courageous, Collaborative Leaders
 
SCRIPTURE:
Romans 12:4-6
“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them”!
1 Cor 12:20-26
But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.”  Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.  If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.
 
HOLY CROSS:
“We draw our inspiration for the gifts of our history and heritage to serve all whom we meet.  Basil Moreau founded the congregation based on a principle of equality. We are challenged to value inclusiveness and collaboration in our life and ministry.  He rooted Holy Cross deeply in the local church and context, and we are challenged to value adaptability. He stressed community and union, and we are continually challenged to shape our life and ministry by these values.  He instructed us to show preference to the poor, ‘those who have no one else to show them preference, those who have the least knowledge, those who lack skills and talent, and those who are not Catholic or Christian (Christian Education “Zeal”) In the poor and in all people, Basil Moreau said that we must see ‘the image of God imprinted within them like a sacred seal that must be preserved at all costs’ (Christian Education, “Zeal”).” [General Chapter, 2010].
 
“It is not one alone who builds; nor is it one stone, or one single beam of wood, that forms it.  Each worker contributes something from its own trade; each stone is cut to fit into its one appointed place; and each piece of wood is arranged and placed so as to enhance the general effect of the entire building.” Moreau
 
“Great teachers are courageous and unshakable and tender and compassionate, like Jesus Christ, the model of all teachers, who loved to be bothered by young people. Without this zeal among teachers, everything falls apart.” Moreau
 
“To succeed in the important undertaking entrusted to us, we must be, first of all, so closely united in charity as to form but one mind and one soul.” Moreau
 
“Our mission sends us across borders of every sort.  Often we must make ourselves at home among more than one people or culture, reminding us again that the farther we go in giving the more we stand to receive.  Our broader experience allows both the appreciation and the critique of every culture and the discloser that no culture of this world can be our abiding home.” (Constitutions of Holy Cross, 17).
 
“It is essential to our mission that we strive to abide so attentively together that people will observe: ‘See how they love one another.’ We will then be a sign in an alienated world: men who have, for love of their Lord, become closest neighbors, trustworthy friends, brothers.” (Constitutions of Holy Cross, 42.)

Inclusiveness Canopy Photos

Enjoy the photos below of the Inclusiveness Canopy we created near St. Mary's Lake to celebrate Founders' Week September 16-20, 2019. Each member of the student body and the faculty wrapped string around poles with identifiers that resonated with them. Examples included, "I feel strongly connected with my heritage (culture)," "I am passionate about the arts," "I have lost a loved one," "I was born outside of Ohio," among others. Our community's similarities and differences are what allowed this project to move from empty poles in the ground to a beautiful, colorful canopy! As Director of Mission Integration Mrs. Daly said, "The string tells your story, the canopy depicts the GA story."
Prayer for the Family of Holy Cross
 
Provident God,
 
You inspired Basil Moreau to form a family of three societies, men and women, lay and ordained, to be a sign of love and unity in a world of division. 
 
May we, as brothers, sisters, and priests in Holy Cross, be more closely joined in our bond of mutual charity and in fidelity to our vows, for in unity is our strength.
 
We pray that our witness of mutual respect and shared undertaking will be a hopeful sign of the kingdom, where others can behold how we love one another.
 
Bless and strengthen our collaborative efforts, our shared mission, and our communion of vocation, that like a mighty tree, Holy Cross will grow and spring forth new limbs and branches around the world, bringing hope, justice, and love to those in need.
 
We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and brother. Amen.

Blessing of the Canopy

Mailing Address

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 473-8000

Campus Addresses
An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-Grade 12.