Holy Cross at Bishop McNamara
From the beginning Holy Cross ministry has focused on education. There are Holy Cross elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities worldwide which engage in the work of bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth. A Holy Cross education is aimed at achieving balance between preparing students to be good citizens of this world as well as the next, heaven. Fr. Moreau wrote that "our students should be ignorant of nothing they need to know." Therefore we focus on offering information and formation for the transformation of the world. A Holy Cross education is committed to four main pillars:
- Being Family
- Building Respect
- Educating Minds and Hearts
- Bringing Hope
Holy Cross spirituality is based on 5 themes: Providence, Zeal, Prayer, Community, and ‘The Cross our Only Hope' (the motto of Holy Cross, Ave Crux, Spes Unica). Our Mission, as expressed in these 5 themes, is ultimately to be Christ to others and to bring Christ to others. Father Moreau, in writing Christian Education, set forth 9 virtues that Holy Cross educators should possess: reverence, knowledge, vigilance, seriousness, meekness, patience, firmness, prudence, and zeal. He described teachers as ones who "like to be bothered by young people."
At Bishop McNamara, we celebrate our Holy Cross heritage in many ways. Primarily, the Holy Cross charism is experienced in the daily interactions between our students, faculty, staff, and parents. The experience of being family is at the core of who we are. Each year in January we take a week to celebrate our heritage in Holy Cross Week, including liturgy, competitions, service, and education. Our new faculty orientation and faculty formation programs are focused around developing educators in the Holy Cross tradition.
Students and faculty also have the opportunity to gather with other Holy Cross schools. Each summer students attend the Holy Cross Student Leadership Institute either at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana or St. Edward University in Austin, Texas. Faculty members have the opportunity to attend the Mission Seminar held each summer Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Our administration and invited faculty participate in the Holy Cross Institute each spring and our President/CEO, Marco Clark ‘85, and Past-President, Heather Gossart, have both attended the Holy Cross Pilgrimage which includes visits to Holy Cross sites in France as well as the opportunity to gather with Holy Cross educators from around the world.
Click on the links below for more on Holy Cross at Bishop McNamara.
- Holy Cross Legacy
In the troubled period following the French Revolution Basil Anthony Moreau, a priest of the diocese of Le Mans, France, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross.Read More >
- Important Holy Cross Figures
Basil Moreau was a man with a vision. His vision of serving others was forged from the time of his birth in France in 1799 and during the years which followed the French Revolution.Read More >
- Being Family
At Bishop McNamara High School, being family is more than just an expression – it is a mantra. A watchword. A solemn promise from every student, parent, teacher, staff member, coach, administrator, moderator, and anyone else here to love each other as Christ taught us to love each other.Read More >
- Moreau Fellowship Program
Bishop McNamara High School is pleased to announce Moreau Fellowship Program. This ten-month position (August-June) is for a young Bishop McNamara graduate who is dedicated to service and community life, upon their graduation from college with a bachelor's degree.Read More >
- A Holy Cross Teacher
A Holy Cross Teacher evangelizes, educates and inspires through personal witness.Read More >