Our communities, the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and the Sisters of the Holy Cross, ask for your prayers and donations for the future home of the Work of the Holy Angels in Carrollton, Ohio

St. Gabriel Update and News from the Monastery

Brothers

The St. Gabriel building project is progressing slowly, but steadily. The foam insulated concrete walls are complete for the entire monastery, except for the nave of the Chapel, which will be higher than the rest of the building. The concrete floor for the choir loft has been poured and the base of the bell tower is also standing. All the electrical and water works were put in place before the floor was poured. Below you see the priests and brothers standing in the future sanctuary of the main chapel.

We are grateful for all your support in the project, but would also like to mention that we are in real need of your continued support. We are looking especially for larger donations, but every donation is important and necessary for this project. Just as with the Sister's convent, the combined effort of all brought it to completion, so we say once again, may God reward you, and ask if you might please consider a generous Easter donation.

First Saturdays in the Sisters' chapel, though larger than the guest house chapel where we began the First Saturday devotions, is already becoming a tight squeeze as we wait for the larger Monastery chapel to be complete. But we are delighted with the families and others who are frequenting our First Saturday devotions. We hope the monastery may become a spiritual center for the diocese, so that through the Angels, graces may flow throughout the Church.

During the year, different young men and women have come for a weekend or week-long come and see experience. At least one will be entering in the summer, and we hope others will join her. Please keep all these young souls in your prayers, that they may discern with the help of their Angels and follow God's will for them. We pray for all young people, that they may have the readiness to give themselves to God in the service of the Church, if that is where God is calling them.

Outside the monastery, the apostolate is growing. We began last year with a retreat in Florida, and this year have switched to a larger retreat center to accommodate more people. We also have booked a retreat center in Houston, Texas for the end of May, and within three weeks of announcing it by email, it is already almost full. Both our retreats in Michigan have waiting lists every year, and in California we have 4 retreats annually. God is good! More and more people are ¬discovering the efficacious help of the Angels for the great needs of the Church and the world.

The Sisters said goodbye this year to Sr. Maria Benigna, who was superior during the "big move" into the convent. We are grateful for her leadership in this very challenging but joyful time. She has been appointed Superior at the Motherhouse in Austria. We keep her in our hearts and prayers as she takes on this new responsibility. We welcome Sr. Maria Marga with joy and gratitude for a few months as "interim" superior, as we pray for the visa approval of the new Superior.

We said goodbye in February also to Sr. Maria Basilea. She has been given the mission to begin with three other Sisters the more contemplative branch of the Sisters in Fatima. This mission is for at least one year, and can be renewed on a year by year basis. The contemplative branch has always been in the vision of the Sisters' community, and now after over 50 years, we have the possibility to begin. We ask for your prayers, as Sr. Maria Basilea is sure to be praying for all the members and needs of the Work in the United States.

May God bless you and your families!

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St. Gabriel Building Project

In central Ohio, at the heart of America, the Order and Sisters of the Holy Cross are building a house of Adoration and prayer for priests. It will be the home base for both communities, where they pray and intercede for the Church and run the Opus Angelorum apostolate. From here they will also go out to serve in missions, retreats and family apostolate.

The project includes the National Opus Angelorum Center, a center of spiritual instruction, Adoration and prayer for priests for all who wish to come.

History

Although the Order and the Sisters of the Holy Cross have had a presence in the States since 1979 through Opus Angelorum missions and retreats, community life for the priests was first established at a parish in Detroit in 1995. A group of the Sisters came over to help the priests with the growing apostolate in 1999. The Order purchased a property in the diocese of Steubenville, and moved to temporary housing in 2015.

The Building Project

The St. Gabriel Building Project consists of 4 phases.

Phase 1 (already complete thanks to your generous help!) was the renovation of the future guest house and the addition of a small chapel. The Priests and Brothers currently live here until the monastery can be built.

Phase 2 (already complete thanks to your generous help! entails the Sisters' convent, with space for 12 Sisters and 2 guests, and all the necessary rooms for community life.

Phase 3 consists in the Monastery for the Priests and Brothers.

In phase 4 we plan to build a larger chapel along with the National Opus Angelorum Center.

Would you like to be a part of this project for the good of the Church and her priests? With the help of the holy Angels, together we can transform and renew our culture and society from within, beginning with each individual heart. More than ever, the Church and the world today need the Angels!

Click to donate today! Please consider also monthly donations – a small amount every month adds up to a large, tax-deductible donation at the end of the year!

(Order of the Holy Cross, Inc and Opus Angelorum, Inc are 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. All donations are tax-deductible.)