Text Size

Our Charism

Crosier Charism: Community, Prayer, Ministry

Living together for God alone, Crosiers are vowed men who seek to combine contemplative routines and rhythms with a shared apostolic life. The Crosier charism centers on our commitment to live and work in community, to celebrate the prayer of the Church, and to serve the people of God in light of the Cross of Christ as a sign of hope and glory.

Fr Nana Sujana osc offers Sacrament of Anointing of Sick web


Our life, ministry, and prayer center on our community life. Because of our call to an Augustinian form of communal life, each member gives himself to the life and unity of the community while respecting each man for the unique person he is. Just like every Christian family, the Crosier religious community forms one part in the building up of the Church, the People of God.


As a community founded in faith, the Crosiers recognize that prayer is an essential expression and source of our life and work together. Crosiers gather five times a day to pray together as a community: in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. We live out the special Crosier vocation to foster the liturgy of the Church—both the liturgy of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours—by coming together regularly to pray.


Our whole life is given in service. We serve Jesus by serving our fellow men and women through our various ministries, and through our most immediate apostolate—our community life—we are called to assist our confreres in charity and unity, by our prayers, and through all of our daily activities. Crosiers actively minister to the needs of the Church and society, working in education, chaplain service, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, jail ministry, immigration services, and elder care.