The Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross orients itself within the Catholic-Benedictine-Cistercian traditions.
As Cistercians we seek the face of God by following the Rule of St. Benedict. We grow as a Christian community through the monastic practices of obedience, stability, conversion, work and prayer.
Our Catholic orientation places us within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of God whose Head and Chief Priest is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
We hold as sacred the Holy Scriptures, the ancient creeds of the Church, the seven sacraments and governance through valid Episcopal orders.
While we revere the Pope in his historic role as the first among equals we look neither north, south, east or west for governance or validation. Rather, following the example of both our progenitors and contemporaries we follow the commission of our Lord to “go forth and teach.”
It is our hope that by being attached to nothing of this earth we might better open our arms to all. We welcome and embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those from other Catholic bodies, whether they be Roman, Anglican, Orthodox or Old Catholic.