FRANCISCAN BROTHERS of the Holy Cross
IN CRUCE VICTORIA The Congregation of  Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross is a religious community of vowed men who share in the Mission of Jesus by serving the needs of people and the Church in the  tradition of St. Francis.
WHO WE ARE


OUR FOUNDER
OUR FOUNDER
OUR RULE OF LIFE
OUR VOWS

Peter was born on October 15, 1830 in Niederbreitbach, Germany. He lost his father at the age of nine and one year later his mother died. He then lived with his uncle and learned the trade of shoemaker.

His first attempt at organizing a religious community by starting a manual workers association failed, but God’s call was strong and Peter persevered.

In 1862, Peter Wirth received permission from the Bishop of the diocese of Trier to establish a religious community. On June 12, 1862, he established the Congregation of Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross in the “Kreuzkapella” (The Chapel of the Cross).

Now known as Brother James, Peter and his followers believed God called them to be living examples of God’s love and carry out the virtues, values and vision of St. Francis of Assisi.  They fulfilled this calling by living and preaching the message of the Cross of Jesus.

The motto of the Congregation was borne out of the sufferings that St. Francis experienced as well as the founder: “In Cruce Victoria!”; “In the Cross is Victory!”

Brother James was 40 years old when he died on March 28, 1871, only nine years after establishing the foundation of our religious community. He contracted smallpox while he was taking care of smallpox patients. His remains were later placed in the motherhouse Church of St. Joseph in Hausen.

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