Would you like
to learn how to take up your daily cross with love,
serenity and strength, and drink the cup of the Lord?
The Apostleship of the Cross teaches us how
you who are seeking...
meaning to your joys and sorrows,
a closer relationship with God,
to bear His witness in the midst of the
friends who share your quests
to live the
Apostleship of the Cross is the answer
Transformation into Christ is not exclusively part of ministerial priesthood
but belongs to the universal priesthood of the baptized.
encounter with the Lord brings about a profound transformation in all who do not
close themselves off from him. The first impulse coming from this transformation is to
communicate to others the richness discovered in the experience of the encounter. This
does not mean simply teaching what we have come to know but also, like the Samaritan
woman, enabling others to encounter Jesus personally:
"mission" (Jn 4:29).
came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed that day with him" (Jn
"staying" is not limited to the day of one's call, but rather extends to the
whole of life". (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, 68).
To follow is to
respond to the invitation of Jesus: "If
anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and
follow me". This
leads us to follow Christ in the mystery of His Victim Priesthood, for which He offers
Himself to the Father for the salvation of men. It
implies living with and like Jesus, adopting His ideals, taking on His mission and His
destiny, even being transformed in Him.
Nature, origins, and symbol of the Apostleship of the
Cross (Statutes 1-6)
1. The Apostleship
of the Cross is a Catholic association of Christians who,
moved by the Holy Spirit, follow Jesus Christ Priest and
Victim, Contemplative and Compassionate, and in communion
with Jesus collaborate with His salvific mission.
2. The Apostleship
of the Cross is open to all of the People of God: lay
persons, religious, and ordained ministers.
3. The Apostleship of the
Cross is a work inspired by God to Mrs. Concepción Cabrera
de Armida. It was founded on May 3, 1895 by Archbishop Ramón
Ibarra y González with the collaboration and support of
Father Alberto Mir, SJ. Pope Leo XIII approved the Work on
May 25, 1898. On July 9, 1926, Pope Pius XI entrusted the
care and direction of the Work to the Missionaries of the
Holy Spirit. At the time the enthusiastic driving force
behind the Apostleship of the Cross was Father Félix de
Jesús Rougier, Superior General of the Missionaries of the
4. The Apostleship of the
Cross was the first of the five Works founded. The other
four Works are: the Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart
of Jesus, the Covenant of Love with the Sacred Heart of
Jesus, the Fraternity of Christ the Priest, and the
Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.
Apostleship of the Cross and the Missionaries of the Holy
Spirit are two distinct works united by a common
spirituality, mission, and history. Both works are entrusted
with the responsible governance and guidance of the
Apostleship of the Cross.
Our symbol is the Cross of the Apostolate,
and the intercessory cry of Conchita, «Jesus, Savior of
all people, save them!» embodies our life long mission.
What does the Apostleship of the
Cross have to offer?
A way to find your personal fulfillment as
an individual and as a Christian
A community in search of spiritual growth
through prayer, shared faith
and reflection on the Word of God
To discover and share with others the gifts
that God has given you
The opportunity to do apostolic work in the
service of the Church
Fundamental practice of the of the
members of the Apostleship of the Cross
They offer themselves with Jesus, Priest and Victim in their daily cross,
that is, in their work and rest, in their sorrows and joys. United with Jesus, and
through the hands of Mary, they make of their lives a priestly offering, so the Holy
Spirit reigns for the glory of the Father. Imploring graces for the world, the Church
and especially for priests.
The Chain of Love is the characteristic
way of living the baptismal priesthood for those who live the Spirituality of the
The Apostleship of the Cross, in the Church, is
a group of Christians who follow Christ, Priest and Victim, and who are
moved by the Holy Spirit to:
Discover in their lives the salvific meaning
of suffering accepted in love
Offer to the Father, through the hands of
Mary, Christ, Priest and Victim
Offer the daily sacrifices and crosses of
their lives with Christ, Priest and Victim, for the salvation of souls
and the benefit of priests
Work efficiently to communicate to others
the Spirituality of the Cross through their apostolic action.
and thus give glory to the Heavenly Father,
console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and extend the kingdom of the Holy