EDUCATION MINISTRY OF HOLY CROSS
In 1837 Fr.Basil Moreau, the Founder of the Congregation of Sante Croix, (Holy Cross), envisioned education as the main source of empowering the young for a better and brighter world and to uplift the Broken society of France. He prepared men and women religious, who wanted to see the world as he saw it, developed and empowered. To this end he incorporated the Brothers of St. Joseph to do formal and non-formal education.
France: In 1789, the French Revolution, which rebelled against the political and religious oppression of the day, stripped the country to the bare minimum and created destruction and chaos throughout France. It was a time of great confusion and division in the church, a period of Uncertainty and Fear, a period of Execution and Persecution and a period when the churches, schools and seminaries were all nationalized. Religious Congregation and Organisation were banned.
In 1802, Napolean's Concordat made a breakthrough for the revival of The Church Organization. There was a mushrooming of charismatic persons and organizations to answer to the needs of the devastated situation of the society. Education was one of the greatest needs of time. the religious leaders focused all their resources on education and restoring the fallen society.
One such religious leader was Basil Anthony Moreau, born on February 11, 1799, to Louis and Louise Moreau. He was the ninth of their fourteen children and showed a quick intelligence and qualities of a leadership along with a pious character. He was ordained a priest on August 12, 1821, at the age of 22.