We, the Companions of the Cross, are a public association of clerics as allowed in the revised Code of Canon Law, canons 312 and following. Our status became official by decree of the Most Reverend Joseph-Aurele Plourde, Archbishop of Ottawa, effective February 11, 1988, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We are now, therefore, a body of priests, candidates for the priesthood, and men committed to living single for the Lord in a brotherhood.
“The vision we believe the Lord has given us rests upon two major components: God's wisdom and God's power. In order to be in touch with his wisdom and to allow his power to be ministered through us, we sense we have to be fully abandoned to him and full available to him as well. This will involve, we believe, embracing the Cross. Just as Jesus was obedient to the Father's will right to the end, so must we.”
We are committed to seeking the Lord's wisdom, his directive 'now' word, in all things, and to making no important moves without it. This will often involve us, therefore, in an extensive waiting upon the Lord. In addition, we are in very good touch with our own inability to do the Lord's work without his immediate participation. We feel we have a good understanding of Jesus' words: "without me, you can do nothing." (John 15:5) Without God's power, our efforts will be in vain. But with it, all things will be possible. (Luke 1:37)