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Basil Moreau

Basil Moreau

Founder of Holy Cross 

Foreword by: Hugh Cleary, C.S.C.

Author: Gary MacEoin

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Length: 256 pages, with an 8-page photo insert

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-133-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 1, 2007

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The story of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross—a story of war, persecution, controversy, and sacrifice—comes to life in this new edition of the biography written by popular Catholic journalist Gary MacEoin. First published in 1962, MacEoin's biography of Moreau is a comprehensive guide to the life of the founder of the global Congregation of Holy Cross. MacEoin's work gives due reverence to Moreau as he offers readers a look back at the struggles of this humble French priest. Laying the historical foundation, MacEoin follows Moreau from his childhood to his later years as he founded and led the Congregation of Holy Cross in the wake of the French Revolution and through numerous struggles and triumphs—including the founding of the University of Notre Dame by Edward Sorin, C.S.C. Father Moreau was beatified in 2007.


"Brings Fr. Moreau to life."

"Gary MacEoin’s biography of Fr. Moreau appears at a most appropriate time, when many, even many of us who know Fr. Moreau, want to learn more about his life and contribution to the church and society. MacEoin’s gentle and respectful style brings Fr. Moreau to life in a way few others of his biographers have, and I hope this new edition receives wide reading."

Father Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.
President, the University of Notre Dame

"Bold attention."

"Through his bold attention to both the dark and light facts of Basil Moreau’s life, Gary MacEoin illuminates the virtues of zeal, humility, and forgiveness that guided Moreau’s life, virtues that will challenge every reader."

Sister Joy O’Grady, C.S.C.
President of Sisters of the Holy Cross

"Hope in turbulent times."

"Father Moreau’s story is one of hope in turbulent times, one that still inspires us to be faithful to our call in spite of difficulties and obstacles. The Holy Cross tradition he founded continues to benefit the world, and his vision for teaching young people is as stimulating today as it was then."

George E. Martin, PhD
President, St. Edward’s University

Beatification of Basil Moreau, C.S.C.


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