About Us

The Sisters of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic international Congregation of about 1700 religious sisters worldwide.  We were founded in 1844 in Switzerland by Fr Theodosius Florentini and Mother Bernarda Heimgartner.  The sisters work in four continents: Europe, Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa and we are divided into fourteen Provinces throughout the world.

Our Charism:

A charism is an ongoing experience of the Holy Spirit who leads in the embodiment of a particular facet of the Risen Jesus, the Word incarnate among us.  The richness of the Holy Cross charism and spirituality continues to deepen as the sisters live it out in various cultures and contexts.  The most recent “official” written expression of the charism runs thus:

“The mystery of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our spirituality as Sisters of the Holy Cross.  According to the Gospel and the challenges of our time, we risk new ways and commit ourselves to promote life.  In a holistic approach to persons, we encourage them to recognise and use their gifts and talents.  In collaboration with others we awaken hope and contribute to the transformation of society”. 

The Holy Cross Sisters came to Southern Africa in 1883, and to Zimbabwe in 1957. The Zimbabwean sisters have come up with projects that aim to address the “needs of the times”. We are involved in caring for the vulnerable in society especially women and children in a variety of poor communities. We provide psycho-social support to vulnerable children, assist them by funding school fees; we teach children in primary and secondary schools; and are involved in the training of teachers. There is a total of 26 Holy Cross sisters in Zimbabwe in seven missions

Mission Number of Sisters Role
Bondolfi 6 Teaching and nursing of orphaned children
Beitbridge 2 Education and care of vulnerable children and empowering women by teaching them handwork skills
Chivi 2 Education and care of vulnerable children in school
Farm in Zano 2 Elderly care, OVC, Skills development for out-of-school youth.  (still in progress)
Renco Mine 2 Pastoral care and social work
Sengwa 2 Education and care of orphaned children
Mukaro 3 Nursing, Education and care for OVC and empowering women by teaching them handwork skills
Masvingo 2 Central House – Hospitality and Management

Our Founder: Fr Theodosius Florentini 1808 – 1865

Our Co-Foundress : Mother Bernarda Heimgartner   1822-1863