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Our History & Traditions

deventer Traditions1The Order was founded in 1210 by Blessed Theodore de Celles and his companions. The name Crosier is derived from the French croisés—those signed with the cross. In medieval England, Crosiers were known as the Crutched (crossed) Friars. The designation refers to the cross and the spirituality of the Order.

The primary feast of the Crosiers, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, reflects a spirituality focused on the triumphal cross of Christ and the glorified Lord. A distinctive mark of the Crosiers is the red and white crusaders' cross worn on the scapular of their religious habit.