Our congregation was founded in Mexico City by a French missionary priest, Fr. Félix Rougier de Jesús. Soon after arriving in Mexico, Fr. Félix met Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, or "Conchita", a widowed mother of nine children and mystic. God made it known to Fr. Félix through Conchita that he was to found new religious congregations that followed the Spirituality of the Cross (see "Charism and Spirituality") which had earlier been revealed to Conchita. Despite numerous trials from his perplexed superiors and persecutions from the rising revolution in Mexico, Fr. Félix eventually founded one men’s congregation and three women’s congregations. The last of these was the Oblates of Jesus the Priest, founded on February 9, 1924. Our congregation was officially recognized by the Church on December 12, 1937, but only a month later, on January 10, 1938, God called Fr. Félix home to heaven.
Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida; "Conchita"
Our founder, Venerable Fr. Félix Rougier de Jesús
The Vatican approved the Oblates of Jesus the Priest as an Institute of Pontifical Right in 1975. The Spirituality of the Cross was also confirmed by the Holy See, and Pope Saint John Paul II declared both Fr. Félix and Conchita as Venerable. The Family of the Cross now includes 17 associations of religious and laity and continues to grow and spread worldwide.
To learn more about our order’s founding and the life of our founder Fr. Félix, click here for free access to the entire book Risking the Future by Fr. Ricardo Zimbrón Levy.
Venerable Fr. Félix and Venerable Conchita, pray for us!