Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross
Vietnamese: Dòng Mến Thánh Gia
Formation1670; 352 years ago (1670)
FoundersPierre Lambert de la Motte
Founded atKiên Lao, Vietnam
Members (2002)
Parent organization
Catholic Church

The Lovers of the Holy Cross (French: Amantes de la Croix, Vietnamese: Dòng Mến Thánh Gia) is a federation of a number of congregations of diocesan right of Religious Sisters, founded in 1670 by the first Vicar Apostolic in Tonkin and Cochinchina, Pierre Lambert de la Motte, M.E.P. According to 2002 statistics, it has about 4,822 members.

It is the first female religious congregation to be distinguished by its East Asian characteristics, both contemplative and active, and founded in Vietnam. During its 335 years of existence, the Lovers of the Cross community, have gone through various trials and tribulations: persecutions, disasters, wars and changes of political regimes.

As of 2005, there were 24 autonomous congregations of the Lovers of the Cross Sisters. In addition to their native Vietnam, there is one congregation in the United States, three in Thailand and two in Laos. [1]


  1. ^ The Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross : the executive authority, doctoral thesis at Marc Bloch University. Tran Thi Hong Tuy. OCLC 491502358. or [1] Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine