The Passionists are a worldwide movement within the Catholic church, dedicating themselves to radical solidarity with the suffering of the world: inspired by the Passion of Jesus Christ and the examples of others before us.
Explore some of the basics of the Passionist movement in England and Wales – from our core beliefs, to the shape of our communities and some brief ‘explainers’ on frequently asked questions.
The Passionists were founded as a Catholic Religious Order by St. Paul of the Cross, in 18th Century Italy. Since then, the Passionists have grown into a worldwide family, including various communities who work alongside the Order, themselves dedicated to Passionist principles.
In the 1800s, Blessed Dominic Barberi endured insults and even physical attacks as he walked the streets in Passionist attire.
From their origins, known as 'The Poor of Jesus', up to today, Passionists have followed a semi-monastic life centred around the revelation of God's love.
We are crucifying God's earth, creating ongoing climate change that will cause disasters that, to make a massive understatement, would completely undermine any practical good work otherwise done. But we can still repent.
An interview with Fr Martin Newell around his experiences of imprisonment for peaceful protests.
Having the courage to let go of my ideas, prejudices and perceived control - and become more compassionate - is where my humanity likes to engage in a tug-of-war.
If we want to be involved in society, if we want to form community, we have a duty to notice what is happening on the structural scale, not just the personal.
At times it seems we are pre-disposed to focus on faults in the world, rather than all the goodness that is there.
Many before us risked, and lost, their lives to minister to the sick and suffering.