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.
Congregation of the Passion
The Congregation of the Passion (or Passionist Order) in the UK is known as St. Joseph’s Province. It provides the heart of the Passionist movement: a community of men dedicating their lives to God’s passionate love and the ‘crucified’ of today.
Through hosting refugees and asylum seekers; through community involvement, presence and advocacy in areas of social deprivation; through speaking, writing, protest, and much more, the Order finds many ways to speak of and witness to the love of God, and the Passion of Jesus.
Community of the Passion
The Community of the Passion is a dispersed community of women and men finding together a new way of being Passionist.
Married and single, the Community engages in practical solidarity with the crucified of today in their daily lives. Committed to prayer with and for each other, we find God in our encounter with and commitment to all those who are poor, powerless and suffering. We support each other in our living out of our faith and discipleship.
Are you seeking for a way to nourish your faith? Are you looking to strengthen your commitment to the crucified of today and the crucified earth, in a common search with others in the midst of your normal daily life? Find out ways to get involved, including joining the Community.
Watch this video to find out more about the story of The Community of the Passion and what inspires its members:
Sisters of the Cross and Passion
The corporate mission of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion is to witness to the reconciling, forgiving and compassionate love of God through openness to the needs of the world and especially those of the poor and marginalised.
Identifying with Christ in His Passion, Death and Resurrection, they aspire to a more just and compassionate world where the rights and dignity of the whole of creation are upheld and respected.
Together with the Community of the Passion, the Congregation of the Passion, and the Passionist Partners, the Cross and Passion Sisters along with their associates make up the wider Passionist family in the UK. For more information, see the Cross and Passion Sisters website.
Passionist Contemplative Nuns
Mother Regina Cappelletti and Mother Monica Curran are two contemplative Passionist nuns in England. Recently they moved into a new convent, built within the grounds of Minsteracres. The new convent was blessed on 9th July 2017 by Bishop Seamus Cunningham: the feast day of Our Lady of Holy Hope. The convent offers space for private prayer and solitude during the day.
The nuns belong to a branch of the Passionist family which goes back to the 18th century. The founder of the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross, felt that a contemplative community of women would enhance the apostolic and pastoral ministry of the Passionists, keeping vigil at the foot of the Cross with Our Lady of Sorrows. The first community was established in the 1770s, and Passionist Nuns have been in England for 55 years.
Mothers Regina and Monica say:
“Coming to Minsteracres has really been a journey home, reminding us that we are part of this large and varied Passionist family, which we pray for every day. Please come and see our beautiful chapel the next time you visit Minsteracres.”