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Passionists UK What is a Passionist?

What is a Passionist?

May 21 2021, 01:34 PM

The Passionists are a Catholic Religious Order founded 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.

At heart, a Passionist is one who has dedicated themselves to keeping alive the memory of the Passion of Jesus Christ: that is, the infinite love of God for each and every one of us, because of which Jesus was willing to undergo arrest, trial, suffering and death, before he rose again.

Passionists commit themselves to a community life of prayer and contemplation of the Passion, along with other spiritual practices. But this also leads to practical solidarity and compassion. So Passionists express their faith through various social justice ministries, in imitation of Jesus.

As St. Paul of the Cross saw “the name of Jesus.. written on the forehead of the poor,” Passionists in England and Wales see the crucified God in the crucified people of this age, and the crucified Earth.

If you’d like to know more about life as a Passionist, you can read more below – or why not get in touch?

Life as a Passionist

Read more about the experiences of Passionists in England and Wales

Passionists UK Passionist Monastic Life

Passionist Monastic Life

The Congregation of the Passion is a Religious Order of men in the Catholic Church. In England and Wales, the Order forms the core of our Passionist communities.

Passionists UK Passionist Communities

Passionist Communities

Find out more about the varied communities that have grown within the UK Passionist family.

Passionists UK Passionist Contemplation and Action

Passionist Contemplation and Action

Passionists in England and Wales see the crucified God in the crucified people of this age, and the crucified Earth. Read more about what this means.

Passionists UK Passionist Spirituality

Passionist Spirituality

At the heart of Passionist spirituality is contemplation of the Passion the suffering and the Cross - of Jesus Christ. Our spirituality is simple but very, very deep.