What is a Passionist?
Passionists in England and Wales are part of a worldwide family. Find out what it means to be a Passionist, and how we live that out here.
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.
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, and on the third day to rise again. Passionists commit themselves to spiritual contemplation of the Passion, along with other spiritual practices.
A community life of prayer and contemplation 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
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.
Find out more about the varied communities that have grown within the UK Passionist family.
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.
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.