An extract from Austin Smith's 'Passion for the Inner City': the psychological violence of 'waiting' which the powerless in our societies experience.
Now freshly re-edited and reformatted, 'Passion for the Inner City' is the first publication to be released by the Passionists' brand new book imprint, Lab/ora Press
Catch the Passionist contributions to this BBC Radio programme from Fr Martin Newell and Fr Nicholas Postlethwaite.
In the final episode of this season, we return to an ongoing theme: what does a just society really look like, and how can we get there?
The destruction of old St Michael's, Coventry, was understood to be more than just the loss of bricks and stones—but something more symbolic.
For vulnerable refugees in Calais, there is an abundance of waiting to be done. Yet despite the frustrations and the suffering involved, the refugee communities abound with youth, elegance and laughter.
If the prison system we've created is ultimately a failure, what kind of approach could take its place?
The Passionists have recently started supporting TerraJusta, who work alongside communities fighting for environmental justice. Maddie Ryle explains how they got here...
Lya Vollering, from the Minsteracres Eco-Community, recently created a series of sculptures to accompany Tony Wright’s 'comPASSION: Stations of the Cross for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse'.
We should expect the church to go further in its action against racism; will we give up comfort and power to address the sins of the past?
Photographer Andy Pilsbury shares how his recent film 'A Quiet Revolution' contains its own ecosystem of communities stretching back to the Passionists.
We recently sent out our Lent edition of Passio magazine. There are limited print copies available, but you can still request a (free!) copy.
Racism is a distinct idea from prejudice—in our latest podcast episode, Matshidiso and Annmarie Lewis consider better ways of talking about it.
Annmarie and Matshidiso talk about a Biblical view of both justice and fairness, how these have influenced our legal systems, and yet how they might differ from what we expect.
Lya Vollering, from Minsteracres Eco-Community, reflects on her involvement in a performance art piece this year.
Alex Holmes, from our Partners at Catholic Worker Calais, listens to the dreams of refugees waiting in the Calais camp.
Scott Albrecht, from Catholic Worker Farm, describes some aspects of life looking after the 'Sisters' on the Farm.
Late in life, St Paul of the Cross received some kind of revelation, knowing that his Order would one day reach England. How much of this rich future did he see?
If you long to be a participant, not an observer, in helping our refugee crisis, there are practical and transformative ways to help.
Matthew Neville, from our friends at FaithJustice, shares his experience of organising and walking a section of the COP26 pilgrimage alongside the Young Christian Climate Network.
Mary Chojnowski shares stories of refugees' lives in the Paphos region of Cyprus.
Episode 6 of our podcast series. What does it feel like to be on the threshold of change - to be living at significant moments in time?
Episode 5 of our podcast series. How do we step outside our known world, and see it anew through the eyes of those on the margins of society?
Episode 4 of our podcast series. What's the history of monastic orders? Where and how does it connect with 'new monasticism'?
Episode 3 of our podcast series. Between different faith groups, there now seems to be deep desires to learn from each others' wisdom, without worrying about membership. What's caused this, and where's it headed?
Episode 2 of our podcast series. Is there a bigger story to be found behind the sense of decline felt by some faith traditions? What positive visions of the future could we find in place of those anxieties?
Activist Molly Clark shares her experiences on Day 1 of Young Christian Climate Network's 1,000-mile relay walk.
Jo Siedlecka, from our Passionist partners Independent Catholic News, explains how the popular news site came to be, and where it could be going next.
This Dementia Action Week, please do what you can to reach out to those in your community who may be affected by a dementia-type illness.
John served the crucified of today, and was a true example of servant leadership. Like Saint Paul, John saw the name of Jesus written on the forehead of the poor.
Our beloved brother and friend Fr. John Kearns died on April 14th 2021, in the company of his loved ones.
In the face of life's evil and suffering, it is only possible to believe in a loving God, if that God is ‘on the scaffold’ too, alongside us.
From the outside, criminal justice stories divide the world into 'good' and 'bad'. But inside, we must constantly consider the mystery of the whole person.
Humanity is waiting for those who will find their lives - and find God - by leaving institutions behind and joining the powerless.
Standing at the foot of the cross may seem fruitless, but it is important, and significant. To speak this way is to speak of a deep unity, a deep communion, with others.
Alex Holmes, from our Partners at Catholic Worker Calais, shares snapshots of Calais refugee life.
Why is the canonisation of Ignatius Spencer important? His life, and dedication to the poor, are an outstanding example to all of us.
Who could be blamed for struggling with anxiety in the current moment? But clutching at control doesn't allow much space for God.
People will very often fall back into coping mechanisms once crisis intervention support has been taken away. We must provide everyday love and support to those people whose lives are in turmoil, and remind them of the God who loves them.
In this interview from 2015, Fr Martin Newell and Fr John Kearns discuss how they set up Austin Smith House in Sparkhill, Birmingham
Being classified as vulnerable affected how I thought about myself. For the first time in my life I felt useless, unnecessary.
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.
Our Passionist Partners at London Catholic Worker ask: how can houses of hospitality avoid 'white saviour' complexes, and engage with the Black Lives Matter movement?
As Passionists celebrate 300 years of the life of the Congregation, Pope Francis circulated a letter to the Passionists worldwide.
Alex Holmes, from Catholic Worker Calais, presents snapshots of life from the forgotten camps of the Calais 'jungle'.
From Green Christian: Global warming and environmental degradation will have a devastating impact on people of colour before others.
Our Passionist partners at Minsteracres share their vision for the Eco-Community's Walled Garden in 5 years' time.
"As I reflect on who we are and have been as Passionists here in England, I feel sure that for us this statement is deeply real."
Many before us risked, and lost, their lives to minister to the sick and suffering.
There may be no silver bullet to eradicate racism - but we can contribute to many and multiple actions in that direction.
How can we respond to the many distinct signs of suffering appearing in the wake of COVID-19?
The Chair of Green Christian explains the organisation's approach in the current age.
In the 1800s, Blessed Dominic Barberi endured insults and even physical attacks as he walked the streets in Passionist attire.
A response to empty shelves, and the human proclivity to panic buy and hoard at the expense of others.
Fr. Chris went to his eternal reward, just one week short of his 101st birthday. He passed away peacefully at Nazareth House Nursing Home in North London.
On 19th March we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Joseph who is the Patron of our Passionist Province. On this day we also bring to an end our novena for the cause of Blessed Dominic Barberi.
A Lenten message from the Superior General of the worldwide Passionist Congregation.
A speech by David McLoughlin celebrates the overlooked work of the 'Liverpool three' and considers the mantle on offer to us today.
Ageing and long-term effects are emerging as issues for the HIV positive community. CAPS are the last remaining charity responding to pastoral and spiritual needs.
A long time ago, someone said that to understand John Sherrington, you always have to remember that he was an artist first.
A closer look at Ignatius Spencer's life and legacy - and how it might have been stifled.
A look at Fernando Meirelles's cinematic imagining of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement.
Raising the alarm in a spirit of repentance for our complicity in sins against God's earth and God's poor.
A truly Passionist experience in Botswana which changed the lives of the Sisters.
An homily from Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, given at the Mass for Blessed Dominic Barberi at Sutton Shrine.
Community of the Passion members Lya Vollering and John Thornhill co-ordinated a small exhibition of art exploring the themes of 'Love and Suffering'.
"His orange tent is now a small shrine, red sanctuary light burning, a dozen small candles flickering."
A dive into Brother Johannes' work in Calais, and with refugees in London today.
The FaithJustice network has continued to grow and develop since its inception last year. Find out how you can get involved.
It is right that we remember the moment in Blessed Dominic’s priestly ministry for which he is most widely known - the reception of Blessed John Henry Newman into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Fr. Tim Cullen CP was one of the first few Passionists who moved into Minsteracres after the Silvertop Family sold the estate to the Congregation in 1949.
John’s life as a Passionist priest has been a diverse one, including many years working as a road-sweeper as a ‘worker priest’.
A national climate and environmental emergency has been declared in the UK Parliament. Green Christian calls on church denominations and their governing bodies to play their part.
An introduction to Anne Atherton, a member of the Community of the Passion.
Passionist Priest Fr Martin Newell was in court yesterday after being arrested last week for a peace protest at the DPRTE (Department of Procurement, Research, Technology, Exportability) Arms Fair in Farnham.
Considering the experience of an HIV diagnosis through the Cross, and the lens of Passionist spirituality.
Martin Newell reflects on one of his key inspirations for seeing the ministry of Jesus through the perspective of non-violent activism.
Approximately 9,000 young Catholics converged on Wembley’s SSE Arena for the annual ‘Flame’ youth event, the theme of which this year was ‘Significance’.
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.
Last week Passionist Priest Martin Newell was arrested as he took part in part in the Extinction Rebellion protests in Central London.
Documentary photographer Sean Hawkey presents a compelling portrait of the crucified God amid his people.
Powerful work 'welcoming the stranger' by two organisations in Coventry.
Reflections on the 'daily martyrdom' of averting evil
A documentary about the role of Blessed Dominic and the growth of the Passionist order in England, and of the Passionist monastery in Sutton, St Helen's.
Fr Martin Newell talks about his background in the Catholic Worker movement, his commitment to solidarity with the 'crucified of today' and what daily life looks like in Austin Smith house in Birmingham living with six asylum seekers.
"We should be evangelised by those who have very little." Fr Nicholas reveals what being a Passionist means to him, and especially the influence that Fr Austin Smith had on him.
A documentary originally aired on Channel 4. In the 1980’s, a Passionist played a key but secret role in the anti-apartheid movement.
An interview with Fr Martin Newell around his experiences of imprisonment for peaceful protests.