“O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”
~ PSALM 63:1-3 (NRSV)
Every day the Passionists prayerfully remember all who have been enrolled in their Spiritual Enrollment Program. Individuals enrolled in this program are remembered daily in the prayers of the Passionist Community.
Paul Daneo, Founder of the Passionists, felt called as a young man in 1720 to establish a religious community that would tell the world about the Passion of Jesus Christ. After many trials, Paul received the Church’s blessing to gather companions in northern Italy and begin this work. He was later canonized in 1867 and became the first of many Passionists honored by the Church for their outstanding holiness of life.
As the Passionists, we are known to be Preachers of the Passion of Jesus. Our monasteries are houses of prayer. Our distinctive mission is carried on through spiritual retreat centers, the labor of missionaries and pastors, and in service to those who share the Passion of Christ because of illness, injustice, or poverty.