Questions you may be asking
What is the difference between Passionist religious and lay Passionists?
Religious are those who take vows, usually live in community and do ministries that the religious community sponsors or commits to. Religious Passionists follow the charism of St. Paul of the Cross and take a special vow to keep the Memory of the Passion of Jesus alive today. Lay Passionists are lay people who find the Passionist charism life-giving and meaningful, and so they begin to identify themselves as lay Passionists.
What do Passionists religious do?
First of all, they live in community. They commit to live a common life wherein they pray, eat, and celebrate the joys and sorrows of life.
Their life and ministry can be summed up in this phrase: Passionist religious preach Christ and Him Crucified. The religious minister in retreat houses throughout the country, are full time preachers in parish missions and retreat houses, act as Pastors of Passionist parishes and preach the Passion in the media. Some are chaplains in hospitals, nursing homes and schools, teach university courses.
Religious sisters, brothers and priests have made tremendous contributions to society and the Church. Our society and Church are still in need of religious sisters, brothers and priests.
What can I expect when I inquire about becoming a religious in the Passionist Community?
You can expect a response and the beginning of a mutual search for clarity to see if you are suited to be a Passionist and if we are the community for you. Our first desire is to get to know you, who you are, and what your life has been about up until now. We call this Initial Discernment.
When it is clear that you and the Passionist community want to further this vocation journey, then you will be given a vocation mentor who will be willing to walk with you on your vocation discernment journey: to clarify and challenge, to confront and comfort and to purify and affirm your calling. This is called Formal Discernment.
If a person has all the signs of a Passionist vocation, the Passionist mentor will welcome him into one of our communities so that this vocation prospect will take the next step in his vocation journey. We call this Residency.
Women who are interested in becoming Passionist religious will be given the addresses of the various Passionist Religious communities. Many of these communities are contemplatives. You will find links to those Passionist women religious communities under Links.
What role does the laity have in the Church today?
You do not have to be a religious or a priest to be minister. More people are involved in Church and ministry today than ever before. Lay people, married or single, are involved in many Church ministries. Anyone who desires to serve and is trained to do so can be a minister in our Church. Many parishes have lay people doing the important ministries of teaching others about our faith, evangelizing those who do not come to Church, helping the needy through home visits, and bringing the good news to those in hospitals and prisons.
What is the relationship between lay Passionists and lay ministry?
Lay Passionists are those who are attracted to the Passionist charism and have let themselves be drawn into it, either by doing ministry or by living out a Passionist spirituality.