The Passionists - Holy Spirit Province Australia, NZ, PNG and Vietnam

Sisters of the Cross and Passion:

The Sisters of the Cross and Passion (Passionist Sisters) were founded in Manchester, UK in 1852 by Elizabeth Prout in collaboration with the Passionists priests Fathers Gaudentius Rossi and Ignatius Spencer. It was a response to the plight of the most disadvantaged children and young people who were living in the poorest conditions of the time and working long hours in the mills when the industrial revolution was at its height.



Elizabeth, herself a convert to the Catholic faith, had to leave home because her parents disapproved of her decision to become a Catholic. However this did not quench her enthusiasm for her new found faith. In offering the possibility of religious life to people from among the ‘working classes’ she met with much opposition from the clergy but her small band of dedicated women survived the many storms.



The Congregation grew and, whilst never numerically large, it spread in many areas of the UK and Ireland as well as to North America, Jamaica, Chile, Peru and Argentina, Sweden, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Melbourne in Australia and currently we are exploring the possibility of a presence in Vietnam.  Initially the Sisters were involved in education and social work but now use their abilities and gifts in diverse ministries to promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Spiritually the Sisters draw inspiration from the love which is shown through the Passion of Jesus Christ and through their action and ministry they desire to share the compassion and hope that this love of God offers for all people especially the most excluded.



In Australia the Sisters are engaged in pastoral work within the multi-cultural parish of St Paul Apostle, Endeavour Hills, Victoria 3802. They are also engaged in outreach work with new migrants through involvement with Wellsprings for Women, with facilitating Quiet Reflection Days at Holy Cross Retreat Centre in Templestowe and with Earthsong, a group committed to raising awareness of the beauty of the world and the urgency for the future of the planet that we learn how to live sustainably.  Our focus on issues of justice involves us in supporting many groups who are working to raise awareness of issues locally, nationally and internationally.


For further information contact Sister Brigid Murphy at


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