Passionists are a Congregation of Priests, Students and Brothers. In
their monasteries, they devote themselves to prayer, study and
preparation of missionary activity. The Passionist Fathers conduct
Missions and Retreats for clergy, religious and laity. Abroad, they
staff foreign missions of the Church. In a special way, they devote
themselves to preaching the story of Christ's Sufferings and Death. The
motto of the Passionists is: "May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always
in our hearts."
BLESSED DOMINIC BARBERI
Dominic Barberi, as a
by title "of the Mother of God," was born of devout farming people in
1792 at Viterbo, Italy. At twenty-two years of age, he experienced the
call of God to the apostolate. Leaving his farm work, he entered the
Passionists where he manifested extraordinary gifts of mind and heart.
After he was ordained to the Priesthood in 1818, he spent himself
diligently in teaching, in the ministry of the Word, in the spiritual
direction and in writing many philosophical, theological and homiletic
Filled with the spirit of
Paul of the Cross, he left Italy and went first to Belgium. There he
established the Passionists in 1840, and went on to England in
1842. He was now responding to a Divine call that had always been with
him----to work for unity among God's people in England.
In the space of eight years
had founded four Passionist Communities and exercised an extensive
apostolate by preaching missions and retreats throughout the country.
His writings and personal holiness brought many to the faith; most
prominent among those he received into the Church was John Henry
Broken finally by his
died at Reading on 17th August 1849, at the age of 57. He was enrolled
among the Blessed by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council, on
23rd October 1963.
PRAYER TO BLESSED
DOMINIC OF THE MOTHER OF GOD PASSIONIST APOSTLE
O God, Who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights of
holiness, learning and apostolic zeal, and made him a powerful minister
of Thy mercy for the return of many of our separated Brethren to the
Catholic Church, grant to us also an abundant share of his virtues,
that we too, according to our state, may contribute to the realization
of his desire for the union of all Christians in one Fold, under one
Shepherd. Deign now, through his intercession, to grant us the
particular grace which we humbly ask of Thy mercy ...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be (3 times)
Romae 12. viii. 1963, NIHIL OBSTAT
BLESSED LORENZO SALVI
Blessed Lorenzo Maria of St.
Francis Xavier (Salvi) was born in Rome on 30th October 1782. He died
in Capranica (Viterbo) 12th June 1856.
Blessed Lorenzo professed
Passionist Rule 20th November 1802 and was ordained to the priesthood
29th December 1805. As superior he was most prudent in leading the
community. Following in the footsteps of Our Founder, St. Paul of the
Cross, his principle apostolate was that of itinerant missionary.
Blessed Lorenzo was also
untiring in promoting devotion to the Holy Childhood of Jesus on every
occasion by work, example and through his many writings. He was
beatified by Pope John Paul II, 1st October 1989. He is buried in the
Passionist Church of St. Angelo, Vetralla (Viterbo).
Blessed are Thou, O God
our Father, for Thy gift of Blessed Lorenzo
Salvi, for his life, his witness and for the love Thou didst give him
for the mystery of the Nativity and Infancy of Thy Son Jesus.
We ask Thee to reawaken
in Thy Church the awareness of the great gift
of the Incarnation and the desire to imitate Jesus with simplicity of
heart and total trust in Thy Love and Thy Providence.
We thank Thee for the
deep compassion for the suffering Thou didst
grant Blessed Lorenzo and for the strength of his prayer to the Infant
We believe that he still
intercedes for us. We confide to Thee our good
desires, for ourselves and for our
neighbors, secure to obtain Thy Grace and the protection of Blessed
On January 5th each year
the Feast of Blessed Charles Houben or as he is also known Blessed
Charles of Mount Argus.
Blessed Charles was born in
Munstergeleen, Holland in 1821, and joined the Passionists at Ere,
Belgium when he was twenty four years of age. He was ordained a priest
in 1850 and assigned to the Passionist Community in England. On 6th
July 1857 he became a member of the Passionist Community at Mount Argus
in Dublin, Ireland. He died in 1893 and is buried in St. Paul's Church,
During the last week of
2005 word reached the Passionists that the Vatican Medical Council had
expressed unanimously their positive vote regarding the miracle
attributed to Blessed Charles. This was the most difficult step on the
way to canonization. The way is now clear for his canonization and we
await further progress and the timetable to canonization.
The Miraculous Healing of
Mr. dJ.H.A. Dormans comes
Munstergeleen in Holland, birthplace of Blessed Charles. On March 29,
1999, his doctor had him
taken in to the emergency room of the
Hospital in Sittard. What he had experienced as abdominal pains turned
out to be a ruptured appendix. Complications emerged. The oozing acid
had damaged the small intestines to such an extent that, every other
day, the inside of his abdomen had to be rinsed out under full
anesthetic. From the outset Mr. Dormans had surrendered his faith into
the hands of Blessed Charles, praying for a positive outcome to his
disease, and a blessing on the hands of the physicians who were
On April 11th his grandson,
Simon, was due to make his First Holy Communion. All dressed up, he was
brought to see his papa in hospital. On arrival it was discovered that
Mr. Dorman's wife, Mia, and the other family members had been sent for.
His condition had worsened. The surgical procedure that morning had
exposed totally weakened and already porous intestines. Every action
taken by the surgeon to improve the situation seemed to have the
opposite result. When he wanted to close a hole, a little touch caused
the intestines to leek even further. The doctor informed the family
that from a medical point of view nothing more could be done and that
there was no hope of recovery. His condition was so bad that the
attending medical staff had decided not to resuscitate him. The family
were advised to prepare themselves for an unpleasant death, within a
very short time. With Mr. Dorman's intestines totally destroyed, the
surgeon calmly and quietly explained how he had reached the boundaries
of what he could do. Medical Science had nothing further to offer. The
last sacraments of the Church were administered. The family said their
good-byes. Blessed Charles was invoked to guide him through these
But somebody up there had other
plans. On a visit a couple of days later, Mr. Dorman's family doctor
was looking at him and saying to him: "Father Charles has performed his
miracle, now it's up to the medical staff here". His health continued
to improve with every passing day. The surgeon said: "It is beyond me
that you are sitting here,
opposite me, and still alive!" The medical
team decided to perform further surgery and reserved a full day in the
operating room on October 27. When they went in, however, they found
that all they had to do was connect the small intestines and close a
little hole. Everything else was already healed in a natural way.
This is the cure that,
having passed through stringent medical scrutiny
in the Netherlands, has now been given unanimous approval by the even
more stringent Vatican Medical Council as a miracle attributed to the
intercession of Blessed Charles of Mount Argus. We now await a
timetable for the canonization of Blessed Charles.
BLESSED BERNARD MARY
Blessed Bernard Mary of Jesus
Silvestrelli before becoming a Passionist) was born in Rome, November
7, 1831, of the noble Silvestrelli-Gozani family. He was Baptized the
same day, and received the Sacrament of Confirmation on June 7, 1840.
He was ordained a Priest on Monte Argentario, December 22, 1855. He
made his religious profession as a Passionist on April 28, 1857 at the
novitiate at Morrovalle where his companion was the future Saint
Gabriel of Our Mother of Sorrows.
He held a numbe rof offices: Director
of Students, Master of Novices, Rector, Provincial Consultor and,
during the years 1878-88 and 1893-1907, Superior General. Unfailing in
upholding the spirit of the Congregation, he invigorated the
Passionists with a great apostolic spirit. Under his careful and ever
vigilant guidance six new Provinces were founded, and those which had
been suppressed by the governments of Italy and France were
reorganized. Having resigned the office of Superior General, he
received from the Pope the title of "Honorary General" for life.
He retired to the Passionist
Monastery at Moricone where he died, December 9, 1911 after a serious
fall. He was eighty years of age. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II
on October 16, 1988.
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