The Confraternity of the Passion of Christ is a society of lay men and women dedicated in a special way to the contemplation of the Passion of Jesus Christ - in Himself - in their own lives - and in the lives of others. St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), founder of the Passionist Fathers, Brothers and Nuns, began the first Confraternity in 1755. He wanted as many as possible of the People of God to share in the life, spirit and mission of the Passionist family.
Our purpose is above all to gain a deeper love and understanding of the Passion of Christ and then to apply it to the crucified of today: to ourselves, to the physically and mentally ill, and to all who are experiencing Christ's Passion in their lives in any way. Furthermore, members are to assist and strengthen each other in their desire to draw closer to God through Passionist spirituality and share in all the good works, prayers and indulgences of Passionist communities throughout the world.
The Confraternity of the Passion of Christ is open to all, men and women, single and married, to anyone who feels God is calling them to the Passionist way of life.
To become a member of the Confraternity of the Passion of Christ it is necessary to make a personal commitment to cultivate in oneself devotion to the Passion of Christ and through it to grow more deeply in faith and love of God and one's neighbor. It is also required that one's name be entered on the membership list.
By joining the Confraternity, a person assumes no strict obligations, but there is a Rule of Life as a guide and some recommended practices. If you believe God is calling you to the Passionist way of life and you have a desire to draw closer to Jesus through His Passion, please join us at the next Confraternity Mass. We will be very happy to meet and talk with you.
Visit the St. Paul of the Cross Monastery website to learn more about Confraternity of the Passion.