The Congregation of the Passion founded by St. Paul of the Cross has always been a missionary community, reaching out across nations and across the globe to assist in the spread of the Gospel. The Passionists of the United States serve around the world, and we currently sponsor and staff missions in three foreign countries: Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. In addition, we support men in missionary work in Kenya and the Philippines as well as other missions sponsored by our congregation in Asia and Africa.
We are aware that the Passion of Christ continues in this world until He comes in glory; therefore, we share in the joys and sorrows of our contemporaries as we journey through life toward our Father. We wish to share in the distress of all, especially those who are poor and neglected; we seek to offer them comfort and to relieve the burden of their sorrow.
In the Caribbean nation of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., a Passionist priest and doctor, works tirelessly for the impoverished and neglected especially children in a violent and often hopeless country.
From the time he was a seminarian, Fr. Rick Frechette wanted to work with the poor: As a priest in Honduras, he led the building of an orphanage; in Haiti, he built a hospital. However, watching women and children die because medical care was scarce was too much for the young priest, so Fr. Rick asked permission to pursue a medical degree. He achieved his goal and today he works with an indomitable spirit in Haiti to serve the people be loves, the poorest of the poor.
In the Central American country of Honduras, St. Benedict’s Clinic in Tegucigalpa serves more than 45,000 women, men and children a year bringing the most modern and efficient medical treatment to poor families in the nation’s capital, a sprawling city of millions.
The Comedor Infantil Pasionista lunch program runs five days a week serving food to children aged 2 to 9 years old, of Nuevo San Diego, one of the poorest communities in Talanga.
The Water Project for Majada will provide safe drinking water for 162 houses and the Latrine Project in Rincon Grande will provide basic sanitation for 203 residents.
In Jamaica, St. Elizabeth Passionist Parish is a beacon of hope in an impoverished and violent neighborhood of Kingston, providing programs for young people, a pre-school for youngsters, food programs for the hungry and a safe place for celebration and worship.
Visit the Passionist Volunteers International website to learn more.