Passionist Associates

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A primary form of relationship to the Passionists is an associate relationship

This is a canonically recognized means by which members of the laity enter into the life, mission and charism of the religious Congregation of the Passion.

It is the highest form of relationship with the vowed Passionists.

This unique relationship requires careful formation and results in a binding commitment or covenant with the religious community.

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Passionist associates are lay men and women who form faith sharing communities that meet each month to pray together, to study the spiritual life together and then have an opportunity for socializing. Associates also gather a number of time with vowed Passionists during the year. Associates desire their spiritual life to be inspired and formed by the values of Passionist spirituality.

There are other relationships with the Passionist community which are not as fixed or formal as the associates.

Passionist Associates are individuals who, after a period of reflection, discernment and formation (usually one year), choose to bond in a spirit of mutuality with The Congregation of the Passion, Province of St. Paul of the Cross, in its mission and spirituality, in a shared mission “to keep alive the memory of the Passion of Jesus” and to provide for ongoing, mutual formation.

Mutuality recognizes that both professed Passionists and Passionist Associates, although having distinct rights and responsibilities, contribute to the Passionist Mission in the world today. Each does this according to his/her particular gifts and talents received from God.

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Mutuality implies the enrichment of both professed religious and Passionist Associates in their ongoing relationships with one-another on both a personal and a community level.

Mutuality respects the separate vocations of professed religious, married, and single Passionist Associates. This respect recognizes and allows for the nurturing of individual commitments in both the primary and secondary communities at all times.

Passionist Associate Resource

Contact Us

For more information about becoming a Passionist Associate, email Fr. Don Ware, C.P. at or call him on (412) 381-1188.

Scranton Associates

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Associates and Confraternity of the Passion

Our associates are lay men and women who form faith sharing communities that meet each month to pray together, to study the spiritual life together and then have an opportunity for socializing. Associates also gather a number of time with vowed Passionists during the year. Associates desire their spiritual life to be inspired and formed by the values of Passionist spirituality.

Part of being an associate includes gathering once a month with other associates.

We also have a Confraternity of the Passion in Pittsburgh.

  1. Passionist Associates

    A primary form of relationship to the Passionists is an associate relationship.

    This is a canonically recognized means by which members of the laity enter into the life, mission and charism of the religious Congregation of the Passion.

    It is the highest form of relationship with the Passionists.

    This unique relationship requires careful formation and results in a binding commitment or covenant with the religious community.

    There are other relationships with the Passionist community which are not as fixed or formal as the associates.

  2. Confraternity of the Passion

    Among the other forms of relationship with the Passionists we single out for special clarification the form established by our holy Founder himself, the Confraternity of the Passion.

    The Confraternity of the Passion is a prayerful union of men and women dedicated in a special way to the Passion of Jesus. St. Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists, desired to include as many people as possible in the life, spirit and mission of the Passionist Family.

    The Confraternity of the Passion is a devotional union of men and women who live in the world and whose spiritual lives are formed under the tutelage of the Charism of the Passionists. Membership is entirely voluntary, holding the members to no obligatory relationship to the Passionists, but to a devotional and spiritual relationship.

    In areas where there is a Passionist Community spiritual gatherings of Confraternity members can take place occasionally under the guidance of a local Passionist.