Recently on the weekend of June 9 – 11, sixty-five religious and laity of the Passionist family gathered at Bishop Malloy Retreat House in Jamaica, NY to celebrate and explore the engagement of laity with Passionist spirituality, mission and ministry.
The first Convocation on the Laity sponsored by St. Paul of the Cross Province and its Commission on the Laity was another milestone in fulfilling the 2014 Province Chapter Decree which established the Commission. By all standards, the event was a rousing success! Evaluations from attendees raved about the quality of the keynote speakers, workshop sessions and prayerful tone of the weekend.
Keynotes included internationally known Christian author and peace activist (Living the Gospels with Passion Today), Shane Claiborne, Sr. Joanne Fahey, C.P. (Passionist Spirituality), Fr. Martin Coffey, C.P. (Forming the Passionist Heart) who is Secretary for Formation from Rome, and our Provincial, Fr. Robert Joerger, C.P. (We are Disciples of the Passion).
Our Commission on the Laity did a superb job arranging every detail from hospitality to speakers, to wisdom moments and more. We all should be proud of this Province achievement and grateful that the Holy Spirit indeed is inspiring so many in our province!
The Commission has arranged for all the keynote sessions to be professionally video recorded. These will be available on the province website (www.thepassionists.org) within two months after editing. Keep watch on the website for their availability!
Attendees came from across America and beyond … Florida, Scranton, Toronto, NY, LA, Chicago, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Atlanta, N. Carolina, W. Virginia to name a few. They spanned many age and ethnic groups making for a rich diversity. Representatives came from our parishes, retreat houses, PVIs, Associates, Confraternity, Holy Cross Province and the Sisters of the Cross & Passion. The retreat house did a magnificent job with accommodations and meals. Watch for further updates and reflections from the Commission on the Laity.