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THE PASSIONIST NUNS



  • STS. PETER & PAUL!  - Read more...
  • THE SACRED HEART! - Read more...
  • THE IMMACULATE HEART! - Read more...
  • DIVINE MERCY  -  ALLELUIA!  -  Read more...
  • THE RELIGIOUS HABIT   -   Read more….
  •  CATECHISM of the Catholic Church  -  Read more….
  • EUCHARISTIC ADORATION   -  Read more…










“Consecrated Life Corner”

     Formation of Nuns!
        
Here is what the Church teaches:

    
   The formation of cloistered nuns is aimed at preparing them for total consecration of self to God in the following of Christ, according to the form of life ordered solely to contemplation, which is proper to their particular mission in the Church.
    
   Formation must influence the individual at the deepest level, aiming at involving the whole person in a progressive journey of conformity to Jesus Christ and to his total self-giving to the Father.The method proper to formation must therefore assume and express the character of wholeness, educating to wisdom of heart.
    
   
The formation of contemplative nuns is primarily formation in faith, in which are found “the foundation and first fruits of authentic contemplation. Through faith the person learns to discern the constant presence of God in order to cleave in charity to his mystery of communion.
    
   
To a large extent the contemplative life is dependent on the formation given to individual nuns and to the whole community, in order that they may reach the fulfilment of the divine plan by assimilating their specific charism.  For this purpose, the formative program, inspired by the specific charism, takes on particular importance...which should aim at ensuring perseverance in fidelity for the whole of life.
    
 
  The cultural context of our time implies that Institutes of contemplative life should ensure a level of preparation suited to the dignity and requirements of this state of consecrated life. Monasteries should therefore require that candidates, before they are admitted to the novitiate, have that degree of personal, affective, human and spiritual maturity which makes them capable of understanding the nature of a life completely directed to contemplation in the cloister.
    
 
  Study of the word of God, the tradition of the Fathers, the documents of the Magisterium, liturgy, spirituality and theology should constitute the doctrinal basis of formation, aiming at presenting the foundations of knowledge of the mystery of God contained in Christian revelation, “scrutinizing in the light of faith all truth stored up in the mystery of Christ”.
    
   "Contemplative life must always draw from the mystery of God, hence it is essential to give nuns the foundations and methods for a personal and community formation."
      (Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life: Verbi Sponsa, #22,23)



  Interested in Religious Life?
   Wonder what it's like to be a Nun?

     

     We are women who wish to invite you to consider the possibility of being what we are,
          that is,  Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph's Monastery! 

  • MEET OUR NEWEST SISTERS!
  • DISCERNING PASSIONIST LIFE!
  • SR. ROSE MARIE INVITES YOU TO BE ….
  • EXPLORING THE MONASTERY WOODS!

    Just click on the pictures above for:  #1 Vocation Retreat Information,  #2 Passionist Discernment, #3 Sr. Rose Marie's Invitation and  #4 Searching the Woods for Rock Garden Supplies!



  Contemplative Sharings

 We invite you to Reach out and grasp the Precious Jewel of Life - a Relationship of Intimate Love with Jesus Christ.
    
If you are struggling in discerning whether God is Calling we are happy to assist you in any way we can with the question of your vocation. Our intention is not to recruit, but to work with the Holy Spirit in the discernment of God's will. Please feel free to write with any questions you may have. Or if you would like more information at this time, you can contact us to share with us your requests by clicking on the picture below on the right Vocation Information.     

To share information or more about our Passionist Charism just click on the first picture above on the left for: The Contemplative Vocation, center picture for: The Sign - the special insignia of every Passionist, the picture on the right above for: Vocation Information.


To Share the Sister's stories and meditative prayer just click on the first picture on the left for: Novice Sr. Lucia Marie's Vocation Story, the center picture for:Explore A Passionist Vocation, the picture on the right for: Vocation Stories.



   Mother's Notebook

   We continually find that our Passionist charism and contemplative way of life is not well known. Even though our religious Institute has been in existence since 1771, the good news about the cloistered Passionist vocation still remains somewhat hidden in the shadow of the cross, and there are strange ideas often floating around about it. This has prompted us to start a column here that will.."...Read More

With the pictures above we hope to acquaint you with three aspects of our way of life. To learn about more aspects of our life just go to "Mother's Notebook" which lists many more! Just click on the first picture on the left for: The Holy Eucharist, the center picture for: Our Passionist Habit, the picture on the right for: The Passionist Vows.



   Newsletter

Two or three times a year we publish a NEWSLETTER sharing all the various happenings and blessings that have been ours, our families and friends during the year. Just Click on the picture of our Crucified Lord above to share those blessings, sorrows and celebrations!


   GUEST HOUSE

Monasteries are usually founded in places of great natural beauty. No wonder people looking for something missing in their lives have instinctively been drawn to make a Retreat at monasteries where they can get back in touch with their deepest selves and their God-given destiny. Our Guest House and Chapel, located on a peaceful 170-acre site of beautiful woodlands, gives women and men of Catholic and other Christian denominations the opportunity..Read More


  • St. Joseph Watches Over His Guest House
  • Prayer Chapels Guest House Upper & Lower Levels
  • Guest House Bedrooms
  • Guest House Library
  • Reading & Quiet Meditation Guest Area
  • Guest House Dining Room
  • Hot Food & Salad Bar Serving Guest Dining
  • Large Meeting Room Lower Level Guest House
  • Outdoor Way of the Cross Stations Path












The Passionist Oblate Family Expands! October 20th the solemnity of our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, was a glorious celebration here at the monastery, as we commemorated the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Oblates, and received 16 new members into the Oblate formation program. See new Oblates members in picture below!

  • 15TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDATION OF PASSIONIST OBLATES RECEIVE 16 NEW MEMBERS!
  • OBLATE PROCESSION AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE DEACON WILLIAM BACH READS THE GOSPEL (OBLATE DWAYNE ROBY SERVER)
  • L- R: OBLATE DEACON WM. BACH, FR. JOSEPH MILLS, FR. ROGER HUNTER-HALL,  BISHOP WM. MEDLEY, FR. RAY CLARK, MSGR. BERNARD POWERS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE ANIMATORS, DEBBIE WARD, DAN HOWARD BESTOW PASSION SIGN PINS ON JANIE & MARGARET DURING THE CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • A GLIMPSE OF THE RECEPTION FOR GUESTS AFTER THE ANNIVERSARY MASS

   Faith Resources

The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit. The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church. This teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the pope, to the bishops and then to all Catholics.