I desire the standard of the holy faith to be erected everywhere so that there will be an increase of devotion and reverence, homage and love, with frequent acts of adoration for the Blessed Sacrament, the ineffable mystery of God’s most holy love, and so that his Holy Name may be glorified in a very special way.
— St. Paul of the Cross, Spiritual Diary
 Superiors and delegates at the first General Assembly of the Passionist Nuns, held in 2015 in Rome.

Superiors and delegates at the first General Assembly of the Passionist Nuns, held in 2015 in Rome.

THE EXPANSION OF THE PASSIONISTS

Although the long life of St. Paul of the Cross came to an end on October 18, 1775, his life's mission continued on and grew steadily. With the passing of years, new foundations were made all over the world. Today there are Retreats of Passionist men established on six continents and in Oceania, preaching the love of Jesus Crucified and drawing many souls to Him. 

God's blessing descended also upon the daughters of the Passion. When Mother Mary Crucified died in 1787, she had done her work well, imbuing her nuns with her own spirit of poverty, solitude, and prayer, passing on to them the precious legacy she herself had received from St. Paul of the Cross. 

For a hundred years, the only monastery of Passionist Nuns was at Corneto, Italy. Then, in 1872 a new monastery was established in Mamers, France, and more foundations followed in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Our monasteries around the world, with all the beautiful diversity of our cultures and locations, are united by our common vocation and charism.

In 2015, docile to the invitation of the Holy See, delegates from all our monasteries met in an extraordinary General Assembly and established a new structure of communion among ourselves, the Monastic Congregation of the Nuns of the Passion of Jesus Christ. We look forward to this new opportunity to build stronger bonds of charity and understanding among our monasteries!