Who We Are

Passionists are dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Passion of Jesus Christ. That is, the meaning of the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and suffering. Although it ends with his execution by crucifixion, the Passion can only be fully understood in the light of the life and teachings of Jesus and His Resurrection.”

We recognise the cross of Christ wherever we meet suffering humanity and the suffering earth. Founded by St. Paul of the Cross as a Catholic Religious Order in 18th century Italy, we have grown into a widely varied Passionist family. For us, the Passion of Jesus is the most wonderful and inspiring work of God’s love.

St Paul of the Cross ‘saw the sign of the cross on the forehead of the poor’. So we see the Crucified God in the Crucified People and the Crucified Earth. The Holy Spirit calls us to recognise the people of today being crucified by the absence of justice and the absence of God. We believe God continues to call the young and the not-so-young to this vocation.

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Our community life of prayer and contemplation at the peripheries moves us to practical solidarity and compassion. So we speak of the God of love revealed in the Passion and Cross. We discern a call to ‘sites of suffering’ inspired by Austin Smith and others. We serve in inner cities and other areas of deprivation. We offer hospitality and mercy to all. Through these and other social justice ministries we express our faith and option for the poor, in imitation of Jesus. We strive to care for and protect God’s sacred earth, our mother and common home. We work for peace and promote non-violence. Inspired by Pope Francis, we pray for the gift of mercy and witness to the Kingdom of God. In all these ways, we preach the Gospel of the Passion.

Passionists in England and Wales strive, with God’s guidance, to continue the mission of Blessed Dominic Barberi cp. Dominic was the first Passionist to come to England. He risked all and suffered much for the sake of his mission. He founded St Josephs Province of the Congregation of the Passion and received John Henry, later Cardinal, Newman, into the Catholic Church. Along with Ignatius Spencer cp, their ecumenical mission has been a great gift for all Christians. The Cross and Passion sisters joined the brothers and priests in their ministry to the poor and the sick in Dickensian England.


The Passionist vocation to ‘keep alive the memory of the Passion’ is today lived also through the Community of the Passion, along with the Passionist Partners, and in our mission in Sweden as well as England and Wales.

See our Gallery page for images of Passionist life.