Archive for February 2nd, 2007

Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P.

2 February, 2007

Father John Mary Cioni, C.P., was born in Brandeglio (Lucca) on 7th July 1727. He entered the Passionist Congregation at the age of 18 and was educated by the Novice Master, Father Marcoaurelius Pastorelli, C.P., and by St. Paul of the Cross himself, to whom he often went for advice. Professed on 4th March 1747 he was a member of the first formal group of students under the direction of Fr. Marcoaurelius. As a Deacon he took part in the geat mission preached in Camerino by St. Paul of the Cross and others.

He was Local Superior, Master of Novices, General Consultor and Provincial. St. Paul of the Cross chose him as his confessor after the death of Fr. John Baptist Daneo (1765), and sent him as Visitor when he was unable to make visitation. He entrusted him with the change of completing the foundation of the first monastery of Passionist Nuns in 1770-1771. Despite these various changes he was often involved in preaching missions, in writing memoirs of religious and the history of the Congregation, a large part of which in known through his writings.

The nine Passionists who gathered in Rome for the General Chapter in 1784 elected him the third Superior General of the Congregation.

He died on 7th February 1792 from a sickness contracted while hearing the confession of a patient with an infectious disease in the hospital of St. John.

During the month of February

2 February, 2007

4th February 1710 – birthday of Anthony Daneo, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo

7th February 1796 – death of Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P.  After the death of St. Paul of the Cross’ brother, Ven. John Baptist,  Fr. John Mary was confessor for St. Paul of the Cross until his death in 1775. He was the third Superior General of the Passionists (1784-1790).

16th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive the tonsure from Bishop Caccari, Vicar of Rome

18th February 1821 – decree on the virtues of Fr. Paul of the Cross was proclaimed

23rd February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive first minor orders of porter and lector from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome 

23rd February 1731 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo request Pope Clement XII to grant them the canonical title “of the missions”

24th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive second minor orders of acolyte and exorcist from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome.

27th February – Passionist Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows