Archive for February, 2007

Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation

16 February, 2007

Friday before Ash Wednesday – 16th February 2007 – is the Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation – the Feast of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P. – a man of God esteemed by the Founder

4 February, 2007

Father Philip wrote: “From 1764 until his death Fr. John Mary Cioni held major offices and from that time as long as the venerable Father Paul lived he resided almost always with him, was his confessor, and was worthy of sharing the divine inspirations bestowed on the saint. He was greatly esteemed and loved by the founder.”

The chief reason for the founder’s appreciation of Fr. John Mary lay in the fact that he knew him to be a man of deep spiritual life and of prayer, as he once wrote to a Bishop and later repeated to Father Thomas Struzzieri, who was then engaged in the apostolic visitation of Corsica.  Shortly before his death the founder again testified to this. When rejoicing at Fr. John Mary’s return from the mission at Caprarola, he said to the infirmarian, Brother Bartholomew, “I have always loved him very much, and he has loved me; and now you see how he has come to assist me and to close my eyes”.

– History of the Passionists,  Volume 2 Part 1, Fr. Carmello Naselli, C.P., p. 103.

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