Archive for February, 2016

The Life and Times of St. Gabriel Possenti

28 February, 2016


An article on St. Gabriel by Luke Bulley, a Second Year Passionist Postulant in 2016 at Holy Cross Retreat, Templestowe (Australia)

St Gabriel Summer Assignment 2016 (.pdf)

27 February: Feast of St. Gabriel, Passionist – Patron Saint of Students and Young People

28 February, 2016



A statue of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Herne Bay (UK) – a parish under the care of the Passionist Congregation.

St. Gabriel – “whose example helps you, dear young people, to be enthusiastic disciples of Jesus, who inspires you, dear sick people, to offer your suffering in union with those of Christ; and stimulates you, dear newly-weds, to make the Gospel the fundamental rule of your married life.” | Pope Francis, 26 February 2014

Saint Gabriel Francis Possenti of Our Lady of Sorrows C.P.
Born: 1st March 1838
Religious Profession: 22nd September 1857
Died: 27th February 1862
Venerable: 14th May 1905
Beatified: 31st May 1908
Canonised: 13th May 1920

Visit an excellent St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Blog  here

Blessed Dominic Barberi, Passionist

25 February, 2016

UnknownAt the request of the Archbishop Bernard Longley of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, a novena of prayer will be prayed in all the parishes throughout the diocese imploring God to grant a further miracle that could be used for the canonization of Blessed Dominic. This will take place from Friday, February 26 until Saturday, March 5, 2016.

During the first week of March the Archbishop accompanied by some priests and faithful of the diocese will make a pilgrimage to Rome and on March 5, they will celebrate a Mass for this intention in the Chapel of St. Paul of the Cross in the Basilica of Sts. John and Paul.

Fr. Joachim Rego, Superior General, together with Fr. John Kearns, IOS Provincial Superior and our religious in the IOS Province of England, are asking that our all our Passionist religious and communities, as well as the Passionist Family at large, also join in praying this novena. Below is the prayer to be used each day:


(February 25 to March 5, 2016)

O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic

to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal

and made him a powerful minister of your mercy,

listen to our humble request.

We pray that you will in your goodness,

grant a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Dominic,

so that the Church may further honour him on earth

and that many more people will come to know and invoke the help

of this faithful servant of the Church.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord Amen.

Mary, Mother of Mercy: pray for us.

Blessed Dominic Barberi: Pray for us.

Blessed John Henry Newman: Pray for us.

During the month of February

4 February, 2016


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