Archive for August, 2016

26 August | Blessed Dominic Barberi

23 August, 2016

26th August is the Feast of Passionist Blessed Dominic Barberi or Dominic of the Mother of God as he is also known.


you sent Blessed Dominic
to seek out the lost sheep of your flock
by preaching your truth
and witnessing to your love.
May we follow his example
and build up the unity of your Church
as a sign of faith and love.

Taken from Fr. Julian Tenison Woods and the Passionists”, Fr. Gerard Mahony C.P., Passionist Via, December 1980

Fr. Dominic was a humble sort of person and so was undaunted by the laughter and smiles of the people as he tried to preach. He decided to give the people a little MIssion as preparation for Holy Week. So he preached his first full-length sermon on Passion Sunday, 13th March 1842. The English of his extant manuscript was fairly good, but his delivery and accent were bewildering.

“He stood up boldly and preached Christ Crucified”, wrote Fr. Bernard O’Loughlin, C.P. (This priest came from around Birmingham and entered Aston Hall England as a lay novice. Dominic professed him as a cleric and he later became Provincial). “But his language was so broken and imperfect that even the pious could not suppress their amusement”. (Archiv. Ormskirk). He prefaced his sermon with an apology for all the mistakes that he would make, and then proceeded to open his heart. “I cannot explain to you the feelings of my heart. One thing only I will say to you, that the greatest part of you were not yet born since I was desirous to see you and do something for you. There are now 28 years since I expect the moment of coming to you. Behold now, I am in the very of all my desires upon the earth. Now I have nothing to do but dedicate all my soul, my heart, and my entire life, for the glory of God and for your spiritual advantage. I shall begin today, but I hope shall not finish until my death.” (AP. MSS iv. 11.5-17)

In the end, he won them all over and the converts began to multiply. For seven years Dominic preached missions and retreats all over the country. And when death overtook him his body was brought back to these people at Aston that he had come to love so much.


During the month of September

23 August, 2016

10th September – Anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Daneo, mother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist

14th September – Anniversary of the foundation of Presentation Retreat, Monte Argentario (1737)

26th / 27th September – Anniversary of the vow to promote the memory of the Passion and to gather companions to do the same – made by St. Paul of the Cross in St. Mary Major’s Basilica Rome (1721)


Visits to the Our Passionist Charism Blog this week

21 August, 2016

United States 72 | Australia 32 | United Kingdom 15 | Poland 15| Philippines 10 | Italy 10 | Ireland 9 | New Zealand 6 | India 6 | France 4 | Belgium 4 | EU 3 | Germany 2 | Slovakia 2 | Canada 1 | Papua New Guinea 1 | Austria 1 | Egypt 1 | Puerto Rico 1 | Singapore 1 | Taiwan 1 | Brazil 1 |

Congratulations Bro. Jerome Dunn, C.P.

20 August, 2016

UntitledToday Brother Jerome Dunn, C.P., celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Passionist Profession.

An alumnus of the YCW movement in Melbourne in the early 1960’s, Bro. Jerome volunteered as a Lay Missionary in Papua New Guinea, where he met the Passionists

During his postulancy, novitiate, and early years as a religious, Bro. Jerome proved he could turn his hand to anything – tailoring, dairy farming, pig and sheep husbandry, cooking, carpentry and construction. Back in PNG, where his heart belongs, Jerome worked all over the then Passionist Diocese of Vanimo, where he added tertiary studies, formation, refugee asylum, imprisonment and midwifery to his skills and achievements.

A few short spells in Australia couldn’t regain his heart from missionary life. In fact he also added time in India as one of the pioneering Passionists.

Health issues do not slow Jerome down. The Gardens and the Holy Cross Conference Centre kitchen and Dining Room in Melbourne are more than filled with Jerome’s laugher and energy.

Presently he spends a month in Australia and two months in our Formation house in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) teaching the young candidates cooking, a love for St. Paul of the Cross and how to be a man of dedication and service.

Bro. Jerome is much loved, and it is so typical that he is celebrating this anniversary in his beloved PNG. May his health continue and his joyful company and extraordinary example be with us for many years to come.

Pope Francis and the Feast of the Assumption

16 August, 2016

Assumption“The Assumption of Mary is a great mystery that pertains to all of us, regarding our future; the exultation of this humble girl from Galilee, expressed in the canticle of the Magnificat, becomes the song of all mankind, who is pleased to see the Lord reach down to all men and women, lowly creatures, and take them with him into heaven.

The canticle of Mary also leads us to think about many actual sad situations, in particular those women overwhelmed by the weight of life and the drama of violence; of women who are slaves to the arrogance of the powerful; the girls forced into inhumane work; the women forced to surrender in both body and spirit to the avarice of men.

May they as soon as possible begin a life of peace, justice and love: waiting for the day when they finally feel grasped by hands that do not humiliate; but with tenderness that will lift them up and guide them on the road of life, and on to heaven.”

Angelus, 15th August 2016