11 June 1741 – The Emblem of the Passion

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On 20th May 1741, the newly approved Rule of the Passionists was brought to the Retreat of the Presentation at Monte Argentario (Italy).

St. Paul of the Cross and his companions – they now totalled six priests and two brothers – began a retreat. On 11th June 1741 they affixed the emblem of the Passion on their black tunics. The professed renewed their vows, and the new members pronounced their first vows.

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“After a ten day intense spiritual retreat, five religious together with Paul pronounced their public vows on 11 June 1741, while Canon Di Stefano and Brother Joseph began their novitiate. Each of the religious substituted for his surname that of a mystery of the life of Jesus or the name of a saint to indicate his incorporation into a new family: Paul of the Cross, John Baptist of St. Michael the Archangel, Anthony of the Passion, Fulgentius of Jesus, Charles of the Mother of God, Joseph of Holy Mary. The “sign”, emblem of the charism of the Congregation, was placed on the tunics of the newly professed for the first time.” (History of the Passionists, Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P., Volume 1, p. 124.)

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