The Congregation of the Passion, also known as the Passionists, is an international Catholic Religious Community that was founded in 1741 by St. Paul of the Cross. Our spirituality is centered on keeping alive the memory of the Passion of Jesus Christ and offering meaning to the ongoing human and environmental suffering through the prism of the Cross.
The Passionist Community in the United States has had a tradition of serving the social as well as spiritual needs of the American community since the time of our arrival in 1854. While our presence in this great nation has been most prominently felt through our spiritual retreats, itinerant preaching and parish ministries we have always continued the social ministries which are very much a part of who we are.
Today the social impact of globalization has called our international community to reemphasize our social ministries. The present global reality has interwoven the joys and suffering of the human and environmental community. In response to this reality the Passionist Community aims to promote a global solidarity.
The National Passionist JPIC Office and its programs will coordinate this emphasis with our community and ministries here in the United States.