Superior's Welcome Message

Welcome to the Passionists Missionaries Kenya, The Vice Province of St. Charles Lwanga.

We are Catholic Priests and Brothers following the Spirituality of St. Paul of  the Cross

We admit Baptized Willing Christians, who are in Love with the Sufferings of the World and Spend Time at the Foot of the Cross to make People Understand the Meaning of the Suffering.

We are Missionaries from Different Parts Parts of the Worldl Sharing our Life with all we Meet During our Different Apostolates

We Live in Communities where we share our Life Together in the light of the Gospel

Its good when Brothers Come together to share Diversity. School life Brings us together. These are the Sons of St. Paul of the Cross

What a Lovely Passionists Missionaries Family, Gathered together with their Newly Elected Superior & his Council.

Very Happy Family around the Portrait and the Relix of St Paul of the Cross & together with Some Passionists Saints

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Welcome to Passionists Retreat Center Ushirika

This Center is located in Karen between Hardy and the Cooperative University along Ushirika Road Gate 133. It is a Spiritual Center for both group and Personal Retreats, Recollections, Team Building Workshops, Seminars, Weddings. We also have accommodation rooms for guests. Click here to read more and make reservation.

Passionists & Environment

Passionists at a Glance

Passionists & Environment

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors… we borrow it from our children.” Native American ancestral wisdom on land use.

Perhaps the covid-19 pandemic time can help humanity to reflect more on what we have done to Mother Earth and to ourselves. We need to reconsider and deepen our action for Earth’s healing as this includes our own healing too. We might wish to put into our hearts the prayer for our Earth, part of which reads:

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this Earth…

That we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

(Laudato Si’)

The Passionists (Latin: Congregatio Passionis Iesu Christi[1]) are a Roman Catholic religious institute founded by Saint Paul of the Cross with a special emphasis on the Passion of Jesus Christ. Professed members use the initials C.P. after their names. A known symbol of the congregation is the labeled emblem of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, surmounted by a cross and is often sewn into the clothing attire of its congregants.

St. Paul of the Cross wrote the rules of the Congregation in December 1720, and in 1725 Pope Benedict XIII granted Paul the permission to form his congregation. Paul and his brother, John Baptist, were ordained by the pope on the same occasion. The full canonical title of the congregation, following the revision of their Constitutions approved by the Holy See in 1984, is The Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

After serving for a time in the hospital of St. Gallicano they left Rome with permission of the Pope and went to Mount Argentaro, where they established the first house of the institute. They took up their abode in a small hermitage near the summit of the mount, to which was attached a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony. They were soon joined by three companions, one of whom was a priest, and the observance of community life according to the rules began there and is continued there to the present day.

In 1769, Clement XIV granted full rights to the Passionists as enjoyed by the other religious institutes, making them not an order but a congregation. The congregation historically has had two primary goals: missionary work and contemplative life, with an attempt to blend the two. Its founder had attempted to combine aspects of the contemplative orders, such as the Trappist monks, together with the dynamic orders, such as the Jesuits.

 

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“We seek the unity of our lives and our apostolate in the Passion of Jesus.” The Passionists express their participation in the Passion by a special vow, by which they bind themselves to keep alive the memory of the Passion of Christ. They strive to foster awareness of its meaning and value for each person and for the life of the world. They seek to incorporate this vow into our daily lives by living the evangelical counsels.

“We seek the unity of our lives and our apostolate in the Passion of Jesus.” The Passionists express their participation in the Passion by a special vow, by which they bind themselves to keep alive the memory of the Passion of Christ. They strive to foster awareness of its meaning and value for each person and for the life of the world. They seek to incorporate this vow into our daily lives by living the evangelical counsels.

“Our mission aims at evangelizing others by means of the Word of the Cross.”

 

Traditionally, their main apostolate has been preaching missions and retreats. According to Saint Paul of the Cross, they were founded in order to “teach people how to pray”, which they do through activities such as retreats and missions, spiritual direction, and prayer groups. Today they often also assist local churches in pastoral works, including saying masses, hearing confessions, and visiting the sick. Due to the continuing shortage of priests in the United States, the Passionists today are sometimes designated as pastors and assistant pastors of various parishes. The Passionists staff many retreat centers around the world.

 

Unlike the La Sallians or the Gabrielites, Passionists do not usually open schools and universities, except seminaries for their own students wishing to become brothers and priests. There are some schools sponsored and run by the Passionists, but they are more the exception than the rule. The Passionists are involved in social welfare projects and education mainly in the various mission territories assigned to them.

Though Passionists are not required to work in non-Christian areas as missionaries, their Rule allows its members to be posted to missionary work, such as mainland China (before the Communists took over in 1949), India, and Japan, and in many other nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere as dictated by the pope or at the invitation of a local Bishop.

 

There are 2,179 Passionists in 61 countries on the five continents, led by a superior general who is elected every six years. He is assisted by six consultors in governing the congregation. The present superior general is Father Joachim Rego, who was born in Burma and with his family moved to Australia at an early age. The congregation is divided into provinces, vice-provinces and missions. The Congregation is also divided into groups of provinces, vice-provinces and missions called configurations. The presidents of the six configurations constitute the Extended General Council which meets with the Superior General and his consultors annually.

The members of the congregation are not allowed to possess land, and the congregation collectively can only own the community house and a bit of land attached to it.  They rely completely on their own labor and on contributions from the faithful in order to maintain themselves financially. The habit worn by members is a rough wool tunic bearing the words “Jesu XPI Passio”, meaning “Passion of Jesus Christ” and the congregation was historically [[discalced]], wearing sandals rather than shoes.

    Saint Paul of the Cross, founder of the congregation

    Saint Vincent Strambi, proto-bishop

    Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, student

    Saint Gemma Galgani, a lay Passionist;

    Saint Innocencio of Mary Immaculate, a martyr of the Spanish Civil War;

    Saint Charles of Mount Argus, a Dutchman who worked and died in Dublin; and

    Saint Maria Goretti is also considered a Passionist saint due to her Passionist spiritual directors

    Blessed Eugene Bossilkov, Bulgarian Bishop and Martyr

    Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier, Missionary

    Blessed Isidore of Saint Joseph; Lay Friar

    Blessed Dominic Barberi, notable for having received John Henry Newman into the Catholic faith;

    Blessed Bernard Mary of Jesus, co-founder of the congregation

    Blessed Grimoaldo of the Purification, student

    Blessed Pius of Saint Aloysius, student

    The twenty-six Catholic Martyrs of Daimiel.

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