The Congregation of the Passion prepares to celebrate 300 years of its foundation


It is a Jubilee Year and Holy Year for the sons of St. Paul of the Cross

The founding date was 22 November 1720, when 27-year-old Paolo Danei received the penitential garb of a hermit from his bishop and spiritual director, Bishop Arborio Gattinara in Alessandria (Italy), and he began a 40-day retreat in the cell of the Church of San Carlo in Castellazzo (Italy). During this period, he drafted the Rule of the future Congregation.

For this reason, the Jubilee will open on 22 November 2020 and end on 1 January 2022.

The theme of the Jubilee is "Renewing Our Mission: Gratitude, Prophecy, and Hope."

This was the theme of the 47th General Chapter of 2018. Additionally, it will be the theme of the next General Synod of the Congregation in 2021. The Jubilee is therefore a confirmation and catalyst for the Congregation's journey of renewal. In fact, as the Superior General, Fr. Joachim Rego, pointed out: "The 'who we are' and the 'what we do' are interconnected."
Our apostolic activity is an expression of our community life. Therefore, when we talk about "renewing our mission" it is mainly about "renewing ourselves".
The entire Passionist Family will participate in this celebration, including the Congregation of Passionist Nuns (founded by St. Paul of the Cross), 7 women's institutes inspired by Passionist spirituality and various secular movements associated with the Congregation.
In preparation for the event, an Icon was prepared and is visiting all the houses of the Congregation on 5 continents.
Of course, the pilgrimage of the Icon was also affected by the lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus.
There are no major public events scheduled because a decision was made to celebrate the Jubilee on a spiritual and a cultural level.

Formation personnel, young Passionists, and Passionist bishops will meet in Rome. Additionally, the Synod of the Congregation will be held.

The only major public event will be the International Congress on the topic of "The Wisdom of the Cross in a Pluralistic World" which will take place at the Lateran University in Rome from 21 to 24 November 2021.

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