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                                                             DIVINE MERCY


     "From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.

     The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.    The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins.  .....Read More

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"Dear contemplative sisters, without you what would the Church be like, or those living on the fringes of humanity and ministering in the outposts of evangelization? The Church greatly esteems your life of complete self-giving. The Church counts on your prayers and on your self-sacrifice to bring today’s men and women to the good news of the Gospel. The Church needs you!

It is not easy for the world, or at least that large part of it dominated by the mindset of power, wealth and consumerism, to understand your particular vocation and your hidden mission; and yet it needs them immensely. The world needs you every bit as much as a sailor on the high seas needs a beacon to guide him to a safe haven. Be beacons to those near to you and, above all, to those far away. Be torches to guide men and women along their journey through the dark night of time. Be sentinels of the morning, heralding the dawn. By your transfigured life, and with simple words pondered in silence, shows us the One Who is the way, and the truth and the life, the Lord Who alone brings us fulfilment and bestows life in abundance. Cry out to us, as Andrew did to Simon: “We have found the Lord”. Like Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, announce to us: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18). Cherish the prophetic value of your lives of self-sacrifice. Do not be afraid to live fully the joy of evangelical life, in accordance with your charism."

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 The Gospel is the Book of God’s Mercy

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                          Pope Francis: Everything that Jesus said and did is
                                                   an expression of the Father’s Mercy

                                     
“Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book” (Jn 20:30). The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy, to be read and reread, because everything that Jesus said and did is an expression of the Father’s mercy. Not everything, however, was written down; the Gospel of mercy remains an open book, in which the signs of Christ’s disciples – concrete acts of love and the best witness to mercy – continue to be written. We are all called to become living writers of the Gospel, heralds of the Good News to all men and women of today. We do this by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which are the hallmarks of the Christian life. By means of these simple yet powerful gestures, even when unseen, we can accompany the needy, bringing God’s tenderness and consolation. Thus continues the great work of Jesus on Easter day, when he poured into the hearts of his fearful disciples the Father’s mercy, bringing them the Holy Spirit who forgives sins and bestows joy. strong>     
  
At the same time, the story we have just heard presents an evident contrast: there is the fear of the disciples, who gathered behind closed doors; and then there is the mission of Jesus, who sends them into the world to proclaim the message of forgiveness. This contrast may also be present in us, experienced as an interior struggle between a closed heart and the call of love to open doors closed by sin. It is a call that frees us to go out of ourselves. Christ, who for love entered through doors barred by sin, death and the powers of hell, wants to enter into each one of us to break open the locked doors of our hearts. Jesus, who by his resurrection has overcome the fear and dread which imprison us, wishes to throw open our closed doors and send us out. The path that the Risen Master shows us is a one way street, it goes in only one direction: this means that we must move beyond ourselves to witness to the healing power of love that has conquered us. We see before us a humanity that is often wounded and fearful, a humanity that bears the scars of pain and uncertainty. Before the anguished cry for mercy and peace, we hear Jesus’ inspiring invitation: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you”
(Jn 20:21).
  
In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing.  His mercy, in fact, does not keep a distance: it seeks to encounter all forms of poverty and to free this world of so many types of slavery.  Mercy desires to reach
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  Interested in Religious Life?
   Wonder what it's like to be a Nun?

     

     We are women who wish to invite you to consider the possibility of being what we are,
         
that is,
  Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph's Monastery! 

  • VOCATION RETREATS!
  • DISCERNING PASSIONIST LIFE!
  • SR. ROSE MARIE INVITES YOU TO BE ….
  • MY VISIT TO A PASSIONIST MONASTERY!

    Just click on the pictures above for:  #1 Vocation Retreat Information,  #2 Passionist Discernment, #3 Sr. Rose Marie's Invitation and  #4 My Visit To A Passionist Monastery!



  Contemplative Sharings

 We invite you to Reach out and grasp the Precious Jewel of Life - a Relationship of Intimate Love with Jesus Christ.
    
If you are struggling in discerning whether God is Calling we are happy to assist you in any way we can with the question of your vocation. Our intention is not to recruit, but to work with the Holy Spirit in the discernment of God's will. Please feel free to write with any questions you may have. Or if you would like more information at this time, you can contact us to share with us your requests by clicking on the picture below on the right Vocation Information.     

To share information or more about our Passionist Charism just click on the first picture above on the left for: The Contemplative Vocation, center picture for: The Sign - the special insignia of every Passionist, the picture on the right above for: Vocation Information.


To Share the Sister's stories and meditative prayer just click on the first picture on the left for: Novice Sr Maria Faustina's Vestition, the center picture for: Explore A Passionist Vocation, the picture on the right for: Vocation Stories.



   A Passionist Notebook

   We continually find that our Passionist charism and contemplative way of life is not well known. Even though our religious Institute has been in existence since 1771, the good news about the cloistered Passionist vocation still remains somewhat hidden in the shadow of the cross, and there are strange ideas often floating around about it. This has prompted us to start a column here that will.."...Read More

With the pictures above we hope to acquaint you with three aspects of our way of life. To learn about more aspects of our life just go to "A Passionist Notebook" which lists many more! Just click on the first picture on the left for: Memoria Passionis, the center picture for: Receiving A New Name, the picture on the right for: The Way of the Cross.



   Newsletter

Two or three times a year we publish a NEWSLETTER sharing all the various happenings and blessings that have been ours, our families and friends during the year. Just Click on the picture of our Crucified Lord above to share those blessings, sorrows and celebrations!


   GUEST HOUSE

Monasteries are usually founded in places of great natural beauty. No wonder people looking for something missing in their lives have instinctively been drawn to make a Retreat at monasteries where they can get back in touch with their deepest selves and their God-given destiny. Our Guest House and Chapel, located on a peaceful 170-acre site of beautiful woodlands, gives women and men of Catholic and other Christian denominations the opportunity..Read More


  • St. Joseph Watches Over His Guest House
  • Prayer Chapels Guest House Upper & Lower Levels
  • Guest House Bedrooms
  • Guest House Library
  • Reading & Quiet Meditation Guest Area
  • Guest House Dining Room
  • Hot Food & Salad Bar Serving Guest Dining
  • Large Meeting Room Lower Level Guest House
  • Outdoor Way of the Cross Stations Path




















The Passionist Oblate Family Expands! October 20th the solemnity of our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, was a glorious celebration here at the monastery, as we commemorated the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Oblates, and received 16 new members into the Oblate formation program. See new Oblates members in picture below!

  • 15TH ANNIVERSARY FOUNDATION OF PASSIONIST OBLATES RECEIVE 16 NEW MEMBERS!
  • OBLATE PROCESSION AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • OBLATE PROCESSION CONTINUES AT ANNIVERSARY & NEW OBLATE INDUCTION MASS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE DEACON WILLIAM BACH READS THE GOSPEL (OBLATE DWAYNE ROBY SERVER)
  • L- R: OBLATE DEACON WM. BACH, FR. JOSEPH MILLS, FR. ROGER HUNTER-HALL,  BISHOP WM. MEDLEY, FR. RAY CLARK, MSGR. BERNARD POWERS
  • PASSIONIST OBLATE ANIMATORS, DEBBIE WARD, DAN HOWARD BESTOW PASSION SIGN PINS ON JANIE & MARGARET DURING THE CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • SISTERS CONGRATULATE OBLATES AFTER ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
  • A GLIMPSE OF THE RECEPTION FOR GUESTS AFTER THE ANNIVERSARY MASS

   Faith Resources

The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit. The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church. This teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the pope, to the bishops and then to all Catholics.
    
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