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 So, your daughter wants

  to be a WHAT?!!!!!!!!

   When other men’s daughters might have expressed an interest in the convent or the cloister, I wouldn’t have questioned it at all.  I would have been respectful of their choice and genuinely happy for them.   “What a noble and beautiful vocation!”  or  “What a meaningful life with a holy purpose!”   I, no doubt, would have thought.
  When I heard of my own daughter’s interest in the cloister, my immediate thought was,  “Oh my gosh, I hope you get a vacation… how often can you come home to visit?!!!”   Isn’t this sad… that my first thought wasn’t just about Nora’s vocational fulfillment and spiritual well being?  My initial thought was about the fact that I might be missing my daughter’s presence in my home and her gentle, delightful company.
  The reason I had these thoughts is that I did know...."...Read More

   Mother's 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 "Mother's Notebook" which lists many more! Just click on the first picture on the left for: The Holy Eucharist, the center picture for: Our Passionist Habit, the picture on the right for: The Passionist Vows.

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!

  Contemplative Sharings

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! 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 here to share with us your requests.

To share the Sister's stories and meditative prayer just click on the first picture on the left for: Postulant Elizabeth's Vocation Story, the center picture for:Explore A Passionist Vocation, the picture on the right for: Vocation Stories.


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


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!


   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.