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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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  • DIVINE MERCY - Read More
  • THE RESURRECTION - Read More
  • SAINT GABRIEL, C.P. - Read More
  • SAINT GEMMA - LAY PASSIONIST - Read More
  • BLESSED GRIMOALDO, C.P. - Read More
  • SAINT MARIA GORETTI - MARTYR  - Read More

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, speaks directly to all people everywhere, who struggle to keep faith and hope.

    "To those in our society who have lost all hope and joy in life, to the elderly who struggle alone and feel their strength waning, to young people who seem to have no future, to all I once more address the words of the Risen One: ‘See, I am making all things new… To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life’ (Rev 21:5-6).

    Pope Francis concluded, saying, “May this comforting message of Jesus help each of us to set out anew with greater courage to blaze trails of reconciliation with God and with all our brothers and sisters, of this, we have great need!”
                                                                                         






































































 God hears our cry and makes a covenant

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     Pope Francis: Hope is the 'humble virtue' that keeps us afloat in tough times
                                     
In his homily Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the essential role hope plays in the Christian life, saying that while it is a silent and humble virtue, it is what supports us in difficulty and brings us peace.

“Hope is that humble virtue which flows under the water of life, but that bears us up so we don’t drown in so many difficulties, so we do not lose that desire to find God, to find that wonderful face which we will all see one day: hope,” the Pope said March 17.     
  
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, focusing his homily on the figure of Abraham and how Jesus in the day’s Gospel from John tells the Jews that “Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day.”
  
While Abraham certainly had temptations along “the path of hope,” he still believed and obeyed what the Lord told him, and so began his journey to the Promised Land, the Pope told attendees.   He said that there is a “thread of hope” which unites the entire story of salvation, and which serves as a “font of joy” for Christians.
    
Francis noted how in the day’s first prayer for the Mass, we ask for God’s grace in keeping us “in the hope of the Church because it does not fail.”   Abraham himself “believed against all hope,” he said, adding that when there is no human hope left in a situation, there is always the supernatural virtue of hope which carries us forward.

    
The virtue is “humble and simple, but it gives a joy, at times a great joy, at other times only of peace, but the security that hope does not disappoint: hope doesn’t disappoint.”  Pope Francis said this “thread of hope” begins with Abraham and grows throughout history, ending with Jesus. He admitted that at times hope is hidden, while at other times it is clearly seen.
    
Citing the example of when John leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb as Mary approaches, Francis said that what made John leap was “the joy of the presence of God” who journeys with his people.
    
“Where there is joy, there is peace,” he said, explaining that the virtue of hope takes us from joy to peace.
    
  Francis noted that while it is common to speak about .....Read More  



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     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.



   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.



   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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