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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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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 reigns in our midst

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              Pope Francis: His merciful love overcomes sin and human misery
                                     
This is the Good News that the “laborers” must bring to everyone: a message of hope and comfort, of peace and charity. When Jesus sends the disciples ahead of him into the villages, he tells them: “first, say ‘Peace be to this house!’ [...]; heal the sick in it” (vv. 5, 9). All of this signifies that the Kingdom of God is built day by day and already offers on this earth its fruits of conversion, of purification, of love and of comfort among men. It is a beautiful thing! Building day by day this Kingdom of God that is to be made. Do not destroy, build!

With what spirit must disciples of Jesus carry out this mission? First of all they must be aware of the difficult and sometimes hostile reality that awaits them. Jesus minces no words about this! Jesus says: “I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves” (v. 3). This is very clear. Hostility is always at the beginning of persecutions of Christians; because Jesus knows that the mission is blocked by the work of evil. For this reason, the laborer of the Gospel will strive to be free from every kind of human conditioning, carrying neither purse nor bag nor sandals (cf. v. 4), as Jesus counseled, so as to place reliance solely in the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ. This means abandoning every motive of personal advantage, careerism or hunger for power, and humbly making ourselves instruments of the salvation carried out by Jesus’ sacrifice.     
  
A Christian’s mission in the world is splendid, it is a mission intended for everyone, it is a mission of service, excluding no one; it requires a great deal of generosity and above all setting one’s gaze and heart facing on High, to invoke the Lord’s help. There is a great need for Christians who joyfully witness to the Gospel in everyday life. The disciples, sent out by Jesus, “returned with joy” (v. 17). When we do this, our heart fills with joy. This expression makes me think of how much the Church rejoices, she revels when her children receive the Good News thanks to the dedication of so many men and women who daily proclaim the Gospel: priests — those brave parish priests whom we all know —, nuns, consecrated women, missionary men and women.... I ask myself — listen to the question —: how many of you young people who are now present today in the Square, hear the Lord’s call to follow him? Fear not! Be courageous and bring to others this guiding light of apostolic zeal that these exemplary disciples have given to us.
  
Let us pray to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that the Church may never lack generous hearts that work to bring everyone the love and kindness of our heavenly Father.
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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.



   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: 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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