Is God Calling You?

Consider a vocation! Ask yourself a few questions: Have you been touched by God? Do you have a longing to make a difference in peoples’ lives? Are you searching for the ultimate meaning in your life? Want to follow Jesus in a radical way? You will never know until you make a move!

A Life of Vocation May be the Answer!

There are many types of vocations: some are called to marriage; others invited to single life for Jesus. Still others are called to serve as priests and religious. We invite you to consider beginning a relationship with the Passionists. Our life is of community, ministry, joy, and peace. We live as passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. And by opening a dialogue with us, you too may discover a life of meaning and fulfill a destiny about which you’ve only dreamed!

Congregation of the Passion (C.P.)

The Passionists are a religious community of priests, brothers, sisters and nuns in the Roman Catholic tradition. We also are comprised of many lay partners – a third type of order – as well as laity who advise and minister with us. We presently minister in 64 countries throughout the world – and came to the United States over 150 years ago.  

Our founder: St. Paul of the Cross

The Congregation of the Passion(the Passionists) was founded in Italy in 1741 by Paul Daneo, who was subsequently canonized St. Paul of the Cross.

Our Community

We are a balanced contemplative/apostolic community. Our charism (gift from God to the Church) is to contemplate Christ crucified and to evangelize. We minister in many various ways.

We have retreat centers sprinkled all over the United States. Holy Name Retreat Community (where Fr. Cedric lives) in Houston is also our house of formation for the Western province of the Passionists.

In addition to the retreat centers at which we minister, some Passionists preach parish missions.  Passionists are on staff in several parishes, and many others minister to people in hospitals and prisons. Our seminary, which was founded in response to Vatican II by the Passionists, Franciscans, and Servites, is the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago ( It is the largest theological school of studies in the United States. There are Passionists on staff at CTU to teach and minister.

Thinking About a Vocation?

Fr. Cedric appreciates your interest in the Passionists and would like to offer you his book, “Live Passionately!” Request a FREE copy!!

Send an email with your Name, Address, and a brief statement about your interest in a Vocation, and we will ship Fr. Cedric’s book to you, free of charge. Email:

Visit the Passionists website: PassionistVocationsPage

See our Sisters’ Blog: PassionistNuns

Or contact the Vocation Director, Fr. Chris Gibson, by email:

There is no obligation; this only begins a conversation.

“The late Pope John Paul II began his pontificate with the words, “Be Not Afraid!” Fear is the destroyer of destiny. With faith all things are possible. I will be praying for you.” ~Fr. Cedric, C.P.



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