From 12th – 16th July, the Provincial Chapter of St. Joseph’s Province (England, Wales and Sweden) of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, will take place here at the Passionist Retreat House in Minsteracres. A Chapter is held every four years, and is a time of communal discernment and decision making that emerges from community and personal prayer, contemplative listening, and conversation.

In 2018 Pope Francis met the Passionists gathering in Rome for their General Chapter ahead of the 300th anniversary of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus. He concluded his discussion by saying that “in this era of changes, which is more of a change of era”, Passionists are called to look out for the presence of the Holy Spirit, “reading the signs of the times”. “New situations require new answers”, said the Pope. And in this Saint Paul of the Cross was very “creative” in responding to the needs of his time, “recognizing – as the Rule states – that ‘the love of God is very ingenious….’ (XVI)”.

Please pray with and for our brothers gathered this week, as they renew their mission to stand at the foot of the cross with those they encounter at the various sites of suffering where they are called by the love of Christ.