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General Information

Q: Who are the Passionists?

The Passionists are a Roman Catholic religious order of vowed priests and brothers, sisters and nuns operating with the full support and approval of the Vatican and the Holy Father.  Our mission is the communication of the saving message of the Cross of Jesus Christ.  Passionists are scholars, preachers, spiritual directors, retreat masters, teachers, chaplains, authors, musicians, artists, researchers, gardeners, poets and ministers to the suffering people of the world.

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Q: Who Founded the Passionists?
A: Paul Francis Daneo, and Italian mystic and saint know popularly as St. Paul of the Cross, founded the Passionists in 1720.  For St. Paul of the Cross, the Passion of Jesus was "the most overwhelming work of God's love."  He was convinced that renewed awareness of the suffering of Christ could lead persons to deepened faith and help them to find meaning in the midst of their suffering and distress.  Through ministries of preaching and communication, St. Paul of the Cross worked to renew the religious awareness of his time, particularly among the neglected groups of his society.  Today Passionists everywhere continue the mission of their dedicated founder.

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Q: When did the Passionists come to the United States?

The Passionist Congregation came to America in 1852, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Holy Cross Province celebrated 100 years in 2006.


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Q: What is the logo of the Passionists?

The special insignia of every Passionist is the "Sign," the heart shaped emblem you see on our materials.  It catches, in an image, the meaning of Passionist life.

In the middle of the emblem are the words, "Jesu XPI Passio." Written in Greek and Latin, the languages of the early Church, these words mean: "the Passion of Jesus Christ." (The three nails at the bottom and the cross at the top remind us symbolically of His suffering and death.)

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Q: Are there Passionist Saints?

Yes, the Passionists are proud to acknowlege many saints in their history: St. Maria Goretti, St. Innocent Canoura, St. Gabriel Possenti, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Vincent Strambi, Blessed Lorenzi Salvi, Blessed Dominic Barberi, and most recently St. Charles Houben (Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on June 3, 2007).

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Masses and Enrollments

Q: Why do Passionists offer Masses for special intentions?
A: The Mass is the recreation of the sacrifice of Calvary.  In other words, each celebration of the Eucharist is a sacramental contact with the mystery of our salvation as achieved for us by Jesus in his death on Calvary and His Resurrection.

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Q: Can Masses be said for the living and deceased?
A: Since Jesus' death and resurrection has eternal value and is not bound by time as we know it, it has no less or more value whether we live on earth or are present in heaven, therefore Mass can be offered for the living or deceased.

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Q: Why is a Mass enrollment perpetual?
A: Our Mass enrollment is perpetual.  That is, you are not required to enroll the person again after a certain period of time.  We do this for two reasons.  Firstly, we are trusting a person to God's eternal love and compassion by a Mass enrollment - we can't put a limit on God!  Secondly, it is our intention to remember your intentions and those of so many others permanently.

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Q: What is the stipend for Perpetual Enrollments?
A: There is no specific stipend, however we do ask for a donation to enroll your loved ones in the Perpetual Benefactors' Society.  The suggested offering is $5, but we encourage our donors to send us what their budget allows. Some can afford to send a larger amount; some cannot afford any monetary donatioin but simply remember us in their prayers.  We are grateful for both types of help and will perpetually remember your loved ones in our Masses, works of penance and daily prayers regardless of any donation to us.

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Tax Exempt Status

Q: Are donations to the Passionists tax-deductible?

The Passionists of Holy Cross Province is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation known legally as:

The Congregation of the Passion, Holy Cross Province.
We are listed in the Kennedy Official Directory of Catholic Organizations ( as The Congregation of the Passion, Holy Cross Province. We are legally recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C) (3) corporation which permits the Passionists of Holy Cross Province to maintain tax exempt status. All contributions to the Passionists are tax exempt to the extent permitted by law; please consult your tax preparer for details.
The Congregation of the Passion, Holy Cross Province is alsoofficially registered with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Bureau which oversees charitable organizations.
The Passionists of Holy Cross Province will gladly provide you with any additional information that may assist you in your decision to support our Community and ministries. We invite you to explore our website,, or contact Claire Smith, Website Administrator, at 847.518.8844 (inside IL) or 800.295.9048 (outside IL) or by email: for more details.
Questions concerning our exempt status may also be directed to:
Internal Revenue Service
230 S. Dearborn St., Room 2400
Chicago, IL 60604
Additional information about our charitable fundraising efforts can be obtained from:
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Charitable Trust Bureau
100 W. Randolph St., 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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Holy Cross Province Retreat Centers

Q: Where can I experience a Passionist Retreat?

Holy Cross Province operates four retreat centers across the United States:

Christ the King Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95621-4919
Tel: 916.725.4720
Fax: 916.725.4812

Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center 
700 N. Sunnyside Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Tel: 626.355.7188
Fax: 626.355.0485

Holy Name Retreat Center
430 Bunker Hill Road
Houston, TX 77024-6308
Tel: 713.464.0211
Fax: 713.464.0671

St. Paul of the Cross Retreat and Conference Center
23333 Schoolcraft
Detroit, MI 48223-2405
Tel: 313.535.9563
Fax: 313.535.9207

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