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          Blessed Laurence Salvi

Prayer to the Blessed Laurenzo


The Pre-Novitiate experience is located at our Passionist Formation Community located on the campus of King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. Candidates reside here and participate in the daily prayer life of the Passionists, engage in ministry in the local area and take classes that will prepare them for later theological formation. They learn about Passionist life through the input of formation directors, and they continue to discern their vocation under the guidance of a spiritual director.  The length of the Pre-Novitiate experience is usually 1-2 years, depending on the background of the candidate.

Passionist Novitiate is a one-year experience of prayer, life in community and focused study of the Passionist charism. The Novitiate is currently located at Christ the King Retreat in Citrus Heights, California. At the beginning of the Novitiate year, candidates are clothed in the black habit of the Passionists. Upon completion of the Novitiate, they make temporary vows to the Passionist community and receive the Passionist sign.

Theological Studies:
Passionist students continue their initial formation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. CTU is a graduate school of theology and ministry where candidates from many religious communities of men and women, as well as lay students, engage in formation for ministry in the Church. Candidates who wish to pursue priestly ministry are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program. Candidates for Passionist brotherhood also study theology and ministry, as well as taking courses in other disciplines that will enable them to contribute to the life of the community. Candidates for the priesthood are ordained to the diaconate after they make their perpetual vows and then to the priesthood after their service as a deacon.  After final profession for brothers, and after ordination for priests, the Provincial Superior assigns them to a particular Passionist community and ministry. 

Vocation to the Passionist Way of Life

Lorenzo Salvi was born in Rome on 30 October 1782. He studied for the priesthood at the Jesuit-run the Collegio Romano in Rome He was impressed with the solid preaching and the apostolic zeal of Saint Vincent Strambi and soon followed him into the Passionist order.[2]

He became a novice at Monte Argentario on 14 November 1801 (the first convent of the order) and he professed his vows on 20 November 1802. Salvi was later ordained to the priesthood on 29 December 1805 in Rome.[1][3] The anti-clerical laws that Napoleon Bonaparte instituted saw the Passionist house suppressed and its members dispersed in 1810. He was devoted to the Infant Jesus and often wrote about and preached on the wonders of the Incarnation and this intensified after the Child Jesus was said to have healed him from a serious illness in 1812.[3] He was made the rector of the Passionist motherhouse in Rome (Santi Giovanni e Paolo) but spent much of his time preaching missions; his vice-rector was Blessed Dominic Barberi. noted Salvi's strength and evangelic zeal and so requested permission from the order's superior general to send him to England to preach but such permission was denied. Salvi died at Capranica in Viterbo; his remains are interred in the Passionist church of San Angelo.

The introduction to his cause for canonization came under Pope Pius XI on 28 February 1923 and he became titled as a Servant of God. His cause was approved on 29 September 1987. The confirmation of his life of heroic virtue allowed for Pope John Paul II to name him as Venerable on 8 February 1988. John Paul II later beatified the Passionist priest on 1 October 1989.


​​​​Come and See the Passionists

Immaculate Conception Monastery cordially  invites

Men from 18 to 30 years to come and see the Passionists up-close and personal. Join us for Evening Prayer and Supper at 5 PM on Friday,

August 31st

Just contact Fr. Jim Barry, C.P. at 847-384-0134 or Our address is 86-45 Edgerton Blvd, Jamaica, New York. Bring a friend.

Lord, you granted Blessed Lorenzo Maria an intense and penetrating knowledge of the mystery of your Word made flesh through his devout contemplation of the Child Jesus, through his intercession grant that we, too, walking in the ways of spiritual childhood, may come to eternal life in your Son. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.

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