Monastery Moments

Blessed Dominic Barbari, C.P. 

Prayer to Blessed Dominic

Dominic was born to a poor family of Italian farmers in 1792. Orphaned at the tender age of eight, an uncle and aunt raised him in the town of Merlano. Young Dominic was not sent to school, but instead was taught to shepherd sheep. But the child always found time to pray as he tended the sheep, and he also diligently taught himself to read and write. 

When Napoleon closed all the religious houses in Italy, Dominic became acquainted with several Passionists living in exile near his town. During this time, Dominic experienced a divine message to join the Passionists and one day go to England.

Dominic had promised God that if he were not drafted, he would become a Passionist. Unfortunately, he soon forgot his promise. Dominic’s uncle and aunt had also planned a marriage for him. But just before the arranged marriage was to take place, he slipped away and instead entered the nearby Passionist monastery at Vetralla. Dominic studied eagerly, for he had a brilliant mind. He was ordained in Rome on March 1, 1821. For the next nineteen years he shared the life and ministries of the Passionists in Italy, but his heart was in England.

After many years of waiting, Father Dominic and a companion went to England and obtained a house at Aston Hall in Staffordshire. One of his first ministries was the celebration of the 1842 Holy Week services.

Dominic felt blessed to receive the famous Anglican John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. All that he had suffered since he left Italy has been well compensated by this event. Newman and four companions went to the Catholic Chapel of St. Clement’s at Oxford for Mass. All England soon knew that they were now Roman Catholics.

In August 1849, Dominic was returning to Aston Hall from London. About five miles from Reading, Dominic got desperately sick. He was taken off the train to be attended by a doctor, but there was not a room for him at the small station of Pangbourne. He was put back on the train for Reading. He died there from a heart attack at 3:00 p.m., August 27, 1849.

In the tradition of Blessed Dominic (he was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963). He was buried in St Anne's Church, St Helens, Merseyside, which is also the shrine of Servants of God Elizabeth Prout and his fellow Passionist, Ignatius Spencer, C.P.


The Pre-Novitiate experience is located at our Passionist community of Saint Ann’s in Scranton, PA. Candidates participate in the daily prayer life of the community, 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

Tomb of Blessed Dominic, C.P.

​​​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,

May 25

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.

O God, who so lovingly raised Blessed Dominic to the heights of holiness, learning and apostolic zeal and made him a powerful minister of your mercy, listen to our humble request.  We pray that you will in your goodness, grant a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Dominic, (Say Need)  We ask this through Christ Our Lord   Amen.

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