Monastery Moments

Oh St. Gemma, how compassionate was your love for those in distress, and how great your desire to help them. Help me, also in my present necessity and obtain for me the favor I humbly implore, if it be profitable for my soul.

The numerous miracles and the wonderful favors attributed to your intercession instill in me the confidence that you can help me. Pray to Jesus for me and intercede for me and my family.


​Amen

St. Gemma's Autobiography which the devil tried to burn while she was at prayer.  Currently in the Passionist Mother House in Rome.

Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. Throughout her life, Gemma was to be favored with many mystical experiences. Gemma had an immense love for the poor, and helped them in any way she could. Gemma became very ill with meningitis. Throughout this illness, her one regret was the trouble she caused her relatives who took care of her. Feeling herself tempted by the devil, Gemma prayed for help to the Venerable Passionist, Gabriel Possenti. (Gabriel was later canonized) Through his intercession, Gemma was miraculously cured. Gemma wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from being accepted. She offered this disappointment to God as a sacrifice. Gemma predicted that the Passionists would establish a monastery at Lucca; this came to pass two years after her death. Today, Gemma's mortal remains are still treasured at the Passionist monastery in Lucca. On June 8, 1899, Gemma fell into rapture and the stigmata appeared. The stigmata remained until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in place of the deep gashes. In January of 1903, Gemma was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. She died quietly in the company of the parish priest. She was beatified in 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940, only thirty-seven years after her death. Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. Throughout her life, Gemma was to be favored with many mystical experiences. Gemma had an immense love for the poor, and helped them in any way she could. Gemma became very ill with meningitis. Throughout this illness, her one regret was the trouble she caused her relatives who took care of her. Feeling herself tempted by the devil, Gemma prayed for help to the Venerable Passionist, Gabriel Possenti. (Gabriel was later canonized) Through his intercession, Gemma was miraculously cured. Gemma wished to become a nun, but her poor health prevented her from being accepted. She offered this disappointment to God as a sacrifice. Gemma predicted that the Passionists would establish a monastery at Lucca; this came to pass two years after her death. Today, Gemma's mortal remains are still treasured at the Passionist monastery in Lucca. On June 8, 1899, Gemma fell into rapture and the stigmata appeared. The stigmata remained until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in place of the deep gashes. In January of 1903, Gemma was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. She died quietly in the company of the parish priest. She was beatified in 1933 and canonized on May 2, 1940, only thirty-seven years after her death.

  St. Gemma Galgani - Passionist Sponsored Saint

Prayer to St. Gemma

Pre-Novitiate:

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.

Novitiate:
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

Passionist Convent in Luca, Italy. 


Tomb of St. Gemma

​​​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,

December 29th

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

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