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Blessed Eugene Bassilkov, C.P.

Prayer to Blessed Eugene

O God, who consecrated the abundant faith of the of the Holy Martyr Bishop Eugene Bossilkov by his shedding his blood, grant, we pray, that with firm courage we may together draw strength from so great a struggle and ever rejoice at the triumph of faithful love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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

​​​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,

March 30th

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.

Vincent Bossilkov was born to a family of Bulgarian Latin Rite Catholics on November 16, 1900 in Belene, Bulgaria. After studies, he entered the Passionist Congregation at the age of 14. The Passionists have ministered to the people in Bulgaria since 1781.  Vincent studied in Passionist houses in the Netherlands and Belgium and took the religious name Eugene. He professed his vows in 1920 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1926.  Father Eugene served in various Diocesan offices in Bulgaria, but he preferred working with the laity. He took up a post as parish priest in the Danube River valley. In the wake of World War II, the Soviet Union invaded the Kingdom of Bulgaria and installed a Communist government answering to Joseph Stalin. The new regime began to enact laws to destroy religious institutions and beliefs. At this time, Eugene was appointed Bishop of Nicopolis in 1947. On July 16, 1949, police seized Bishop Eugene in Sophia.  He suffered both physical and mental torture in prison, where he was told to confess to being the leader of a Catholic conspiracy to subvert Communism.  After a political "show trial," Bishop Eugene was found guilty and sentenced to death. Bishop Eugene was executed by firing squad in the grounds of the prison on the night of November 11 at 11:30 pm. Thrown into a mass grave, his body was never recovered.  During the 1980s, supporters gathered evidence regarding the Bishop's life and death, and put them before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. At meetings in 1993 and 1994 the Congregation declared it was favorable to the cause of Bishop Bossilkov as a Catholic martyr. On March 15, 1998 Pope John Paul II declared Bishop Eugene "Blessed.”

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