A reminder to all Passionists, the Immaculate Conception Annual Retreat will be held from Monday January 21st 2019 to Friday, January 25th, here at Immaculate Conception Monastery. Our Retreat Master is Brother Andre Mathieu, C.P.
If you are a Passionist Priest or Brother and would like to make this Retreat, please contact Father Rector.
2018 Annual Jamaica Monastery Retreat
The theme of the General Chapter is “Renewing Our Mission: gratitude, prophecy, and hope.” This theme was inspired by the words of Fr. Joachim Rego, our Superior General, in a circular letter of October 19, 2017, “Let us live our charism as prophets of hope, sincerely believing what we preach because God is at the very heart and center of our lives. As Passionists in these present times, our mission must reflect a hopeful spirituality - one of surrender and trust into the hands of the One who calls us to proclaim the Gospel of the Passion of Jesus as a manifestation of the unlimited and boundless love of God.”
The first order of business was to identify over 15 tasks that the Commission has taken on to assure a General Chapter that will launch the Congregation and its six Configurations into the next 6 years and beyond. The thrust of the Chapter should center on our mission within the Charism of the Passion and within the context of a changing, and challenging world. The second order of business was to take time with the Planning Commission for the Tri-centennial of the Congregation, in order for the Chapter planners to integrate the 300 year Commemoration of the founding of the Passionists into the theme of the Chapter. The general objective of the Commemorative Planning Commission can be described through the words of Pope Francis, that is, to help the Passionist Family to “Look to the past with gratitude, live the present with passion and embrace the future with hope.” (Letter of Pope Francis to Religious, 28 Nov. 2014)
Our new Monastery Mary Garden received its perennial plants this week. In the Spring, the flowers will be planted. Our gardener, Gomer looks forward to caring for the Garden. He has been our Monastery gardener for almost 20 years and is responsible for the beauty of the Monastery grounds. We invite our subscribers to prepare a Mary’s Garden in their grounds or home. It promotes a wonderful devotion to our Blessed Mother and demonstrates our devotion to Mary and the Catholic Church.
Br. Andre Mathieu, C.P.
Reminder for Passionists Priests and Brothers
Worldwide Passionist Community has a General Chapter - Oct. 6 to 27th
Monastery "Mary Garden" Progressing