Passionist Profiles

Father Jack Douglas, CP - Director: Office of Prayer & Development


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

Father Jack Douglas, C.P, is the newly appointed Director of the Office of Development and Prayer (Mass Card Office).
Father is a native of Orlando, Florida. Prior to becoming a priest, he pursued a career in law enforcement working for the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Florida Parole and Probation Commission. He took his vows as a Passionist in 1977 and was ordained a Passionist priest in 1981.
Father Jack grew up in a military family, living all over the world; The Philippines, Guam, England, Germany and many Air Force bases in the United States.  As a result, he joined the United States Air Force in 1990.  He attained the rank of Major in the United States Air Force and is a veteran of the First Gulf War, being stationed in Egypt and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. 
He was the former Rector of Immaculate Conception Monastery and served on the Provincial Superior's Staff as Province Secretary. He was awarded the Governor’s New York State Conspicuous Service Medal and is a Catholic War Veteran of St. Margaret’s Post No. 1172.
He has many years of experience leading successful Pilgrimages to Europe and Australia. He has organized various programs to help the poor overseas, especially in Haiti and Jamaica, West Indies.

In January of 2014 he slipped on the ice in front of the Delta Airlines terminal at LaGuardia airport and damaged his spine in two places.  After several operations and over 5 months of physical therapy, he is able to walk again with a walker.

​​​​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,

April 26

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.

Gulf War Medals

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