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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

Fr. John Michael was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to John and Agnes Patricia Lee on October 3, 1943.  He took his Vows as a Passionist on August 15, 1965 and ordained a priest on June 2, 1972.

Father’s varied experience has included youth ministry, parish and retreat leadership, social justice advocacy, and adult education. He has preached across Canada, the USA, and Jamaica West Indies.

Fr. John Michael holds a BA, from the Passionist Monastic Seminary, Jamaica, NY; a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto; an M.A. from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY; a Master of Divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto; and a Certificate of Theological Studies from The Institute for Spirituality and Worship at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

Fr. John has been the Retreat Director at Bishop Molloy Retreat House since October 1, 2008.

Retreat House Director - Father John Michael Lee, CP

Passionist Profiles

​​​​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,

February 22 

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.