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

​​​​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 28th 

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.

Father Michael Greene, C.P. was born in the Bronx, NY to Fred and Hortense Greene on August 6, 1950.  He and attended Bishop DuBois High School. After working and some studies, he joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1970-74. During that time he came to know the Passionist Community. At the end of his enlistment he entered the Pre-Novitiate Program while attending Assumption College.

On August 13, 1978 he completed his novitiate year and professed his Vows as a Passionist.  He left our West Hartford Monastery for Jamaica, NY where he went to St. John's University earning an M. Div. and MA in New Testament studies.

Father Michael was ordained on 13 May 1982 and has been assigned to various apostolates over the years in parishes, retreat centers and the television ministry in Scranton, PA.

Recently, Fr. Michael was Associate Retreat Director at the Passionist Spiritual Center, in Riverdale, NY.  He also worked for the Passionist Sunday Mass, celebrating and assisting at the Sunday Mass on television taped in our lower church.

Fr. Michael is now the Monastery Assistant Superior and Associate Director at Bishop Molloy Retreat House.


Passionist Profiles

Assistant Superior - Father Michael Greene, CP

Monastery Moments