Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery

Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery - Main Site

Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery - IRL

 Locations: Kentucky, and internationally
Now He dwells with Him Who was
His Indweller here,
And He casts that Fire on earth
Wonderfully near. 
Sr. Mariam of the Holy Spirit
Founded by St. Paul of the Cross, 1771;  cloistered (constitutional enclosure), contemplative, monastic

The picture of the nuns and umbrella is  - one of the more interesting of my pictures.  People have written me about it.  I want that umbrella.  Don't you?

Picture right:  A novice

Passionists  "take a vow of enclosure, but this is somewhat different from a papal enclosure.   For instance, we don’t take vacations or go home for visits. Our families can visit us at the monastery" or phone calls and letters are permitted. They leave the monastery for voting, doctor's visits, and shopping.  "When a member of our immediate family is in danger of death, we are permitted to go home... and attend funerals."

"Our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, wanted us to 'have much at heart the spread of devotion to the Passion of Jesus.'" And so, they strive to "attain the union of love with Our Lord in His Paschal Mystery and to share in His mission of redeeming the world."  This is shared with others through various contacts and their guesthouse activities.

 Liturgically, they "use an array of Latin Gregorian chant Masses, antiphons, hymns, traditional Latin motets and traditional English hymns, as well as carefully chosen modern music (never with a rock beat) which have authentically Catholic lyrics."
To quote a member of the community:  "It is wonderful to wear a religious habit! It liberates you from the tyranny of modern fads, and keeps you aware that you belong to Christ. There is so much interior freedom in not having to think about what to wear for this or that occasion. The habit is truly what it says: your habitual attire. There is also this wonderful quote from the bible: 'Serve the Lord in holy attire.' ~ 1Chronicles 16:29."

Along with the usual breviary, they have a "Passionist breviary", which includes some special approved feasts and Offices. "Praying these with the Sisters of our own community as well as with guests, is a beautiful way to honor Jesus in the great mystery of His love."

When making a retreat with the nuns, there are two assigned to work in the guest house, while the rest of the community are with retreatants only in chapel during the liturgy.

Right:  Recreation takes many forms

Schedule (taken from their excellent blog):

5 a.m. - Rising bell
5:15 a.m. - Contemplative Prayer in private or in Chapel
6:15 a.m. - Morning Prayer in monastery chapel (Lauds)
7 a.m. - Holy Mass followed by 5 minutes of Thanksgiving and then Midmorning Prayer (Terce)
Breakfast, Tidy cell, Work/Class/Spiritual Reading
12 noon – Midday Prayer (Sext), Dinner, dishes, Recreation
1:25 p.m. – Silence Time (free to exercise, read, rest, etc.)
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 2:45 p.m. - Midafternoon prayer (None) followed by the “Offerings of the Precious Blood” with arms extended for 5 minutes and the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – Silence time ends at 3:15
4:30 p.m. – Rosary can be prayed communally at this time or in solitude.
5:00 p.m. - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Evening Prayer (Vespers)
Followed by 1 hour of private contemplative prayer
Supper, Dishes, Recreation
8:00 p.m. - Office of Readings and Night Prayer (Matins; Compline)
9 p.m. - Great Silence
9:30 p.m. - Retire

Our monastic charism of solitude with God enlarges the hearts capacity for community with one another.

Spirituality: Loving memory of the Father's love in giving us His Son to live, suffer and die for each one of us personally, keep Jesus company with our Mother of Sorrows at the foot of the cross, rich teaching of Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross

Devotions: Divine Office full, 7X day communal; Friday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Way of the Cross Friday communal and daily individually; private Rosary; private exposition of the Blessed Sacrament(daily); Penance; the Hour of Great Mercy

Apostolates:  Prayer and more prayer. They also have a retreat house where seminarians, priests, religious and laity come for solitude and to join the nuns for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. The retreat house facilities also welcome group retreats who bring their own facilitators.

Ages upon entrance:  18-35

# of professed nuns:  14
 Belated vocations?  No

General information:
John Mary, C.P. Vocation Contact
8564 Crisp Road
Whitesville, KY  42378-9782

Interested?  Request Information here.

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