History of the Passionist Sisters

The Passionist Sisters (Sisters of the Cross and Passion) are part of the Passionist Family. Various religious congregations of men and women and lay organizations within the Roman Catholic tradition comprise the Passionist family.

Passion for life, which characterized the spirit and vision of Paul Daneo, known as St. Paul of the Cross (+1775), is the unifying force of the Passionist family. By showing God’s inclusive love for all peoples, especially those most affected by poverty and injustice, we are called to promote hope, reconciliation and justice for all.

Our Congregation, the Sisters of the Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, had its origin in Manchester, England during the 19th century. Its foundress, Mother Mary Joseph was a young woman who converted to Catholicism at the time the first Passionist missionaries arrived in England. It arose out of the areas on the margins of the city, from the poor and for the poor of their times.

In recent years, searching in fidelity to our origins, we desire to deepen our option to continue “growing in solidarity with the crucified of today, sharing with them our conviction of the power of the Cross.”

We came to North America in 1924.