Passionist Nuns Renewal of Vows

In our Passionist tradition, our communities of nuns through the world (there are 25 – 30 of us!) have a communal renewal of vows on November 21st during the celebration of Mass.  Our Holy Founder, Saint Paul of the Cross, chose this day – the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple – so that in her likeness, we Passionists might deepen our total consecration to the Person and the redemptive work of her Divine Son, Jesus.

On this day, also celebrated as Pro Orantibus Day, we invite each of you our readers, to re-commit yourself to the vocation to which you are called, so that united in the Mystical Body of Christ, we might all strengthen and encourage one another to love and serve Christ our King with all our hearts!

Vow Formula for Annual Renewal of Vows

For the honor of God, I, a professed member of the Institute of the Passion of Jesus Christ, renew my firm resolve to be intimately consecrated to Jesus Crucified, and to follow Him more closely.

In the presence of God and of you, my sisters and brothers, I freely confirm and renew the vow to promote devotion to and a grateful remembrance of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as well as the vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Enclosure, according to our Rule and Constitutions.

I earnestly beseech God who in His mercy has sustained my weakness and has been faithful to my good will, to continue to strengthen me in what I have promised by vow.

I pray that I may persevere faithfully until my death in my vocation in the Church: to be “a sign of the love of Jesus Crucified for the Father and for all humanity.”

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, and through the intercession of the Sorrowful Virgin Mary and of Saint Paul of the Cross, may I reach the perfection of charity and one day receive the rich reward of the Paschal Mystery in heaven.   Amen.

May God reward you for your prayers during our retreat! Blessed Feast day to you!


11 thoughts on “Passionist Nuns Renewal of Vows

  1. I am praying for you and thinking of you all. Your website and blog I find myself drawn to and I visit often for inspiration. The sisters provide awesome testimony to the presence of God in a confusing world. Thank you for your prayers for all of us in these challenging times. Thank you for your website oasis!

  2. This is so beautiful! Thank you for posting this, and know that I’m praying for your community! My friend is beginning her postulancy with cloistered Dominican sisters in March 2012 (God willing!) please keep her in your prayers if you would!
    Happy feast!

  3. Thank you Don for your beautiful message! We see you are working in the Evansville diocese – not far from us! Several of us are from this diocese. God reward you for your prayers!

  4. Dear Sister, I had not known about Pro Orantibus Day until I read your posts about it. I made sure to mention it during my homily today and to encourage the congregation to support the Passionist Nuns in Whitesville!
    I also had not known the tradition of St. Joseph’s lily until I was talking with my brother on the phone about today’s feast. He told me about how the high priests, because Mary was a temple virgin, had to select the man who would care for her. When it came time to choose, Joseph’s rod blossomed, giving them the sign that he was the one. What a beautiful tradition!
    In Jesus and Mary,
    Fr. Hardesty

  5. Happy Feast Day, Sisters. It is a special day for us, also. We don’t have the tradition of vow renewal, though. On this day our community became Nuns of the Order of Preachers (2nd Order) in 1955, so it’s an extra special day for us.

  6. Please pray for my intentions as I am about the enter the Passionist nuns monastery in Clarks summit, PA. God bless and thanks!


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