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Second Week of Lent 2024: Two Meditations-St. Gabriel’s Monastery, Brighton, MA; Archconfraternity of the  Passionist membership and China in Sign Magazine in 1924
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Second Week of Lent 2024: Two Meditations-St. Gabriel’s Monastery, Brighton, MA; Archconfraternity of the Passionist membership and China in Sign Magazine in 1924

Above photo: the former St. Gabriel’s Monastery, 185 Washington Street, Brighton, Massachusetts, 2024. Copyright Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. Meditation One: This Lent let us remember Catholic religious institutions that have closed: Does a Catholic parish come to mind? Perhaps you have a connection to a school, monastery or convent. Maybe another institution or organization...

First Week of Lent 2024: Two Meditations-the Bavarian Cross; the meaning Lent in Sign Magazine in 1924
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First Week of Lent 2024: Two Meditations-the Bavarian Cross; the meaning Lent in Sign Magazine in 1924

Meditation One: Take a moment to meditate on this cross: this figure of Christ hangs above the altar in the public chapel of Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, New York. It is sculptured in linden wood. This precious work of art from Bavaria, Germany was created by Christopher Rodt (died in 1634). It is dated around...

Celebrate and Contribute to the Passionist History story on Giving Tuesday November 28, 2023
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Celebrate and Contribute to the Passionist History story on Giving Tuesday November 28, 2023

Join with me to look at some exciting past events about the Passionist Historical Archives (PHA). Your donation on this Giving Tuesday helps support the PHA mission to promote past and future understanding of Passionist history, spirituality and ministry. Go to our donation page now. See photos of the many PHA relationships: How the Passionist...

Why did Passionist Father Harold Purcell leave as the editor Sign Magazine and the Passionist Congregation in 1934?, continue as as a diocesan priest in Mobile, Alabama, and minister among Black Catholics at the City of St. Jude in Montgomery,  Alabama?
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Why did Passionist Father Harold Purcell leave as the editor Sign Magazine and the Passionist Congregation in 1934?, continue as as a diocesan priest in Mobile, Alabama, and minister among Black Catholics at the City of St. Jude in Montgomery, Alabama?

We conclude this Black History Month, (February 2023) with attention to an important moment in Passionist history. Seen in the above photo to the left is Father Mark Moeslein, C.P. (1854-1946), and to the right is Father Harold Purcell, (1881-1952). Ordained a Passionist priest in 1904, Purcell served as the first editor of Sign Magazine...

What did Passionist Father Mark Moeslein write in Sign Magazine about his ministry among North Carolina Negroes in 1931?
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What did Passionist Father Mark Moeslein write in Sign Magazine about his ministry among North Carolina Negroes in 1931?

Born in 1854, Mark Moeslein was ordained a Passionist priest in 1878. From 1880 till 1913 he was assigned to the monasteries in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dunkirk, New York and West Hoboken (renamed Union City in 1925), New Jersey . When Bishop Paul Nussbaum, C.P. took possession of the See of Corpus Christi, Texas in 1913,...

Passionists and Black History Month February 2023. St. Peter’s Chapel Car in North Carolina, 1925-1931.
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Passionists and Black History Month February 2023. St. Peter’s Chapel Car in North Carolina, 1925-1931.

This artistic image from the Passionist Historical Archives shows St. Peter’s Chapel Car. This was specially designed Pullman Car developed in conjunction with the Catholic Extension Society in Chicago. This Passionist ministry crisscrossed North Carolina from 1925 to 1931 by way of local railroad tracks with the purpose to preach the Gospel to scattered Catholics...

Today, let us celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit. Were you born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023? Enjoy this historic image from the Passionist China Collection showing a young Hunan child with a rabbit, circa 1930s.
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Today, let us celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit. Were you born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023? Enjoy this historic image from the Passionist China Collection showing a young Hunan child with a rabbit, circa 1930s.

新年好 — “New Year Happiness” Xin Nian Ho in Mandarin 恭喜发财 — “Pleasing and prosperous” Gong xi fài, in Mandarin. 恭喜发财 Wishing you happiness and prosperity” Gong hei fat choy in Cantonese

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