Above is a painting of Venerable Elizabeth Prout located at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House sponsored by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in Farmington, Connecticut.
Known as Mother Mary Joseph of Jesus, Elizabeth Prout was born in Shrewsbury, England in 1820. Baptized in the Anglican Church, she became a Catholic in her early twenties. In 1851 she founded a religious community to care for the poor and abandoned, basing it rule and and spirit of on the teachings of St. Paul of the Cross. She recognized that the Passion of Jesus Christ is the great sign of God’s love reaching out to those in pain. She died on January 11, 1864 at Sutton, St. Helena, Merseyside, England.
How do women of today understand and live out the message of Passionist founder St. Paul of the Cross?
Lenten Meditation: As we continue through March, Women’s History Month, let us ask how the life of Venerable Elizabeth Prout urges us to understand feminine dimensions of contemporary Passionist spirituality.
Learn more about Venerable Elizabeth Prout by watching this short video https://youtu.be/BJjDkxNrQEA
Here is an article about the icon of Venerable Elizabeth Prout from the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-19297282
One more perspective on Venerable Elizabeth Prout to inspire us. https://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2008/07/16/160708_elizabeth_prout_feature.shtml
Visit, take time to make a retreat, or learn how to support the mission of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat. Farmington, Connecticut.https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/
A Prayer to Venerable Elizabeth Prout
O God, source of all life, your servant, Elizabeth Prout, responded to your call by bringing together a new family to welcome the poor and the abandoned and to keep alive the memory of our love for all your children, shown to us in the Passion of Jesus, your Son. Give us the courage to folllow her example of living faith and untiring love. Through her intercession grant us the favour for which we pray.