Brother James Johnson, C.P.


     I was born in Happy Valley, Pa. on March 5, 1935. I was raised on a dairy farm. After college, on September 3, 1957 I entered the Monastery in Pittsburgh. Pa. I took my first vows on March 5, 1959.  I stayed in Pittsburgh for six months cooking for the Men's Retreat House there.   

     I then went to our Monastery of Holy Family in West Hartford, CT. and took my Perpetual vows on March 5, 1962. During my religious life as a Passionist Brother I was assigned to Union City, NJ, Immaculate Conception in Jamaica, NY, St. Gabriel's in Brighton, Ma. and Our lady of the Isle, on Shelter Island, NY.  At our Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows in W. Springfield, MA. I was assigned to the Retreat House team.  My next assignment was St. Joseph’s Parish in Baltimore, MD., where I was the first brother in our Community in the United States to work in parish ministry. 

     I went to St. John’s University next to study Library Science and received my degree in Library & Information Science. In the 1980’s I studied and ran the province library here at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, NY.  My next assignment was to our Monastery in Riverdale, NY, where I directed Hosted Event Programs until Riverdale closed.  

     I have now returned to Jamaica and assist the Administration with the elderly priests and brothers in their final years. 

Vocation to the Passionist Way of Life


The Pre-Novitiate experience is located at our Passionist Formation Community located on the campus of King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. Candidates reside here and participate in the daily prayer life of the Passionists, engage in ministry in the local area and take classes that will prepare them for later theological formation. They learn about Passionist life through the input of formation directors, and they continue to discern their vocation under the guidance of a spiritual director.  The length of the Pre-Novitiate experience is usually 1-2 years, depending on the background of the candidate.



Passionist Novitiate is a one-year experience of prayer, life in community and focused study of the Passionist charism. The Novitiate is currently located at Christ the King Retreat in Citrus Heights, California. At the beginning of the Novitiate year, candidates are clothed in the black habit of the Passionists. Upon completion of the Novitiate, they make temporary vows to the Passionist community and receive the Passionist sign.  

Theological Studies: 

Passionist students continue their initial formation at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. CTU is a graduate school of theology and ministry where candidates from many religious communities of men and women, as well as lay students, engage in formation for ministry in the Church. Candidates who wish to pursue priestly ministry are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program. Candidates for Passionist brotherhood also study theology and ministry, as well as taking courses in other disciplines that will enable them to contribute to the life of the community. Candidates for the priesthood are ordained to the diaconate after they make their perpetual vows and then to the priesthood after their service as a deacon.  After final profession for brothers, and after ordination for priests, the Provincial Superior assigns them to a particular Passionist community and ministry.  


Come and  See the Passionists

Immaculate Conception Monastery

cordially invites

Men from 18 to 30 years to come and

see the Passionists up-close and

personal. Join us for Evening Prayer

and Suppper at 5 PM on Friday, July 26th.

Just contact Fr. Jim Barry, C.P. at

847-384-0134 or

Our address is 8645 Edgerton Blvd, Jamaica, New York. 

Bring a friend.