Passionist Profiles: Father John Powers, CP


Father John Powers CP  

  Father John Powers, C.P was born to Thomas and Mary Powers in Fall River, Mass. on September 2, 1949. He entered the Novitiate in Hartford, CT. in 1971 and took his Vows on August 20, 1972. Fr. John was ordained on May 12, 1977.  He is the author of six books in adult spirituality and two books for children. 

He has served as a Travelling Preacher, Director, Producer, and Host of the Passionist Radio and Television Ministry is Springfield Massachusetts, Director of Calvary Retreat Center, and Rector of Passionist Communities in Shrewsbury Massachusetts and Riverdale, New York.

Fr. John C.P. now serves as a Preacher of Weekend Retreats, Five day Parish Missions, Day, Evening, and overnight programs. He has preached from Connecticut to Texas, Florida to Australia, New Hampshire to Tennessee, California to Canada, Germany to Louisiana, and many points in between. 

Fr. John is presently writing a new book, tentatively titled, "A Witness to Hope; A Priest's Story." He now serves as a preacher in the New York area, a spiritual director as well as providing support for those who may live with addiction or mood disorders, such as depression 

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 Supper at 5 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020.

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

847-384-0134 or

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

Bring a friend.