Passionist Profiles


Brother August  Parlavechio, CP  


Brother Gus is originally from Union City, NJ. He has been a Passionist Religious Brother for 44 years.  Brother was born to Salvatore and Theresa Parlavechio on December, 28, 1943 in Jersey City, NJ. He pronounced his Vows on August 22, 1971.

Brother has been involved in many ministries over these years, including: Retreat Preacher, Parish Ministry, Formation Director of our young religious, Provincial Treasurer and Confraternity Director here in Jamaica. And West Hartford, CT.

Presently Brother Gus is a Donor Liaison for our Province Development Office in Ryebrook, New York. If you contribute to the Passionists, you would most likely receive a thank you letter form Brother Gus.

Occasionally Brother conducts Days and Evenings of Recollection. 

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, January 31, 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.