Passionist Profiles



Father James Barry, C.P. was born in the Bronx, New York. He entered the Passionist Novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and took his first Vows on August 15, 1962.

He was ordained a Passionist priest in our Monastery in Union City, New Jersey in 1969. 

Father James first assignment was to St. Gabriel’s Monastery in Boston, Mass. He was on the Preaching Band and gave Parish Missions throughout the United States.

His second assignment was to our Youth Retreat House of St. Gabriel on Shelter Island, New York. There, he gave retreats to young men and women.

Father was then transferred to our Passionist Parish of St. Gabriel’s in Boston, Mass. He was on the parish team there serving the parishioners in the Brighton suburb, where the parish was located. 

From there he became Director of Passionist Students at our residence in Worchester, Mass. From there he was elected Rector of our Monastery of our Lady of Sorrows, in West Springfield, Mass.

He then secured a job as Catholic Chaplain at Lutheran Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He worked as a chaplain at this hospital for 21 years. When he retired from this position he came to Immaculate Conception Monastery to be close to his family, who reside on Long Island.

Father’s hobbies include wood working and hiking.

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, November 29th.

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

847-384-0134 or

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

Bring a friend.