Father Chris of the Immaculate Conception Monastery


Father Chris is the newest member of the Immaculate Conception Monastery. 

He was formerly one of our Province Vocation Directors. He has accepted an assignment in Immaculate

Conception Parish as Parochial Vicar, working with Fathers Bill and Theophane.

Father was born in New  Rochelle, New York to Harold and Ella Cleary on January 9, 1952. He entered the Passionists and took his Vows on August 15, 1982. He was ordained a Passionist Priest on June 3, 1986.

Father Chris loves children and spent 14 years of his priestly ministry working with teenagers, directing our Youth Retreat House of St. Gabriel’s, on Shelter Island, New York. St. Gabriel’s ministered to

thousands of teenagers by giving them week-end and mid-week retreats and seminars.


Following this assignment and with the closing of St. Gabriel’s, Youth Retreat House, Father Chris was appointed as a Vocation Director with Father Lee Havey, C.P. They were responsible with working with young men who are discerning a vocation as a Passionist priest or brother.

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, May 31st.

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

847-384-0134 or jbarrycp@juno.com.

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

Bring a friend.