Father Lionel Pacheco, C.P.


Fr. Lionel Pacheco, C.P. was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 12th October, 1969. He is the oldest of three children born to Mr. Juan Pacheco and Mrs. Silvia Padilla, and he was raised in Corozal, his parents’ hometown. In 1987, having completed his 12th grade, he joined the Passionists. 

He professed his final vows on the 28thof May, 1995, and was ordained a deacon on the 21st of June, 1996, by Rt. Rev. Iñaki Mallona, C.P., Bishop of Arecibo. He completed his Master’s degree in Divinity in Puerto Rico under CeDoc which is the theological institute of the Dominican Friars affiliated to Pontificia Università S. Tommaso D’Aquino (Angelicum, Rome). He was ordained to the priesthood on the 27thof December, 1996, at Christ the King Church, Corozal, by Rt. Rev. Iñaki Mallona, C.P., Bishop of Arecibo.

From the first year of his priesthood, he also was engaged in mission preaching, and youth ministry workshops and seminars. Later on, he has ministered in the following parishes and communities: St. Joseph in Lares, PR (2000-2001 parish ministry) Our Lady of La Pieta in Carolina, PR (2001-2008 regional vicariate council, parish, diocese and vocations ministry), Holy Spirit in Levittown, PR (2008-2011 parish, diocese and school ministry), St. Thomas Aquinas in Saint Cloud, FL (2011-2015 parish ministry), St. Rose of Lima in Poinciana, FL (2015-2017 parish ministry). Since 2017 he also serves in the vocation promotion team of Saint Paul of the Cross Province (Eastern USA, Canada, Jamaica, W.I., Haiti and Puerto Rico). In 2018, he was appointed as part of the formation team at the new passionist community of Saint Oscar Romero House in Wilkes-Barre PA while pursuing a master degree in Mental Health Counseling at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. This summer he has moved to Jamaica, NY for parish ministry. 

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, Sept. 27th.

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.