May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts

About The Monastery

The Monastery Community


 

 

 

The Monastery has been a center of spiritual help for the New York City area for almost 100 years. On January 19th, 1923 Bishop Thomas Molloy formally approved the foundation of the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, New York.  Since that time the Passionists have helped thousands of people with spiritual, emotional, and material problems.  The Passionists bring people to “the sufferings of Jesus which are the miracle of miracles of the love of God.” Today the mission of the monastery continues as it is expressed in our motto: “May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts."

 

 

1924 The Year of Firsts
On May 2, 1924, Fr Stanislaus appointed Fr Chrysostom Smith, CP as the first superior and Fr. Stephen Sweeney, CP as vicar and first retreat director. It wasn’t till July 1, 1924 that the Passionists actually moved into the Degnon Estate. These Passionists celebrated the first Mass of the foundation on July 5, 1924.

 

Creedmoor 1926
On Dec. 15, 1926, the Passionists were assigned to the care of the patients at what is now known as the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. In 1912 the Farm Colony of Brooklyn State Hospital opened with 32 patients. From 1922 to 1926 the New York State Commission for Lunacy built a series of buildings for staff and patients on the Creedmoor site. By 1929 there was a census of 1,163 patients. By 1933 the census reached 3,319. The Passionists, to this day, still minister to the patients and staff of Creedmoor.

 

Ground Breaking
Groundbreaking for the new Monastery took place on May 8, 1929. That same year, on December 25, 1929, Midnight Mass marked the opening of “The Lower Church”. The monastery donated the property for the building and the Passionists contributed a generous $50,000 towards the cost of construction. The total cost of construction was about $150,000.00. The “Lower church” functioned as the parish church until September 22, 1962 when the new church was dedicated.

 

Dedication: April 23, 1930
On January 25, 1930 the Passionists moved into their newly constructed Monastery. Father Lawrence Stevens was installed as the first rector on February 4th that year. Bishop Molloy officially dedicated the new Monastery on April 23, 1930. On June 2, 1930 the Parish was officially incorporated. Fr Kevin Murray was pastor.

 

Senior Care Community
On October 10, 2009 the Monastery was designated the Senior care Community for the 159 Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Province in the Eastern states region of the USA. Any Passionists who need the assistance of professionals at home on a consistent basis are invited to live in the Jamaica Monastery.

 

Immaculate Conception Monastery Today   
Today there are over 40 priests and brothers who are members of Immaculate Conception Monastery, Parish and Retreat House. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, the international team of priests and brothers care for the spiritual needs of the Parish and Retreat house, teach in Seminaries in the U.S. and Kenya, minister to people with mental illness, provide healing through the sacrament of reconciliation, preach the gospel in parishes throughout the country, assist married couples experiencing stress or break-up, provide guidance to prayer groups and members of the Confraternity of the Passion,  and most of all remember in daily prayer the needs of those who turn to us for help from on high.

 

 

What Do We Do:

 

 

Prayer Support

 

The Passionists of the Monastery follow our Lord’s instruction to “pray constantly and not give up”. (Luke 18:1) We offer many opportunities for people to have themselves and their loved ones remembered in prayer.



Members of our Passionist Benefactors Society share perpetually in the benefit of Daily Mass and other prayers offered in every Passionist Monastery.



Those enrolled in our Agnus Dei Society share in the fruits of One Hundred Masses offered at the Monastery throughout the year.



During special holidays and feast days we offer people the opportunity to be remembered in the various Novenas of prayer that take place at the Monastery.




 

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Spiritual Counseling


From Monday to Saturday the doors of the Monastery are open for people seeking the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation or spiritual advice. Just come to the main entrance of the Monastery, Monday to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding lunchtime (12:00 to 1:00 p.m.) and ask to go to Confession or to speak with one of our compassionate Priests.  Priests are also available Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.




 

 

Daily Mass and First Friday Devotion

Every day at 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in our Public Chapel.  Every First Friday of the Month from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.




 

 

Weekly Novenas


Every Monday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass the Novena to the Passionist Saints is prayed with a blessing with the Relics of the Saints.
On Thursdays we have the Weekly Novena honoring the Servant of God Father Theodore Foley.

 

 




Preaching and Teaching Ministry


Passionists Priests are available for preaching missions and retreats in Parishes across the country. A Parish Mission is an extraordinary spiritual event in which the proclamation of the Word of God, especially the Word of the Passion of our Lord, revitalizes the local parish faith community.   Our outreach to youth includes chaplain ministry at Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica, NY. You can also contact Fr. John Powers, C.P. at http://pilgrimpreacher.org/index.html

Passionists from the Monastery have a long history of teaching at Colleges and Universities in the New York metropolitan area. Currently, Fr. Jerome Bracken, C.P. is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

 http://www.shu.edu/academics/profiles/profile-details.cfm?customel_datapageid_148360=224602

 

 





Hospital Ministry


The Passionists of Immaculate Conception Monastery have a long history of serving people who are hospitalized in our area. On Dec. 15, 1926, the Passionists were assigned to the care of the patients at what is now known as the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.   The Passionists, to this day, still minister to the patients and staff of Creedmoor.  We also provide a Chaplain for North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.




 

 

The Confraternity of the Passion


The Passionist lay movement, the Confraternity of the Passion, helps people to understand the Passion of our Lord and the spirituality of the Passionist Congregation. The Confraternity traces its roots to a mission giving by Saint Paul of the Cross in the Italian town of Veroli in 1755.  http://confraternityofthepassioninternational.org/




 

 

The First Saturday Group in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima


Every first Saturday of the month, dating back to 1948, men and women have come to the Monastery to honor our Lady of Fatima. The devotion starts with an opportunity for Confession and the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

Prayer Groups


Various prayer groups sustain the spiritual life of the faithful. The Padre Pio Prayer Group meets every second Saturday of the month. The Charismatic Prayer group meets on Sundays and Wednesdays.


Passionists International
Passionists International is a not-for-profit body incorporated to promote the worldwide work of the Passionist Family, especially at the United Nations.

 http://passionistsinternational.org/




 

 

Passionist Monastery Volunteer Program


The Monastery offers an opportunity for young men to live and work with the Passionist community. The volunteers share in the mission of the Passionists, which is to proclaim God's great love made known through the Cross of Christ. This experience provides an atmosphere for spiritual and personal growth.




 

 

Passionist Volunteers International


Passionist Volunteers has offices at the Monastery. The Volunteers are recent college graduates, as well as men and women with work or professional experience who serve and live in community in order to share spirituality and faith during their time of service. Currently there are opportunities to serve the poor in Jamaica, West Indies.   http://passionistvolunteers.org/Welcome_2.html




 

 

The Passionist Store


The Store provides the publications of members of the Congregation of the Passion around the world. The Store is constantly adding to our wealth of material about scripture, prayer, spirituality, and lives of the saints. The Store highlights Passionist writers and thinkers. 




 

 

Pilgrimages


The Passionists of Immaculate Conception have years of experience in providing spiritual guidance during pilgrimages especially in Europe. This year members of the Monastery Community are leading pilgrimages to Italy, Ireland and France.




 

 

Outreach to Inactive Catholics


Fr. Stephen Haslach, C.P.  and Sister Corby offer a website called Catholics Coming Home to inactive Catholics.  The site offers a personal invitation to come home to the Church.
http://www.catholicscominghome.org/index.htm


 

 

How We Help

 

 

Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish – Since 1923 the Passionists have served the people of Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish.  Today there are 2,500 families who are members of the Parish Community.   Visit the parish website to learn of the many programs and services offered by the Parish. Go to http://immconjam.org/

 

Immaculate Conception School - Opened September 12th, 1938 to accommodate 235 pupils in grades one to five, today there are 470 students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade at ICS. From the outset ICS has been staffed by the Congregation of Saint Joseph of Brentwood.   For more information go to http://www.icsalumni.org/blog/

 

Bishop Molloy Retreat House – From the very beginning of the Passionist foundation in Jamaica, Queens, Retreatants of all backgrounds have joined in the moving and intense experience of a retreat. Our retreat House is a place where people    enjoy an environment of peace and affirmation. Programs for men, women, couples and families are offered, all designed to meet the needs of anyone who is searching for answers to life´s most difficult questions. The retreat center offers a respite and sanctuary in today’s fast-paced, confusing society, and provides a chance for people to slow down, find peace and encounter God.  For more information go to http://www.bishopmolloy.org/

 

Prayer Support


The Passionists of the Monastery follow our Lord’s instruction to “pray constantly and not give up”. (Luke 18:1) We offer many opportunities for people to have themselves and their loved ones remembered in prayer.



Members of our Passionist Benefactors Society share perpetually in the benefit of Daily Mass and other prayers offered in every Passionist Monastery.



Those enrolled in our Agnus Dei Society share in the fruits of One Hundred Masses offered at the Monastery throughout the year.



During special holidays and feast days we offer people the opportunity to be remembered in the various Novenas of prayer that take place at the Monastery.