Who the Secular Missionaries of the Passion are
Mons. Domenico Picchinenna, the Archbishop of Catania, Italy, erected the Institute of Secular Missionaries of the Passion to the level of diocesan right on the 1st of July 1980, after consulting the Apostolic See.
With the benevolent consensus of our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, signed by Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti c.p., and co-signed by Juan J Dorronsoro, secretary and undersecretary respectively,, on the 6th of august 1999, the Institute of the Secular Missionaries of the Passion was elevated to Pontifical Right.
Luigi Bommarito, the Archbishop of Catania had officially applied for this recognion from the Holy See.
On the 24 of July,2000, the General of the Congregation of the Passion, Father José A. Orbegozo, according to norm number 580 of Cannon Law, admitted the Institute into the Passionist family.
The Secular Missionaries of the Passion is the name of a secular institute animated by the spirituality of the Passion of our Lord according to ,the charism of Saint Paul of the Cross, founder of all the Passionist Congregations.
Father Generoso Privitera, Passionist Father of the Mascalucia (CT, Italy) Community, is the founder of the Institute of the Secular Missionaries of the Passion.
The Institute is made up of Female Missionaries, including the disabled and infirm and by married couples, associate members with the same spirituality and mission of the Institute.