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Passionist

[pash-uh-nist] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪst/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
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a member of the “Congregation of Barefooted Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” founded in 1720 and engaged chiefly in missionary work.
Origin of Passionist
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian passionista. See passion, -ist
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  • The church bell was ringing, the monks of the Passionist monastery were getting up for their midnight offices.

  • Anne Kearns has the lumbago for which she rubs on Lourdes water, given her by a lady who got a bottleful from a Passionist father.

    Ulysses James Joyce

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