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Passionist

[pash-uh-nist] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪst/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
1.
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
From the Italian word passionista, dating back to 1840-50. See passion, -ist
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  • 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
  • The church bell was ringing, the monks of the Passionist monastery were getting up for their midnight offices.

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