As a young adult, Paolo Francesco Danei was moved by the passion of Christ. Through a series of prayer experiences, Paul received the calling to establish a community devoted to the Passion of Jesus and dedicated to sacrifice and penance. In 1720, with the encouragement of his bishop, who clothed him in the black habit of a hermit, Paul wrote the rules of what would become the Passionists during a forty-day retreat. In this EWTN Original Docudrama, discover the life, ministry, and writings of the founder of the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross.
Paul of the Cross:
Paul of the Cross was an Italian mystic, and founder of the Passionists.
Born: Jan 03, 1694 · Ovada, Italy
Died: Oct 18, 1775, · Rome, Italy
1694: Saint Paul of the Cross, originally named Paolo Francesco Danei, was born on 3 January 1694, in the town of Ovada, Piedmont, between Turin and Genoa in the Duchy of Savoy in northern Italy.
1715: In 1715, Paul left his work helping his father to join a crusade against the Turks who were threatening the Venetian Republic but soon realized that the life of a soldier was not his calling.
1727: After a short course in pastoral theology, the brothers were ordained to the priesthood by Pope Benedict XIII on 7 June 1727, in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
1737: The first Retreat (the name Passionists traditionally gave to their monasteries) was opened in 1737 on Monte Argentario (Province of Grosseto); the community now had nine members.
1775: He died on 18 October 1775, at the Retreat of Saints John and Paul.
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Duration: 60 min
Weight: 5 oz
Number of discs: 1