Recruiting Brochure, ca. 1960
Some of you may be familiar with the graphic on the left. The 9" x 12" edition may have been responsible for bringing you into the Passionist fold. Rich Hughes was good enough to send me an original copy which I have scanned and incorporated below. For the time of its publication, it was a useful tool for anyone contemplating such a career decision. It captured entry, profession, student life, ordination, and ministry in a photographic story and text. When I saw the photo of the procession out of the chapel in Warrenton with the altar and backdrop in the background, I caught my breath. I had forgotten how breathtakingly simple yet awe-inspiring that sight was. I had forgotten that more than 50 years ago I had taken its prayerful silence for granted. My two years at Mother of Good Counsel came flooding back to me.
For that reason I include the entire brochure here. You will see faces that you recognize–maybe even your own. Most likely you'll stop for a moment as I did. I wanted–for ever so short a time–what this brochure claimed. I wanted the peacefulness, the prayerfulness, the happiness, and the same dreams that emanate from the men on these pages. Peruse and say a prayer for the many people in this brochure that they found what it so vividly portrays.
Below you see thumbnails of the photos. Click on them for the full-resolution image.
Brochure, ca. 1960