"Lift High the Cross"

Novena Preachers:

Fr. Rob Carbonneau,  C.P., Ph.D

Father Rob Carbonneau's Biography

Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P. was assigned to the Passionist community at Scranton in 2018. As an adjunct professor in The History Department at The University of Scranton he has offered courses on the history of American Catholicism, Modern China, as well as the relationship between Japan, Korea and China. In his position as the official historian for the St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists, he coordinates the Passionist Historical Archives Collection which has its home in Special Collections, the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton.

Born in 1951, Father Rob grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After attending Conard Public High School, he graduated from Assumption College in Worcester Massachusetts in 1973. As part of his Passionist spiritual and academic formation he received a Masters in Theology and Masters of Divinity from St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, He was ordained a Passionist priest in 1978. He was assigned to Passionist retreat ministries until 1985.

Fr. Rob received a Ph.D. in American and East Asian History from Georgetown University in 1992. His thesis was on the three Passionist missionaries killed in Hunan China in 1929. He has taught history at various undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States. He had a post-doctorate year at the Center for Study of Religion at Princeton University in 1995. He was a foreign expert professor at Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, China from 2007 to 2008. Thereafter, he was assigned to The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Culture at The University of San Francisco from 2012 to 2018 to assist scholars digitize the Passionist China Collection, where he still collaborates as an Affiliated Research Fellow. At the same time, as Executive Director of the U.S.- China Catholic Association in Berkeley, California from 2015 to 2018, he educated the American public on the present realities of the Catholic Church in China.

Father Rob is a recognized international scholar whose research, publications and lectures has focused on the Passionists in the United States with an emphasis on the history of American Catholic missionaries in the twentieth century China.

In 2004, Fr. Rob published an article entitled “Coal Mines, St. Ann's Novena, and Passionist Spirituality in Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1902-2002.” Vol 115 American Catholic Studies (Summer 2004): 23-44.

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Fr. Bob Joerger,  C.P.

Father Bob Joerger's Biography

Father Bob Joerger, C.P. is the son of Harry Joerger, a boiler mechanic for Con Edison, and Catherine Ryan, a homemaker and typist for the Brooklyn TB and Health Association. Father Bob began his education at Saint Anselm’s Grammar School and Xaverian High School in Brooklyn.

He graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts after which he entered the Passionist Novitiate and professed his vows in 1973. He then attended Saint John’s University in Queens, New York where he received a Masters Degree in Theology and a Masters of Divinity before his ordination to the priesthood in 1977. Following ordination, he attended the Jesuit’s Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he received a Masters Degree in Christian Spirituality and Certification as a Spiritual Director. He also attended the Institute of Culinary Arts In New York City. Father Bob was the Director of Saint Gabriel’s Youth Retreat House on Shelter Island, New York. He served as Provincial Superior of the Saint Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionists which includes Canada, the Eastern United States, Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico. He also served as Consultor to the Superior General of the Passionists in Rome.

In recent years Father Bob has been a preacher of retreats and Parish Missions. Currently he serves as Pastor of Saint Therese of Lisieux Parish in Montauk, New York. He is an Affiliated Member of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers.

Mass Schedule

Novena Devotions
After: 8:00 & 11:45A.M. Masses
After: 5:30 Masses
And at 3:30 P.M. (Novena Only)

Daily Masses
7:00, 8:00 & 11:45 A.M.
5:30 P.M.

Lower Basilica for 45 minutes prior to
Each Mass (except 7:00 A.M.) and the 3:30 P.M. Novena Service
Confessions will not be available following the services.

Sunday Mass Schedule (July 18th & 25th)
8:00, 11:45 A.M.
5:30 P.M. in the Upper Basilica

Divine Liturgy - Byzantine Rite:
Tuesday, July 20th at 5:30 P.M.
Bishop Kurt Burnette, D.D.
Eparchy of Passaic
There will be no 7:30 P.M. Mass or Novena Devotions on this day.

Mass of the Annointing of the Sick
Thursday, July 22nd at 1:30 P.M. (Upper Basilica)

Mass for Infants, Children and Grandparents
Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 A.M.
(Outdoors, Weather Permitting)

Sunday, July 25
Mass in TAMIL Language at 1:30 PM
All Masses with Blessing of Grandparents
Pope Francis has declared the Sunday closest to the
Feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann to be a day for honoring
Grandparents throughout the World.

St Ann’s Feast Day - July 26th
Masses & Devotions
4:30, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:00 & 11:45 A.M.
3:30 (Novena only) & 5:30 P.M.
7:30 P.M. Pontifical Solemn Closing with Bishop Joseph Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

St Ann’s Feast Day - July 26th Language Services
1:30 P.M. -  Polish

Preacher Reflections

Preachers and Reflections are as follows:

Fr. Bob Joerger, C.P. July 17, 2021: The Cross and Our Search for Life

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. July 18, 2021: The Cross Is My Foundation of Faith

Fr. Bob Joerger, C.P. July 19, 2021: The Cross: Where Wounds Become Wisdom

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. July 20, 2021: Carry our Cross as Ambassadors for Christ

Fr. Bob Joerger, C.P. July 21,2021: The Cross and the Breath of the Spirit

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. July 22, 2021: Mary and the Healing Message of the Cross

Fr. Bob Joerger, C.P. July 23, 2021: The Cross and the Healing of Resentment

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. July 24, 2021: The Compassion and the Cross

Fr. Bob Joerger, C.P. July 25, 2021: The Cross Is Our Belonging

Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. July 26, 2021: Let us lift high our cross in life and humbly accept healing

History of the Novena

By 1900, Bishop Michael J. Hoban of Scranton sought out the ministerial services of the Passionists for the diocese. After a temporary residence at Harvey's Lake, Pennsylvania from May until October 1902, the Passionists rented a Sloan Avenue home at Round Woods, on Scranton's west side. At that time, they were given responsibility for St. Ann's Parish and began to build the monastery on a nearby plot of land. The monastery was designed by architect Owen McGlynn of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and financially blessed by the generosity of other United States Passionist monasteries and many Scrantonians. Donation records show a high percentage of Irish. The dedication took place on July 2, 1905. St. Ann was the mother of the Blessed Mother and traditionally known to be the patron of miners.

Disaster struck on the morning of August 15, 1911. A coal mine subsidence seriously damaged the monastery. Passionists considered leaving Scranton. On July 28, 1913, two days after the Feast of St. Ann, another underground shift occurred. Two huge boulders moved into place making the Monastery grounds more solid than ever. Immediately local people saw this a sign of God’s grace and helped raise $37,000 so that the Passionists could make the building and foundation secure and livable once again.

St. Ann's Novena began in November 1924 with just a handful of people requesting the rector of St. Ann's Monastery to have a weekly novena honoring St. Ann. This led to the Solemn Novena from July 17-26. St. Ann’s Church was built by famed Boston architects Maginnis & Walsh and dedicated in 1929. Father John Joseph Endler, C.P. (1892-1957) was the popular preacher associated with the Solemn Novena. St. Ann’s Shrine Basilica, the weekly Monday novena and the annual Solemn Novena from July 17-26 is sacred ground. It is an important place of healing, history, and culture for all people of Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania and those who now connect via social media.

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