Paul Danei was an eighteenth century Northern Italian, who, with his brother John Baptist, founded the Passionists. They learned the value of contemplative prayer and community at a young age, and made this the basis of their lives as they devoted themselves to helping people know the compassionate love of God.
Paul was practically minded and he used this to combine wise practices to support his rule of life. It has been suggested that “from an early age, the crucifix was his book, and the crucified, was his model.” The men who followed him took up his favourite saying, “the Passion of Jesus is the most overwhelming work of God’s love”.
Paul died in 1775 and his feast is celebrated on October 19th.