As it finds solid footing for the future, St. Joseph’s Passionist Monastery Parish is paying tribute to the past.
The St. Paul of the Cross Garden, dedicated Sept. 18, acknowledges the Passionist brothers and priests who arrived in Irvington in 1845 and left, 149 years later, in 2014.
“They had quite a footprint in the (Baltimore Archdiocese),” said Fred Schneider, a St. Joseph parishioner and former Passionist priest who served the parish as associate pastor, from 1976 to 1979, and pastor, from 1984 to 1986.
That footprint has become, symbolically, a footpath, constructed of bricks memorializing those Passionists who trod Baltimore and helped build up the Irvington neighborhood over the years.
The bricks, all purchased by parishioners for donations of either $100 or $200, depending on the size, also include names of laypeople who have sustained the parish and the mission of the Passionists at its helm.
The path, which runs along the east edge of the church and is flanked by perennials, leads up to a statue of St. Paul of the Cross, the Italian mystic who founded the Passionists in the 1700s.