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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 13:32

Passionate pin-ups for Passionist family groups

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lay passionists WilsonsThe Glen Osmond parishioners have been State directors of the Passionist Family Group Movement for the last 12 years. The movement aims to better connect parish families and develop supportive relationships through monthly social gatherings, such as dinners or outings like picnics.

“It’s really important to be involved in a community where you are supported and cared for,” says Chris. “Otherwise I just don’t understand what the point of being community is.”

Chris is also coordinator of the Passionist Companions at the Monastery, and teaches and coordinates the English Language Programme for the novices at the Monastery. Novices currently studying there are from Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and China. Chris, a retired school teacher, has been in the role since 2009.

Tom, a retired public transport planner, has been teaching the novices singing, as he plays the organ, and is also a member of the Knights of the Southern Cross (SA) Colonel Light Gardens-Goodwood-Kingswood branch.

The couple have a lengthy record of parish activities across Morphett Vale, Goodwood, Colonel Light Gardens and Glen Osmond spanning 40 years, including: parish council chair people, parish council members, readers, and Eucharistic ministers.

“Faith is important in everything we do,” says Chris. “Most of our life revolves around our faith,” she says. “I’m not a holy, holy, holy person but I try to live my faith in actions.”

Married for 45 years, Chris and Tom are parents to three children and have two grandchildren.

Chris recalls meeting Tom on the June long weekend 46 years ago at a Young Christian Workers dance at Marion.
By October they were engaged and married in January at St Therese’s Church, Colonel Light Gardens, where they joined the Passionist Family Group Movement in 1989.

Anyone interested in more information on or in joining the Passionist Family Group Movement can contact Chris and Tom Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This article by Rebecca DiGirolamo was first published in the August 2015 edition of The Southern Cross, the official newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.