"Their names are Anne Kearns and Florence MacCabe. Anne Kearns has the lumbago for which she rubs on Lourdes water, given her by a lady who got a bottleful from a passionist father. Florence MacCabe takes a crubeen and a bottle of double X for supper every Saturday." (U7.948)

Passionists are a Roman Catholic order founded by the Italian Paul Francis Danei (St Paul of the Cross, 1694-1775) in the 1720s. Its main object was to awaken in the faithful the memory of the Passion of Christ. Their first house in Ireland was started in 1865 by Father Vincent Grotti, encouraged by Cardinal Cullen, on a property called Mount Argus, near Dublin. Father Paul Mary (nephew of Lord Wellington) was the first rector there. Father Charles of Mount Argus is mentioned in Circe. Passionists wear a rough wool tunic bearing the words 'Jesu XPI Passio,' meaning 'Passion of Jesus Christ.'