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Chaplains

Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province serve as chaplains to a variety of special groups including in hospitals, prisons, college campuses and in the military.

During World War II, more than 200 Redemptorists served as chaplains in various branches of the armed forces. In the not too recent past, one of our confreres, Father John Collins, served as a two-star General and Chief of Chaplains. We presently have a confrere serving in the Naval Reserves, as well as a confrere who just finished tours of duty with the Army and Marines in Iraq.

Campus ministry is very important ministry in the life of the Church. Away from home and family, young people have a need to be rooted in their Catholic faith. Redemptorists have and continue to serve in this very special ministry. For example, Father John Collins, the nephew of the Chief of Chaplains, currently serves as campus chaplain at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Philadelphia, PA.

Redemptorists also provide a valuable ministry to individuals who find themselves incarcerated. In particular, at St. Gerard Parish in Lima, OH, our confreres regularly visit with inmates at the local correctional facility, only five miles from the parish. The priests from St. Gerard's celebrate Mass for about 30 inmates twice each week, and spend another hour discussing practical spirituality with 5 to 10 inmates every other week.

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