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Monthly Archives: November 2009
Tuesday

Just before Thanksgiving, Redemptorist seminarians studying at St. John’s University in New York City traveled to Timonium, MD, to spend a retreat day at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris. The young men began the day with Morning Prayer and then visited with Redemptorist priests and brothers. Many of the Redemptorists who live at the St. John Neumann Residence have spent the majority of their lives in the Congregation as foreign missionaries in Brazil, Paraguay, and the Caribbean.

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Thursday

The Redemptorists closed their 24th General Chapter last week in Rome with a Mass celebrated in front of the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

In addition to making decisions that will guide the worldwide Congregation for the next six years, the Chapter delegates elected a new Superior General and General Council. Baltimore Provincial Patrick Woods chronicled his four weeks in Rome for redemptorists.net. You can read his reports in our News section; look for items labeled "Chapter Chat."

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Monday

Father Tony Russo was recognized Nov. 14 for his years of dedicated ministry and friendship toward the deaf community in Wilmington, DE. Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly celebrated Mass, along with several of Fr. Russo’s Redemptorist confreres, at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, DE.

Father Russo signed the Gospel and interpreted for the bishop during the Mass. Afterwards, the community gave Father Russo an icon of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the deaf, as a token of thanks for his ministry.

Friday

Redemptorist Worldwide Chapter | Rome, Italy

November 13, 2009

The atmosphere among delegates to the General Chapter is beginning to feel like that surrounding school children as summer vacation approaches. After a full day of voting and making significant decisions, confreres are beginning to pack their bags and think about home.

The chapter was officially adjourned on November 13, and will close with a Mass for all the delegates at the Church of San Alfonso in Rome in front of the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Then, the men will scatter to the four corners of the earth as they return home to implement the Chapter’s decisions.

What was accomplished over the four weeks? A key task of the Chapter was to elect the leadership of the Congregation for the next six years. We have elected a new Superior General and his six Consultors. I believe these elections will be well-received by the confreres throughout the Congregation.

In terms of decisions, the key result has been the choice to move toward a conference structure that will link our General Government in Rome and the Provinces throughout the Congregation. There will be five conferences: Asia-Oceania, North America, South America, Europe, and Africa/Madagascar. Each will have a coordinator who will facilitate focusing on major pastoral needs, focusing on new ministries, how best to use resources, and the best means of educating our students.

Although we have been growing in this sense of Congregational solidarity over the past many years, now there is a definite structure. This is the first major change in our way of life since 1985 when our Constitutions and Statutes were re-written. It is clear that this conference model will be a work in progress that will be grown into.

We also have lengthened the future terms of office for all the local superiors and Provincial Councils from three to four years. This will take effect in 2011.

Being at a General Chapter is a unique experience. It is great blessing to meet Redemptorists from all over the world. The bond we share, whatever language or nation we are from, is almost instantaneous. We have had moving liturgies and prayed in a variety of ways, reflecting the many diverse cultures of our Congregation.

Redemptorists have the gift of storytelling (perhaps from our preaching ministry) and I heard some wonderful tales over the past month. I have made new friends and enjoyed time spent with ones made years ago.

I leave Rome proud to be a Redemptorist, a member of this group of men with such a grace-filled history. I leave Rome with hope for the future role of the Congregation in the Church and the world. I leave Rome happy to go home to my own Province and confreres. As a serious New York Mets fan, I have been blessed to miss the Yankees win the World Series.

Ciao,

Father Pat Woods
Provincial Superior
Baltimore Province

Tuesday

Statement from Baltimore Provincial, Very Rev. Patrick Woods, on the election of Rev. Enrique Lopez as Vicar General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer:

The Baltimore Province congratulates Father Enrique Lopez, originally from our Vice-Province of Asuncion, Paraguay, on his election as Vicar General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. As Vicar General he will assist the Superior General and the General Council in governing the worldwide Congregation.

Father Enrique studied at St. Alphonsus College in Suffield, CT, and received his theological training at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY. He is well known to the confreres of the Baltimore Province from his presence at our Provincial Chapters, his work on the Brothers Commission, and his many visits to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on 61st Street in New York City.

As a member of Vice-Province of Asuncion, which is part of the Baltimore Province, we congratulate him on his election to this new position. May the Lord and Our Mother of Perpetual Help bless him always.