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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Just ahead of the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia and the first Redemptorist to profess vows in the U.S., the saint’s shrine will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Faithful Traveler series on EWTN.

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann, a Redemptorist shrine in Philadelphia, will be the topic of the episode airing May 9 at 5 p.m. The show will repeat at 1 p.m. May 13.

The Faithful Traveler series, which began airing in late February, has showcased significant Catholic shrines and churches throughout the U.S. Northeast. Another Redemptorist-related site featured in the series is the Church of St. Alphonsus in Baltimore. Though no longer a Redemptorist parish, the church has a saintly history — St. John Neumann was once pastor of St. Alphonsus, as was Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist whose cause for sainthood is advancing in Rome.

St. John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1811 and died in Philadelphia in 1860. He built more than 80 churches in Philadelphia in his lifetime and is considered the father of the U.S. parochial school system.


Redemptorists and friends recently gathered to celebrate the renovation of the chapel at St. Clement’s Mission House in Ephrata, PA. St. Clement’s is home to the Redemptorist priests and brothers who serve Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata and St. James Church in Lititz, PA. The house also is home to several retired Redemptorist priests and brothers.



Congratulations to Father Denis Sweeney who finished the Boston Marathon Monday with a time of 3:56:36! He finished 14,506th out of 27,000.

Father Denis, who is the director of the Redemptorist theology students at Mission Church in Boston, has completed several other marathons. He professed vows as a Redemptorist in 1977, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1981.

Congratulations, Father Denis!


As part of our special online Lenten retreat series, featured weekly audio reflections on different seasonal themes like reconciliation, penance, and prayer. Each talk was preached in English and Spanish by Redemptorists from the Baltimore Province.

If you missed a week, or would like to listen to a talk again, we invite you to visit our archive section. Click here or visit one of the Featured Audios boxes in the Preaching & Prayer section.

All the talks from the series are available there. You can click the play button to listen now, or click "Download" to save the file to your computer to enjoy later.

As always we welcome your comments about what you hear. Feel free to share your thoughts with us here.


From our provincial, Very Rev. Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.:

The confreres of the Baltimore Province express our deepest sympathy and extend the promise of prayers to our Polish confreres working in New Jersey, Maryland, Chicago, St Croix, and the Virgin Islands as they mourn the tragedy that has befallen their nation in the plane crash that took the lives of their President and First Lady, as well as so many other national leaders.

We also express our prayerful condolences to our confreres in the Warsaw Province with whom we have shared a deep bond of solidarity for many years. In their own grief, they will be struggling to bring the comfort of faith to the people they so faithfully serve.

May God give eternal rest to those who have died, and may both the Polish confreres and their people find hope in Our Most Holy Redeemer and the Easter promise of eternal life.