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Monthly Archives: August 2010
Tuesday

Redemptorist Associates spent last weekend on retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ. The theme of the weekend was "treasuring and pondering." Throughout the retreat, participants were reminded to "be still" and remember the presence of God.

Redemptorist Associates study St. Alphonsus Liguori and his spirituality, and partner with the Redemptorists in their ministry to the economically poor and spiritually abandoned. For more information about the Redemptorist Associates, contact your local Redemptorist parish.

Thursday

Congratulations to two of our Redemptorist students who professed vows recently. Frater Kevin Bellott made his final profession and Frater Jacky Merilan professed his first vows last week.

Read more about them here, and join us in thanking Our Redeemer for their willingness to say "yes" to his call in their lives.

 

Wednesday

Since October 2009, the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province have offered daily audio homilies on our Web site. Short reflections on the day’s Gospel reading, in English and Spanish, provide listeners with a moment of prayer and some spiritual food for thought.

We’re happy to announce that these homilies are now available in podcast form. With two clicks you can subscribe to the English or Spanish podcasts and get each day’s reflection delivered right to your iPod or iPhone via iTunes. Click on the podcast links on our homepage or on our preaching page.

As always, we invite you to email us with your feedback. Send your comments, thoughts, reflections and suggestions to webmaster@redemptorists.net.

 

Friday

More than 60 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada joined the Redemptorists at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY, last week for Dialogue 2010. The annual retreat attracts participants (lay people and Redemptorists alike) from a wide territory — from Alberta, Canada to Hampton, VA, and from Boston, MA to Trinidad, West Indies.

The theme of this year’s retreat was "Opening the Gift," and reflections and group activities focused on discovering the gifts God has given each person, and how he calls us to use them. Each day included morning and evening prayer, as well as Mass. In the evenings, retreatants and Redemptorists enjoyed an "Amazing Race"-themed game throughout the retreat house grounds, a picnic on the lake, a bonfire, and a night for the sacrament of reconciliation.

One afternoon was spent in service to the surrounding community. Two small groups helped construct a new park walkway and sort donated food items for a local foodbank, while the rest of the group trimmed shrubs and pulled weeds for a subsidized housing neighborhood.

Wednesday

Please join us in praying for two Redemptorist students who will be professing vows August 11 in Dominica, West Indies.

Kevin Bellott (left) will take his final vows as a Redemptorist, and Jacky Merilan (below, right) will profess first vows during the Mass that will also celebrate the jubilee anniversaries of several Redemptorists who are serving in the English-speaking Region of the Caribbean. Kevin and Jacky will profess vows as members of that region, which is part of the Baltimore Province.

Redemptorists profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for the first time after completing a year of intense prayer and formation (novitiate). They renew their temporary vows for at least three years before professing final vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and a vow and oath of perseverance in the order.

James McCabe, a Redemptorist from the Baltimore Province, professed his final vows in July. He will be ordained a deacon Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood in 2011.

Kevin Bellott will continue theology studies this fall at Boston College in Massachusetts, while Jacky Merilan will return to St. John’s University in New York City to continue philosophy studies.

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