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Friday

The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province are pleased to announce an agreement with Church Communities to lease Mount St. Alphonsus Retreat Center on Route 9W in Esopus, NY.

Church Communities will move in by February 1, 2012 and plans to continue the use of the existing facilities as a religious community and educational center. Some of the property will be used for farming, which hearkens back to the days when Redemptorists first worked the land when it served as the congregation’s North American seminary.

“The agreement with Church Communities is a wonderful fit for the Mount,” said Baltimore Provincial Kevin Moley. “We’re pleased that the property will remain a place of prayer and of work for the glory of God.”

The chapel’s stained glass windows, a very visible representation of the Mount’s Redemptorist history, will remain along with much of the original construction and décor. A perpetual easement for the cemetery will guarantee continued access to and use of the burial ground by the Redemptorists.

During a transition period, the Redemptorists will continue to use the gatehouse. The Redemptoristines, a group of contemplative Catholic nuns, also will continue to occupy their convent, which is located on the property.

Built between 1904 and 1907, the Mount opened in 1908 as the Redemptorists’ North American House of Studies. In addition to being a place of study, Mount St. Alphonsus was a self-sustaining property — the Redemptorist brothers farmed and raised animals for their own food. Since 1985, when the students relocated to Washington, D.C., the Mount has served as a retreat center.

In February 2011, the Redemptorists announced that they would cease retreat operations at the Mount in January 2012 due to changing ministry demands and an aging membership.

“The Mount will always hold a special place in the hearts of all Redemptorists,” Father Moley said. “The decision to end our ministry here was not an easy one. More than 1,000 Redemptorist priests were ordained in the beautiful chapel over the years, including myself. And the many thousands of retreatants who have come to the Mount over the last 25 years have been a great blessing to us.”

Church Communities, also known as the Bruderhof, is an international network of Christian communities originating in 1921 in Germany. Its first community in the United States, Woodcrest, was established in nearby Rifton, NY in 1954. Members take Jesus Christ and the early Christian church as their example for daily living.

Esopus Town Supervisor John Coutant said, “The Mount property is an important part of the fabric and history of the Town of Esopus. Together with the Town Board, I am excited to see the stewardship of this property pass on to Church Communities, and that our Town will not be negatively impacted by a change to this pristine environment.”

Thursday

On the evening of Good Friday, against the stark background of an empty tabernacle, bare altar, and a statue of the Pieta, a group of performers, under the direction of Father Lenny Delgado, presented a series of reflections on the crucifixion as seen through the eyes of the women of the New Testament. The sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church in the Bronx, NY, provided the setting for the prayerful reading.


Readers participating in the Good Friday reflection.

 

 


Fr. Lenny Delgado leading the reflections.
Thursday

Redemptorist Superior General Michael Brehl recently appointed coordinators for the five regional conferences that were created by the last General Chapter in Rome in 2009.

Father John Kingsbury, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, MD, was named coordinator for the North American Conference.

Father Kingsbury first professed vows as a Redemptorist in 1975 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. His assignments include St. Clement Church in Saratoga Springs, NY; St. Peter & Paul in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Mount St. Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus, NY; and Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. He has also served as rector of the formation residence for Redemptorist students, and has served on the Extraordinary Provincial Council for 18 years.

Father Kingsbury took a few moments to explain his new responsibilities:

What is a conference? What’s the difference between a conference and a province?

Fr. Kingsbury: Currently, we have our General Government in Rome and then the individual Provincial governments. The conference is a middle-level government structure that will include a number of provinces. We hope the conference will be a useful tool in helping us discuss some of the broader issues facing the Congregation.

What is a conference coordinator? Is this an additional responsibility to your existing assignment?

Fr. Kingsbury: The conference coordinator is a full-time position. I’ll go to Rome for some training, but my office will be a virtual one. I’ll be traveling a lot to meet with various groups, and thanks to modern technology, in many cases I may even be able to be present at meetings without being there physically. As the coordinator of the North American Conference, I’ll be working with Redemptorists from the United States, Canada, and the English-speaking region of the Caribbean.

My role will be to participate in these broad discussions about our ministry and our structures. As we move toward making decisions, my role will be to gather the conference together in an assembly (comprised of the superiors of the provinces, vice-provinces and regions, as well as province vocals, or delegates). As chairman of the assembly, I’ll facilitate the decision-making process and then present the assembly’s recommendations to the General Government.

What will the conference do?

Fr. Kingsbury: The conference will look for ways we can work across province boundaries in various ministries (social justice, communications, outreach to the poor, parish missions, etc.) as well as ways we can strengthen our formation programs, how to support weaker local units that may be struggling, in short how we can best fulfill our mission as Redemptorists with the resources we have available. Some of this has already happened on an informal level. We already have a shared novitiate. Last fall, Redemptorists from several units participated in a regional mission in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The conference’s purpose will be to coordinate all this and help make this a more permanent discussion.

What are you looking forward to about this new position? What are some of the challenges you’re facing?

Fr. Kingsbury: Each province has specific ministries that are unique to it, and normally the province would staff those ministries with its own personnel. But under this conference model, we’re opening up the possibility of drawing on the talents of other Redemptorists who might be able to make a unique contribution.

One challenge, of course, is geography. There are a lot of challenges to consider, but we can solve them and we can listen to what the Spirit is calling us to beyond what we’re doing at this moment. Where we’ve done this successfully, it’s so powerful. If we can put the effort into this to really develop these ideas, this is going to be awesome.

Sunday

Neumann Bicentennial Celebration
Saturday, June 18, 2011
12:15 p.m. Mass
Celebrant: Most Rev. Edward J. Gilbert, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

St. Peter the Apostle Church/Shrine of St. John Neumann
1019 N. Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Reception to follow at Penn’s Landing. Tickets for the reception are $35.

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Thursday

 

 "With him is plentiful redemption" (Psalm 130:7)

This quote from the Psalms is at the heart of all we do as Redemptorists. Our founder, St. Alphonsus Liguori, chose this as the motto of our congregation.

Today we join with the entire Church throughout the world to reflect on the great mystery of our redemption. These events are so important and so full of meaning that we mark them with a single celebration that occurs over three days — the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Beginning today and continuing through this weekend, several of our Redemptorist students from our formation house in the Bronx, NY, will offer you short video reflections on the mysteries we celebrate during these days.

These videos will be available on our homepage each day, and will be archived on this page. Our provincial, Very Rev. Kevin Moley, will offer a special Easter message on Sunday.

Know that we remember you and your intentions in a special way during these days. May you and yours experience the joy and peace of Our Risen Redeemer this Easter and always.

Holy Thursday:

Good Friday:

Holy Saturday:

Easter Sunday: