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Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Redemptorists were honored today to welcome the newly appointed ninth archbishop of Philadelphia, Most Rev. Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., to the St. John Neumann Shrine at St. Peter the Apostle Church.

St. John Neumann, who died in 1860, was the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, and the first male American saint.

We offer our prayerful best wishes to Archbishop Chaput and his predecessor, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and to the archdiocese during this time of transition.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Webb & Donna Farrell (Archdiocese of Philadelphia)





On July 16, Redemptorists and family members gathered at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD, to celebrate with our confreres who were celebrating significant anniversaries of profession and/or ordination to the priesthood. (Click here for a complete listing of jubilarians.)

Our own Father John Murray, who was paralyzed during a bad fall last August and has been living at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, was the homilist at the jubilee Mass. But perhaps more eloquent than his words were the actions that backed them up. Father Murray delivered his homily standing up at the ambo — the first time he’d been able to do so in almost one year, and in contradiction to the medical diagnoses that said he would never walk again. See a clip of his homily below:






This weekend Redemptorists celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Redeemer. This feast has been celebrated by the Redemptorists on the third Sunday of July since 1749.


"Rightly therefore does the Second Vatican Council teach: "The truth is that only in the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a type of him who was to come (Rom 5:14), Christ the Lord. Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling." And the Council continues: "He who is the ‘image of the invisible God’ (Col 1:15), is himself the perfect man who has restored in the children of Adam that likeness to God which had been disfigured ever since the first sin. Human nature, by the very fact that it was assumed, not absorbed, in him, has been raised in us also to a dignity beyond compare. For, by his Incarnation, he, the son of God, in a certain way united himself with each man. He worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart he loved. Born of the Virgin Mary, he has truly been made one of us, like to us in all things except sin," he, the Redeemer of man."

— Redemptor hominis, The Redeemer of Man, Blessed John Paul II, 1979


In the summer edition of our newsletter, you’ll find coverage of Fr. Jim McCabe’s ordination, photos from the Easter Vigil around the province, and a look at St. John Neumann’s legacy to education.

Click here to view the online edition. New to this edition is an interactive PDF that allows readers to click on live web links within the PDF!


The relics of St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia and the first male American saint, spent a weekend in New York City June 24-26. The visit to the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral coincided with a 40 Hours celebration to mark the saint’s 200th birthday. Neumann is credited with establishing this Eucharistic devotion in the United States.

In addition to celebrating his birthday, the weekend also happened to be the 175th anniversary of Neumann’s ordination to the priesthood, which took place at Old St. Patrick’s on June 25, 1836. Redemptorist Fr. Matthew Allman preached at the Masses during the weekend, and the closing Mass on Sunday (which also celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi) ended with a Eucharistic procession through the cathedral.