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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Students from St. Peter’s School welcome
Archbishop Dominik Duka.

(Photos Courtesy Rachel Davidson, St. Peter the Apostle School)

The Shrine of St. John Neumann and St. Peter’s School in Philadelphia recently hosted a special guest: Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague, Czech Republic. St. John Neumann was born in what is today the Czech Republic, and studied at the seminary in Prague before traveling to America to become a missionary.


Archbishop Duka (center) greets a student
while Very Rev. Al Bradley (left), shrine director,
and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput look on.


The archbishop was welcomed by students from St. Peter’s School, and then given a tour of the Neumann Shrine. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and retired Cardinal Justin Rigali escorted Archbishop Duka during his visit.


(Video courtesy: Catholic Standard & Times)



Click here to read more from the Catholic Standard and Times.




St. John Neumann officially turned 200 years old in March of 2011, but the Redemptorists continue to celebrate this milestone through June of 2012.

The traveling relics of St. John Neumann will be in Susquehanna and Scranton, PA, next week visiting two parishes with significant ties to this first male American saint. In October, the relics will head a little further south to Bloomsburg, PA, as part of a parish mission being preached at St. Columba by Father Richard Boever, a Neumann expert. Other events on the relic calendar this fall include engagements in Riverside, NJ, Lebanon, PA, and Elkridge, MD. For more information about the relic tour, see a complete calendar at

St. John Neumann was a passionate promoter of the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions, a practice he popularized in the United States. Several Redemptorists will be preaching at Forty Hours celebrations in Pennsylvania and Maryland this fall as part of the Neumann Year celebration.

Other ongoing Neumann Year events include our second annual Neumann Essay Contest, open to Catholic school students nationwide in grades 6-12; the celebration of Neumann’s feast day on January 5, 2012; and the close of the Neumann Year in June. For up-to-date information on the Neumann Year, visit




Several young men discerning a call to the Redemptorists recently spent a weekend at our formation house in the Bronx, NY. They attended classes with our philosophy students, and then pitched in around the house with some regular weekly chores, like cleaning the community vehicles. The retreat also included Mass at our parish in Bethpage, NY, St. Martin of Tours, and a visit with our newest priest, Fr. Jim McCabe who is stationed at St. Martin’s.

Please pray for these men as they strive to listen to the Lord’s voice in their lives. For more information about vocations to the Redemptorists, and for a calendar of upcoming retreats, click here






Father Philip Dabney, who is stationed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, was recently interviewed by CatholicTV about the perpetual novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which is held at the church every week.

Click here to watch the video of Father Dabney talking about the legendary novena that began in 1939 in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. (Note: The story begins around 6 minutes, 50 seconds.)

You can also watch Father Dabney’s regular Marian reflections on Click on the video icon on our homepage.





It’s that time of year again — students are back in class, parish activities and other extracurricular events are in full-swing, and the Redemptorists are back on the road preaching parish missions!

Check our calendar to see whether a Redemptorist mission is being held in your area. And please keep our missionaries and their host parishes in your prayers as we share the joyful message of God’s plentiful redemption!