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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Congratulations to Kevin Bellot who was ordained a transitional deacon earlier this month in Boston along with several Jesuits and Capuchin Franciscans. Kevin, a native of the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, will complete his theology studies this fall at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He will serve as a deacon with the Redemptorists in the English-speaking Region of the Caribbean, and is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood in August 2012.






Redemptorist students in our formation house in the South Bronx recently spent an evening carving pumpkins. A great way to build community and discover the artists in the house!




Family, friends and confreres will gather on Sunday, October 30 to remember and to pray for four Redemptorist missionaries and one Redemptoristine sister who died this last year.  The Memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Mount St. Alphonsus Retreat Center, and will be followed by a prayer service at the Redemptorist cemetery on the grounds.  This year’s Memorial Mass will be the last held at the Mount as the Redemptorists will cease ministry there at the end of this year.

Please join us in praying for the repose of the souls of the following Redemptorists and Redemptoristines who have died this year:

Rev. Theodore "Ted" Heyburn, C.Ss.R.
Rev. George Bridge, C.Ss.R.
Brother Manuel Martinez Gonzalez, C.Ss.R.
Rev. J. Virgil Caskey, C.Ss.R.
Sr. Margaret "Peg" Banville, O.Ss.R.
Rev. Joseph Oppitz, C.Ss.R.

"Let us not lose the beautiful crown which I see prepared for everyone who lives in observance and dies in the Congregation" — St. Alphonsus Liguori




Father Joseph Oppitz, a well-regarded Redemptorist scholar, died October 6 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. He was 85 and had dementia.

Click here to read the full obituary.

He was born August 12, 1926 and professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood June 21, 1953. Father Oppitz was also a survivor of the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on October 11 at Stella Maris. A funeral Mass will immediately follow in the main chapel. Burial will take place in the Redemptorist cemetery at St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, MD.

Please pray for Father Oppitz, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.

This Christmas we invite you to share the gift of God’s love by remembering your loved ones in our Spiritual Bouquet Mass Enrollment.
The people you enroll will receive the gift of remembrance in a solemn octave of Masses celebrated in Rome by the Redemptorists beginning Christmas Day and ending January 1, 2012. These Masses will be prayed in front of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
The suggested donation is $15 for individual enrollments and $25 for families. Your donations support the ministries of the Redemptorists, especially those to the poor and most spiritually abandoned.
Christmas Spiritual Bouquet cards can be ordered online from our Gift Shop. You may also send us your donation safely and securely online.
If you need assistance ordering cards, please call us toll-free at 877-876-7662, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern.