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Monday

Redemptorists, family and friends gathered July 14 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD, to celebrate with our jubilarians. Fr. Dennis Billy took time during his homily to express his own gratitude for being part of the celebration. He’s spent much of the last two years fighting an aggressive form of leukemia:

The fact that I am alive and standing here in your presence to celebrate this great day of jubilee with you is, to my mind, a symbol of the fellowship we share by virtue of being “confreres” (literally, “brothers with” Christ and with one another”) in this world-wide missionary order founded some 280 years ago.  And I stand here to express my gratitude to God for Life, for our Redemptorist vocation, and for fellowship we share as brothers in Christ and sons of St. Alphonsus.

When you think about it, GRATITUDE is what this jubilee celebration is all about. We gather together each year as Redemptorist priests and religious to give thanks to God with our confreres, family, and friends for the wonderful way he has worked in our lives …. We give thanks to God for our Redemptorist vocation, which has allowed us as priests and brothers to live the charism of preaching the Good News to the poor and most abandoned throughout the world. 

We look back on all that they have done in the past 25, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70 years … and recognize that in the end it has all been a work of God, and that they have been the ones he has chosen to be instruments of his grace and heralds of his Word. 

Our Gospel, from Matthew, reminds us that Jesus is the master and head of our household, and that, because of him, we have nothing to fear. This FEARLESSNESS is one of the marks of a true Redemptorist. It is what enables us to take on great challenges and not count the cost. It is what enables us to take risks in ministry and to try to do great things for the Lord, even when it simply means, like our beloved St. John Neumann, doing simple, ordinary things in an extraordinary way. It is what enables us to be true disciples, men willing to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in the spirit of St. Alphonsus and a host of other Redemptorists who have gone before us. It is what enables us to embrace the crosses life brings us with open and willing hearts. It is what enables us to face the challenges of life and of death with courage. It is what enables us to persevere—and to do so with an open spirit and, yes, with a deep sense of gratitude to God for our vocations, our Redemptorist family, and the people we serve. 

 

Click here to READ Fr. Billy’s entire homily (PDF).  Or click "PLAY" below to listen:

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

Perhaps the best way to describe our mission here in St. Lucia is seen in the words that Janet, a St. Lucian and past Sarnelli house member said, which was that we by our work and service were truly making the word flesh. We all came down here not knowing what to expect and face, however, after a mere seven days we all have truly realized that we have in a way accomplished the work of God, and put his words into actions. The Saint Lucians did the same for us.

Click here to read the students’ blog.

Tuesday

To celebrate the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, four Redemptorists offered three special days of prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, June 25-27, 2012.

Click on a play button below to listen to audio of those same talks, recorded live from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

 

Fr. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R. (Text)

 

 

Fr. Kevin MacDonald, C.Ss.R. (Text)

 

Fr. Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R. (Text)

Tuesday

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to join us in Philadelphia June 23 for the closing of the Neumann Year. What a wonderful celebration of this great Redemptorist, Bishop and Saint!

 

Photos from the day’s Mass at the Cathedral, and the reception that followed:

 

A rewind of the Neumann Year, shared with our guests during the reception:

 

 

Monday

Report on the Haiti Relief Fund from the Province of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré
From the Redemptorists’ international newsletter, Scala

Following the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, 2010, an outstanding response of solidarity and generosity was set in motion throughout the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

This spiritual and financial support was directed towards supporting our confreres and meeting their enormous needs following this terrible natural catastrophe (e.g. emergency help, demolition, cleaning up the sites, repairs, reconstruction, etc.).
 
Thanks be to God, following this tragedy, no confreres died. One was seriously injured. Many lost loved ones, parents, friends, etc. Of course, the earthquake had devastating consequences on the infrastructures of our Redemptorist mission in Port-au-Prince:
 
-The student house at Saint-Clement (Bois-Patate : totally destroyed;
-Saint-Gerard’s monastery and the house called Gelin: heavily damaged;
-Saint-Gerard’s church: heavily damaged;
-St. Gerard’s School: totally destroyed.
The reconstruction of the old Belgian section of the Monastery of St Gerard should be well underway by the end of the year. A grant from the Emergency Fund of $500,000 will be given for this project.
 
For these two projects a new kind of kind of construction material made of polystyrene reinforced with metal will be used. This is less costly, lighter and more resistant to bad weather.
 
Regarding Saint Gerard’s church, recent engineering studies confirmed that it will be necessary to destroy the existing building and rebuild. We will begin this project as soon as we have a firm quote on the costs (e.g. demolition, a temporary or semi-permanent construction). We foresee a grant from the Emergency Fund of approximately $500,000.
 
St Gerard’s elementary school has once again begun its instructional activities in temporary quarters, built by UNICEF on the same site as the old building. Juridical proceedings are underway in the hopes of recovering Redemptorist land on which we would like to rebuild St Gerard’s school. The cost of this project will come mainly from grants from three non-governmental agencies (NGOs): SERVE (the Dublin Province), Acoger y Compartir (the Province of Madrid) and Solidaridad (the Province of Madrid). We wish to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to these Redemptorist organizations, who with the collaboration of our confreres have accomplished such admirable humanitarian work, that allows us to continue our Redemptorist mission with the people of God in Haiti.
 
We also want to express our sincere thanks to the Redemptorist units that have allowed us to relocate our Haitian students so that they could continue their theological studies: Colombia, San Juan, Quito, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Edmonton-Toronto, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, etc.