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Monthly Archives: September 2012
Monday

Over the weekend, our confreres from the former Vice Province of Bangkok celebrated the establishment of their own Province.

The first 4 missionaries from the then St. Louis Province came to Thailand in 1948. Year after year one or two new missionaries came to Thailand until the early 1970s. Now we have 2 Bishops, 47 priests, 7 Brothers and 9 professed students in theology; 2 in Novitiate; 21 in Philosophy; 10 Postulants and 60 in the Minor Seminary. There are 8 canonical communities.

 
1st Phase: The First 25 years: (1948-1973): The focus for the first 25 years was the Udon Thani Diocese and parish ministry. Because of the demand of the mission, we could not live together as a community. We had a “home week” only once a month, except for confreres who lived in Bangkok and Sriracha.
 
2nd Phase: The Next 25 years: (1973-1998): Udon Thani Diocese continued to be our priority along with additional new initiatives, such as social work and school ministry. The emerging apostolate at this phase was social work ministry. Mission preaching had been on and off. We started our Major Seminary in this phase as well as a social work ministry in Pattaya which has become well known. We also started our foreign mission in Korea and joined in the mission to Nigeria.
 
Today, our priorities include supporting formation of future Redemptorists to carry on our mission. Our apostolic priorities include:
  • Parish Work
  • Schools: Holy Redeemer School; Ruamrudee International School, KG Perpetual Help Mission Preaching
  • Formation: Sriracha, Minburi, Sampran, Davao, Lipa
  • Social Work: Father Ray foundation, Mercy Center, Sarnelli House
  • Retreat House
  • Foreign Missions: Korea; Nigeria; Laos
  • Hill Tribes Missions
  • Media Center; Institute for Spirituality
 
At this phase, we have strengthened the social work ministry by having more social service centers at Mercy Center, Bangkok and Sarnelli House, Nongkhai. The new mission in Chieng Mai diocese has begun along with the foreign missions. The model of community life is “home week community” since we don’t live together. New collaborative projects in Formation with other units has begun: Lipa and Davao. New initiatives like mission in Nakornsawan Diocese and in Laos have been started.

More from Scala, international Redemptorist newsletter.

 

 

Friday

As a young man, St. John Neumann wanted to be a priest but there were too many priests in his home country! Can you believe it? But he did not let that stand in the way of his dream. He decided to become a missionary to America where the need for priests was great, and became the first Redemptorist to profess vows in the United States. He was a man committed to his faith and to his vocation!

 
Today, as in St. John Neumann’s time, the need for priests and for religious brothers and sisters is great. God is still calling people, but there are obstacles that prevent people from answering that invitation.
 
This year’s Neumann Essay topic is:
 

What are some of the obstacles to pursuing a religious or priestly vocation that young men and women face today, and how can they be encouraged to answer God’s call?

 
Open to Catholic school students in grades 6-12. Entries will be accepted in two categories — middle school (grade 6-8) and high school — and must be received by March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced on March 28, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday

Our next vocations retreat will be October 5-7 at the National Shrine of Blessed Francis X. Seelos in New Oreleans, LA. For more information contact Fr. Richard Bennett, vocations director, at vocations@redemptorists.net or 718-321-1394.

 

 

Tuesday

In the fall issue of Plentiful Redemption, we celebrate our 280th anniversary as a Congregation and our 180 years in America! Click the link to read more about the Redemptorists’ longtime love for the printed word and how that tradition, first handed on by our founder, had a profound impact on those we serve.

Read the fall edition of Plentiful Redemption here (PDF).

Also in this edition, read more about how you can join us in our mission to preach the Word of God to the ends of the earth, including on the new digital continent!

You’ll also find reflections on what makes the Redemptorists different from other missionaries, and an essay on junk food versus Gospel fruit.

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Monday

Fr. Francis Poux died September 17 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD. He was 78.

Click here for a complete obituary.

A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 21 in the main chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd., Timonium, MD.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon, and burial will follow immediately at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

Fr. Poux was born November 1, 1933 in Meadville, PA. He professed vows as a Redemptorist August 2, 1957, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1962.

Please pray for Fr. Poux, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.