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Monthly Archives: September 2012

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Father Francis Poux died on September 17, 2012 amidst the prayers of his confreres at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris, in Timonium, MD.

Father Poux was born on November 1, 1933 near Meadville, PA; professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1957; and was ordained on June 17, 1962.
After graduating from St. Agatha High School, located near his birthplace of Frenchtown — an unincorporated community in Crawford County, PA — he studied Latin at St. Mary’s College, the Redemptorist Preparatory Seminary in North East, PA. When he finished his novitiate year in Ilchester, MD, he went on to complete his theological studies at Mount St. Alphonsus, the Redemptorist Major Seminary in Esopus, NY where he was ordained.
For the first 25 years of his priesthood Fr. Poux’s foreign mission assignments in Brazil included work in Aquidauana and Curitiba, as well as the responsibilities of serving as superior in the Redemptorist communities at Bela Vista, Telemaco Borba, Paranagua and Campo Grande.
“We left for South America at the same time,” recalls his classmate, Fr. Paul Miller. “I knew he would do well because he was a solid priest even though we rarely saw each other in Brazil because we were stationed miles apart.”
This same sentiment was echoed by his confrere, Fr. John Roche, who recalls, “In those days, our surroundings were extremely poor. We didn’t have electricity continuously throughout the day and often no water either. Geographically, the territory was 4 or 5 times larger than Texas but with only 33 kilometers of asphalt — everything else was sand and mud — and the only reason we had some pavement was because a military general lived at the end of that road. Life was rough. But Fr. Poux and I functioned well in the Cursillo movement which brought life to the Church and to the people.”
When he returned to the States in 1989, Fr. Poux served in several parishes in Lancaster, PA; Boston; Lima, OH; Odenton, MD and Baltimore. Two of his former rectors at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Baltimore, Fr. Mike Sergi and Fr. Kevin Milton agree, “Poux covered the Bayview Hospital like a blanket. He went every day and brought the sacraments to the Catholic patients there. All the nurses knew him by name because they realized how much comfort he brought to the sick when they needed a priest most; when they were down and out.”
Two other classmates, Fr. Tom Travers and Fr. John McGowan recall, “He had a great singing voice and anchored the bass section of the choir by himself. We used to tease him about talking too much. But he loved our common life: outdoors and in. He played all sports well — hockey, a fantastic catcher in baseball.” “And in the common room we even played two-handed pinochle,” adds another peer, Fr. Frank O’Rourke.
Perhaps his zeal for the people and his love for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer is best summarized in Fr. Poux’s own words which he wrote on July 31, 1957 at the age of 23: “I used to go over and over the Maryknoll Magazines and enjoyed just looking at the pictures of the young priests, how happy they all seemed! Was I to be a Maryknoll?
“My question was answered in the form of a Mission given by a Redemptorist. I had seen these Fathers before: 40 hours, helping out on Sundays, etc. But all of a sudden this priest who gave such down-to-earth sermons, who stood at the altar rail in a long black cassock with the big rosary hanging from his wide cincture, and who clearly meant every word he said, this priest captured my eye and my heart.
“Without knowing just what the Redemptorists did, or what kind of life they led, I wanted to be one of them. He was giving his service to God, and yet in talking to him, I discovered that in doing this, he was one of the happiest men I had ever met. He loved his life, his order, and his God. He showed me what the religious life held out to a man … Love of God … Peace of soul.”
May your soul rest in this peace, Fr. Poux. Rest in God’s peace now and forever. Amen.



Rev. Francis Poux, C.Ss.R.

  • Born: November 2, 1933
  • Professed: August 2, 1957
  • Ordained: June 17, 1962
  • Died: September 17, 2012



September 21
11 a.m.
Main Chapel
Stella Maris
2300 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Timonium, MD

September 21
12 noon
Main Chapel
Stella Maris

Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery
Baltimore, MD