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Since 1732, the Redemptorists — a congregation of missionary priests and brothers — have followed in Jesus’ footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned.
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Monthly Archives: November 2012

As we gather today with family, friends and neighbors to give thanks to God for his many blessings, we Redemptorists are also grateful to all of our friends and benefactors, for those who visit our website to listen to our daily audio homilies, for our Facebook friends and those we correspond with through the mail. For all those volunteers and partners who make our mission possible.

Thank you for the gift you are in our lives! May Our Redeemer continue to bless us, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help pray for us!

A happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Lord Jesus, everything you said to your disciples was said so that your joy would be in them and their joy would be complete. Be present also today at this meal and enliven our faith so that we might become more effective apostles in every good work. We ask this blessing in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, forever and ever. Amen.



Our parish in the Bronx, Immaculate Conception, recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. The special Mass drew current and former parishioners, as well as alumni from the parish school some of whom had graduated in the 1940s. Begun as a German-Irish community along Melrose Avenue in the South Bronx, Immaculate Conception continues as a bustling center of spiritual and material help and hope, serving a diverse population hailing from many different countries including several Latin American and African countries.

Read more here.


As we continue to pray for all those affected by Superstorm Sandy, the Redemptorists at our retreat house in Long Branch, NJ, are beginning to pick up the pieces from the storm. The big crucifix in our "backyard," along the beach, remained standing strong in the middle of a field of debris.

Read more here.




During our convocation meetings at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ this week, we were thrilled to honor Jeff and Brenda Vredenburg with the honor of Redemptorist Oblate.

Jeff and Brenda are longtime members of our parish of St. Clement’s in Saratoga Springs, NY. In addition to serving on our music ministry team, they were also an important part of our extended family when our skilled-nursing care residence was located on the parish grounds. Though our men receiving skilled-nursing care relocated to Maryland almost four years ago, Jeff and Brenda continue to care for the gardens and shrines on the former St. John Neumann Residence property. Whether raking leaves, cutting the grass, playing the piano, or just offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment or a trip into town, the Vredenburgs have spent much of their lives working alongside the Redemptorists, helping to further our mission to preach the Gospel to the poor and most spiritually abandoned.

What is a Redemptorist Oblate?

The honor of Redemptorist Oblate is the highest recognition given to a lay person by the worldwide Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists). Oblates work closely alongside the Redemptorists to further our mission to preach the Gospel, especially to the poor and most abandoned. They also share our spirituality.

As an Oblate, a person shares in the spiritual benefits of the prayers and good works of the Redemptorists, and is considered a member of the community.

Unlike Oblates you might hear about related to the Dominicans or other religious orders, Redemptorist Oblates are NOT a secular third order. For Redemptorists, the title of Oblate is an honor that is bestowed on a person, rather than something an individual seeks out of a desire to be part of the mission and spiritual works of a religious community.

Thank you, Jeff and Brenda, for the gift of your friendship and your partnership in preaching plentiful redemption to the ends of the earth!




This week Redemptorists from the Baltimore Province will hold a series of meetings at our retreat house in New Jersey to prepare for the second session of our Provincial Chapter in January 2013.

Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we remember you in ours!

St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

We come before you, Father,
to ask your blessings.
In your mercy strengthen us in truth,
and help us to be open to your grace.
Breathe into us your Holy Spirit
so that we may be able to discern
your will for the Province.
Revive in us the mind,
the heart, and the spirit
of St. Alphonsus.
We ask this in the name
of Jesus the Lord. Amen.





In the hills outside Naples, St. Alphonsus Liguori and his first companions professed their vows as Redemptorists on this date in 1732. Those first few years were difficult — most of St. Alphonsus’ first confreres left him within a year or two. But the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer soon took root and spread throughout the world.

By 1787, Redemptorists had crossed the Alps and established a community in Poland. By 1820, they’d made their way to France. In 1832, the first six Redemptorists arrived in America. In 1859, the first sons of St. Alphonsus arrived in South America. They spread to Australia in 1882, Africa in 1899, the Caribbean in 1902, and the Philippines in 1906. Redemptorists entered Vietnam in 1925, and China in 1928. In 1948, there were Redemptorists in Japan, and by 1952 they’d arrived in Lebanon. Siberia saw its first Redemptorists in 1956, and Iraq welcomed them in 1962. Missions began in Madagascar in 1967, in Nigeria in 1987, Russia in 1993, and Ghana in 1994.

Today, there are approximately 5,300 Redemptorists serving in 76 countries. Please join us in giving thanks for the blessing of our Congregation, and praying that more young men will join us in proclaiming plentiful redemption.


Prayer for Vocations to the Redemptorist Family

Provident God,
you spoke your dream of plentiful redemption
in Jesus Christ.
Your Spirit ignited the heart of St. Alphonsus,
inspiring him to found a family in the Church
dedicated to proclaiming the good news
of plentiful redemption to the most abandoned.
Raise up among us
strong women and men of faith,
afire with love for you
and zeal for the mission of proclaiming your word
among those who do not know you,
or who need to hear your word proclaimed anew.
Guide men to respond with generosity
as vowed Redemptorist priests and brothers,
and women and men to serve in joy and hope
as partners in the Redemptorist mission.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
your Word, who is our Life.