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Yearly Archives: 2016

By Father Henry Sattler, C.Ss.R.

Brother Christopher (Riccardo) Colarossi, C.Ss.R., died October 5, 2016, at the age of 74. [read more]


It’s been 150 years since the Redemptorists were entrusted with the ancient and miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. We’re holding a jubilee celebration in her honor and hope you’ll be part of it.

Special events on September 17 begin with a 2 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The principal celebrant will be The Most Rev. Father Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., the Redemptorists’ worldwide superior general.

The Mass will be televised live on EWTN, and the video feed is also being offered to New Evangelization Television (NET-TV) of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Telecare of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. If you have access to NET-TV and Telecare, please check local listings for availability.

Afterward the festivities will continue on the adjacent campus of Catholic University. At the Pryzbyla University Center, we’re hosting a reception to honor Our Mother of Perpetual Help, complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, dessert, and coffee. Tickets to the reception cost $25 per person.

Please note: Tickets are no longer being sold online, but you can purchase them in the vestibule of the National Shrine before the 2 p.m. Mass on September 17. 


Join us Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28, for a retreat focused on Redemptorist spirituality. The retreat begins at 6 p.m. Friday with supper and concludes with lunch at noon Sunday. Cost is $210.

The location is San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey, right on the Atlantic Ocean.

Redemptorist Fathers John McGowan and Patrick Woods have been giving this retreat for the past 15 years. All are welcome, but we offer a special invitation to those who are part of the Redemptorists as family members, friends, co-workers in our various ministries, members of Redemptorist parishes, and those who have shared in a Redemptorist mission or retreat.

We seek to make the retreat spiritually refreshing while giving participants time to relax and enjoy the wonder of God’s creation.

To learn more or register*,  call the office at San Alfonso between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 732-222-2731 or 732-222-2731.

*If you are a member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, New York, you may register by contacting the parish office at 516-931-0818.


By Rev. Henry Sattler C.Ss.R.
Rev. Raymond McCarthy, C.Ss.R., died on July 15, 2016, at age 95.

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By Rev. Thomas Travers, C.Ss.R.

Father John Joseph Travers, C.Ss.R., died on June 23, 2016, at the Neumann Residence, a health-care facility in Timonium, Md., surrounded by his Redemptorist confreres and the residence staff. He was 82.

He was the son of the late Henry Travers of Finadoos County, Donegal, Ireland, a maintenance worker at Harvard Medical School, and the late Mary Josephine Donnelly of Barna County, Galway, Ireland, a registered nurse at New England Hospital for Women and Children.

He leaves his older sister, Margaret, a missionary in Japan, his brother Thomas, also a Redemptorist priest, and a younger brother, Henry, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Foxborough, Mass., and their children, Marie and husband John Perry and Tom and wife Nicole Travers. He was pre-deceased by his uncles Michael Donnelly of Mission Hill and Larry Travers of Lynn, Mass., and aunts Rose and Agnes of Dorchester, Mass.

He was born in Boston on April 3, 1934. He attended Mission Grammar School, where he sang in the choir and played the violin in the orchestra. At this time he developed his love for the Boston sports teams, especially the Boston Braves. He kept their statistics in copybooks, and once he proudly received a letter from a Boston sportswriter praising him for his voluminous knowledge of the members of that team.

When he graduated, he entered the Redemptorist Minor Seminary at North East, Pa. Later he went to the Redemptorist Novitiate in Ilchester, Md., where he professed his vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1954. He was ordained a priest on June 21, 1959, at Mount St. Alphonsus, the Redemptorist Major Seminary. Upon graduation he was sent to the Angelicum, a Dominican College in Rome, Italy, where he earned a degree in canon law.

When he returned to the United States, he was assigned as assistant pastor at St Mary’s in Annapolis, Md., and later at St Anthony’s in Lancaster, Pa. In 1975 he was assigned to Perpetual Help Parish in Edgewater, Md., and made pastor. He stayed there for 12 years during a time of great expansion. Together with a very active parish council, he began work on a new parish complex in 1977. It was dedicated on Easter Sunday, 1980.  

From there he was assigned as pastor to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Holland, Pa. He later went to Perpetual Help Parish in Brooklyn, where he was assigned the Wednesday novena devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and the RCIA program for prospective Catholics. Father Travers was famous for his storytelling preaching style and for teaming with other members of the community for their successful RCIA program.

His knowledge of computers, the Boston sports teams, and electronics was legendary, and his devotion to Perpetual Help was his constant support.