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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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About us

Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach Good News to the poor.”

Since 1732 the Redemptorists—a congregation of 5,500 missionary priests and brothers in 82 countries—have followed in Christ’s footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned.


The Redemptorists’ seal

Our formal name is the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, or in Latin, Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris (C.Ss.R.). Our motto is Copiosa apud eum redemptio—”With Him is plentiful redemption.”

Our seal features a cross flanked by a spear and a sponge, all representing the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary. On either side of the cross are initials for the names of Jesus and Mary. Over all these elements are the words of our motto.

As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to the crib of Bethlehem; the cross of Calvary; Mary, the Mother of God; and the Eucharist.

Redemptorists are known worldwide for their devotion to Mary under the icon and title of Mother of Perpetual Help. In 1866 this ancient Byzantine icon was entrusted to the Redemptorists, and Pope Pius IX asked them to “make her known throughout the world.”

The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province, serving the Eastern United States, have more than 200 active ministries.

Your gifts to the Redemptorists make it possible for us to

  • preach the Good News of Jesus Christ in parish missions and in our predominantly inner-city parishes
  • give material and spiritual aid to those who are hungry, homeless, or despairing
  • educate and train men to become priests and brothers
  • care for elderly and infirm confreres
  • and promote devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Our habit

threeguysLike members of many religious orders, Redemptorist priests and brothers wear a distinctive habit that marks us as religious and signals our belonging to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.