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Feast Day: October 5

Francis Xavier Seelos was born in Fussen, Bavaria, on January 11, 1819. He studied philosophy at the University of Munich and began theology as a diocesan seminarian. After visiting the Redemptorists in Altötting, where he heard of their missionary work in North America, he decided to join them.

With their approval, he set off for the United States in 1843 [read more]


The Redemptorists invite you to a Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, October 5. We will pray for the survivors of clergy abuse, for their families, for the accused, and for the Church.

Please join us for Mass at 5:30 p.m. at [read more]

Learn more about the Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon

This fall marks 150 years since the first three icons of Our Mother of Perpetual Help came to the United States. One of those early icons–the first to be publicly venerated–is enthroned at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baltimore. We’ll observe this 150th anniversary on Saturday, November 3, and we invite you to take part.

At 4 p.m. that day the Redemptorists will celebrate Mass to commemorate the historic occasion, followed by a reception. Main celebrant for the Mass will be Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., the archbishop of Newark, N.J.

Please join us! [read more]


By Patrick J. Hayes, Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia

Ensconced for public veneration at the Church of St. James the Less in Baltimore on December 6, 1868, the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help traveled from Rome along with two others bound for America. They were the first to arrive on these shores. The very first installation took place in the Brothers’ chapel at St. Mary’s in Annapolis on August 15, 1868. The installation at St. James has a more detailed history. Here’s what we know:

Shortly after the Annapolis icon was placed in the Brothers’ chapel, on August 18 plans were announced at St. James to enshrine a copy there. Parishioners were asked to do more than make ready for the icon. An overall plan for improvements to the interior of their church accompanied the announcement about OLPH.

These included new stained-glass windows, a new pulpit, [read more]


Feast day: September 26

Kaspar Stanggassinger entered the Congregation with the intention of preaching the Gospel to the most abandoned. Instead, his superiors appointed him to form future missionaries. In addition to teaching, he gave pastoral assistance at churches in neighboring villages, especially by preaching. He was deeply devoted to the Eucharist, and in his preaching he invited all to have recourse to the Blessed Sacrament in times of need and anxiety. [read more]