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Category: People & places

Redemptorist students from throughout North America met at Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canadaigua, N.Y., May 21 through 27, along with confreres in formation and vocation ministry. During the annual gathering, each day began with a two-hour workshop by Father Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R., on the life and times of St. Alphonsus.

At the closing Mass, Father Stephen Rehrauer, [read more]


By Annette C. Silva

Seaford, located in Sussex County, is often called “lower, slower Delaware” by those to the north. Our Lady of Lourdes, part of the Wilmington Diocese, was created in the 1940s as a small Catholic mission in a downtown storefront. By 1948 there were enough Catholic families to build a church. In 1970 our Hispanic population was growing, and the Redemptorists sent us priests known the world over for bringing the word of Christ’s love and mercy to many forgotten people in the tradition of St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Since then the Redemptorists have blessed our parish with the apostolic zeal of St. John Neumann. In Seaford we now have two priests from India whom God sent to us from the Liguori Province of Kerala. Parishioners repeatedly comment [read more]


On April 4 St. James the Greater Parish in Concord, N.C., celebrated the dedication of its new Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall. Having seen a 40 percent increase in parishioners in the past three years, the community badly needed more space for faith formation, youth and young-adult programs, Bible studies, and other needs. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte led the dedication ceremony and blessed the hall.

About 40 percent of the 22,500-square-foot building [read more]


By Father Mike Houston

Hispanic ministry at St. Gerard’s in Lima, Ohio, has been growing at a slow and steady pace. For the past three years we’ve had a weekly Sunday liturgy in Spanish. Both Father Mike Sergi and I currently celebrate Mass in Spanish with the help of the officially retired but still active Deacon Elias Peña.

Regular Sunday attendance at the Spanish Mass varies from 30 to 60 people. A major contributor to the effort has been Angelica Pierre, whose deep faith and dedication serve as a great example for the Hispanic community. [read more]


By Father John Murray, C.Ss.R.

In January 1857, three American-born Redemptorists, Isaac Hecker, Nathaniel Hewitt, and Francis Baker, preached a mission in the cathedral of St. Augustine, Fla. After closing the mission, the fathers traveled to the cathedral in Charleston, S.C., to join their confreres, Clarence Walworth and George Deshon, who had already opened a mission there.

The next Redemptorist mission in Charleston was given in 1863, the third year of the Civil War. Father Giles Smulders, a Confederate Army chaplain, conducted the services during the siege of the city by federal troops.

In March 1930, Bishop Emmet Walsh of Charleston invited the Redemptorists to establish a foundation in Orangeburg.

—Father Francis Donlan, C.Ss.R.,

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