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Feast of St. Clement Hofbauer: March 15

Happy Feast Day!

Today, we Redemptorists celebrate St. Clement Mary Hofbauer. He’s considered something of a second founder because he established the first Redemptorist houses beyond the Alps. Thanks to his efforts, six brave missionaries from Germany and Austria traveled to America in 1832 to establish a new mission on these shores.

For his feast day, we’d like to share a reflection written by the late Father Raymond Corriveau. The piece appeared in the summer 2009 edition of Plentiful Redemption. An excerpt:

One of Clement’s close associates, Bartholemew Pajalich, writes of him: “Fr. Hofbauer led a very active life in Vienna. … Since he did not have less need for solitude than the disciples (in the Gospel) … he prepared a solitude, a quiet cell, a small oratory in his own heart."

Click here to read the entire reflection.