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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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Happy Birthday to the Redemptorists!

“He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Luke 4:16-21).

Today we celebrate the 278th anniversary of the founding of the Redemptorists, officially known as the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Today in 1732, St. Alphonsus Liguori began his mission to preach the Good News of God’s boundless love for all people. He took to hear the words of Isaiah “to bring glad tidings to the poor…to proclaim liberty to captives…to let the oppressed go free.”

In 78 countries worldwide, more than 5,300 Redemptorists continue St. Alphonsus’ mission – preaching, giving retreats, ministering in prisons, working with immigrant communities, seeking out the poor and most spiritually abandoned.

Prayer for Vocations to the Redemptorist Family

Provident God,
you spoke your dream of plentiful redemption
in Jesus Christ.
Your Spirit ignited the heart of St. Alphonsus,
inspiring him to found a family in the Church
dedicated to proclaiming the good news
of plentiful redemption to the most abandoned.
Raise up among us
strong women and men of faith,
afire with love for you
and zeal for the mission of proclaiming your word
among those who do not know you,
or who need to hear your word proclaimed anew.
Guide men to respond with generosity
as vowed Redemptorist priests and brothers,
and women and men to serve in joy and hope
as partners in the Redemptorist mission.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
your Word, who is our Life.
Amen.