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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 Immaculate Conception!

As Redemptorists, we celebrate in a special way today. When St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Congregation in 1732, he placed his religious family under the patronage of Mary, the Immaculate Conception.

In 1854 when Pope Pius IX solemnly declared the doctrine of Mary’s sinlessness from the moment of her conception, St. John Neumann, himself a spiritual son of St. Alphonsus, was present for the occasion.

A few years later, in 1866, Pope Pius entrusted the holy and miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists, asking them to “make her known throughout the world.”

Today, we continue to ask Our Mother Mary and all our Redemptorist saints and blesseds to pray for us and our world.

An excerpt from St. Alphonsus’ book The Glories of Mary:

“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun” (Revelation 12:1). St. Bernard says, “O Lady, you have clothed the sun, the Eternal Word, with human flesh, but He has clothed you with His power and mercy. . . .  Mary is so compassionate and kind that when sinners, no matter who they are, throw themselves on her charity, she does not investigate their merits, or consider whether they are worthy, but she hears and helps all. . . . ” We may be afraid . . . to go directly to Almighty God, because after all it is His infinite Majesty we have offended. But we should never be afraid of going directly to Mary, because we will find nothing in her to terrify us. True, she is holy, immaculate, and the great Queen of the universe. But at the same time she is also flesh of our flesh, a child of Adam.