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ROMA offices dedicated in Annapolis

Last weekend, after almost two years in temporary space, the Redemptorist Office for Mission Advancement (ROMA) dedicated its new, permanent offices in the historic Charles Carroll House in Annapolis, MD.

Read more about ROMA and the rich Redemptorist history with the Charles Carroll House here.

In his remarks during the dedication, Fr. Daniel Francis, director of ROMA, highlighted the connection between the first Redemptorist students to live in the house, and the people who now work here:

“In some respects, we’ve come a long way from those early students in this beautiful house. But the same wood, so beautifully re-crafted, still helps continue the Redemptorist mission to preach, if not always at a pulpit. 

Where students gathered for prayer with (Blessed Francis X.) Seelos, we gather for prayer daily to remember our donors’ intentions.Where students paced the floor considering their vocations, our ministry is to connect people to our seminarians so that they can support their vocations.

We’ve come a long way from 1852. Wireless technology, data transfers and fax machines have replaced the quiet of breviaries, bells and birettas. But this is a holy place. … It’s a holy place because our mission is the same — to ensure the freedom of religion with a dash of Redemptorist spirituality.”

In blessing the building, Fr. John Kingsbury, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, which sits next to the Carroll House, also connected past with present:

“Heavenly Father, from these very windows young newly ordained priests gazed out upon these lands and dreamed of the many people they would proclaim the Gospel to. Lord we ask a blessing on these Redemptorists, many of whom are still alive today, who lived and prayed in this building while writing Mission talks to make this dream of proclaiming the Gospel to every person a reality.

And now, Heavenly Father, we have gathered here today to ask a blessing on these very same windows, as they prepare for new eyes that will gaze out of them. Eyes that hold dear the same dream that inspired Charles Carroll, the early Redemptorist Missionaries and the newly ordained priests to work and pray with zeal. Lord we ask a blessing on these new eyes, the eyes of the staff of ROMA, the Redemptorist Office for Mission Advancement, that they will look out upon these lands and ponder how best to tell the story of the Redemptorist Congregation and its missionary dream to assist people of this nation and of all nations to know of our God and to hear the Good News of Plentiful Redemption.”