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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!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer—the Redemptorists.

On this day in 1732 St. Alphonsus Liguori and his first companions professed their vows as Redemptorists and began their mission to preach the Good News of God’s boundless love for all people. They took to heart the words of Isaiah “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . to proclaim liberty to captives . . . to let the oppressed go free.”

The congregation’s first few years were difficult, and most of St. Alphonsus’ first confreres left him within a year or two. But the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer soon took root and spread throughout the world.

By 1787 Redemptorists had crossed the Alps and established a community in Poland. By 1820 they’d made their way to France.

In 1832 the first six Redemptorists arrived in North America. In 1859 the first sons of St. Alphonsus arrived in South America.

They spread to Australia in 1882, Africa in 1899, the Caribbean in 1902, and the Philippines in 1906. Redemptorists entered Vietnam in 1925 and China in 1928. In 1948, there were Redemptorists in Japan, and by 1952 they’d arrived in Lebanon.

Siberia saw its first Redemptorists in 1956, and Iraq welcomed them in 1962. Missions began in Madagascar in 1967, in Nigeria in 1987, Russia in 1993, and Ghana in 1994.

Now more than 5,500 Redemptorist priests and brothers in 82 countries worldwidecontinue St. Alphonsus’ mission: preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, serving the poor and most spiritually abandoned, welcoming the stranger, and—since 1866—promoting devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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 men and women 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 laywomen 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.