Redemptorists

History

Coat of arms
of Redemptorists

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) was established in 1732 in Scala, Italy. It was founded by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who moved by the spiritual poverty of the Naples laboring shepherds, decided to bring to life a community of brothers and priests who would preach the Good News of Salvation to the destitute and the poor.

 

 

Mother
of Perpetual  Help

Our missionary service has been inspired by the words of Prophet Isaiah "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound"

 

 

Saint Alphonsus
Liguori

For over 280 years thousands of Redemptorists have ministered in this spirit to the poor. Some of them have been beatified or canonized by the Church. Apart from our founding Father they were: St. Clemens Hofbauer, the caregiver of orphans, and the missionary of Warsaw and Vienna; St. John Neumann – pastor of emigrants and the first saint of the United States; St. Gerard Majella, charismatic friar, patron of expecting mothers; Bl. Januarius Sarnelli – the apostle of Naples who fought with prostitution; Bl. Peter Donders – a missionary to the leppers in Surinam, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos – John Neumann's coworker; Bl. Kaspar Stanggassinger – educator of youth; as well as martyrs of faith from Ukraine – Bl. Nicholas Charnetsky, Bl. Vasyl Velychkovsky, Bl. Ivan Ziatyk, Bl Zenon Kovalyk; as well as Bl. Method Dominic Trcka. In October of 2013 the martyrs of the Spanish Civil War will join the ranks of other beatified Redemptorists – Fr. Jose Javier Gorosterratzu Jaunarena, Fr. Ciriaco Olarte Perez de Mendiguren, Fr. Miguel Goni Ariz, Fr. Julian Pozo y Ruiz de Samaniego, Fr. Pedro Romero Espejo, Br. Victor Calvo Lozano.

 

 

Saint John Neumann

The growth of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in other European countries has a lot to do with St. Clemens Hofbauer, who visited Warsaw in 1787, where together with a few of his brothers he embarked on mission work at St. Benno's church, thus initiating the presence of Redemptorists in Poland. The Congregation grew quickly – currently there are over 5,500 Redemptorists proclaiming God's message of Evangelization in 77 countries located in 5 continents.

 

Saint Clement
Hofbauer

The Polish Province of Redemptorists was established over 100 years ago, and is now the largest community in our Congregation with 390 brothers. Polish Redemptorists answer to the signs of time, serving in our country and missions, while encompassing special attention to the Catholics in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

 

 

Scala

Our message is "With him there is plentiful redemption". It is ever present in the Congregation's coat of arms. God is infinitely generous in the love He gives to the whole world, constantly calling to those who will proclaim Word of His Salvation. When we have experienced his love, we go on to preach of it to all those we meet in our path. Our priority goes to those living outside of society and the Church. We entrust our apostolic work to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, honoring her sacred image with special praise.