The Redemptorists Denver Province
Mission Advancement Ministry
the Apostolate Today St. Joseph Mass League
A Labor of Love Rachel’s Vineyard
Co-Redemptorist Membership Drive Anniversaries
Volume 1, Issue 4
A Time to Celebrate
Hope, published by the Redemptorists of the
Denver Province’s Mission Advancement
Ministry, is distributed quarterly to friends
In June we celebrate a very significant anniversary. and supporters of the Redemptorists. With
this publication, we hope to inspire an even
It will be 50 years since the creation of the larger following of friends and supporters
eager to help because they know our cause
Co-Redemptorist Association, arguably the longest- is all about providing love and hope to the
poorest of the poor.
running seminarian support program of its kind in
the country today. Very Reverend Thomas D. Picton, C.Ss.R.
Since 1960, thousands of apostolic-minded Hirsch, Fr. Jack Willett, Fr. Bernard Rooney, Fr. Editor
people from around the country have enrolled John Paul Andree, and Fr. Peter Schavitz. Broth- Bruce Crane
to help ensure that those men in training realize er Robert Ruffing and staff members Rosemary Director
Mission Advancement Ministry
their dream of becoming Redemptorist Priests or Andrews and Lois Schenfeld also deserve to be
Joseph A. Roos
Brothers. Their perseverance in prayer and per- recognized for their years of dedicated service.
Letters to the Editor:
sonal sacrifice is manifest today in the hundreds We also remember Marion Carpenter, Sophie Hope
of Priests, Brothers and seminarians that repre- Wechselberger, Brother James Bohr, Mary Dav- Redemptorists/Denver Province
sent the Denver Province around the globe. enport and Sister Mary Dolores Musial as spe- Mission Advancement Ministry
1230 S. Parker Road
The original idea for the program came about cial members of the Co-Redemptorist family. Denver, CO 80231
in 1954, when Julia Flanagan, the sister of And, on behalf of our men in formation, thank
Toll Free: 866.788.0343
Fr. Joseph Flanagan, started the St. Joseph Aux- you to our many Co-Redemptorist benefactors Denver: 303.565.5450
iliary in Kirkwood, MO, site of our former minor who are making it possible for these men to per- Email address:
seminary. She recruited people from all over severe in their vocations. firstname.lastname@example.org
the St. Louis area to donate a dollar a month to For those who don’t know, we offer the redemptoristsdenver.org
help support the Redemptorist seminarians at Co-Redemptorist preaching program, where
St. Joseph College. At one point the Auxiliary Redemptorists visit parishes around the coun-
numbered over 1,000 members! try to talk about the program and to invite oth-
In the fall of 1959, the new St. Joseph Col- ers to become Co-Redemptorists. If you would
lege was opened near Edgerton, WI. The follow- like to schedule a Co-Redemptorist preaching Keep God’s
ing year, the St. Joseph Auxiliary became the event in your church, please call our Mission
Co-Redemptorist Association with Father Advancement Ministry at 866.788.0343 and Earth Green
Thomas William Murphy its first director. ask for Mary Pelikan. She’ll make it happen! Receive Hope by Email
Over the past 50 years, the Co-Redemptorist On the back cover you’ll find the Co-Re- Let us know by sending your email
Association has grown and prospered due to demptorist preaching schedule for the next few address to:
the tireless efforts of Redemptorists, Religious, months. If your parish happens to be on the list, email@example.com
and lay people who labored faithfully together we would encourage you to attend and to bring
to build this remarkably successful fundrais- a friend or family member. Our Church needs
ing apostolate. Special thanks must be paid to more Redemptorist Priests and Brothers, and Follow the Redemptorists
former directors Fr. Thomas William Murphy, we need you to help them persevere in their vo- on Facebook
Fr. James Kelly, Fr. Frank O’Neill, Fr. Leo cations. Thank you.
The Very Reverend Thomas D. Picton, C.Ss.R. Moving?
Provincial Superior, Denver Province If you have moved and would like to
continue receiving Hope magazine,
please send your new address to
The Birth Of A Priest Fr. Paul J. Coury, C.Ss.R.
One of the great Easter experiences alized that it was their sacrifices and their Easter is a season of new births. Let us
of my own life, as a Redemptorist, took prayers that brought me to this moment. I take the time to give thanks to God for
place after celebrating my first Mass in felt so very humbled to realize how many those who have given birth to us, either
my home parish of Holy Redeemer in De- people of my parish had a stake in my life. physically or spiritually. Let our joy be set
troit, Michigan. After Mass I was led to I knew then that I was connected to these free to roam the universe!
our parish hall. There was a line of people wondrous people by a thousand golden Superior of the Redemptorist Community
that extended into the street. I thought it threads of love and caring. They truly gave Renewal Center at Picture Rocks,
was the line for food and coffee. I was told birth to my Priesthood. The beauty of life Cortaro, AZ
that these people were actually lined up to is that we do not give birth to ourselves. desertrenewal.org
receive my first blessing! Someone else has to give birth to us and it
So there I stood for three hours blessing is to these people that we owe a great debt
each person who came forward to congrat- of thankfulness.
ulate me. These were people who knew St. Alphonsus Liguori, our founder,
my family or who knew me since I was said that “at the birth of Jesus, joy was set
a small child. Some of them were class- free and now freely roams the universe.”
mates; others were just parishioners who It is this joy that I felt knowing that so On the Cover
were honored to have a new Priest from many people, like you, had supported
Photo: Fr. John Paul Andree, C.Ss.R.
their parish. me through the years by these “golden
with his mother, Loretta, who just
Many of them who came forward told threads.” You have all given birth to celebrated her 87th birthday in
me that they were Co-Redemptorists. I re- my Priesthood! March. Loretta Andree is one of the
original members of the Co-Redemp-
torist Association. Father John was
its director from 1983 to 2005. Photo
Redemptorist headline news by Focal Point Studio of Photography
Saint: St. Alphonsus Liguori founded
Haiti Relief torist Priest (1819-1867) who waged a 30-year campaign of the Congregation of the Most Holy
Redeemer (Redemptorists) in Naples,
Shortly after the devastating spent most of his time in New violence against Northern Ire-
Italy in 1732. He is a Doctor of the
earthquake in Haiti on January Orleans caring for the poor, sick land’s Catholics has become a Church and the official patron of
12, the Mission Advancement and neglected. While caring for Catholic. The revelation that Ian moralists, confessors, vocations and
Ministry in Denver established an yellow fever victims, he con- Stewart, a member of the Ul- people who suffer from arthritis.
online fundraising drive to help tracted the disease himself and ster Volunteer Force, is Catholic
the 40 Redemptorists stationed died there from it on October came in Belfast Crown Court
in Haiti get food, water and medi- 5, 1867. His cause for canon- February 26 during the trial
cal supplies to the poorest of the ization is under consideration. of nine men charged with mur-
poor caught up in this deadly seelos.org dering a fellow Loyalist paramili-
natural disaster. As of March 31, tary member. While the Ulster
we have raised $40,355. 2010 SCRupulouS Volunteer Force is party to a
Slated for May 14-16, 2010 and
cease-fire agreement, it claimed 4 A Class Act
responsibility for the murder of
DeDiCation presented by Fr. Thomas M. 381 Catholics during a violent 6 The Apostolate Today
On January 30, 2010, nearly Santa, C.Ss.R. at the Redemp- campaign against the minority
200 guests gathered at the torist Renewal Center in Tuc- Catholic community that began
7 A Labor of Love
new Seelos Welcome Center, in
New Orleans, LA, to take part
son, AZ. For more information, in 1965 and ended with the 1998 8 Membership Drive
visit desertrenewal.org and Good Friday peace agreement.
in the official dedication and
click on “Events Calendar” or The court was told that Stew- 10 St. Joseph Mass League
blessing of the new structure.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond
call 520.744.3400. art, 35, became Catholic after
receiving spiritual advice from
12 Rachel’s Vineyard
BRitiSH loyaliSt wHo
of New Orleans presided at the
blessing and dedication cer- onCe fougHt CatHoliCS
Redemptorists at the Clonard 15 Jubilarians
Monastery in Northern Ireland.
emony. The building is named emBRaCeS CatHoliCiSm 16 The Music of Mary
for Blessed Francis X. Seelos, A member of a banned Loyal-
C.Ss.R., the great Redemp- ist paramilitary organization that
3 HOPE HOPE 3
50 Anni th
In June we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this
singular fundraising program that combines prayer
and personal sacrifice to help our seminarians perse-
vere in their vocations.
For nearly 75 years (1888-1959), St. Joseph College in
Kirkwood, MO, served as the Redemptorist minor seminary
Paint it Black
for the St. Louis Province. By the 1940s, the buildings were William Davidson of St. Louis was a key figure in the early
starting to show their age. Continuing deterioration forced development of this program. He was a painting contractor
the leadership to make a decision: either remodel or look for by day and fundraiser par excellence when he wasn’t holding
another site. a paint brush. For years, he would volunteer his time to help
Eventually, they decided to purchase land near Edger- churches and other religious organizations in the St. Louis
ton, WI. The projected cost came in at twice the amount set area find ways to fund their various capital projects.
aside by the Province. So, to help make up the difference, In his meetings with Fr. John McCormick, the Provincial,
the leadership decided to recruit the financial help of every and Fr. Ray Schmitt, the Provincial Consultor, Davidson laid
parish, relative and friend. out a plan he claimed would raise at least $100,000 a year,
In the end they were able to raise $1.4 million dollars; but only if the plan was “painted” as an essentially spiritual
that, together with the sale of the Kirkwood property for one; that as Catholics, we all share in the responsibility of
$415,000, brought a smile of relief to the face of Fr. John encouraging our sons and Brothers, friends and neighbors
Diederich, Procurator at the time for the St. Louis Province. to consider religious life and then supporting them through
In September of 1959, the new St. Joseph College outside both prayer and personal sacrifice. He saw this program as
Edgerton opened its doors. an opportunity to help a lot of families realize the dream of
With the new seminary, however, came the realization having one of their own become members of the Redemptor-
that other sources of revenue would have to be pursued ist Congregation.
if the Province was going to be able to maintain this new Davidson believed the program had to embrace three
facility and the other formation houses here in the States spiritual elements for it to be successful: Prayer, Sacrifice
and overseas. and Reward. People who sign up must commit to pray daily
for vocations, be willing to make some moral or material
contribution to help support the men Fr. James Kelly (1962-1964); Fr. Frank
in formation, and accept as reward O’Neill (1964-1967); Fr. Leo Hirsch
inclusion in the larger good works of (1967-1972); Fr. Jack Willett (1972);
the Redemptorists. Fr. Bernard Rooney (1972-1983);
It was Fr. Ray Schmitt who first coined Fr. John Paul Andree (1983-2005); and
the term “Co-Redemptorist.” Next, what Fr. Peter Schavitz (2006-2008).
to ask of the new Co-Redemptorists as At the height of the program, in 1985
far as financial support? Again, it was through 1986, roughly 21,000 people
Fr. Ray who came up with $1.42, the called themselves Co-Redemptorists.
amount he calculated would be needed Thousands of Redemptorist seminar-
to cover the expenses of one seminarian ians have benefited from this program
for at least one day a month. since its inception in 1960.
It has remained $1.42 for the last Since 2008, the program has been
45 years. managed from Denver, CO under the
Q: what turns 50 years old this June, has raised
over $27.4 million,* and boasts a membership
today of over 8,000 people?
A: the Co-Redemptorist association, arguably
the most successful fundraising program ever
conceived by the Redemptorists.
In May of 1960, Fr. Thomas Wil- leadership of Joseph A. Roos, director of
Fr. Thomas William Murphy, C.Ss.R. (1960-1962)
Fr. James Kelly, C.Ss.R. (1962-1964)
liam Murphy moved into the new the Mission Advancement Ministry. Fr. Frank O’Neill, C.Ss.R. (1964-1967)
Co-Redemptorist office at St. Joseph’s To find out more about the Co-Re- Fr. Leo Hirsch, C.Ss.R. (1967-1972)
College as its first director. He served for demptorist Association or to become a
Fr. Jack Willett, C.Ss.R. (1972)
two years. member please call 866.788.0343 and Fr. Bernard Rooney, C.Ss.R. (1972-1983)
Seven Redemptorists would fol- ask for Mary Pelikan. Fr. John Paul Andree, C.Ss.R. (1983-2005)
Fr. Peter Schavitz, C.Ss.R. (2005-2008)
low Fr. Murphy in the role as director: * Including wills and bequests.
Fr. John Paul Andree, C.Ss.R.
Director of the Co-Redemptorist Association from 1983 to 2005
I am personally so very thankful and gratified to know that the tive to prayer and sacrifice is through
the monthly letter and the sharing in
Co-Redemptorist Association continues to be an apostolic activity the Redemptorists’ spiritual and pas-
for so many of you, our beloved Co-Redemptorists; that so many toral efforts. There has always existed
the firm conviction that Co-Redemp-
of you still regard the education of our seminarians as a worthy torist is not a financial project, but
a spiritual reflection whose conse-
cause and one for which you are willing to make both a personal
quence brings forth spiritual and
and financial sacrifice. material cooperation.”
As a Redemptorist Priest and for-
or 50 years (June 1960 to cluded indicating the number of days mer director of the program, I would
June 2010), our Redemptorist they have sponsored one of our semi- encourage you to seriously consider
Formation Program has never narians and the total amount of their supporting one or more of our men in
refused a student for economic reasons. donation for that month, quarter, etc. our seminary program. We need these
This is in large part due to the sacri- The continued success of the Co- men to go on to become Redemptor-
fices of our Co-Redemptorists. Every Redemptorist Apostolate will depend ist Priests and Brothers. Our Church
Co-Redemptorist has a definite hand on the following four factors: the yearly needs these men. God willing, they
in shaping and educating Redemptor- preaching done by Redemptorists will become the living presence of
ists for the future. Your title is indeed about this apostolate in every Redemp- Christ in your lives.
well deserved: Co-Redemptorists! torist parish; the continued preaching With the Church struggling today
It is also gratifying to know that the in non-Redemptorist parishes; the to attract men to the Priesthood and
program has not changed substantially quality and relevance of the monthly Brotherhood, we cannot afford to forget
over the last 50 years, except, of course, spiritual letter; and the continuance those men already in formation who
for the original $1.42 per month contri- of the Co-Redemptorist Association’s have chosen to become Redemptorists.
bution. That may not sound like much ‘special intention prayer program’ and So please, if at all possible, make an
today, but I know from the lived experi- the five annual novenas. investment in the future of our Church.
ence of my dear Mom and Dad, it rep- The late Bishop Thomas William Sign up today to become a Co-Re-
resented a huge sacrifice for so many of Murphy, the first director, said this of demptorist. Let’s keep this wonderful
you who could have very easily used that the Co-Redemptorist Association: program going for another 50 years!
money for something else but chose in- “Co-Redemptorist was inspired, On behalf of all your Redemptorists of
stead to support a future Redemptorist. founded and built on Christian co- the Denver Province, thank you Co-Re-
Thankfully, every Co-Redemptorist responsibility. Vocations to the Priest- demptorists – past, present, and future!
continues to receive a monthly spiri- hood must be a preoccupation for all If you would like to become a mem-
tual letter. Depending on whether they Catholics; first, by faith in prayers and ber of the Co-Redemptorist Association,
send their sacrificial offering monthly, secondly, through sacrifice. The result please fill out the coupon on page 8
quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, of this sacrifice in a material dimension and mail it back in the enclosed enve-
a return envelope and reminder are in- is the monetary offering. The incen- lope. Thank you.
A labor of Love
by Rosemary Andrews
I began working for Fr. John Paul Andree when he moved intentions, which often times included
the Co-Redemptorist office from Edgerton, WI to the con- Our staff was small but our task was
vent of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Chicago, IL. huge. At times we were mailing over
20,000 pieces a month. But every
ome years later, we had to move had to acquaint himself with a new month it got out on time. We had many
again when the Sisters were labeling machine which never seemed machines to keep maintained and
asked to vacate the building to be in a ‘good mood.’ Brother James cleaned. I had been known to raise my
which also meant losing one of our most smiled through everything, even emp- voice on occasion to let repair people
faithful volunteers, Sister Mary Dolo- tying our trash! When we lost him in know how important it was to get this
res Musial. She would quietly come up 1990, it truly took a toll on us. mailing out. Sometimes I wondered
to our office early in the morning to be- Besides our computer files, we also where we found the energy to do what
gin her rituals of opening the mail and kept a file card for each and every we did. But I realized that what we did
stuffing the envelopes along with many member. Each card contained the was not just a job but rather a mis-
other jobs. We all admired her spirit donor’s name, address, etc. and also sion. The Holy Spirit always seemed to
and her great sense of humor. ‘little notes,’ or specific requests made be with us and we were always happy
Along with the geographical move by the donors. In these notes we also about what we accomplished and the
from Edgerton, the Co-Redemptorist recorded personal details the donors way we accomplished it.
members’ data were being transferred shared with us. Along with opening There were many people who were a
from huge file cards to a newly-acquired the mail in the morning came reading great help to us: Sophie Wechselberger,
computer system. Their donations were all their notes to us, asking for prayers Marion Carpenter and Sister Mary Do-
no longer posted manually to cards but or perhaps requesting a change in the lores Musial. Some of our Redemptor-
to the computer. Lots and lots of data amount or regularity of their pledge ists even helped out when they could:
input! Labels were generated by the due to many different factors going on Fr. Richard Thibodeau, Fr. Norbert De-
computer taking the place of Brother in their lives. We remained ‘close’ to lort, Fr. Joe Morin, Fr. Jim Farrell, Fr.
James Bohr’s little address plates. He them in this way and they were nev- Albert Castellino, and Fr. Dick Quinn.
er just names to us. They were our Fr. John Andree taught us that the
Co-Redemptorist family. Co-Redemptorists should be our only
One afternoon I took a call from a lady focus, and we brought that attitude to
in Kansas City, MO. She was asking very our work every day. These good people
humbly if it would be all right if we in- give as much as they are able and ex-
cluded her dog’s illness in our prayers. pect nothing in return. We made sure
She wondered if that was too silly of a to thank and acknowledge them as best
request. I reminded her how much Saint as we could for all they did through
Francis of Assisi loved animals and to their generosity and humility. It was
pray to him as well. She sounded very re- a real honor serving this wonderful
lieved by the time we hung up and called group of people.
me many times afterwards. I would write Thank you, Fr. John, for the experience
the monthly prayer list to send to the and thank you, Co-Redemptorists, for all
seminarians and add the donors’ special you do and all that you have done!
500 for 50 th
Co-Redemptorist Membership Drive
“Witness Awakens Vocations”
As we approach the end of Pope Bene- members, we are hoping to increase our
dict’s year-long observance, Year for membership rolls by at least 500.
Priests (June 2010), the Holy Father is If you know someone who might like to
asking us to “awaken in others a desire join this unique lay apostolate, in this our
to respond generously to Christ’s call” as 50th year, please pass along this maga-
part of the 47th World Day of Prayer zine to that person and have him/her fill
for Vocations, to be celebrated on April out the form below and return it to:
25, 2010, Good Shepherd Sunday. Redemptorists Denver Province
To that end, we are launching our first- 1230 South Parker Road
ever Co-Redemptorist Membership Drive, Denver, CO 80231
to awaken in others the call to help sup- Attn: Mary Pelikan
port and educate our Redemptorist semi- To show our gratitude, we will be
narians by becoming members of the Co- offering a Mass for you and also sending
Redemptorist Association. By extending an you a blessed medal of Our Mother of
invitation to our current Co-Redemptorist Perpetual Help. Thank You.
I’d like to become a Co-Redemptorist and answer Christ’s Call
Yes, I would like to help educate future Redemptorists by:
A gift of ( ) $10 month /$120 year ( ) $25 month/$300 year ( ) $50 month/$600 year ( ) $100 month/$1,200 year
Please send me a reminder or charge my credit card automatically:
( ) Monthly ( ) Quarterly - (Jan, April, July, Oct) ( ) Semi-Annually - (Jan, July) ( ) Annually - Select a month:
Check One: ( ) Visa ( ) MasterCard
Card # Expiration Date 3 digit security code
Name on Card Signature
City State Zip
Return this completed form in the enclosed envelope to the attention of Mary Pelikan.
Referred by (Please print clearly):
First / Last Name
Home phone # Cell phone #
The Redemptorists reach out
to many multicultural commu-
nities in an effort to bring the
Redeemer’s message of love
and compassion to those who
are made to feel at times un-
loved and unwanted.
• Kmhmu (Thailand): Providing im-
migrants with special Redemptorist
assistance in assimilating into
• Vietnamese: Raising money for mis-
sionary work, vocational training and
education as a labor of love for the
Author Hits the Road
• Laotian: World-wide, Laotians find
spiritual refuge in the presence and
ministry of Redemptorists.
Greg Barrett, the Pulitzer-nominat- like an al-Jummhurriya street. “You’re
• Hispanic/Migrant: Providing spiritu- ed author of The Gospel of Father Joe, never there by choice.”
al services and a sense of community
the riveting and poignant story of our own But he’d been living on that catwalk for
to the migrant workers of America’s
Fr. Joe Maier’s work in the slums of three decades. By choice. A squeaky-clean
farms and fields.
Bangkok, Thailand, is working on a new room in an air-conditioned Redemptorist
• African-American: Missions, soup book, The Gospel of Rutba: Christians, monastery was his for the asking a few
kitchens, food banks and sum-
Muslims and the Good Samaritan Story miles away on a shaded street across from
mer job training programs for youth
in Wartime Iraq. a 7-Eleven. He never asked.
have served African-American
populations in some of America’s
To help promote both works, Barrett is Leaving his slum in 2000, I couldn’t
poorest neighborhoods. taking his stories on the road. If you would decide if choosing to live in muck and
like Barrett to speak before your parish sewage with the poorest of the poor made
To support one or more of our
or church group, feel free to write him Fr. Joe a madman or just madly devoted.
many good works, visit our web-
site poorandmostabandoned.org to
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call But in the long run, perhaps it didn’t mat-
make a secure online donation. him at 703.599.4979. ter — masochist, saint, or masochistic
“No one chooses to live in a slum,” Fa- saint — because in a void notorious for
ther Joe told me in 2000, the first time I starving one’s spirit, he was feeding it. And
saw his shack in a Bangkok shantytown. in the act of feeding, he’d been fed.
Its catwalk was planted in a canal that From The Gospel of Father Joe
looked like a Basra landfill and smelled thegospeloffatherjoe.com
The Redemptorists welcome
anyone who is looking for the
Lord. And our many renewal,
educational and inspirational
choices combined with new
media can help guide the way.
• Mission Preaching: Bringing the
Gospel to the world, one spiritual re-
newal at a time.
• Retreats: Motivational “days away”
focused on spiritual and educational
messages in natural locations sur-
rounded by God’s beauty.
• Pilgrimages: Exploring the roots of
St. Joseph Mass League
our faith in places made famous by the
Church and her saints and martyrs.
• Seminaries: Bringing the Redemptor-
ist faith to students around the world.
• Faith-Filled Correspondence: Keep-
In the wake of war and disease, a
ing Redemptorists and benefactors
current with website, electronic com- memorial fund is created for the ages
munications and direct mail.
• CDs: The music and prayers of The St. Joseph Mass Catholic churches throughout the
country saw a huge spike in requests for
St. Alphonsus beautifully rendered League was created in 1919 prayers and Masses. At our Redemptorist
for the first time on CD for your home
or car. in the wake of war, death parishes, the lists of names grew so long
that many people feared their requests
• Liguori Publications: Books, maga- and disease. The twin
zines and other devotional items would not be heard for weeks or even
to help believers bring their faith catastrophes of World War I months later.
to bear on the decisions they face. and the influenza epidem- To prevent this delay, Fr. Christopher
To support one or more of our D. McEnniry, C.Ss.R., the Provincial Su-
many good works, visit our website
ic of 1918 left millions of perior at the time for the St. Louis Prov-
poorandmostabandoned.org to make people grieving the loss of ince, created the St. Joseph Mass League,
a secure online donation. a Province-wide initiative that included
Redemptorists at every parish in the of-
fering of Masses and prayers for those
who submitted names of loved ones, ei- communities for their efforts in a suc-
ther living or deceased, to the St. Joseph cessful launch and to proclaim that PErPEtual enrollment allows a
Mass League. This way, as a member of the St. Joseph Mass League would be person to enjoy the spiritual benefits of
the League, the parishioners – and their blessed with a long life. the Masses and prayers offered by the
loved ones – would be able to share im- How right he was! Redemptorists of the Denver Province
mediately in the prayers and Masses be- Ninety years later, people are still en- for the rest of the person’s life and into
ing said by the Redemptorists around rolling in this unique memorial service to eternity. People who want to remember
the Province. remember their loved ones while enjoy- a family member or personal friend
In a letter dated February 14, 1919, ing the benefits of membership at three will enroll that person in this perpet-
Fr. McEnniry urged Redemptorist Pas- different levels: Perpetual, All Occasion, ual prayer league.
tors throughout the Province to establish and Healing.
all OccasiOn prayers can include
Ninety years later, people are still enrolling special days or events, such as wed-
dings or a grandson’s first birthday or
in this unique memorial service to remember the death anniversary of a loved one.
their loved ones while enjoying the benefits These members also receive the spiri-
tual benefits that come with Masses and
of membership at three different levels. prayers offered by the Redemptorists.
the St. Joseph Mass League in their par- If you would like to remember some- HEaling is a special prayer card
ishes. He encouraged them to promote one as a member of the St. Joseph Mass sent to friends or family members who
its benefits and “to faithfully carry out League, simply fill out the form below have had surgeries, illnesses, relation-
the obligations involved.” He determined and return it in the enclosed envelope. ship problems, or financial difficul-
that the St. Joseph Mass League would Thank you. ties. These members receive the spiri-
begin on Passion Sunday, April 6, 1919. tual benefits that come with prayers
The following year, Fr. McEnniry said and good works performed by
wrote to thank his confreres and their the Redemptorists.
A Prayer to Remember – St. Joseph Mass League
Please remember this special person in the St. Joseph’s Mass League (please print clearly):
His/Her name ( ) Living ( ) Deceased
My name is:
Enclosed is my offering for:
Perpetual Membership Enrollment All-Occasion Enrollment Healing Card
( ) Individual $20 ( ) Family $30 ( ) 2-year enrollment $10 ( ) 5-year enrollment $25 $
Check One: ( ) Visa ( ) MasterCard
Card # Expiration Date 3 digit security code
Name on Card Signature
City State Zip
Please return this form in the enclosed envelope or call Margi Doyle toll free at 866.788.0343 to enroll over the phone.
Please send me additional cards.
No matter how desperate the
situation, Redemptorists can al-
ways be found offering hope to
those in need in the form of a
meal, a bed or a prayer.
• Food Banks: Packaging food to
the hungry in locations where it’s
• Soup Kitchens: Helping to nourish
the body and renew the spirit.
• Senior Services: Helping the aged
and infirm to grow old gracefully.
• Prison Ministries: Preaching the
Gospel to those who are cut off
• Marriage Preparation: Helping
couples understand and appreci-
ate marriage as a sacrament of the
Church and their responsibility to
A place of renewal for those struggling
• Youth/Young Adult Ministries: Help-
with loss and grief after abortion.
ing youth to reflect on the life Christ Fr. Larry Sanders, C.Ss.R., a staff mem- other was a computer consultant; and so
led as they begin to make choices
ber at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in on; ordinary people looking for help
Oconomowoc, WI, provides counseling and answers.
• Deaf Ministry: Serving the hearing- when he’s in Denver to clients of Rachel’s What brought them all together that
impaired and deaf. Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a national night was a terrible secret, one that they
• Fallen-Away Catholics: Many for- retreat movement for those who have been had not shared with anyone else. They all
mer Catholics find their way back affected by the emotional loss and spiri- had or were in relationships with some-
to the Church after attending one or tual pain of abortion. one who had had an abortion. Some of
more Redemptorist parish mission This is Fr. Larry’s personal account of a the abortions were recent; others go back
recent session: years before abortion was legalized in this
To support one or more of our One cold Friday in February, a small country. Most of the women had multiple
many good works, visit our web- group of men and women met with me abortions. More than 20 children were lost
site poorandmostabandoned.org to and two other retreat directors in a hotel among the people there that evening.
make a secure online donation. in Denver. One was a grade school teach- After introductions, they received the
er; another was a receptionist; still an- Sacrament of the Sick. On Saturday they
shared their stories. They talked about to see me. She was in her sixties. She was
what life was like growing up, what their bent over and leaning heavily on her cane,
parents and family life were like. They taking very small steps so as not to lose her
shared experiences of high school and dat- balance. Her confession lasted more than
ing and the people they met along their life hour. She confessed much, starting with
journeys. Sharing and listening to others’ the abortion she had when she was 28. She
stories, they began to realize that they are talked about how her life fell apart after
not alone. They began to explore the possi- that. She had been carrying this weight
bility of forgiving the people who had hurt around for over 30 years. When we fin-
them in their lives and with that they be- ished she stood up to leave. Her feet barely
gan to feel that they could be forgiven. touched the floor. It was not until the next
They were then asked to think of their morning when she came downstairs that
children not as lost but here in the present she realized she had left her cane on the
and to give them a name and a gender. floor of the confessional. Fr. Larry Saunders, C.Ss.R., provides counsel-
After giving them names they acknowl- On Sunday we held a memorial service. ing to clients of Rachel’s Vineyard.
edged their children to God and through The letters written by the participants to
decides to have the child; fear of facing
family and friends pregnant, unmarried,
================= and perhaps still a child herself.
This secret has taken a toll on their lives.
May is the month of Mary, Our Blessed Mother. On this Counselors refer to it as post-abortion syn-
Mother’s Day, we celebrate and honor the mothers in drome. Many women who have had abor-
tions punish their bodies, somehow trying
our lives and all the soon-to-be mothers among us. We to recreate the abortion process as a way
also remember the women who have lost a child either to come to a different decision this time
around. It exhibits itself through eating
through miscarriage or abortion, and pray that one day disorders, promiscuity and low self-esteem.
they may give birth to this great gift from God. Others experience periods of depression
around the time of the abortion or on the
We pray that St. Gerard Majella, the Redemptorist patron day the child would have been born. Wom-
en who have had abortions can experience
saint of mothers and the unborn, will intercede in the an overwhelming sense of guilt when they
lives of those who have lost children and guide those hear children crying or laughing, a guilt
that seems to have no focus and no end.
who are struggling with the decision to bear children. Men also suffer from post-abortion syn-
drome but they tend to receive less support
a guided meditation met their children in their children were shared with the group than the women.
the presence of Jesus. They were then given as part of the memorial. The dolls were On Fridays at the retreat, people arrive
a doll for each of the children they lost and wrapped in shrouds and placed in a full of darkness and despair and feeling
asked to bond with them. The rest of Sat- crib. The participants were each given a isolated from others. On Sundays, they
urday night was taken up with adoration rose and an angel ornament to remember leave with a new sense of worth, feeling
before the Blessed Sacrament, writing let- their children. A Mass of the Resurrection confident that God has forgiven them
ters to their children asking for forgiveness, was celebrated. and continues to love them. They know
and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The reasons used to abort are usually the journey will be long and hard. But
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one these: fear of a future with a child they they also know now they don’t travel it
of the most profound experiences a Priest know they cannot support; the boyfriend alone anymore.
can have. One of the older women came or husband threatens to leave if the woman rachelsvineyard.org
Co-Redemptorists – Supporting
The Next Great Priest or Brother Tom Shaw
Co-Redemptorist since 1977
I am a proud member of the Co-Redemp- honor among the Redemptorist family. of the Co-Redemptorist Association hope-
torist family, and have been since 1977. The Catholic Church needs fine young fully helps seminarians to continue their
I had attended the Redemptorist mi- men to continue the work and I believe journey in the hopes of achieving their goal
nor seminary in the late 1960s and saw
first hand the positive impact the I had many fine teachers during my high school
Co-Redemptorist family had on the lives of
years, but none were more dedicated and influential
I had many fine teachers during my high than the Redemptorist Priests at the seminary.
school years, but none were more dedicat-
ed and influential than the Redemptorist the Redemptorist Priests and Brothers of becoming the next great Redemptorist
Priests at the seminary. And now, several of are the finest and most respected leaders Priest or Brother.
my classmates maintain this long-standing in the church today. My continued support
Faith in Numbers: Co-Redemptorist Association Revenue
Co-Redemptorist Association Revenue
The chart below reflects the cash revenues for the Co-Re- wills and bequests) Note: In 1984 the recording of gifts was
demptorist program starting in 1960 to the present (excluding changed from a calendar-year cycle to a fiscal-year cycle.
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Redemptorists Celebrating Ordination Anniversaries
Diamond Jubilee 60 Years Fr. Victor Karls, C.Ss.R.
June 26, 1970
Fr. Francis Gautreaux, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1950 Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R.
June 27, 1970
Fr. Robert Martin, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1950 Fr. Andrew Meiners, C.Ss.R.
Dec. 26, 1970
Fr. Henry Novak, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1950 Fr. Mark Scheffler, C.Ss.R.
June 20, 1970
Fr. James Nugent, C.Ss.R.
Getting to June 29, 1950 Fr. John Phairot Somngam, C.Ss.R.
Aug. 20, 1970
Fr. Gerard Pecht, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1950 Silver Jubilee 25 Years
know our Golden Jubilee 50 Years
Fr. Alton Carr, C.Ss.R.
Fr. Francis Ahpichart Natipravat, C.Ss.R.
Aug. 12, 1985
Fr. Vaiyakol Joseph Suksawat, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1960
Aug. 12, 1985
Fr. William Wright, C.Ss.R.
June 29, 1960 Fr. Edward Vella, C.Ss.R.
Nov. 9, 1985
Mother 40 Years of Ordination
Fr. Joseph Butz, C.Ss.R.
June 26, 1970
Fr. Peter Charoen Viensirinantachote, C.Ss.R.
Aug. 12, 1985
In the summer issue of Hope Fr. Robert Halter, C.Ss.R.
(July / August / September) we June 26, 1970
will be devoting a considerable
amount of space to one of the
most recognizable works of reli-
gious art in all of Christendom.
Millions of Catholics around
the globe pay homage to Mary
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Catholics, Priests and Seminarians celebrate the feast day of our patroness, Our Mother
of Perpetual Help. In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The lat- it said. The number of Priests stood this most recognizable image of Our Blessed Moth-
est Vatican statistics show a slight in- at 409,166, an increase of 1,142 er to the Redemptorists with the stipulation that we
crease in Catholics as a percentage of from the end of 2007. Since the year “make her known throughout the world.”
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