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The Redemptorists

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Who We Are

The Redemptorists are a religious congregation founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Their purpose is "to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the word of God to the poor, as he declared of himself: 'He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.'" It does so by responding with missionary thrust to the pressing pastoral needs of the most abandoned, especially the poor, and by devoting itself entirely to evangelization. We began this work by going among the poor and forgotten shepherds living in the hill country surrounding Naples in southern Italy.

At first there were just a handful of men working with Alphonsus Liguori. In 1832, when the Congregation was one hundred years old, six Redemptorists (three priests and three Brothers) journeyed to America. At the present time there are over five thousand Redemptorists working with people in nearly every part of the world.


Those four letters, "C.Ss.R." behind the name of a Redemptorist stand for Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris. That is the official Latin title given to our congregation. It can be translated into English as "Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer." Members of the Congregation are more commonly called "Redemptorists." It is a fitting name since, in a very special way, we continue the work of Christ's redemption. Like the first apostles, our task is to bring the message of salvation to all people.

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