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Fr. John K. Schmidt, C.Ss.R.

Dear Co-Redemptorist,

Were you able to attend our Jubilee Celebration just a short week ago? Nearly a thousand people came together in St. Louis to venerate Our Mother of Perpetual Help and celebrate 150 years of making her known.

The sense of togetherness was astounding. From all over the country, our Redemptorist family came together: priests, brothers and lay devotees prayed and celebrated together, deepening our devotion to Jesus through Mary.

Our newly ordained deacons, Kevin Zubel and Quy Duong, were among Mary’s devotees at the celebration. They were ordained the previous day and reflected how Mary is part of their Redemptorist life. Several other Redemptorist seminarians joined the celebration as servers of the Mass and assisting at the veneration of the Icon.

Now, we move from one joy to the next. We are particular joyful for Thien Hoang as he professes his vows on July 17. Thien was one of eight Redemptorist novices who completed their canonical novitiate in Toronto. They reflect the richness of the worldwide Congregation and were drawn from the Province of Denver, Baltimore, Dublin and London.

Thien and his confreres’ profession mean they take on the Redemptorist identity, committing to the mission to preach the gospel ever anew. We are Redemptorists so that we can carry out the mission. We live in community so that we can carry out that mission together. Thien will become one with his brothers as St. Alphonsus envisioned, so we can follow the example of Jesus given by St. Luke:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” (4:18)

You are part of our Redemptorist family and we need your help to carry on the mission. Your prayers and financial support makes our formation program possible. With your help, our seminarians discover their vocation as Redemptorists; they are the hope and future of our Congregation.

In Christ the Redeemer,


Father John K. Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Director, Co-Redemptorist Association

P.S.  Please make a gift to the Co-Redemptorist Association today to support your seminarians as they seek their identity as followers of Christ the Redeemer.


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