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

Dear Co-Redemptorist,

Do you know how the Co-Redemptorist Association got its start?

Redemptorists have a wonderful tradition of supporting their own seminarians. In the late 1950s, the Redemptorists built St. Joseph, a wonderful new seminary in Edgerton, WI. Beyond paying for the building, we needed to pay to run it. Prayers and donations were a way to support the young men discerning their vocation.

This effort, uniting the prayers and financial donations from people across the province, was the beginning of the Co-Redemptorist Association. Members prayed fervently and gave generously. As a Co-Redemptorist, you belong to a grand community dedicated to helping seminarians follow the mission preaching of plentiful redemption.

Your presence as a Co-Redemptorist is a blessing for us. You are part of a wide Redemptorist family who take action in recruiting and supporting young men who choose the religious life as Redemptorists. For over 50 years, Co-Redemptorists have helped over 300 young men follow God’s call to ministry.

As a Co-Redemptorist, you offer and receive blessings in many ways:

  • Prayers for the seminarians: Jesus told us to pray for new workers. Co-Redemptorists are partners in prayer.
  • Invitation: God’s call to serve the poor as a Redemptorist comes through the voice of friends.
  • Support: Your financial support will help a young man become a Redemptorist priest or brother.
  • Prayers for Co-Redemptorists members: Your personal prayers and intentions are lifted up by seminarians and Redemptorists around the world.
  • Sharing in Mission: When a seminarian ministers to the poor, you are there. 
  • Inspiration: A monthly letter to informing you and thanking you for your prayers and support.

September is a beginning moment. The school year has started, mission schedules begin, parishes gear up for religious education and we look to strengthen the Co-Redemptorist Association. Each year we have a gap between the funding available from gifts and the full cost of formation. This year the gap is $15 per day for each seminarian. We need your help in closing the gap.

You are assisting over 80 seminarians to become Redemptorists; they are in the U.S., Brazil and Nigeria. Every Redemptorist in the Province has benefitted from Co-Redemptorist generosity. Your regular monthly support helps ensure that there will be Redemptorists to serve for many years to come!

In Christ the Redeemer,


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

P.S.  Please send your support today!


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