The Congregation of The Most Holy Redeemer
The Redemptorists are a religious congregation of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church who live in community for the sake of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially among people on the margins of society and church. Founded in southern Italy in 1732 by St Alphonsus Liguori, Redemptorists are in a majority of countries across the world. Most of our members belong to the Roman Church (Rite), but we have members also in other Churches (Rites) who are in communion with the Holy See.
Bringing the Good News to the Poor
The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer was St. Alphonsus Liguori’s response to the call he experienced coming from Jesus through the poor…
With Him there is Plentiful Redemption
Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow the Redeemer with Hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding and challenging.
Witnesses of the Redeemer in a Wounded World
As Redemptorist missionaries, we fashion our lives after the life of Jesus himself and strive to become witnesses of Redeemer in this wounded world.
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Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Saint Alphonsus Liguori was born in Marianella near Naples on September 27, 1696. He was the first born of a rather large family belonging to the Neapolitan nobility. His received a broad education in the humanities, classical and modern languages, painting and music. He composed a Duetto on the Passion, as well as the most popular Christmas carol in Italy, Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, and numerous other hymns. He finished his university studies earning a Doctorate in both civil and canon law and began his practice in the legal profession.

Redemptorists live in community for the sake of our mission to the excluded.  That is our lifestyle. Within it we know a precious brotherhood that is based on our religious consecration and in our prayer together.

To fulfill their mission in the Church, Redemptorists perform their missionary work as a community. For apostolic life in common paves the way most effectively for the life of pastoral charity.

– Constitutions of the Redemptorists, 21a

The cross is for Christians a sign of God’s saving love. This love was revealed in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and his sending the Holy Spirit. The cross represents this total mystery. It is a cross not a crucifix.

The sponge is mentioned in St John’s Gospel. The Roman centurion dipped it in vinegar and offered it to Jesus. It is a sign of Christ’s thirst to gather up all humanity unto God.

The lance, also mentioned in St John’s Gospel, is for Christians a sign of the completeness of Christ’s love as blood and water poured from his side when pierced by the lance.

The three hills represent those hills that stand out in the great moments of the salvation story, Sinai, Tabor and Calvary.

The eye and the rays bursting forth represent God’s presence threaded through all creation.

The crown represents God’s reign and the new era of justice that God is ushering in.

The olive branch represents Christ’s option for humanity amidst the olive trees of Gethsemane.

The palm branch is a sign of the acclamation given Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem, and more finally, the acclamation of all creation in witnessing his resurrection.

About the Motto:

The Redemptorist motto is “Copiosa apud eum redemptio” or “With God there is plentiful redemption” from Psalm 129:7.

Following St Alphonsus, in all pastoral ministry the centrality of Christ must always be stressed, as the mystery of the mercy of the Father. Redemptorists should never tire of proclaiming copiosa redemptio, that is, the infinite love which Christ has for human beings, especially those most in need of healing and freedom when tainted by the horrible consequences of sin.

– Pope John Paul II

Of further interest:

Psalm 130 is 3,000 years old and was first prayed in Hebrew. From it comes the Redemptorist motto, ‘With the Lord there is plentiful redemption’.

Redemptorists are passionate about the Gospel and equally passionate about sharing the Gospel message of God’s love for all people with all sectors of society, but especially with those who live on the edges of church and society. There is a special place in our hearts for those who feel abandoned and who have difficulty in finding their way in life.

We have inherited these passions from St Alphonsus Liguori, who founded our congregation among the poor and abandoned in the mountains of Southern Italy in 1732. St Alphonsus always emphasised divine mercy and God’s will that all should be saved.

Copiosa Apud eium Redemptio

Redemptorists are passionate about the Gospel and equally passionate about sharing the Gospel message of God’s love for all people with all sectors of society, but especially with those who live on the edges of church and society. There is a special place in our hearts for those who feel abandoned and who have difficulty in finding their way in life.

We have inherited these passions from St Alphonsus Liguori, who founded our congregation among the poor and abandoned in the mountains of Southern Italy in 1732. St Alphonsus always emphasised divine mercy and God’s will that all should be saved.

Recent Posts
Recent news and posts from the Region of Colombo

The Annual Parents’ Day with the Seminarians in the Region of Colombo

The Redemptorist Junior Seminary celebrated its annual Parents’ Day on Sunday 15th September in

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30 Jul

Solemnity of St. Alphonsus: Message from the Superior General

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1 Jul

Ordination of Bro. Ranmal Fernando

The Priestly Ordination of Ranmal Fernando took place on the same day as we

4 May

The First Profession of Janan Fernando C.Ss.R

On Friday, May 4, our brother Janan Fernando made his First Profession of Religious

Become a Redemptorist
Do you ever have moments when you look in the mirror and wonder about the meaning of your life?
These are not just moments of – there must be something more OR there could be something more. Rather, these are moments when you sense you are being drawn into something more and you don’t understand fully where this is coming from, or where it may lead you.
It is a real challenge to leave behind what you know and what makes you comfortable.  It is a real challenge to risk it all in the name of three simple God-given words, “Come, follow me”.

Bread 4 Today – A Prayer App for Life

The Redemptorists are pleased to announce the release of Bread 4 Today – a prayer APP for life.  It will serve as a free, accessible meditation aid which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community.

Please click HERE to read today’s prayer. Bread 4 Today is available on both Google Play and the App Store.

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