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Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
The Redemptorists are a religious congregation of brothers, most of whom are priests. We live in community and are passionate about preaching the Gospel, especially to those who feel abandoned and live on the edges of church and society. A growing network of co-workers and associates is evidence of our conviction about the importance of partnership in mission and of our commitment to enable all the baptized to take their rightful place in the life and ministry of the church.
Our full name is The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer – in Latin Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris from which come the letters C.Ss.R. These letters designate membership in the Congregation.
In the late 1930’s the Irish Redemptorists who were on their way to the Phillipines happened to land at the port of Colombo. When they went to Kandy, to their delight the Most Rev. Bernard Regno, O.S.B., the Bishop of Kandy, welcomes them with open arms and encouraged them to begin a foundation in his diocese. As a result of this encouraging encounter with the Bishop of Kandy, the the Irish Provincial, F. Hugo Kerr decided to send three Redemptorists to begin a foundation in the Island of Ceylon.
The three pioneering Redemptorists set sail from Belfast on December 09, 1938 via Liverpool and Southampton and arrived in Colombo on 5th January 1939.
“Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people plentiful redemption”
(The Redemptorists Constitutions, No.20)
The seal of the Congregation consists of a cross with a lance and sponge mounted on three hills; on either side of the cross are the abbreviated names of Jesus and Mary; above the cross is an eye sending forth rays; over all a crown. Around the seal is the motto: With him is Plentiful Redemption.
The symbolic elements of the seal represent the work of Redemption carried out by Jesus Christ and which the Congregation was to proclaim under the protection of Mary. This explains the cross on the hill with the lance and sponge, the names of Jesus and Mary and the motto Copiosa apud eum redemptio.
The logo of the Region of Colombo is a modern variation of the traditional seal of the Congregation.