In North America, how Redemptorists and Lay People proclaim together the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Most Abandoned?


The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (The Redemptorists) from the beginning has always been close to the people, particularly the poor and abandoned, and has always sought collaboration with the laity in its apostolic work. It will be sufficient to recall, for example, what St. Alphonsus Liguori accomplished with the ‘evening chapels’ in Naples to realize how much he had at heart this nearness to and sharing with the abandoned … St. Clement, especially during his period in Vienna, always sought to associate with the laity and to involve them in his multiple apostolic work so as to have a more profound and lasting effect on the European society of his time.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Mt 28:19-20)

Inspired by the words of Lumen Gentium that “all of Christ’s followers…are invited and bound to pursue holiness and the perfect fulfillment of their proper state,” (LG 40) many Institutes of Consecrated Life have made more deliberate and planned efforts to share their life and mission with lay people.