The Redemptorists are a congregation of Catholic Priests and Brothers with foundations all over the world. We were founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Liguori, a priest from the city of Naples, Italy. St. Alphonsus was looking for a way to bring the “Good News” to the poor shepherds and farmers living in the hillsides surrounding Naples. He gathered around him young, dedicated priests and brothers who were willing to go where no one else would go to fulfill this mission.
From these small beginnings the Redemptorists, officially known as “The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer”, have grown to over 5000 members who are still dedicated to the original vision of St. Alphonsus; to bring the message of the Gospel to the Most Poor and Abandoned.
The Redemptorists are organized into regions called provinces. In 1996 the union of the Edmonton and Toronto provinces brought together all the English speaking Redemptorists of the Roman Catholic Rite in Canada. Along with our Provincial House in Toronto, Ontario, the Redemptorists of the Edmonton-Toronto province can be found working to fulfill our mission in Canada from Vancouver, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
If you follow the links just below, you can find out more about the Redemptorists. “Our Story” tells the tale of how we came to be in Canada.
The link to Our Saints offers biographies of Redemptorists who have been recognized by the Catholic Church as having been men of uncommon heroic virtue. These are the lives we continue to look to for inspiration in our work today.
Check out our News section to see what are members are doing across Canada.
Finally, the links to Partners in Mission offers a look at how the Redemptorist mission has expanded to include collaboration with all the faithful men and women of the Church.