Our Saints and Holy Figures
In 1866 Pope Pius IX entrusted the miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists at St. Alphonsus Church in Rome because this was the location where this icon was first venerated before the church was destroyed. The Pope told the Redemptorists “to make her known throughout the world,” thus establishing the church as a Shrine housing this treasure. Ever since, this church has been the sight of many pilgrims seeking the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Alphonsus Maria Liguori was born September 27, 1696 in Marianella, near Naples, Italy. He was 16 years of age when he received his doctorate in civil and canon law. His father, a nobleman, had high hopes for his son...
Clement Hofbauer was born in Moravia (the present Czech Republic) on December 26, 1751. In baptism he was given the name John. He later changed his name to Clement. The death of his father in 1757 reduced the family to such poverty that Clement had little time for schooling. He became a servant in a monastery...
Redemptorist St. Gerard Majella, popularly known as the Protector of Mothers and Children died on October 16, 1755. His body is enshrined at Materdomini in Italy, and is visited by many people seeking his intercession.
St. John Neumann, CSSR, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, became the first American male to be declared a saint when he was canonized in 1977. His remains are preserved in the lower chapel of the Redemptorist Church of St. Peter the Apostle in Philadelphia.
After serving in a number of dioceses in the United States, including Philadelphia under the leadership of St. John Neumann, Blessed Francis Seelos arrived in New Orleans in 1866. His dedication to the poor, the sick and neglected endeared him to a great number of people. A year after arriving in New Orleans he contacted the dreaded yellow fever disease and died from it on October 5, 1867. Thousands of people visit his shrine in St. Mary of the Assumption Church in New Orleans. He was beatified in 2000, and his cause for canonization is underway.
Shrines & Sanctuaries
You will find Redemptorists preaching and celebrating Masses in shrines, sanctuaries and traditional sites of pilgrimage all over the world:
Through their preaching and celebration of the sacraments, Redemptorists help pilgrims experience a deeper sense of communion with the saints.