|S C A L A||
Giving our lives for plentiful redemption
|Redemptorist Information Service||Number 18|
Newsletter of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
June 16, 2006
From the Editor
News from the Provinces
Peace and Justice
Monthly Picture Gallery (online only)
Featured Redemptorist Website
From the Editor
We hope that all of you had a blessed Easter Season and have enjoyed or are enjoying the many happy occasions that this time of year brings to our communities and parishes: Graduations, First Communions, Religious Professions, Ordinations, Weddings and Anniversaries of the same. It is also the start of vacation season in the Northern Hemisphere. Many people like to take a cruise. This issue of SCALA takes us on a kind of Redemptorist cruise of some of our Caribbean units. We hope you enjoy learning about what is happening in this region of the Redemptorist World.
Grace and Redemption for All!
Gary Ziuraitis, C.SS.R.
Recent noteworthy events in the Redemptorist Family. For a complete record of transitions visit the Officialia site
First Profession of Temporary Vows:
Lucimário Arrais Maciel, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
Manoel Ribamar Barbosa da Silva, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
Marcelo Veleno Correia, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
Paulo Sérgio Cossta Crespolini, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
Jéferson Diniz Silva, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
Natalino Martins Ribeiro, Province of Goiás, January 29, 2006
João Paulo Santos de Souza, Province of Goiás, Janaury 29, 2006
Carlos Alberto Periche Curo, Region of Perú Norte, April 5, 2006
Ernie Avila y Oringo, Vice Province of Manila, May 6, 2006
Adrian Fadrilan y Mendros, Vice Province of Manila, May 6, 2006
John Kelvin Periera, Vice Province of Ipoh, May 6, 2006
Ordination to the Priesthood:
Frederico Hozanan de Pãdua, Province of Goiás, December 17, 2005
Joseph Sanjay Vincent, Province of Bangalore, April 19, 2006
Ronald Rafael Véliz García, Region of Perú Norte, April 22, 2006
Petrus Barla, Province of Bangalore, April 28, 2006
John Mathew, Province of Bangalore, April 28, 2006
Aicardo Antonio Alzate Quintero, Province of Bogotá, April 29, 2006
Hermán Darío Araque Pulgarín, Province of Bogotá, April 29, 2006
Héctor Eymard Puerto Patiño, Province of Bogotá, April 29, 2006
Sanjay Ekka, Province of Bangalore, May 1, 2006
James Saroj Roy, Province of Bangalore, May 1, 2006
Sanjay Tirkey, Province of Bangalore, May 1, 2006
Luiz Vieira Gomes, Vice Province of Recife, May 6, 2006
Omar Alberto Alvarado Rozo, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
Luis Alfonso Canedo Restrepo, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
Mauricio Monroy Cáceres, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
Jesús María Ortiz Orozco, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
Jaime Urbano Sepúlveda Maanrique, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
José del Carmen Villamizar Villamizar, Province of Bogotá, May 6, 2006
Witold Baran, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Wojciech Bieszke, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Lukasz Drozak, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Marcin Gacek, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Tomasz Jurkiewicz, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Andrzej Kielbasa, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Marcin Lamka, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Zbigniew Kwiecien, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Dimitrij Labkow, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Piotr Lacheta, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Mariusz Simonicz, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Lukasz Wójcik, Province of Warsaw, May 20, 2006
Episcopal News & Ordination:
Father Phillip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R. will be ordained bishop on the 27th of June in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Ubol Rachathani, Tailand and be installed local Ordinary. Retiring Bishop Michael Bunleuen Mansap of Ubol Rachathani will be the principal consecrator.
70th Jubilee of Profession:
Mário Antônio Bonotti, Province of São Paulo, June 21, 2006
60th Jubilee of Ordination:
John Anthony Cavanaugh, Vice Province of Richmond, June 23, 2006
Francis Joseph Freel, Province of Baltimore, June 23, 2006
Edmund Regensburger, Vice Province of Richmond, June 23, 2006
Hilaire Robitaille, Province of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, June 23, 2006
50th Jubilee of Ordination:
John Bauer, Province of San Juan, June 17, 2006
Richard Blissert, Province of Campo Grande, June 17, 2006
Charles John Brinkmann, Vice Province of Richmond, June 17, 2006
James Joseph Burke, Vice Province of Richmond, June 17, 2006
Joseph Anthony Gribbon, Vice Province of Richmond, June 17, 2006
Jerome Alfred Holland, Province of Baltimore, June 17, 2006
Raymond Weithman, Province of Baltimore, June 17, 2006
Lukasz Kocik, Vice Province of Bahia, June 17, 2006
Zbigniew Kotlinski, Province of Warsaw, June 17, 2006
Tadeusz Majgier, Province of Warsaw, June 17, 2006
Ludwik Paprocki, Province of Warsaw, June 17, 2006
Charles-Henri Bouchard, Vice Province of Tokyo, June 24, 2006
Gérard Côté, Province of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, June 24, 2006
Daniel Lavoie, Province of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, June 24, 2006
25th Jubilee of Profession:
Juventius Andrade, Province of Bangalore, June 27, 2006
Gregorio Cruz Noronha, Region of Mumbai, June 27, 2006
Alphonse Suresh Pushparaj, Province of Bangalore, June 27, 2006
Cyril Benedict Stanislaus, Province of Bangalore, June 27, 2006
25th Jubilee of Ordination:
Andrew James Thompson, Vice Province of Manaus, June 4, 2006
James Wesley White, Province of Denver, June 4, 2006
Daniel Baragry, Province of Dublin, June 7, 2006
Edmund Kowalski, Province of Warsaw, June 7, 2006
Aleksander Siudzik, Province of Warsaw, June 7, 2006
Antoni Zabawski, Province of Warsaw, June 7, 2006
Timothy Kerner, Province of Denver, June 13, 2006
Milan Chautur, Vice Province of Michalovce, June 21, 2006
Felipe Santiago Burgos, Province of San Juan, June 24, 2006
Alfons Jestl, Province of Vienna, June 27, 2006
Sebastião dos Reis dos Santos, Province of São Paulo, June 27, 2006
John Lunney, Province of South Africa, June 28, 2006
Brother Panfilo (John) Letigio, 63, Province of Cebu, April 12, 2006
Rev. Wolodymyr Korba, 95, Province of Yorkton, April 21, 2006
Rev. Albert Maris, 89, Province of St. Clement/Region of Flanders, May 5, 2006
Rev. Eduard Gaugler, 83, Province of Munich, May 20, 2006
Rev. Hilaire Robitaille, 89, Province of Sainte-Anne de Beaupre, May 27, 2006
News from the Provinces
English Speaking Caribbean Region
Rev. Mark Owens, C.SS.R
The Region consists of men on three islands in the Caribbean: Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Croix. Dominica and St. Lucia are politically independent members of the British Commonwealth. St. Croix is a part of the United States Virgin Islands, a dependency of the USA. We have been on St. Croix since 1858. We have been in Dominica since 1902 and in St. Lucia since 1989. Though we are an English speaking region, St. Lucia and Dominica were French colonies for some time, and the people speak French Creole, many of them as their first language. Creole is also important in ministering to the increasing number of immigrants from Haiti in St. Croix and increasingly throughout the region. Spanish is an important second language.
In St. Croix we have two parishes: Holy Cross in Christiansted and St. Patrick’s in Fredericksted. Both have primary schools attached. St. Patrick’s Fredericksted also has a small retreat house attached, that is not much used at present, but we hope to make more use of it in the future by assigning one of our brothers full time to it in the fall of 2006. Next to Holy Cross is Blessed Peter Donders Residence with six aspirants; 4 from St. Lucia, one from Dominica and one Haitian national who applied to us from Trinidad. In St. Croix we have three priests and two brothers.
In Dominica we have four parishes and a large retreat house distributed among three communities. The community I live in staffs one parish, St. Patrick’s in Grand Bay. The community at St. Alphoinsus House runs the retreat house and the Fatima parish and several chaplaincies. The Community at St. Clement’s in Belfast runs two parishes: St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s. We currently have thirteen priests and one brother in Dominica. Four of the priests are retired or semi-retired.
In St. Lucia we have one community: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos House, which runs two parishes: Assumption Parish in Vieux Fort, and Holy Cross parish in Desruisseaux. We have four priests and one brother in St. Lucia.
In total, we have six communities who run two retreat houses, eight parishes and one aspirant’s residence. Most parishes have chapels attached, so we in fact service 28 worship centers. Living in the region we have 20 priests and four brother for a total of 24 confreres. Two priests are currently on Sabbatical, and we expect an Indian confrere from the Vice Province of Alwaye this month and a second Polish confrere in January. Living outside the region we have one brother who is a formator in the Philosophy house in Whitestone, Queens, NY, USA. There we have five postulants: two from Dominica, and one each from St. Lucia, St. Croix and Grenada. In the inter-provincial novitiate in Glenview, IL, USA we have once novice from St. Lucia. We have two students at the theologate residence at Holy Redeemer, Washington. Counting everyone, that brings us to 31 professed members of the region.
Besides parishes and retreat houses, we also do occasional parish missions and retreats. As soon as the Indian confrere arrives one of our American confreres will be freed to develop this ministry full-time within the region. I am looking forward to a strengthening of our Extraordinary preaching ministry through Parish Missions and the development of more programs at our retreat house.
We foster coherence within the unit through two regional assemblies each year: one in Spring and one in Autumn. Our October assembly was a very successful business orientated gathering. Our spring meetings are scheduled to be pastorally orientated. The Ordinary Regional Council (ORC) has three members: myself, my vicar and a second consultor/bursar. We meet monthly and minutes are faxed to all houses. We also publish a newsletter every two months.
Financially we depend heavily on the Baltimore province and are extremely grateful for their support. We began a new stewardship process, which we hope will lead to a greater sense of responsible stewardship among all communities.
Fr. César Báez
Isla de Juventud
Greetings in Christ, the Redeemer,
The joy of sharing our Redemptorist charism is the reason why I want to tell you about a new missionary work we have begun in the Isla de Juventud, Cuba. Taking care of foreign students.
At Mass today 120 students from East Timor joined us. Our Church can accommodate 150 people and suddenly it was completely full and many had to find place in the rear of the church in order to participate in the Mass. This participation of the students fills us with joy because they come from far away places and find a welcome in the Christian community.
Almost all of them took Communion and took part with much devotion in the Eucharist. At the end of the Mass there was a meeting with them and they are young people with much faith. They were happy with the encounter and showed an interest in learning the prayers in Spanish and getting some prayer books for the Mass. They said that they would like to sing as a choir in the Mass once they learned the hymns. Others wanted to go to confession and we will be glad to give them this sacrament. At the end they did not want to leave the Church and as they did each one of the 120 greeted me.
The Directress of the Medical School accompanied them and came to speak with us and we have arranged to coordinate the participation of the students in the Eucharist. Since many of them have transport problems, for the moment they will come in different groups since our Church is small. Next Sunday the Bolivians come to Mass.
May God bless us and be with us on our mission.
An encounter with the lay missionaries of the San Juan Province
P. Enrique López, CSsR.
Father Manuel Rodríguez, Provincial Superior of San Juan, and Father Enrique López, General Consultor, lunched with a group of laity of the San Juan province gathered in assembly at Casa Redentor retreat house Sunday, January 29, 2006.
After lunch, Father Enrique gave a talk on mission and spirituality. He pointed out that the collaboration of the laity is a vocation and a shared mission: each person coming from a distinct circumstance, but with one same vocation. There is no dichotomy between spirituality and mission. Spirituality and mission inform and animate each other.
When Saint Alphonsus founded the Redemptorist Congregation in 1732 he did so around a small band of priests but there was also interested laity. He founded a community that was dedicated to preaching the Good News to the poor, especially to the most abandoned who didn't have easy access to the sacraments, who didn't know Jesus, and that the Church had difficulty assisting. It was a missionary more than clerical intuition. The saint didn't think of Redemptorists as monks but as missionaries, and today more than ever, there is a need for lay Redemptorists, men and women who are missionary.
The great challenge we have today is to have spirituality inform our everyday lives. In other words, that we recognize God in all our lived experiences. How do we live? If we live centered in Jesus Christ, our life becomes our spirituality and it ceases to be sterile or without meaning. This is spirituality: to always do the will of God.
Father Enrique also explained about the General Secretariat for the Laity. In english it is called: The Secretariat for Partnership in Mission. On this Secretariat there is a representative for each region of the Redemptorist world: North America, Latin America, North and southern Europe, África, and Asia/Oceanía. The Redemptorist representatives are Fathers José Grzywacz and David Lauch, from Latin America and North America respectively. Father Raymond Douziech is the General Council liaison. The laity also participate at various levels in this Secretariat.
Finally, Father Enrique spoke of the Redemptorist Congregation in general and he gave some statistics: the Redemptorists number 5,437 wordwide, of which 41 are bishops, 2 are cardinals and there are 11 permanent deacons. They are found in 77 countries and the median age is 55 years. The biggest growth in the Congregation is taking place in areas of Latin America, Asia and Africa. The Congregation also has members of several Rites. Their apostolic dynamism is also manifested in interprovincial missions and its missionary spirit reminds us of the apostle Paul's words: “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”
In the last General Chapter that took place in Rome in 2003, there were lay representatives present, a very important development. Yet there has yet to be found a way to juridically link the lay missionaries with the professed members of the Congregation. Presently, each unit has its own model of lay collaboration and lay missionaries.
Father Enrique finished with two questions he challenged his listeners to respond to interiorally: How can I exercise my missionary vocation? And “What is the work that I feel called to do?
(Editor’s note: Click on the link below for an additional article of interest, available in English or Spanish only, on environment and ethics in Puerto Rico that includes comments from Father Henry Beauchamp, C.SS.R., from the province of San Juan, presently studying Moral Theology at the Alphonsianum in Rome.)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
The Redemptorists 50 years in Bom Jesus da Lapa.
Fr. Stanislaw Wilczek, C.Ss.R.
The Redemptorists have been in Bom Jesus da Lapa, Brazil for 50 years. For this reason, Fr. Antonio Niemiec, Superior of the Vice Province began a year of Jubilee on May 6. On the occasion of this same anniversary, Fr. Francisco Micek has published a book entitled “Redemptorist Missionaries in Bom Jesus da Lapa, 1956 –2006”.
The Golden Jubilee festivities began with a procession through the streets of the city with stops at the places of most significance for the Redemptorists as well as for the inhabitants of the city. The first stop was at the Airport to commemorate the moment when the pioneers arrived. The second was at the Hospice for the Poor to emphasise the social work carried out by the Redemptorists. The third stop was at the College of St. Joseph pointing out the work of education and the fourth was at the Chapel of Bom Jesus de los Navigantes to stress the social and religious work in this rural area. The procession ended on the esplanade of the Sanctuary to recall the importance of the pastoral activity of the Redemptorists for strangers and visitors.
At the solemn opening of the festivities in Bom Jesus da Lapa, representatives of all the Redemptorist communities of Bahia took part as well as groups from other Redemptorist parishes. Particularly worth mentioning was the presence of Redemptorist lay Missionaries as well as that of his Excellency, the Mayor, Roberto Maia, and many delegates of the various organizations of the city. It is planned to continue the celebrations for a whole year and the closure is to take place April 20-22, 2007 with an historical symposium.
Two Dutch Fathers came for the celebrations, Teofanio Stallaert and Pedro Canisio de Groot from the North Eastern Viceprovince. They had been invited by the Bishop of Barra, Mgr. João Muniz. The Dutch Fathers arrived there on May 6 1956 and on the following day took possession of the House and became responsible for the Sanctuary and the huge parish that extended from Ibotirama to Cariniania. From the very early days they carried on many fine pastoral and social activities which meant facing many difficulties in the city and the interior. The Dutch confreres served Bom Jesus da Lapa for 16 years until the end of 1972.
From 1973 Polish Redemptorists from the Province of Warsaw took over the running of the Sanctuary and the parish. Continuing the labours of their predecessors they faced new problems. The complex political and social situation of Latin America and Brazil provided many social and pastoral challenges for the newly arrived Polish Fathers.
The objective of this Jubilee Year of the Redemptorist presence is to recapture the long and beautiful history of dedication and sacrifice, of initiatives undertaken, of the search to understand and be inculturated, of the successes and failures while evangelizing a humble and suffering people in this interior of Bahia by those brave Redemptorists who came to Bahia fifty years ago and their no less intrepid successors.
Vice Province of Richmond
Rev. Jerome Chavarria, C.SS.R.
Vice Provincial of Richmond
The Vice Province of Richmond was established April 26, 1942. Our present membership includes 43 members: 28 active, 14 retired, 1 on a leave of absence. Since the General Chapter of 2003, we have given up three foundations and maintain seven foundations. These consist of five parishes, two mission churches, two retreat houses and the Villa, which is a retirement community. We presently have three students in formation and several candidates looking to enter our formation program in the fall of 2006.
Our Vice Province has had to reduce its pastoral commitments in recent years but there is still a very good spirit among the members and confreres continue to work hard with zeal and patience. The members of the Vice Province agree that the potential for opportunities to exercise our charism in the southeastern USA is higher than ever. We are short on confreres who can be fully active with immigrating populations of poor and marginalized peoples. But many Catholics move to our region from other parts of the country and there are not enough priests in rural states to serve them. Collaboration with our Mother province of Baltimore and other units could allow us to meet some of the pressing needs of the local Church in our region.
We continue to face a shortage of vocations, aging and limited personnel and a diminishing number of confreres willing and able to serve as superiors/leaders. This affects our corporate commitments. Our senior members are to be highly commended for their willingness to minister wherever they can.
There are unique challenges in the Vice Province. Our communities tend to be smaller; often the rectory is small, distances between communities can be great and the ability to get together can be a challenge. However, our communities pray together, eat together, meet formally and informally, recreate together and are committed to each other. Communities that are close to one another get together and share resources and manpower when necessary. There is a genuine concern and care for the sick and elderly confreres as witnessed at the Villa – our retirement community. Not only does it serve as a retirement house, but also is a gathering site for large meetings of the Vice Province and other groups of the Congregation.
Being a leader in the Vice Province is a challenge but also a wonderful opportunity. The men have a great spirit of mission and brotherhood. We have sufficient resources and have a very good relationship with the Baltimore Province. Our Vice Province maintains a spirit of hope in the face of the challenges presented by vocation recruitment. Our vocation team and the vocation team of the Baltimore province work well together.
The membership of the Vice Province is aware of the need for restructuring and we have taken steps to continue in our dialogue with the North American units. The Vice Province continues in a spirit of openness to God’s will and the future. Our mobility is unique and our members have continually shown an openness to serving where God’s people are most in need
Peace and Justice
The World Cup
Germany 2006 – RIGeS
The Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer who labour and struggle for the elimination of prostitution especially during major sporting events such as the World Cup, send you the following message: “Please make known the resolution of the European Parliament. Heartiest congratulations to all who support and implement it”.
The World Cup Football Championship will be played in Germany, June 9 to July 9. As happens in other major sporting events it can be an opportunity for the procuring and trafficking of women.
The German authorities have shown their concern in this matter despite the fact that prostitution is legal in the country and that there are many non-governmental organizations that defend its legalisation.
The International Network of Gender and Solidarity (RIGeS) and the Oblates, with its team, are endeavouring to promote a social awareness of this issue. Taking into account the values that guide and direct their action-reflection, they request your important collaboration in order to:Support the resolution of the European Parliament in the context of the fight against prostitution, which is on the increase during world sporting events. This effort, which was first proposed by the Commission for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, requests FIFA and the UEFA -- as well as the German Football Federation -- that they publicly disavow the trafficking in human beings and forced prostitution.
For this purpose we suggest the following:
Enter the official page of the World Championship 2006 at http://fifaworldcup.com
“I request the FIFA to put in practice the resolution of the European Parliament, 15 March 2006, with regard to the fight against forced prostitution in world sporting events and that FIFA denounces any activity that does not respect human rights during the World Championship 2006, in Germany”.
The same text can be sent to the UEFA: firstname.lastname@example.org and to the German Football Federation: email@example.com
Urgent. Our efforts can be multiplied if you propose this same action be taken by all your friends.
Thank you very much for your assistance in favour of the dignity of the human person.
Monthly Picture Gallery ( for online viewing only)
1. Head table at the 50th anniversary celebration of Bom Jesus de Lapa, Bahia, Brazil.
2. The Redemptorists of the Vice Province of Bahia
3. Historical Display at the anniversary celebration of Bom Jesus de Lapa, Bahia, Brazil.
4. Students from Timor participate in an Eucharist at Nueva Gerona, Cuba
5. Nueva Gerona, Cuba
6. Father General with Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana, Cuba
7. Cardinal Ortega poses with the Confreres of the mission in Cuba.
8. Father General with César Báez, Sergio Campara, Felipe Martínez, and Pedro Sanabria.
Office of the Secretary General
For many years Brother Placido has worked in the General Secretariat of the Congregation in Rome, taking care to record all the important statistical information: entrance into novitiate, first profession, renewal and non-renewal of profession, perpetual profession, readmission, ordination, leave of absence, exclaustration, secularization, incardination, transfer, dispensation, dismissal, death, erections and suppressions of houses, etc. Another important task has been to prepare and distribute Officialia, the official publication of these significant events in the life of confreres and the Congregation.
We believe the time has come to begin distributing Officialia in digital form. Rather than sending printed copies by regular mail, we will now send copies of Officialia in digital form, in a MS-Word file, as an e-mail attachment to all the major and regional superiors and superiors of missions. This way, at the beginning of each month, Brother Placido will be able to send Officialia to all Units of the Congregation, in one or more of seven languages, with a couple clicks of the computer mouse.
There are three main reasons for doing this: first, it will mean less work for Brother Placido; secondly, it will be far more economical for the General Government; and thirdly, it just makes good sense to distribute it this way now, with the new technological means available to us. We think these three reasons justify the change in the way Officialia will be distributed in the Congregation.
Starting with the June edition of Officialia, Brother Placido (on July 1st), will send Officialia as an attachment to an e-mail, according to the appropriate language or languages of all 87 Units (37 Provinces, 25 Vice-Provinces, 15 Regions and 10 Missions).
The printing and redistribution of Officialia to the communities in each Unit will continue to be the responsibility of the superiors of the various Units. They may print their digital copy and send a “hard copy” to each community, or they may find it easier and more economical to also redistribute it in digital form, letting local superiors print it and make it available to the confreres in the community. It is important to guarantee that every community receives a copy and that every confrere has access to this information. Portions of Officialia will continue to be reproduced in the monthly SCALA newsletter.
Officialia, of course, will continue to be made available in the menu of the seven Redemptorist areas of the official web site of the General Government http://www.cssr.com/ at these addresses:
From the Office of the Secretary General
Analecta C.SS.R. & Inscriptiones 2006
During March and April, Analecta C.Ss.R 2006 and Inscriptiones C.Ss.R. 2006 were prepared and then printed in May. They were printed at and sent from the Neapolitan Redemptorists’ publishing house in Materdomini (Valsele Tipografica). At least one copy for every community has been sent to all Units of the Congregation (Provinces, Vice-Provinces, Regions and Missions).
Copies of Inscriptiones C.Ss.R. 2006 have also been sent to our 45 Redemptorist Bishops, the 46 communities of Redemptoristines and 16 other related religious Institutes.
Hopefully by the time you receive this edition of SCALA you will have already received these new publications. If you do not receive these publications or if you want more copies of either one, please write to the Secretary General (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will send you more copies from the stock in the General Curia, for as long as they last, on a “first come, first served” basis.