For more than 170 years, Redemptorists have traveled from Europe and the United States to live and work with marginalized people around the world. The Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers from North America established missions in Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, the Antilles, Haiti, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Nigeria, and Ukraine. In addition to material poverty, the people they went to serve struggled with a lack of priests to fulfill their spiritual needs.
In response, the Redemptorists built schools, churches, and hospitals to help meet the physical needs and to support the spiritual well-being of these worthy people. During these many years of service, the Redemptorists have also strived to build a native community of priests and religious to carry on this important work.
Those early efforts continue to bear fruit, most recently on August 1, 2010, when the Vice Province of Asuncion, Paraguay, became a full-fledged independent province within the worldwide Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. What began as a mission of the Baltimore Province more than 80 years ago has since grown to include 55 Redemptorists, including 12 students, all of whom are native-born.
Our missionary spirit is also expressed in the financial and educational support given to our poorer Redemptorist brothers throughout the world. In the Baltimore Province, we have supported several Redemptorist priests and seminarians from Vietnam who have come to the U.S. to complete their studies.
Today, you will still find Redemptorists in 78 countries, speaking out on behalf of those without voice or power, sharing the Word of God, and putting that word into action to help communities of faith to grow and flourish.