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August 1, 2010

New Redemptorist Province established in Paraguay

Today, Redemptorists in Paraguay celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in their history. The vice-province of Paraguay becomes an independent province today within the worldwide Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

More than 80 years ago, Redemptorists from the Baltimore Province were sent to Paraguay as missionaries to serve the poor in the Paraguayan countryside. From humble beginnings, the Province of Paraguay now includes 55 Redemptorists, including 12 students who have taken vows. Their ministries include parishes and schools, as well as parish missions, retreats, and media outreaches.

Father Vicente Soria Fleitas, 39, has been chosen the first provincial of the new province. Father Osvaldo Duarte will serve as vice provincial.

Other members of the provincial council include Father Francisco Cano from the former Vice Province of Pilar, Father Ronaldo Ocampos from Bella Vista, and Father Alejo Insfran also from the Vice Province of Pilar.

Please join us in congratulating our fellow Redemptorists and praying for them as they embark on this new journey! St. Alphonsus, pray for us!



Who are the Redemptorists?

Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Since 1732 the Redemptorists have followed in His footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned. Our congregation of missionary priests and brothers was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like the first Apostles, our mission—and our joy—is bringing the message of salvation to all people. As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to crib, cross, Mary, and the Eucharist. To learn more, explore our website and connect with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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