A Portrait of the Redemptorists around the World by Fr. Michael Brehl

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In over eighty countries, with more than a hundred different languages spoken, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer faces diverse challenges.

In this fifty-minute interview with Fr Michael Brehl, recorded at the General House in Rome, the head of the congregation explains what it means to be a Redemptorist, what drives the missions and what it has planned to thrive in these times of change. He explores the secularisation of societies and the separation of individual and personal beliefs from the common good and the public forum. He narrates the story of how Our Mother of Perpetual Help came to the Redemptorists and how she accompanied them in their missionary life. You will hear of how the Redemptorist Congregation came to be and of the prodigious people he met on his journey, including St Gerard Majella – the mother’s saint.
Come with us on this wonderful journey through Christian history.


Fr Michael Brehl C.Ss.R. was born in Toronto, Canada. Ordained in 1980, Fr Michael was engaged in formation ministry with young Redemptorists, as novice director and formation director, for nine years. After working as General Secretary and Provincial Superior, in 2009 he was elected the twentieth Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. He now lives in Rome at the Redemptorists’ Head Quarters. Fr Brehl is an engaging and knowledgeable guide, as we learn more about this much-loved saint.

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Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy


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