The North American Redemptorist Spirituality Commission madepreparations for next year’s 150th anniversary celebration of Pope Pius IX’s decree to make Our Mother of Perpetual Help “known throughout the world” at its annual meeting in February.
Br. Dan Korn will lead the Redemptorist North American Retreat in 2015. Centered on the spirituality found in reading the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, the retreat will begin on Monday evenings and end on Thursday evenings. Retreats will be held at: Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupré on April 13-17, 2015; Long Branch, NJ on May 4-8, 2015; New Smyrna Beach, FL on May 18-22, 2015; Oconomowoc on August 24-28, 2015; Toronto, Ontario Canada on October 19-23, 2015; and Liguori, MO on November 9-12, 2015.
The Commission is working with Liguori Publications to prepare a booklet containing four new formats of prayer for devotions to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. These prayers will be available to Redemptorist communities and parishes before the jubilee year.
A calendar with photos of Perpetual Help devotions celebrated throughout the Redemptorist world to honor the jubilee year of entrusting the icon to our care and ministry is also underway. The calendar will include smaller inserts pointing out the way to read the icon and will mark the feast days celebrated within the Redemptorist community.
The Commission recommended to Fr. Jack Kingsbury that the Conference consider establishing a Perpetual Help Center with materials for devotion and prayer that would serve all Units of the North American Conference.
The Commission also is producing a proper of the Divine Office for the Redemptorist Saints and Blesseds to be used by the English-speaking Congregation, as well as a new manual of community prayers for the common prayer of the confreres. It also has found partial funding for the next “Redemptorist Saints” book on Gennaro Sarnelli, which is being published by Liguori Publications.
The Commission only meets once every year, but the confreres work throughout the year to facilitate various projects. Much work has already been done for the English- and French-speaking Units and the Commission continues to actively offer opportunities for a deeper spirituality among all of the confreres of the North American Conference.
by Fr. Richard Boever, Commission Chair