Confreres Receive “Treasures of the Church” Award

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Left to right: Redemptorist confreres Fr. Richard Thibodeau, Fr. Chuck Beierwaltes, Br. Michael Rhodes and Fr. Ted Lawson accept the “Treasures of the Church” Award from Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, on behalf of all Redemptorists who have ministered in the Archdiocese.

The Redemptorists of the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc were proud to accept the “Treasures of the Church Award” from Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, on behalf of all Redemptorists who have ministered in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

This award was established to recognize individuals, organizations and religious orders who exemplify the true treasures of the Church in their steadfast commitment and response to the poor in our midst. Treasures of the Church is an annual event that benefits the programs and services of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The Redemptorists accepted the award at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on March 16.

The Redemptorists have been in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee since the 1800s, primarily at their former monastery/school of theology which was located on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, and since 1961 at the Redemptorist Retreat Center on Crooked Lake in Oconomowoc. They also operated Holy Redeemer College in Waterford from 1968 until 1985.

During their long history of service in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Redemptorists have taught at St. Francis Seminary and provided sacramental and religious formation as well as physical accompaniment to seasonal Spanish-speaking summer workers. The Redemptorists provide educational/formation courses for lay ministers, sacramental assistance in numerous parishes, preach parish missions, and offer and private spiritual direction and retreats and days of reflection to the people throughout the Archdiocese, the state of Wisconsin, and the surrounding states. The presence of shrines and pictures in so many churches of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, whom the Redemptorists were asked to especially promote by the Holy Father, is further evidence of their enduring presence in the Archdiocese.

Fr. Richard Thibodeau / courtesy: Denverlink Update April 02, 2021.

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