St. Alphonsus’ contribution to the missionary Church


This year, the Redemptorist Family and the Alphonsian Academy celebrates with the whole Church the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Alphonsus as Doctor of the Church.

In recognition of this important anniversary, Pope Francis wrote a message to the Superior General of the Redemptorists and the Alphonsian Academy in Rome on March 23, 2021.  

The Holy Father proposes St. Alphonsus as a “model for the whole Church going forth in the mission”. He also invites the Redemptorists, like St. Alphonsus, “to go towards the fragile brothers and sisters of our society. This entails the development of a moral theological reflection and pastoral action, capable of being committed to the common good, which has its root in the proclamation of the kerygma, which has a decisive role in defence of life, towards creation and brotherhood.”

The audiovisual presentation below offers an opportunity to listen to and reflect on Pope Francis’ message again.