(Dominican Republic) On December 8, 2021, the religious community of the Redemptorist Missionaries assumed the pastoral and missionary work of the parishes of San Lucas in the area of El Prado, San Marcos Parish in Quisqueya and the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament in Simón St. in the Province of Azua in the South of the Dominican Republic (see the news of February 7 in Scala News).
On this occasion, it is the same bishop emeritus of the diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, Msgr. José Grullón Estrella, in the Dominican Republic, who introduces the missionary priests:
Fr. Luis A. Adorno López, C.Ss.R. (pastor and superior):
Fr. Roberto Betanco, C.SS.R.:
About the province of San Juan:
For the Redemptorists, June 10, 1984, was a day of rejoicing, for, on this day, the new Province of San Juan (Puerto Rico – Dominican Republic) was created. We have worked with great dynamism in parishes, Catholic schools, parish missions, apostolic movements and Retreat Houses. We feel proud and blessed by the Puerto Rican and Dominican vocations God gave us.
However, besides being motivated by the constant dynamisation and updating of the specifical missionary charism, the shortage of personnel and the commitment to go to the most abandoned sectors both in Puerto Rico and in the Dominican Republic have demanded adjustments to take our charism where it is not yet known and to enrich the whole Church.
In our journey, we have had to leave some parishes, where we sowed our charism, our dynamism and enthusiasm, and take on other missionary works.
One modality that has given life to the missionary charism has been the so-called “missionary stations”. The experiences of Puente de Jobos in Guayama, P.R., Factor de Nagua in the Dominican Republic and the current missionary station in Paraíso, Dominican Republic, are some of the experiences of this new modality Redemptorist mission.
Special mention should be made of Paraíso because it is an inter-provincial community with the integration of a Redemptorist confrere from the Region of Port-au-Prince. The pastoral work of this mission is oriented to welcome undocumented Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic and show solidarity so that they can live in dignity as persons and as sons and daughters of God. (mredentoristas.com)