100 years of presence of Redemptorist Nuns in Itu, Brazil


Immaculate Conception Monastery was the first of the Order of the Holy Redeemer in Brazil

The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded by Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa, celebrated last Monday, June 24th, the day of Saint John the Baptist, the centenary of the presence of the Redemptorist Nuns at the Immaculate Conception Monastery, in the city of Itu (SP).

Father Marlos Aurélio da Silva, C.Ss.R, Provincial Superior of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida Province, presided over the Holy Eucharist, which was attended by the Nuns residing in Itu, the Redemptorist Missionaries of the Santa Teresinha Seminary, in Tietê (SP), and the Ituan community.

The homily was given by Father Pedro Paulo Dal Bó, C.Ss.R,  Novice Master at the Santa Teresinha Seminary, who highlighted the centuries-old legacy of the nuns in the city in the interior of São Paulo. He took the opportunity to reinforce the request for vocations to Consecrated Life: “We want to continue praying that the Lord will raise many holy vocations to the Consecrated Life, especially to life as Redemptorist nuns. We all need to pray and we need to beg for vocations to emerge.”

Father Marlos Aurélio congratulated the sisters on this special moment in the life of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer and the entire Redemptorist family: “We are very happy to be able to participate in this moment and this memorable date, recognizing, above all, the greatness of this charisma that they also seek to share here in the city, living the contemplative vocation, but also being open and always attentive to praying and listening to the people who they resort here to the Monastery. So, we hope that God continues to bless the lives of the Redemptorist nuns, and we also wish them many, many vocations to continue this mission of radiating this charism of contemplative life, following what Mother Celeste Crostarosa, foundress of this Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, Congratulations Sisters, long life and happy life!”.

Asking for the intercession of Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa and Saint John the Baptist, let us pray for Redemptorist Nuns and for new vocations to the Church!

A short Centennial history

Founded by Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa in 1731, the Order of the Holy Redeemer arrived in Brazil in 1921 and temporarily established itself in the city of Vassouras (RJ). Three years later, in 1924, Redemptorist nuns founded the first OSS Monastery in Latin America, in Itu (SP).

In the interior city of São Paulo, the monastic order saw around fifty nuns profess their vows at the Imaculada Conceição Monastery. In addition to Itu, the Redemptorist nuns maintain a monastery in the city of Formosa (GO) .

The Redemptorist Missionaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, who share the same Redemptorist spirituality as the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, collaborate with the monasteries, exercising spiritual direction and being confessors to the nuns.

(Source: www.a12.com)