Friday, 22 July 2011

Redemptorists celebrate 50 years in Chawton

The Hampshire village of Chawton (the village in which Jane Austin spent the last eight years of her life, and in which can be found the Jane Austin’s House Museum) has been the home of the Redemptorists for fifty years.

The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, more commonly known as The Redemptorists, was founded in 1732 by St Alphonsus Liguori in Scala, Italy. As an international Congregation with membership of about 6,000 men, their presence is felt in every corner of the world.

The Redemptorists arrived in Britain in 1843. The London Province today numbers 60 men in nine communities in England and Scotland, their mission region of Zimbabwe has 2 communities and a growing number of students. Following the example of their founder, St Alphonsus, the mission of Redemptorist Publications, like that of ST PAULS, is to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel through publishing books, pamphlets, leaflets and other media. Therefore it was fitting that two years ago we invited them to become the distributor of St Pauls Publications. This has proved to be a partnership which has not only furthered our individual apostolates, but has served to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to more people.

As one of the many guests at the celebration today in Chawton to mark this milestone in their history, ST PAULS would like to congratulate the Redemptorists for all they have achieved and wish them every blessing in the future.

Picture: Denis McBride, CSsR, Publishing Director.