Saturday, August 1, 2009

St. Alphonsus Ligouri

This First Saturday morning at Mass our dear Parish Priest - Fr. Peter a Redemptorist Priest gave a beautiful homily on Saint Alphonsus Liguori whose feast we celebrate today. The Redemptorists are a religious order of men founded in 1732 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Their special mission is to spread the Gospel to the poor and most abandoned. They began this work by going among the poor and forgotten shepherds living in the hill country surrounding Naples in southern Italy. At first, there was just a handful of men working with Alphonsus Liguori. In the Congregation's centennial year of 1832, six Redemptorists (three priests and three Brothers) journeyed to America. Presently there are approximately 7,000 Redemptorists working for souls in most parts of the world. More than 1,000 Redemptorists work in the United States alone. Today we give thanks to Almight God for St. Alphonsus Ligouri and our Redemptorist Priest especially those serving in my beloved country of Trinidad and Tobago, these include our Archbishop Edward Gilbert (an American) and our two parish priest Fr. Rodney (from the island of St. Croix) and Fr. Peter Hill (from the island of Dominica)

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