Redemptorist Associates Program
Redemptorist Lay Associates are men and women who are familiar with the ministry of Redemptorists, in parishes, retreats and missions, and who have entered into ways of collaboration with their ministry precisely as lay persons.
The Associates wish to grow in the spirituality developed by St. Alphonsus de Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists. A spirituality is a practical path that people can follow to come closer to God and love their neighbor.
The Lay Associates program began in the Baltimore Province in 1991 when their General Council asked Redemptorists throughout the world to bring lay people more closely into ministry with them.
The men and women who join program gather together on a monthly basis. Led by a moderator, they explore the Redemptorist history and charism and the spirituality which Alphonsus lived and taught. They pray together and share in fellowship with one another.
A special part of being an Associate is the service which they take on themselves, either for the people of the parish or in an outreach that the parish does for the needy in the community. Service is spirituality in action.
As one Redemptorist said about the Associates in his parish, "They are not only nourishing others, but are being nourished themselves. They not only bring the Gospel to others, but are evangelized themselves in that they get closer to God through the people they serve."
To learn more about the Associates and to know the meeting schedule,
Contact Fathers John Murray or John McKenna at OLPH at 718-492-9200.