Fall 2017 Denver Province Snapshots

Ordinations, Professions & Jubilarians:

Celebrating 60 Years of Ordination: Rev. Albert Babin, C.Ss.R., Rev. Bruno Lischwe, C.Ss.R.

Celebrating 60 Years of Ordination: Rev. William Cleary, C.Ss.R., Rev. Warren Drinkwater, C.Ss.R., Rev. Gilbert Enderle, C.Ss.R., Rev. Joseph Fenili, C.Ss.R., Rev. David Polek, C.Ss.R., Rev. Richard Quinn, C.Ss.R.

Celebrating 50 Years of Ordination: Rev. Paul Coury, C.Ss.R., Br. Charles Fucik, C.Ss.R., Rev. Samuel Maranto, C.Ss.R., Rev. Michael Quinn, C.Ss.R., Rev. Kenneth Sedlak, C.Ss.R., Rev. Allan Weinert, C.Ss.R., Rev. James White, C.Ss.R.

Celebrating 25 Years of Ordination: Rev. John Fahey-Guerra, C.Ss.R., Rev. Tuan Pham, C.Ss.R.


Congratulations to Our Newly Ordained: Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, CMF, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Lubbock in Texas, presided at the ordination to the diaconate of our own John Son Tran and Agustin Carrillo Jr., CMF at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Chicago on July 16. Provincial Superior Stephen Rehrauer concelebrated the Mass, and was pleased to be among the first to offer his congratulations. Deacon Son’s family and friends, as well as a few of his Redemptorist confreres, also enjoyed the celebration.

Young Adults Evangelize in Houston: The fire of the Holy Spirit is aflame at Holy Ghost Church in Houston. More than 50 people in the Young Adults ministry hosted a retreat for another 47 young adults. The retreat team started preparing for the retreat months in advance: meeting to organize, praying, fasting and spending hours of time before the Blessed Sacrament. They divided responsibilities for the retreat into different areas: environment, prayer, talks, dynamics and meals. Young adults planned and led the entire retreat.

San Antonio Welcomes: Redemptorist Students Redemptorist seminarians are settling into the new Redemptorist Theology Residence adjacent to St. Gerard Parish in preparation for the beginning of the new term at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. The renowned Oblate School of Theology was selected from among a field of top Catholic educational institutions in the country, primarily because of its pastoral approach to education and success in preparing students for ministry.

Inter-Provincial Novitiate becomes ‘Inter-Continental’: Ivan Dzhur (front row, third from left), a student for the Yorkton Province who studied at the PreNovitiate in the Bronx, began Novitiate with four students for the Warsaw Province during Solemn First Vespers on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of the Mother of God at the Redemptorist Inter-Provincial Novitiate in Lubaszowa, Poland. Provincial Superior Janusz Sok of the Warsaw Province presided, assisted by Fr. Mariusz Chyrowski, Novice Master, and Fr. Marcin Klamka, Socius. Outgoing novices and Redemptorists from the nearby Theologate in Tuchów participated in the service. Please remember Ivan and his fellow novices in your prayers as they journey through this important year in their religious formation.

Priests and Deacons Ordained for Vice Province of Nigeria: Most Rev. Peter Smith, Metropolitan Archbishop of Southwerk, UK recently ordained five priests and seven deacons for the Vice Province of Nigeria. Redemptorist priests ordained in July include (left, left to right) Fathers Michael Nzekwe, Isaac Ikpere, Paul George, Faustinus Igwe and Thaddeus Egwu.

How They Steal Our Children:

Fr. Charles Vijay Kumar, a Redemptorist priest from India studying film at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, hoped to promote his documentary film, “Trafficked in the US,” at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Parish in Whittier. We hoped to revitalize the Young Adult Ministry. We both benefited when we presented the idea and enlisted the help of a number of parishioners – including some young adults. They responded enthusiastically, and in June the parish presented “How They Steal Our Children,” an event that featured Fr. Vijay’s film and a presentation by Susan Patterson, a knowledgeable activist. Thanks to the superb publicity generated on social media, radio and in local newspapers, some 90 people attended the event.

And More!

Mission Accomplished: The Diocese of Biloxi has been blessed by the ministry of the Redemptorist Fathers who arrived after Hurricane Katrina and helped rebuild and revitalize Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and Our Mother of Sorrows parishes in East Biloxi. But all good things must end. It was announced at all Masses of July 15-16 that the Redemptorist Fathers will be leaving the Diocese of Biloxi at the end of the year. Their last day will be December 31. Bishop Louis Kihneman said the Redemptorist Fathers will be sorely missed. “The Redemptorist Fathers have been a blessing to the Diocese of Biloxi,” he said. According to Bishop Kihneman, efforts to find a new pastor for Our Mother of Sorrows and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos parishes are underway.

A GreenThumb: Br. Dan Hall plants tomatoes – only one of the vegetables he supplies to the Mission House community in Liguori. He gardens in the greenhouse on the property, while Fr. Vic Karls plants and cares for an outdoor garden during the growing season. With both harvests, the Mission House community has a bounty of fresh vegetables to enjoy.

Thousands Celebrate Perpetual Help in Nigeria: Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel Catholic Church (Archangels’ Parish) in Satellite Town – the very first foundation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in Nigeria – celebrated their feast on June 27 to coincide with the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. This year, Mary Our Help In Moments of Distress was chosen as the theme. Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye, Auxiliary Bishop of the Awka Diocese, presided at the Solemn Mass with concelebrants Most Rev. Dr. Peter Smith, the visiting Archbishop of Southwark in London, England and Very Rev. Kingsley Onyekuru, Vice Provincial Superior of Nigeria.

Racial Justice: Words are important, but not enough, according to a group of Catholic leaders – including our own Fr. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R. “Racism affects the very fiber of being of the Body of Christ,” Fr. Maurice, co-convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, said. “The Catholic Church in America needs to have an examination of conscience that looks at our own racist attitudes and behaviors. Read Heidi Schlumpf’s August 29 article in the National Catholic Reporter.

New Home for Life Directions: Fr. Felipe Vaglienty, pastor of St. Pancratius Church generously offered office space to Life Directions in Chicago! Almost 30 friends joined Fr. Tat Hoang and Van Bensett, Life Directions director, to celebrate the organization’s move to 2940 West 40th Place, a former convent on the parish property.



October 16: St. Gerard Feast Day
October 12: Our Lady of the Pillar
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2: All Souls Day
November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 3: First Sunday of Advent
December 8: Immaculate Conception
December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 25: Christmas
January 1: Solemnity of Mary
January 5: St. Neumann Feast Day
January 6: Epiphany