Fall 2018 Denver Province Snapshots
Ordinations, Professions & Jubilarians:
Redemptoristine Sr. Joan Calver celebrated her 65th anniversary of profession (see Snapshot story below).
Redemptorists Celebrating 60 Years of Profession: James Burke, C.Ss.R., William Adams, C.Ss.R., Carl Schindler, C.Ss.R., Kyle Fisher, C.Ss.R., Francis Kriski, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorists Celebrating 50 Years of Profession: James Arrambide, C.Ss.R., Richard Boever, C.Ss.R., William Green, C.Ss.R., Michael McAndrew, C.Ss.R., Gerard Patin, C.Ss.R., Thomas Picton, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorists Celebrating 25 Years of Profession: Gan Nguyen, C.Ss.R., Scott Katzenberger, C.Ss.R.
Bro. Patrick Concidine, C.Ss.R.: Please pray for the repose of the soul of beloved Br. Patrick Concidine, a humble confrere who worked tirelessly for decades to spread devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Br. Patrick died early this morning, July 25, 2018, at Mary Queen & Mother Center in St. Louis. He was 85, and had been in poor health for several years. Br. Patrick was born on May 8, 1933 in DeKalb, IL. He made his first profession on August 2, 1949 and professed perpetual vows as a Redemptorist Brother on February 2, 1955. Trained as a tailor while he was a novice, Br. Patrick served as a tailor, porter and sacristan at communities throughout the Midwest until the early 1970s, when a casual conversation with a Filipino family about their shared devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help changed the focus of his vocation. For the next 30 years, he worked tirelessly to spread devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, especially with immigrant communities. He inspired generations of his brother Redemptorists for his efforts to “Make Her Known” and fulfill the papal mandate issued to the Redemptorists in 1866. Under Br. Patrick’s leadership, membership in the Confraternity of Our Mother of Perpetual Help grew into the thousands. Although his goal was merely to spread devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Confraternity contributed more than $1 million to the Denver Province to help educate seminarians and care for elderly confreres.
Fr. Bruno Lichwe, C.Ss.R.: A kind and loving Redemptorist who cared for his elderly and infirm brothers for 41 years, Fr. Bruno died during the evening hours of July 10 at Mary Queen & Mother Center in St. Louis. He will always be remembered as an authentic witness of Plentiful Redemption to the Brother candidates he mentored at the Redemptorist School for Brothers in Pine City, MN. A hard worker with a strong constitution, Fr. Bruno was considered a jack of all trades – farmer, missionary, and assistant prefect of the healthcare center. For over 20 years, he took responsibility for the gardens and orchard in Oconomowoc. He played as much golf as possible when free time and weather permitted, and enjoyed skiing during the winter months, when he also had sufficient time to substitute for priests in Wisconsin and the surrounding states. Although Fr. Bruno was trained as a “fire and brimstone” preacher in the early Redemptorist tradition, his style was much more suited to the new “softer” approach that came into being after Vatican II, and he gave many parish missions. When Immaculate Conception Health Care Center closed in 1988, Fr. Bruno moved to Liguori and was one of the original staff members at St. Clement Health Care Center. He also preached for Liguorian Magazine; and entertained his confreres with tales of his travels until he retired in 2009.
Fr. John Paul Andree, C.Ss.R.: Fr. John Paul Andree, an inspiration to all who struggle with adversity, died on July 10 at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori after a lengthy battle with cancer. After completing Tirocinium at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Parish in St. Louis, Fr. John Paul was appointed as a missionary preacher at St. Michael’s Parish in Chicago in 1970-1972. He immersed himself in parish renewal programs and youth retreats, ministries his focus for the next nine years. His superiors recognized his administrative and organizational skills and assigned him as director of Villa Redeemer Retreat Center in Glenview from 1972 to 1975. He also served on the Executive Board of Retreats International and presented an effective approach to youth retreats during an international convention. Fr. John Paul was also called to internal ministry at Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, WI, where he served as treasurer until 1983. He devoted the next 23 years to building a strong network of support for Redemptorist formation as director of the Co-Redemptorist Association. He enlisted the help of a few dedicated volunteers in Chicago and worked countless hours to increase membership and ensure the formation of generations of future Redemptorists.
Fr. Joseph Greenwell, C.Ss.R.: Beloved Fr. Joseph (Joe) Greenwell, C.Ss.R., the eldest member of the Denver Province who was professed as a Redemptorist for 76 years and celebrated his 70th anniversary of ordination in June, died on September 2 at Mary Queen & Mother Center in St. Louis just two months shy of his 98th birthday. Fr. Joe had served in ministry for 54 years, and is best known for helping to establish Holy Redeemer Seminary in Lacomb, LA. Former students fondly remember him as a hard-working, multi-talented Redemptorist who saw and nurtured their potential, and rank him among their finest role models, mentors and friends. Fr. Joe professed temporary vows on August 2, 1942 and perpetual vows on September 2, 1945. He completed his coursework at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Oconomowoc, and was ordained to the priesthood on January 6, 1948. Health issues necessitated his retirement and transfer to St. Clement Health Care Center in 2003. He was a beloved member of the community. Confreres gathered at St. Clement Health Care Center for a celebration of his life on September 7. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 8, followed by burial in the Redemptorist Cemetery in Liguori.
Honoring Our Co-Redemptorists: The Denver Province honored faithful members of the Co-Redemptorist Association at St. Alphonsus Parish in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 22. Fr. John Fahey Guerra, Provincial Vicar, and Fr. John Schmidt, Director of the Co-Redemptorist Association, were on hand to personally thank these special members of the Redemptorist family for their dedicated prayer and financial support.
Co-Redemptorists have helped fund the education and formation of students since the 1950s, enabling generations of confreres to carry on the Redemptorist mission in the United States, Thailand, and the Vice Provinces of Manaus and Nigeria. The Redemptorists’ mission includes a wide range of vital ministries such as: Parish Ministry, Preaching Ministry, Migrants & Immigrants Work, Deaf Ministry, Military, Hospital & Prison Chaplains, Marriage Preparation Ministry, and Orphanages & Schools for children with HIV/AIDS.
We are grateful to Fr. Donald Willard, pastor, and the parishioners who helped us with this event. Please extend your appreciation to the Co-Redemptorists at your ministry sites!
Redemptorists of the Denver Province receive the highest rating in abuse prevention practices:
Denver Province receives Praesidium Accreditation: The Redemptorists of the Denver Province recently received the highest honor in abuse prevention practices: accreditation from Praesidium, Inc., the largest and most comprehensive abuse risk management firm in the country. Members of the Denver Province also just completed three hours of safe environment training, reaffirming their commitment to protect the children and vulnerable adults served at Redemptorist ministry sites.
“The sexual abuse scandal is a cause of great shame and remorse for the Church, most especially for those of us dealing with the pain and anger of the victims of sexual abuse as well as the faithful Catholics we serve. Although innocence lost can never be restored, the Redemptorists can and do acknowledge any wrongs committed in the past, deal fairly with victims of abuse, and work diligently to prevent future misconduct of any kind,” explained Provincial Superior Stephen Rehrauer. “Sadly, abuse of all forms – physical, emotional, mental, psychological – is rampant; abusers and victims can be found in every strata of society. Since 2005, the Redemptorists have invested substantial resources into effective training programs, policies and procedures designed to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults.”
In May, an independent team of Praesidium specialists conducted a comprehensive accreditation audit to verify that the Denver Province met the 25 established Praesidium Standards for Accreditation during the latest accreditation period, 2013-2017.
“Periodic accreditation audits provide full transparency of our efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults, and demonstrate our commitment to maintain safe environments at every ministry site,” Fr. Steve explained.
A New Redemptorist Residence: Fr. John Schmidt, director of St. Clement Health Care Center and superior of the community, recently moved confreres in need of 24-hour skilled nursing care to Mary Queen & Mother Center on the grounds of the Cardinal Ritter Center in St. Louis. Br. Patrick Concidine, Fr. Edward Morgan and Fr. Joseph Greenwell are the first Redemptorist residents. Fr. John reports that the men are well cared for, and seem to be adjusting to their new environment. Fr. John is monitoring their care with frequent visits, and confreres living in Liguori and St. Louis help maintain a sense of community.
Novena to Good St. Anne: For the 107th consecutive year, Redemptorists of the Denver Province preached the Novena in honor of Good St. Anne last July 18-26 in San Francisco at St. Anne of the Sunset Church, widely known as the “Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré of the West” to the delight of native San Franciscans. Fathers Patrick Keyes, John Schmidt, Maurice Nutt and Lamar Partin preached on the theme “The Joy of Love in the Family.” In addition to novena prayers, Mass was celebrated and blessings with the relic of St. Anne were given during three services each day except Saturday, when a mid-morning novena service was followed by a Eucharistic procession through the neighborhood. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was available before and after each service, and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was offered at all three services on Tuesday.
Summer Ministry: Eumir Bautista helped the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate with their ministries located on their picturesque grounds in Sloatsburg, NY. His days were divided between St. Joseph’s Adult Care Home, where he was a companion to more than 30 residents, and St. Mary’s Villa Spirituality & Educational Center, where he helped welcome groups for retreats or a day of prayer. The SSMIs welcome guests to a weekend-long Marian Pilgrimage in August. Eumir helped beautify the grounds by planting flowers.
Sr. Joan Calver celebrated her 65th anniversary of profession with a surprise party hosted by the Redemptoristines in Liguori. Looking back to 1951, she recalled that a Redemptorist, a long-time family friend, accompanied her to the enclosure door at Barrie, Ontario. “My parents were present when the door was closed, leaving a tearful Mom and a lonely Dad to make their way back to our home town in Maynooth, Ontario. They saw my vocation as the will of God for me, so it seemed their sadness soon vanished. The community of Redemptoristines was prayerful and happy. The three foundresses from England were devoted and zealous in passing on the time-honored customs from the founding monastery. Remembering this in my own experience of new foundations, I sense the importance of fidelity to the charism and passing on the good customs the Order has treasured through the years.”
A Summer to Remember: Our own Fr. Len Broniak certainly had a summer to remember – he met Pope Francis on the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help! In late June Fr. Len joined about 200 others in the Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative for the Americas (DCYIA) – a group of deaf and hearing Catholics in the United States and Mexico that trains young deaf adults in Mexico and Central America for leadership within the Catholic Church – on a pilgrimage to Rome to further their cause. The DCYIA group participated in a conference on the progress of the implementation of the Roman 2009 Decisions regarding deaf ministry within the Church at the Augustinian College.
Calling All Candidates: The Redemptoristines, with the assistance of Redemptorist Br. Dan Korn, hosted a Come & See Week at their monastery in Liguori from October 6-13 for women interested in a life of prayer. Kindly help their vocation efforts by including Redemptoristine vocations in your prayers.
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2: AllSouls Day
November 9: Foundation of CSSR
November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 2: Beginning of Advent
December 8: Immaculate Conception
December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 25: Christmas
December 27: Feast of the Holy Family
January 1: Solemnity of Mary
January 10: Bl. Seelos Birthday