Spring 2018 Denver Province Snapshots
Ordinations, Professions & Jubilarians:
Redemptorists Bishop Ordained: Fifteen bishops and the faithful from throughout Canada stood in witness and prayerful support on Friday, March 16 as Fr. Jon Hansen of the Edmonton- Toronto Province was ordained and installed as Bishop of the Mackenzie- Fort Smith Diocese in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Bishop Hansen has chosen “Truth and Reconciliation” as his motto. “In my role as bishop, I am a brother. We are a family, and families stick together until issues are resolved. We will walk forward together as brothers and sisters called to this work of reconciliation,” he explained.
Deacon Ênio Renan Morais Barbosa Ordained: Family members and friends enjoyed a thoroughly Redemptorist celebration as Deacon Ênio Renan Morais Barbosa of the Vice Province of Manaus was ordained to the priesthood last month. Redemptorist Bishop Zenildo Luis Pereira da Silva presided at a liturgy on February 24, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Visitation of the General Government. Approximately 70 Redemptorists from other provinces and vice provinces throughout the country joined the confreres of the Vice Province of Manaus at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Belém.
Father John Son Tran Ordained: Family members, friends and Redemptorist confreres stood in witness and prayerful support as Cardinal Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ordained Deacon John Son Tran to the priesthood at his home parish – Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston – on February 3. Cardinal DiNardo presided at the liturgy with almost 50 concelebrants, including Provincial Superior Stephen Rehrauer, Provincial Vicar John Fahey Guerra, and confreres of the Denver Province, the Extra Patriam Vice Province and other Units in the Conference of North America. Fr. Son knew the Redemptorists as a young boy in his native Vietnam. When his family immigrated to the USA 17 years ago, they reconnected with the Redemptorists at Holy Ghost Parish. Fr. Luong Uong and Fr. Tat Hoang, who were stationed at Holy Ghost Parish at that time, influenced his decision to pursue a religious vocation. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of Br. Patrick Concidine, a kind and gentle Redemptorist serving God’s People. Fr. Son is grateful for the prayers and support of his family, friends, confreres and Co-Redemptorists on his vocation journey, and asks for continued prayers for his ministry of serving the People of God, and living his life as a Son of Alphonsus, with faith and trust in God.
Sr. Nadine, O.Ss.R. went home to the Lord on Christmas Eve, 2017. She was born February 6, 1926 in Port Huron, MI, the daughter of Mary Sophia Marigold and Thomas J. Peloso, Sr. The family’s summer home was on the shores of Lake Huron, and she developed an avid love for the water and a reputation as a great swimmer. One month after her high school graduation, she pursued a religious vocation with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters in Monroe, MI. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marygrove College in Detroit and a Master’s in Education from Wayne State University. The focus of her teaching was the primary grades. Although her other assignments found her teaching throughout Michigan – in Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Ann Arbor and Detroit – her special joy was the time she spent at Holy Redeemer, a very poor parish in Florida. Sr. Nadine joined the Redemptoristine Community in Liguori in 1966. Through the years she combined her deep desire for prayer, silence and solitude with the simple everyday life in the monastery. Her musical giftedness encompassed playing the organ, piano and violin. These gifts she offered freely to the Community. New members benefited from her training in singing and liturgical matters. She had been a religious for 71 years. May she now enter into the joy of the Lord!
Fr. Monroe Gerard Perrier: On the eve of the Epiphany, Fr. Monroe Gerard Perrier quietly slipped out of this world, undoubtedly with less fanfare than when he entered 85 years ago. Born in 1932 in New Orleans, where uncommon nicknames abound, Monroe was affectionately known as Shug or Monie. Without question, he was a product of the city of his birth and irrevocably tied to it long after he moved elsewhere. Monie’s incomparable humor, laid-back outlook on life, characteristic hospitality, idioms and localisms further intensified his charm. Monie loved people and they loved him in return. He was very pastoral in his assignments – whether it was training students at Holy Redeemer Seminary in Lacombe or ministering collaboratively among an active laity at Holy Ghost Church in Houston. His trademark relational, personable style of leadership was especially effective when he served as superior of the former New Orleans Vice Province for nine years. “I can honestly say he was a great community man, a gentle confessor, and a proclaimer of the ‘Good News,’” Fr. Alton Carr recounts of his long-time friend. May our Mother of Perpetual Help, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, welcome Shug into paradise.
The Confirmation program at St. Alphonsus Parish in Grand Rapids emphasizes service and introduces students to stewardship. For the past 15 years, candidates have hosted the Senior Prom, a dinner dance for the senior citizens of the parish. Confirmation candidates are responsible for waiting on tables and ensuring that guests enjoy their special evening. Students interacted easily with the older members of the parish, and everyone enjoyed dancing and laughing the night away.
Seattle Community Welcomes New Redemptorist Oblate: The Redemptorists at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Seattle welcome Victor Coupez as a Redemptorist Oblate, the highest recognition given to a lay person by the worldwide Congregation. As members of the community, Oblates share our spirituality and work closely with us to further our mission to preach the Gospel, especially to the poor and most abandoned. Victor began his work with the Redemptorists in 2002 when he met Victor met Fr. Lyle Konen at Sacred Heart Parish in Seattle and was impressed – with both the man and the priest. Soon, Victor began to assist Larry Pomado, another Redemptorist Oblate and a former pastoral assistant. Victor was involved with several projects, including organizing the parish archives and collecting historical materials for the parish’s 125th anniversary celebration.
Saints Alive! Confirmation students at St. Alphonsus Parish in Grand Rapids are active on their faith journeys! Catechists began by helping the students understand the true meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the importance of discerning the right patron saint to inspire them to live their Catholic faith. The “Saints Alive” program is only one of the activities in the parish’s year-long Confirmation program. Candidates research their chosen saint and design tri-fold displays featuring significant facts about their saint. The school gym is transformed into a life-like walk with the saints, as students use costumes, props, and well-rehearsed, interactive presentations to convey the lives of their saints.
May 13: Our Lady of Fatima
May 24: Mary, Help of Christians
May 31: Visitation
June 8: Solemnity of Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 9: Immaculate Heart of Mary
June 27: OMPH Feast Day
June 30: Bl. Gennaro Sarnelli Feast Day