About us

Our Lady of Perpetual HelpRedemptorist priests and brothers serve God’s people—especially the poorest and most spiritually abandoned—in the United States and 77 other countries throughout the world.

Our congregation was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori, born in Naples, Italy, in 1696. He left a promising legal career against the wishes of his family to become a priest.

Alphonsus dedicated himself completely to the service of the poor and most abandoned, and in 1732 he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer: The Redemptorists.

Alphonsus and his companions preached the Word of God in rural and isolated communities around Naples. By the early 19th century, Redemptorists were serving in central Italy, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.

In 1832 six Redemptorists traveled to the United States and began their first missionary work outside of Europe. They worked first among Native Americans and then with Irish, German, and Slavic immigrants.

In 1850 the Redemptorists’ American Province was established in Baltimore.

Today we Redemptorists continue our ministry to the poor and most spiritually abandoned, in inner cities, hospitals, and prisons and on military bases. We preach parish missions, staff parishes, and participate in many evangelization activities through traditional and new media.

One of our special missions—entrusted to us by Pope Pius IX in 1865—is to promote devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (shown above) and to “make her known throughout the world.”  

Following in the footsteps of St. Alphonsus Liguori and 17 other confreres who have been canonized or beatified, approximately 5,300 Redemptorists serve God’s people.

Supporters of Redemptorist priests and brothers join us in serving the poor and abandoned throughout the world.

Benefactors spread the faith through foreign and domestic missions. They also prepare Redemptorist novices and seminarians, care for elderly priests and brothers, and promote devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  

Learn more on our website, redemptorists.net, where you can

  • keep up with Catholic news
  • listen to daily audio homilies in English and Spanish
  • watch devotional videos
  • order Mass cards
  • submit prayer requests
  • find Redemptorist communities and parishes and
  • subscribe to our quarterly magazine.

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The Redemptorists
Perpetual Help Center
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