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The Redemptorist Office for Mission Advancement promotes the apostolic work of the
Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province as they follow in the footsteps of the Redeemer
so they may more effectively preach the Gospel to the poor and abandoned.

The Office achieves this by presenting ways of partnering with people and inviting
mutual stewardship of God’s gifts for our formation, retirement and ministry needs.

Frater Jim McCabe (right) will be among the
Redemptorist seminarians moving into the rectory at

Mission Church in Boston this fall. Around the same
time, Fr. Francis Mulvaney will help welcome a group of

elderly Redemptorists to new assisted living rooms at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Brooklyn.

Stephanie K. Tracy/RedemptoristsMoving season (page 6)

Provincial’s Preface page 2
Mission Schedule page 3
Monthly Giving page 8
Seminarian Summer page 9




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I always enjoy visiting with my
niece, Chrissy, her husband Tom, and
their three children, Thomas,
Michaela, and Brendan. Tom is a
lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army
Special Forces, yet one of the gentlest
men I know. When we are getting
ready to leave the house, for a trip to
the mall, the ballpark, or to a
restaurant, Tom announces to all of us,
“Mount up and move out!” I suspect
his troops respond far better to his
commands than does the family since
it is often the first of many calls to get
going before we finally leave.

“Mount up and move out,” has
been a theme of the Baltimore
Province over this past summer. These
last few months may hold the record

for the most men moving during any
one period in the history of our

These changes were made for
several reasons: 1) to give a sharper
focus to our mission of preaching
the Gospel to the most
abandoned, especially
the poor; 2) to provide
a new vision of health-
care for our sick and
infirm members; and
3) to implement
programs that might
provide better
stewardship of our
province assets to
better serve the future
of our Congregation.

The following changes have oc-
curred this summer:

— We closed our skilled nursing
care facility at the St. John Neumann
Residence in Saratoga Springs, NY, and
moved our infirm men to a newly
renovated wing, also named the St.
John Neumann Residence, at the Stella
Maris facility in Timonium, MD. This
move involved transporting 20
Redemptorists, some of whom were
bed-ridden and wheelchair-bound.

— Six men moved into a newly
created assisted living wing at
St. Clement’s Mission House in
Ephrata, PA.

— Five confreres moved into newly
created assisted living rooms in Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in
Brooklyn, NY.

— Four men moved from St.
Michael’s/St. Patrick’s Rectory to
Sacred Heart Rectory, both in
Baltimore. This community now
provides pastoral care for all three
parishes and forms one Redemptorist

— Eleven college seminarians and
two staff members moved from the St.
Alphonsus Formation Residence in

Whitestone, NY, to Immaculate
Conception Rectory in the Bronx, NY.
While continuing their studies at St.
John’s University, this move puts the
students in the midst of a very active
parish. As a result of this move, five

other confreres had to
move from the Bronx
and Whitestone to
other communities.

— Four graduate
school seminarians and
the superior moved
from Holy Redeemer
College in Washington,
D.C., to attend Boston
College and live at Mis-
sion Church rectory.
These students also are

living in a very pastorally active parish.
— Two Redemptorists are starting a

new apostolate, serving Spanish-
speaking people in the Diocese of
Metuchen, NJ.

Our men have mounted up and
moved out. We are a missionary order
and many of these men served in
foreign lands when they were younger.
It is not easy for an elderly, sick con-
frere to move several hundred miles
and leave all that is familiar. Their
commitment to the Redemptorists
and their trust in God both inspires
and humbles me.

I ask your prayers for all our men
who are beginning new assignments.
God bless all these missionaries,
young and old, as they serve the Lord.

Very Rev. Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.

Our Apologies

In the summer edition of Plentiful Redemption,
the name of Brother Gilbert Hunter was
inadvertently absent from a list of Redemptorists
who had served at St. Cecilia’s Parish in New
York. We regret the omission.



Plentiful Redemption © 2009

Redemptorist Office for
Mission Advancement
7401 German Hill Road #2
Baltimore, MD 21222-1347

[email protected]

410-288-8755 fax: 410-288-8757

Editorial Board:

Rev. Matthew Allman, C.Ss.R.

Rev. Andrew Costello, C.Ss.R.

Rev. Daniel Francis, C.Ss.R.

Elizabeth Góral-Makowski

Rev. Robert Pagliari, C.Ss.R.

Stephanie Tracy

Kathy Wagner

“Mount up and
move out,” has been

a theme of the
Baltimore Province

over this past

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It was a summer full of packing
tape, cardboard boxes and road trips
for close to 50 Redemptorist priests
and brothers. But these nomads
embraced their journeys, knowing
their efforts were just another step
toward bringing the Gospel to all

The great exodus began in mid-May
when five seminarians packed up their
belongings at Holy Redeemer College
in Washington, D.C., and made their
way north to Boston. In September,
they returned from their summer
assignments to settle into new living
quarters and a new school.

For more than 20 years,
Redemptorist theology students
studied at Washington Theological
Union and lived alongside other
Redemptorists pursuing post-graduate
degrees. The academic setting was
ideal for these Redemptorists-in-
training, but it was time for a change.

So this fall, instead of a home-
coming in the nation’s capital, the
students returned to a new home at
Mission Church in Boston and began
classes at nearby Boston College.

Another 11 seminarians and their
formation directors moved into the
rectory at Immaculate Conception
Parish in the Bronx, NY from the St.
Alphonsus Formation Residence in
Whitestone, NY. They will continue to
study philosophy at St. John’s

“The order of the day at Holy
Redeemer and at St. Alphonsus
Residence was really geared around
their spiritual formation,” said Father
Denis Sweeney, who oversees the
theology students’ formation. “Not
that that changes a whole lot, but now
we’re in a parish setting.”

Father Sweeney said the new living
arrangements will expose the students
to the day-to-day rhythms of inner-
city parish life.


By Stephanie K. Tracy

Fr. Jerome Murphy (left) receives Communion during a

Mass celebrating the blessing of the St. John Neumann

Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD.

Stephanie K. Tracy/Redemptorists

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“They’ll be able to be here with
people going to work or the elderly
who come for morning Mass,” he said.
“If they want to get involved with some
of the parish work, or help with
religious education classes or
participate in the Marian devotions,
they can.”

The students moving to the Bronx
will have a similar experience living in
an active inner-city parish, seeing
firsthand the Redemptorist vocation
lived out day-to-day.

“They’ll be seeing both the charism
and the ministry, not for an hour a
week, but when they wake up in the
morning, come home for dinner, go to
bed at night,” said Father Richard
Bennett, vocations director. “That
fraternity, that cooperation and
collaboration all have the terrific
potential to serve our students in
formation well.”

But the men in school weren’t the
only ones on the move this summer.
With the help of a small army of
Redemptorists and professional
caregivers, 20 retired and infirm
priests and brothers relocated from
the St. John Neumann Residence in
Saratoga Springs, NY, to the new St.
John Neumann Residence at Stella
Maris in Timonium, MD.

Several other Saratoga Springs
residents and a handful of other less

infirm Redemptorists, 11 in all,
relocated to new assisted living rooms
at Redemptorist communities at St.
Clement’s Mission House in Ephrata,
PA, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Parish in Brooklyn, NY.

“The move has gone very well,
especially considering most people
hate to move,” said Father Gerard
Szymkowiak, superior of the St. John
Neumann Residence. “But I think it
went over very well. They’re happy
here and it’s a beautiful place.”

The move has also brought a
welcome change — a flood of visitors.

“When I was in Saratoga with them,
we’d have visitors every three weeks or
once a month,” Father Szymkowiak
said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve had
visitors every day. They come from as
far as Paraguay, Boston, New York,
New Jersey, Florida. And the
Redemptorists serving in and around
Baltimore have been very good.”

Father Alfred Bradley, vicar
provincial, who orchestrated much of
the summer comings and goings, said
relocating was necessary to help the
congregation adapt to changing times
and circumstances.

“Among the men, this
situation, consciously
or unconsciously,
elicited a missionary
response,” Father

Bradley said. “At heart there’s a
missionary spirit that drives the
province and the congregation. When
the chips are down, they’re willing to
accept whatever for the common good
to allow the province and the
congregation to continue its work.”

Stephanie K. Tracy is the communications
manager for the Redemptorists of the
Baltimore Province.

On August 4, Elton Letang professed his first vows as a
Redemptorist at Our Lady of Fatima Church in the

Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies. Very Rev.
Patrick Woods, provincial of the Baltimore Province,
received Elton’s vows. He will renew his temporary
vows for three to five years before making his final

profession. Elton is a second year theology
student who will resume his studies

this fall at Boston College.

Courtesy Photo

Fr. Virgil Caskey offers

the final prayers during

the blessing of the new

assisted living space at

St. Clement’s Mission House

in Ephrata, PA.

Residents of St. John Neumann Residence

attend the opening Mass.

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Mission Preaching
September to December 2009

(from page 3)



The Power of Props
By Rev. James Szobonya, C.Ss.R.

In the Alphonsian tradition it’s known as “simple apostolic preaching” —
everyone must understand the homily: the rich, poor, professionals, laborers,
housewives, etc.

The whole purpose of preaching is for the listeners’ benefit; if they don’t
understand, no matter how theologically superb the homily, it’s a failure.

My priesthood began three years ago at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, NY.
My first pastor, Father John Tizio, a former school chaplain, introduced me to
children’s homilies and the use of “props.” The props were so successful (we
more than doubled the attendance at our family Mass), I began using them at all
the Masses.

It’s amazing how powerful a prop can be. Jesus constantly used props to reveal
profound truths and mysteries — bread, fish, seeds, weeds, salt, sheep, fig trees,
coins. How could the Apostles ever forget the powerful visual image of being
called “fishers of men,” or that God’s Kingdom was like a “mustard seed”?

Let me give two examples of modern props:
— Using a vacuum to describe how easy confession is — just go over the dirty

spots of our lives. Sin is like dust that must be regularly vacuumed or confessed
to prevent dirt buildup and sickness.

— Life is like riding a bicycle, only we’re always going uphill — we must
constantly keep pedaling to do good. The higher we pedal up the mountain of
goodness, the more beautiful the view. Coasting downhill is temporarily fun —
no pedaling — until we crash.

People grab on to the prop’s image and don’t forget. I’ve had people come into
the confessional and say, “Father, I haven’t ‘vacuumed’ in a while,” or “I’ve
stopped ‘pedaling to do good.’”

I love my priestly duties: prayer, confessions, hospital and home visits,
wedding preparation, consulting. But I
especially love preaching. Preaching has
become an exciting adventure for
both the congregation and me;
we never know what the next
prop will be.

It takes a lot of work and
creativity to tie the props
into the Scripture
readings, but it’s a
fruitful way to continue
our Alphonsian tradition
of “simple apostolic
preaching” in our visually
minded, modern world.

Fr. Szobonya was ordained
in 2006. He is associate
pastor of St. Martin of Tours
Parish in Bethpage, NY.



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Just in time for the Year
for Priests, a new book on
the Eucharist, written by Fr.
Dennis Billy, is scheduled for
release October 5. The Beauty
of the Eucharist: Voices from the
Church Fathers explores the
thoughts and teachings about
the Eucharist from some of the
Church’s earliest writers. The
book may be purchased online
at or
by calling 1-800-462-5980.

New City Press/Courtesy Photo

Starting Oct. 25
Our Lady of Fatima Church
Baltimore, MD
Fr. Paul Bryan & Sr. Mary Sninsky, OSF

Starting Nov. 1
St. Clement Hofbauer
Rosedale, MD
Fr. John Murray

Starting Nov. 8
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Philadelphiha, PA
Fr. Paul Bryan & Sr. Mary Sninsky, OSF

Starting Nov. 8
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Opelousas, LA
Fr. Daniel Francis

Starting Nov. 15
St. Theresa Church
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Fr. Paul Bryan & Sr. Mary Sninsky, OSF

Starting Nov. 22
St. Emeric
New York, NY
Frs. Alex Ortiz & Gerard Brinkmann

Starting Dec. 3
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Chicago, IL
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fr. Lenin Delgado

Starting Dec. 6
Corpus Christi Church
Willingboro, NJ
Fr. Paul Bryan & Sr. Mary Sninsky, OSF

Starting Dec.13
Our Lady of the Lakes
Deltona, FL
Fr. John Murray

To schedule a Redemptorist
mission in your parish, please
have your pastor contact:
Rev. John Murray, C.Ss.R., at
[email protected] or

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Hearing Aids
By Rev. Andrew Costello, C.Ss.R.

She was his hearing aid — that is, till she needed one herself.
He hated the idea of having to wear a hearing aid. Losing one’s hair was a tough enough sign of getting old. So for about 7

years he was missing the little stuff in life — those over 70 love words and sounds.
He didn’t mind it — especially when he was driving and she was sitting next to him — chatting away — and giving directions

— and saying, “You’re too close to that car in front of you!”
However, if something was important — very important — if it had to be heard by him, if he had to be in on the results of

her decision about doing something or going somewhere, she had her way of getting him to hear. She would stand behind
him while he was eating his morning bran flakes and bananas, put both her hands on both his shoulders, and yell into his

right ear, “Next Sunday we are going to Susan’s because our first great-grandchild is going to be baptized.”
She was so good at this method of communicating that he got the message every time without

saying 3 times, “What did you say?”
Well, both got their hearing aids — and surprise — he liked it but she didn’t at first.

But when she caught him listening to music, classical music — “How about that?” — for
the first time in his life — she would sit down next to him, adjust her hearing aid, and

reach for his hand. And surprise, the two of them started talking to each other
again — actually for the first time since their early 20s — when their first kid

came — and wow were they joyfully surprised at what each other’s take
was on all the key things they had seen and experienced in their life

together. And surprise — surprise — one day they began praying
together, which totally surprised both of them, and that is

happening more and more as well.

To read more of Fr. Andy’s work and some homilies, visit his blog at

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