A Portrait of the Redemptorists around the World

In over eighty countries, with more than a hundred different languages spoken, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer faces diverse challenges.

In this fifty minute interview with Fr Michael Brehl, recorded at the General House in Rome, the head of the congregation explains what it means to be a Redemptorist, what drives the missions and what it has planned to thrive in these times of change. He explores the secularisation of societies and the separation of individual and personal beliefs from the common good and the public forum. He narrates the story of how Our Mother of Perpetual Help came to the Redemptorists and how she accompanied them in their missionary life.

Fr Michael Brehl C.Ss.R. was born in Toronto, Canada. Ordained in 1980, Fr Michael was engaged in formation ministry with young Redemptorists, as novice director and formation director, for nine years. After working as General Secretary and Provincial Superior, in 2009 he was elected the twentieth Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. He now lives in Rome at the Redemptorists’ Head Quarters. Fr Brehl is an engaging and knowledgeable guide, as we learn more about this much-loved saint.


This documentary has been produced by Redemptorist Publications in collaboration with Fr Michael Brehl at the General House in Rome. The film is not available to the public, but only to C.Ss.R. communities around the world.

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We hope you have enjoyed this message from the Superior General. We would like to take the opportunity of introducing you to The Life of St Alphonsus, a one-hour documentary on the history and accomplishment of the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.





Long before he was canonised, Alphonsus Maria Liguori was a lawyer in the Kingdom of Naples. Son of a rich family, he only took cases he was certain to win. Until he didn’t. The defeat threw him into shock and made him reconsider his entire life.
Discover, in this fifty minute interview with Fr Michael Brehl C.Ss.R., the life of this remarkable man who devoted himself to Mary and reaching out to the marginalised. You will hear of how the Redemptorist Congregation came to be and of the prodigious people he met on his journey, including St Gerard Majella – the mother’s saint.
Come with us on this wonderful journey through Christian history.


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