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Sunday, July 20, 2008

No more servants, but sons. (Gal. IV:7)

Transalpine Redemptorists
Golgotha Monastery Island
Papa Stronsay
KW17 2AR, Orkney Islands

Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer
20 July, 2008

Change of Name

Dear Friends
Praised be Jesus and Mary ever Virgin!

Our new name has been worked out in consultation with the Holy See but, as with all things of this nature, we can only say that the name will be absolutely finalised when the community's statutes are approved. This is normal proceedure.

Our new name, the name which we will use exclusively
from 2 August will be:

Filii Sanctissimi Redemptoris

The siglum will be the Latin initials for 'Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer':

F. SS. R.

  • This new name indicates that we are a community in the spirit of that Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer founded by Our Lord Himself through the instrumentality of St Alphonsus and the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa, pictured above.

  • This new name indicates that we will continue to live from that traditional school of holiness known as Redemptorist which belongs to the patrimony of the Universal Church.

  • We affirm that we claim Saint Alphonsus as our Holy Father, the most eminent of the Son of the Most Holy Redeemer.

  • We ask our Holy Father Alphonsus, to teach us by his writings how to be images of the Most Holy Redeemer by perseverance in his school of the religious life.

Our new name is a delight to us all, since it highlights the dimension of our filial, familiar and intimate relationship with Our Most Holy Redeemer. -No more servants, but sons.

But when the fullness of time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That He might redeem those who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father. Therefore he is no more a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God. (Galatians IV: 4-7)

We thank God for our new name which we receive as coming to us directly from Him through a holy priest from outside our community. We profoundly thank our spiritual benefactors who prayed for us, and the abovementioned Father who was inspired to give it to us. We treasure this name and we will pray and work to be less unworthy of it.

Mother of Perpetual Succour, pray for us Thy Sons, whom Thou didst accept and receive at the foot of the Cross, O Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix!

Devotedly yours in our Most Holy Redeemer,

Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
Fr. Anthony Mary, F.SS.R.
Fr. Clement Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Yousef Marie, F.SS.R.
Br. Magdala Maria, F.SS.R.
Br. Ivan Maria, F.SS.R.
Br. Nicodemus Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Louis Marie, F.SS.R.
Br. Wolf Maria, F.SS.R.
Br. Dominic Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Paul Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Cyril Maria, F.SS.R.
Br. Martin Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Matthew Mary, F.SS.R.
Br. Xavier Maria, F.SS.R.
Dominic Farrell
Giovanni Escamilla

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer

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