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vintage newsboyWelcome to The Chronicle, an e-newsletter created for confreres of the Baltimore Province.

Here you’ll find provincial news, announcements, and information about upcoming events.

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Ashes and dragons


The beginning of Lent, as in all Catholic parishes, was a busy one at Visitation BVM in Philadelphia but with an important twist. Ash Wednesday saw large crowds at our five Vietnamese, English, and Spanish Masses.

Father Tom McCluskey had the school students excited to begin a season of change. Confessions were held for one hour at noon, and two priests heard Spanish confessions for two hours in the evening.

This year it happened that Lunar New Year’s Eve fell on Ash Wednesday. The Vietnamese community celebrated with a 9 p.m. Mass. Our new provincial, Father Paul Borowski, was one of the concelebrants and had the distinct honor of handing out bottles of wine to the senior citizens after Mass. The traditional lighting of firecrackers, dragon dance, and the giving of red envelopes full of “luck money” helped to round out the evening.

[powerpress url=”http://theredemptorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/lunar-year-Visitation-IMG_0535.mov”]On Sunday the actual New Year’s (Tết) Festival took place in the community center. There was a concelebrated Mass at 9 a.m. followed by an all-day party. Hundreds of people came to revel in the “Year of the Goat.”

There were plenty of games for children and bingo and gambling for adults. Father John Olenick is rumored to have walked away with $30. Large portions of pho (chicken soup), Vietnamese hoagies, and spring rolls were sold to hungry patrons.

There was live music and singing, including a celebrated duet by Sister Lucia and our own Father Joseph Tran. The children from the youth group performed many dances and put on a fabulous fashion show to the cheers of the crowd.

All in all it was a joyous occasion for our people. Check out more pics from Ash Wednesday and Tết on our brand new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vizo.philly

—Father Joseph Olenick, pastor




Lunar New Year and Tết at Visitation


Ash Wednesday at Visitation


Father Thomas William Lacey dies at 86


Father Thomas W. Lacey, C.Ss.R.

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Thomas William Lacey died on February 22, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, comforted by the prayers of his family and confreres.

Read or download Father Lacey’s full obit, written by Father Bob Pagliari, C.Ss.R., here. [click to continue…]


Father John McLoughlin honored by NCEA


Father John McLoughlin, C.Ss.R.

Father John McLoughlin, C.Ss.R., of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and School in Ephrata, Pa., will be among those receiving the 2015 Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his dedication and commitment to excellence.

The distinguished pastors will be recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo set for April 7 to 9 in Orlando, Fla. Pastors, principals, and teachers who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy—as well as exceptional ability, dedication, and results—will be honored during the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

“Catholic elementary schools have a rich tradition of dedicated pastors who inspire their communities with their leadership,” said Jim King, interim director of NCEA’s Elementary Schools Department. “These awardees are a blessing to their communities. Catholic education reaches deserving families because of these pastors’ guidance and support.”

During his 23 years as a priest Father McLoughlin has been closely involved with both elementary and high school education. Continuing in the tradition of his Redemptorist confrere, St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, Father McLoughlin has emphasized the value and importance of Catholic education.

“Sharing my love of Jesus with students in the classroom is not only rewarding for me but also brings me a great sense of joy,” said Father McLoughlin. Father McLoughlin has been pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help since July 2011. His previous assignments include mission work in Dominica and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Wenceslaus in Baltimore.


Daily Lenten Devotions now available


400px-lent1More than 40 Redemptorist priests in the United States, Caribbean, and Brazil have contributed to the Baltimore Province’s annual Daily Lenten Devotions booklet, now available in print and online.

The daily reflections–each less than 300 words–will be published on the province’s website, along with a custom image, which will be posted to the province’s Facebook page.

The booklet can be downloaded as a free pdf or, for customers within the United States, ordered for $5. Free copies were mailed to Redemptorist parishes and retreat houses within the province last month.


Read about the inter-provincial novitiate in Toronto


The inter-provincial novitiate in Toronto

Father Ray Douziech recently contributed an article to the international Redemptorist website.

In his article, he writes,

“In this class we have seven novices: two are from the Caribbean Region, one is from the Yorkton Province, and the other four are from the Baltimore Province. What is unique is that three of the four candidates from Baltimore are Brother candidates.

Beside the routine of the novitiate schedule, the novices are involved in a monthly Eucharist at our St. Patrick Parish in downtown Toronto. They have also been involved in a variety of apostolates, most in the inner city.”

Read the rest of his article here.


Neumann Shrine featured in Liguorian


LiguorianThe January 2015 issue of Liguorian magazine includes a substantial article about the National Shrine of St. John Neumann based on a Q&A interview with Father Matthew Allman. [click to continue…]


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