Redemptorist Lay Associates are men and women who are familiar with the ministry of Redemptorists, in parishes, retreats and missions, and who enter into ways of collaboration with their ministry precisely as lay persons.
The Associates aim to grow in the spirituality developed by St. Alphonsus de Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists. This spirituality is a practical path which people can follow to come closer to God and love their neighbor.
At OLPH Parish, the move to begin the Redemptorist Associates began with the 150th Jubilee of the Icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help.
The men and women who join program are encouraged to gather together on a monthly basis. Led by a moderator, they explore the Redemptorist history and charism and the spirituality which Alphonsus lived and taught. They pray together and share in fellowship with one another.
A special part of being an Associate is the service which they take on themselves, either for the people of the parish or in an outreach that the parish does for the needy in the community. Service is spirituality in action.
Their goal should be not only to nourish others but to be nourished themselves. They not only bring the Gospel to others, but are evangelized themselves as they get closer to God through the people they serve by the charisms of the Redemptorists.