The Redemptorists are a religious congregation of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church who live in community for the sake of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially among people on the margins of society and church.

Founded in southern Italy in 1732 by St Alphonsus Liguori, Redemptorists are in a majority of countries across the world. Most of our members belong to the Roman Church (Rite), but we have members also in other Churches (Rites) who are in communion with the Holy See.

Our full name is The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer – in Latin Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris from which come the letters C.Ss.R.  These letters designate membership in the Congregation. They also form the basis of our web address, www.cssr.org.au

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Active in 81 countries
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five Conference


Wherever you go in the world you will find that Redemptorists live very consciously out of a similar awareness and a similar set of relationships. Obviously, these relationships are important to us, so we would like to tell you about them.

Logo and Motto

The Redemptorist motto is “Copiosa apud eum redemptio” or “With God there is plentiful redemption” from Psalm 129:7.

The cross is for Christians a sign of God’s saving love.
This love was revealed in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of
Jesus and his sending the Holy Spirit. The cross represents this total mystery. It is a cross not a crucifix.

The sponge is mentioned in St John’s Gospel. The Roman

centurion dipped it in vinegar and offered it to Jesus. It is a sign of
Christ’s thirst to gather up all humanity unto God.

The lance, also mentioned in St John’s Gospel, is for

Christians a sign of the completeness of Christ’s love as blood and
water poured from his side when pierced by the lance.

The three hills represent those hills that stand out in the great moments of the salvation story, Sinai, Tabor and Calvary.

The eye and the rays bursting forth represent God’s presence threaded through all creation.

The crown represents God’s reign and the new era of justice that God is ushering in.

The olive branch represents Christ’s option for humanity amidst the olive trees of Gethsemane.

The palm branch is a sign of the acclamation given Jesus as

he entered into Jerusalem, and more finally, the acclamation of all
creation in witnessing his resurrection.

from our constitutions

Do you ever have moments when you look in the mirror and wonder about the meaning of your life?

Redemptorists live in community in order to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In various ways throughout the world we proclaim that people matter! They matter to God. They matter to us.


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