Redemptorists of Australia and New Zealand

Australia, New Zealand and Samoa

Province of Oceania

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Our History

The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) was founded in Southern Italy in 1732 by St Alphonsus Liguori.

Awakened to a fuller life while visiting the Hospital of the Incurables, St Alphonsus abandoned a brilliant legal career to give himself completely to God and embrace the priesthood in Naples. His compassionate nature drew him to devote himself especially to those who were untouched by ordinary pastoral care. His experience with them led him to found the Redemptorists.

Hospital of the Incurables, Naples, Italy
Hospital of the Incurables where the young Alphonsus Liguori visited the sick and dying and where he realised God's call to evangelise the poor.