St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Redemptorist order of priests in the 1700s.
The Redemptorists served our parish during its infancy in the 1840s when Wexford was mainly a farming community.
Born near Naples, Italy, St. Alphonsus was a child prodigy who was well-educated, receiving his doctorate in law from the University of Naples at age 16. Though he was a successful lawyer, he felt a call to religious life and was ordained at age 29.
Known for his simple, clear style of preaching and an understanding way in the confessional, St. Alphonsus also was a prolific writer.
He was canonized in 1839 and is the patron saint for those suffering from arthritis. St. Alphonsus himself suffered from severe arthritis for the last 40 years of his life. The disease left him permanently bent forward and confined to a wheelchair.
In 2010, the Redemptorists starting offering a national “Blessing for Arthritics” after each and every Mass at their parishes and retreat centers across the country on or near St. Alphonsus’ Feast Day of Aug. 1.
St. Alphonsus also is the patron for confessors, moralists, theologians and vocations.
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