Our History

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The Redemptorists are an international Catholic religious order of men founded in 1732 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Our special mission is to spread the Gospel to the poor and most abandoned. As apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus, we are called to follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying ourselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding and challenging. All Redemptorists are called to share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language.
The year 2006 will mark the centennial year for the Redemptorists of the Yorkton Province. Father Achilles Delaere, a Belgian Redemptorist who adopted the Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite and spent 35 years among Ukrainian Catholic immigrants in Western Canada, was instrumental in establishing the Province. His efforts and the dedication of the many Redemptorists who have followed him is the story of the Yorkton Province.

Our ministry, especially to Ukrainian Catholics, continues in parishes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Jersey, and at The Welcome Home in Winnipeg. Our members are actively engaged in preaching missions and retreats across Canada, the United States, and in Ukraine. For the past decade, our Young Adult Vocation Ministry has provided vocation discernment opportunities and spiritual formation for hundreds of Ukrainian Catholic young adults.  In September, 2002, our ministry was blessed when the Holy Relics of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, a Ukrainian Redemptorist Martyr, were permanently enshrined at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg.  In September, 2003, the Province embarked on another new and exciting initiative – the Ukrainian Redemptorist Lay Collaborator Program – an effort to formalize relationships with laity in all its ministries.