Redemptoris Mater Seminaries are a fruit of the Second Vatican Council and an inspiration of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II. Redemptoris Mater is Latin for "Mother of the Redeemer."
The Council Fathers spoke of the need to prepare international seminaries to prepare clergy to be sent anywhere in the world that there was a need.
Redemptoris Mater Seminaries seek to prepare priests for the New Evangelization. The first Redemptoris Mater Seminary was opened in the Diocese of Rome in 1987. Today there are 87 Redemptoris Mater Seminaries in the world, on five continents. To date, more than 2,000 men formed in these seminaries have already been ordained to the priesthood.
Currently in the United States there are Redemptoris Mater Seminaries in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Newark, Washington D.C. and Agana (Guam).
Cardinal Seán O’Malley officially opened the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Boston (RMSB) in 2005. In 2009, he ordained the first priest formed in this Seminary, Fr. Israel Rodriguez. Redemptoris Mater seminarians are ordained for the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Boston and are assigned by Cardinal O’Malley. Fr. Rodriguez was assigned to serve as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception parish in Marlborough.
Like all Archdiocesan priests, priests formed at RMSB receive their priestly assignments from the Archbishop of Boston. Because they are formed as priests with a missionary heart, they hope to be assigned by the Archbishop to the missions for part of their priestly lives. Within the Archdiocese of Boston, this “heart for the missions” is shared by many priests that serve in the St. James Society, as chaplains in the military, as well as many priests with missionary zeal that serve their entire priesthood here in the Archdiocese.
RMSB seminarians receive their academic formation at St. John’s Seminary and their spiritual, human and pastoral formation primarily at or through RMSB. At St. John’s, they study alongside many seminarians who, God willing, will become their brothers in the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Boston.
RMSB assigns seminarians to serve in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Additionally, as part of their missionary formation, RMSB seminarians go for at least two years of itinerant evangelization, typically after they complete second theology. They are sent two-by-two, living in poverty and leaning daily on the providence of God.
Seminarians and priests from the Neocatechumenal community assist the Archdiocese greatly with our outreach to ethnic communities and in continuing the great tradition of assisting the Catholic Church in various parts of the world where there is a great need.
In 2010-2011, the 18 seminarians come from 9 different countries.
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