The Redemptoristine Nuns of Liguori, Missouri reside in a monastery about 25 miles south of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. We are also known as the order of the Most Holy Redeemer. Founded in Italy by Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa and Saint Alphonsus Liguori in 1731 as an Order of contemplative nuns.
Our red habit, black veil, and medal of the Risen Redeemer are a sign of Christ's redeeming love.
Through our apsotolate of prayer, we pray in the name of the church for all of the people of God, our Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers, and especially the poor, lonely, and abandoned who would otherwise have no one to remember and pray for them. This is our main work.
We live a simple community life, blending a spirit of joy and praise in the everyday response to the Holy Spirit.
Our Foundress: Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa
Born: October 31, 1695
Died: September 14, 1755
1696: Born October 31 in Naples, Italy.
1719: Professed Religious Vows
1723: October, Bishop closes the convent
1724: Maria Celeste and her sisters Ursula and Joan settle in Scala, Italy; living the rule of the Visitations
1724: April 25, revelation to found a new order of Nuns.
1731: May 13 (Pentecost Sunday) the nuns adopt the rule of The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorisitines)
1732: November 9, The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer is founded.
1738: Celeste and Ursula go to Foggia. Joan enters a different convent.
1755: September 14, Celeste dies. St. Gerard Majella (a Redemptorist) said to a brother: I have just seen the soul of Mother Maria Celeste take flight for heaven."
From Advent Meditation of Mother Celeste Crostarosa
You have been given the noble title of Christian and you have been made a living temple of the most Holy Trinity. God the Father has looked upon you with Divine Delight and loved you as a member of His own son. He took delight in you and in Jesus through Jesus, His beloved son. Thank him from your heart and gaze upon the great dignity you have achieved through Jesus.
The Coat of Arms of the Order of The Most Holy Redeemer
During the time of adoration of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, suddenly in the Host, there appeared the cross, mounted on the hill of Calvary and the instruments of the passion. This vision inspired our motto.
The coat of arms of the order is an azure background broken by the Latin cross, accompanied by the lance and the sponge, set on a mound of three crests; on the right, the monogram of Jesus (IS) and on the left, the monogram of Mary (MA). Above, a radiant eye, all in gold
and stamped with a marquis crown supported by a laurel branch and an olive branch, with the motto: Copiosa Apud Eum Redemptio (With Him is Plentiful Redemption)