Mother of the Redeemer

Our history

 

1990  -

Bishop Harry Flynn invites the Olivetans to establish  a new community in the Diocese of Lafayette. On October 15, Fr. James Liprie and Br. Joseph Brasseaux of Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David, Arizona received an official commission from Prior M. Hassenfus to embark on the beginning of a new Olivetan foundation in Louisiana.  They arrived in Louisiana on October 19th at the Cursillo Center in Prairie Ronde, LA. They remained there for approximately three years while looking for property to begin the new monastery.

                     

 

 

1992  -

On July 29, 1992, the monks received a generous donation of twenty acres of land for the new foundation from the Reiners family. The brothers quickly set about clearing the land with the help of local friends and benefactors. A trailer was later donated for temporary housing, and a small building was erected as a temporary chapel.

 

 

1993  -

Fr. James Liprie is chosen to serve as a definitor in the Olivetan congregation. Within a short time, another trailer was donated and soon a storage shed was built. Work continued on clearing the land, and a small pond was dug next to the temporary housing.

 

 

1995  -

 

 

1997  -

In January of 1995, a benefactor came forward and donated a sum of money for the construction of a new chapel. Work on the new chapel began in May of the same year and was completed in October of 1995. On November 4, the chapel was dedicated with a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament lead by the late Bishop Edward O'Donnell of Lafayette. The bishop remarked during the ceremony, "This monastery lives in the shadow of the cross." 
Amidst his work on the new foundation in Louisiana, Fr. James was elected as the 3rd abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in Pecos, New Mexico. After accepting the appointment, he moved back to New Mexico where he served as abbot for six years. During this time, Br. Joseph returned to Italy to continue his study of theology.

 

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2001  -

By July of 2001 the new monastery building was completed. Shortly afterward, it was blessed and dedicated by retired Bishop Elliot Thomas. Later that year, Fr. Jeremy was asked to serve as superior until Fr. James returned from Pecos, NM. In August of the same year, Br. Joseph returned from Italy. 
In January of 2000, the community received another donation sufficient to begin work on the present monastery buildings. Also around this time, Br. Jeremy O'Neill entered the community and, after completing his studies in the seminary, was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 75 by Bishop O'Donnell.

 

2002  -

2003  -

After completing his term as abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe in New Mexico, Fr. James returned to the community as superior where he remains to this day.

On August 2, 2010, Fr. Joseph M. Brasseaux was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Jarrell at Our Lady of Mercy church in Opelousas, LA

 

2010  -      

 

2010 to present  -   Throughout the years, vocations have come and gone, each contributing in their own way to the current

 



beauty and stature of the present monastery. Currently, there are seven monks living and working in the community:



Fr. James M. Liprie, abbot
Fr. Joseph M. Brasseaux, novice master
Fr. Bernard M. Lebiedz, solemnly professed
Br. Gregory M. Foret, solemnly professed
Br. Bernard M. Keele, solemnly professed
Br. Mark M. Bordelon, temporary professed

 

On May 31, 2002, Br. Joseph was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Elliot Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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