April 26, 2016 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the restoration to public devotion of the original Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome.


This Jubilee Year is a special moment of grace for us and for all God’s people. As Pope Francis writes in the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Mary is the Mother of Evangelization (284), entrusted with a “special saving mission” (285) as “the missionary who draws near to us and accompanies us” (286). She is our Perpetual Help.


Together, let us prepare for this Jubilee Year with hope and enthusiasm. We will celebrate it with joy and apostolic zeal. Then, with new energy, we will continue to make her known with love and missionary dynamism.


May St. Alphonsus, together with all our Redemptorist saints and beati, inspire us in the mission of evangelization so that together with Mary, we may preach the Gospel ever anew.


Your brother in the Redeemer,


Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.

Superior General

For the full text of the letter of Fr. Michael Brehl, CSsR., click here.