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2018 Jubilarians: Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) (CSSR)

Father John Phelps; Father Richard A. Boever; Father Vincent Aggeler; Father Kyle Fisher

50th ordination

Father John Phelps

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Birthplace: St. Louis

First profession: 1963

Final profession: 1966

Ordination: 1968

Education: Master’s in religious education, Mount St. Alphonsus, 1968

Master’s of divinity in theology, Mount St. Alphonsus, 1969

Service in the archdiocese: Tirocinium (a second novitiate or missionary-pastoral course), St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church, St. Louis, 1969

Pastor, St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church, 2005-07

President, Life Directions, St. Louis, 2005-07

Preacher and president, Resurrection Catholic School, Montgomery, Ala., and president of Central Catholic, all while stationed at Liguori Mission House in Liguori, Mo., 2007-10

Service outside the archdiocese: Parish ministry, St. Alphonsus Parish, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1969-70

Parish ministry and vocation director, Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit, 1970-72

Vocation director, St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Edgerton, Wis., 1972

Co-founded Focus Life (now Life Directions), a youth apostolate to curb violence in the inner-city, Detroit, 1973

President and CEO, Life Directions, which evolved into the Neighborhood Enrichment Program, the Peer Motivation Program and the Peer Motivation Program, since its founding; expanded the program to Chicago, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tucson, Ariz., and Marion County, Ore., 1990-2005

Pastor, St. Peter Claver Church, Detroit, 2016-present

President and CEO of Life Directions, which has shared solid life values and virtues with more than 130,000 young adults ages 13-35 and is celebrating 44 years of reaching at-risk youth in Detroit and Chicago, 2016-present

50th profession

Father Richard A. Boever

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Birthplace: St. Louis

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1971

Ordination: 1973

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Holy Redeemer College, 1970

Master’s in religious education, Mount St. Alphonsus, 1972

Master’s in divinity, Mount St. Alphonsus, 1973

Doctorate in historical theology, Saint Louis University, 1983

Service in the archdiocese: Parish priest, Mary Mother of the Church, Mattese, 1975-79

Editor, Liguori Publications, 1979-87

Local superior and pastor, St. Gerard Majella Church, 1987-90

Local superior, president and publisher, Liguori Publications, 1990-92

Director, St. John Neumann Formation House, 2001-02

Local superior and director, St. John Neumann Formation House, 2002-05

Missionary: assisted at Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia, pastor of parishes in Cuba, Steelville and Bourbon in Jefferson City Diocese, Liguori Mission House, 2010-18

Local superior, Liguori Mission House, 2018-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Parish priest, St. Michael Parish, Chicago, 1974-75

Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago, 1992-96

Theology professor and campus chaplain, Newman University, while stationed at Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kan., 1996-2001

Local superior and director, Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wis., 2005-10

60th ordination

Father Vincent Aggeler

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Birthplace: Pilot Grove, Mo.

First profession: 1953

Final profession: 1956

Ordination: 1958

Education: St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Kirkwood

Redemptorist novitiate, DeSoto.

Immaculate Conception Seminary, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Service in the archdiocese: Tirocinium (a second novitiate or missionary-pastoral course), St. Alphonsus “Rock” Parish, St. Louis, 1959-60

Member of the St. Clement Health Care Center Redemptorist community, Liguori, 2010-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Missionary in the Amazon Region of Brazil for 46 years:

Parish priest, Redentoristas, Manaus, Amazonia, 1960

Pastor, Paroquia NaSa das Gracas, Codajas, Amazonia, 1961-64

Pastor, Paroquia Nasa de Nazare, Manaus, Amazonia, 1964-67

Pastor, Paroquia NaSa de Nazare, Coari, 1967-69

Parish priest, Redentoristas, Aparaceida, 1969-75

Parish priest, Redentoristas, Codajas, Amazonia, 1975-82

Superior, Paroquia NaSa de Nazare, Manacapuru, Amazonia, 1982-85

Director of Juvenate, Paraquia NaSa Aparecida, Manaus, 1985-90

Assistant director of Juvenate and associate director of seminary, Casa Viva Memoria/Redentoristas, Manaus, 1992

Parish priest, Redentoristas, Manaus, 1993-99

Parish priest and vicar general of the Prelacy of Coari, Paroquia de Santana/Redentoristas, Coari, Amazonia, 2001-06

Retirement, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Parish, Kansas City, Mo., 2006-10

About Father Vincent Aggeler: Father Vince is a talented photographer who loves to share his extensive repertoire of jokes to brighten the spirits of everyone he encounters. He also enjoys woodworking and gardening, and he uses social media to maintain contact with a large group of friends living in Brazil and elsewhere in the world.

60th profession

Father Kyle Fisher

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Birthplace: Wichita, Kan.

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1961

Ordination: 1963

Education: St. Joseph’s Preparatory College, Kirkwood, (entering after eighth grade)

Novitiate year, St. Clement’s College, DeSoto

Immaculate Conception Seminary, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant novice master, St. Clement’s College, 1964-65

Parish priest and pastor, St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church, St. Louis, 1965-77

Ministry to the poor and minorities, St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church, 2005-2018

Resident, St. Clement Health Care Center, Liguori, 2018-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Parish priest, Holy Redeemer Church (multi-lingual, multi-cultural community), Detroit, 1978-90

Parish priest serving the Hispanic community, Our Lady of Peace Church, Greeley, Colo., 1990-99

Parish priest serving the Hispanic community, St. Joseph Parish, Denver, 1999-2005

About Father Kyle Fisher: He was appointed pastor of St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church at the age of 34, a very rare occurrence n the 1970s. He traveled to Mexico to learn Spanish. His entire priestly life has been devoted to serving the poor and minorities in parish ministry. He returned to the “Rock” in 2005, and lived in the rectory of his beloved parish in retirement until health issues necessitated his recent move to St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori.

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