Today, Saturday 27 June, is the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Help). This feast is celebrated throughout the Catholic world, and the date is linked to the giving of the original icon into the care of the Redemptorists at the church of St Alfonso in Rome by Pope 150 years ago . The Redemptorists have declared this year 2015-2016 as a year of celebration for the sesquicentenary (there’s an unusual word!) of our guardianship and promotion of the icon and devotion to Our Lady under the title Perpetual Succour. We are working towards 27 June next year (2016) for a grand celebration, along with the rest of the Redemptorist world.

There are literally millions of copies of this icon: the copy entrusted to the Redemptorist community here at St Alphonse is No. 68 — one of the earliest in existence. Copy No. 1 is in the Pope’s private chapel; copy No. 2 is with the Redemptorist community in Liverpool, UK.

There is a (brief) but good commentary on the icon here, and of course the ever-useful Wikipedia provides a good overview here.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this icon and its associated devotions everywhere. During the coming year, we hope to help restore the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour here at St Alphonse; we intend to promote devotion to Our Lady under this title; and we plan to make available prayer cards and other devotional items to help us all rediscover the important part the Mother of God can play in our life of faith and devotion.

Fr Ed


Our Lady of Perpetual Succour: Pray for us.