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Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

Photo-st-alphonsus2 Confused by the initials following the names of religious priests, sisters and brothers? Me too, sometimes. The key is first to know the name of the religious community in Latin - the abbreviations are taken from that.

You know that Frs. Cody and McGowan are Redemptorists, founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori and that the official name of their religious community is the "Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer." In Latin that is rendered: 

Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris, or C.Ss.R. also CSSR

Diocesan priests do not belong to religious congregations and so any initials after their names are church or civil degrees.

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