In September 2007, we posted a moving and wonderfully positive video about a new community of monks that had founded a monastery on the island of Papa Stronsay in the Orkneys. The video was created by an agnostic who recognized in these good monks, known as the Transalpine Redemptorists, the power and dynamism of lived Truth. Although thoroughly Catholic in their beliefs and sacramental life, they were at the time separated from union with the Vicar of Christ. Thanks to extraordinary efforts by our holy Pope -- truly a Blessed Peacemaker and Holy Shepherd -- old divisions are being healed and our Lord's prayer that "all may be one" is being realized in countless, miraculous ways throughout the world.
In 2009 the Transalpine Redemptorists of Papa Stronsay were reconciled with Rome, and on August 15, 2012 their community was canonically established in the Diocese of Aberdeen as the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. On August 22, 2012, the whole process of reconciliation was completed when the Papa Stronsay monks publicly professed their vows in the presence of the Right Reverend Dom Hugh Gilbert, O.S.B., Bishop of Aberdeen.
As in the days of Saint Columba and the monks of Iona, the British Isles are in need of holy monks dedicated to the Church and sharing the Good News of salvation. In these good monks and others like them, the Lord of the harvest is renewing His Church and the world in wondrous and unexpected ways. May the light of Truth, burning so brightly among the Orkneys, "renew the face of the earth" (Psalm 104:30).
The public profession of vows by the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer follows. The sermon of his Lordship is at 32:15. The public profession of vows starts at 58:15