Fr. Redemptus (John Short), 92
Redemptus of the Cross, OCD, was born to Eternal Life on Nov. 13, 2010, at
Alexian Village at the age of 92.
He was born John Short in the West End of Boston, Mass., on Nov. 26, 1917,
to Patrick and Mary (nee Burns) Short. After a brief stint with the
Congregation of the Holy Cross, he entered the Discalced Carmelite Order
at Holy Hill on Oct. 14, 1940, taking the name Redemptus of the Cross. He
made profession as a Discalced Carmelite Friar on Oct. 15, 1941, and was
ordained to the priesthood in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 1947. He
served as student master, rector, sub-prior and parish priest. He served
the Order in Brookline, Mass., and Waverly, N.Y. In addition, he was
stationed at St. Florian Parish in West Milwaukee for 27 years and the
National Shrine (now Basilica) of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill
for 26 years. Out of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he helped found
the All-Night Vigil in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as its
Clerical Moderator for over 45 years.
His gentle warmth and kindness touched everyone who ever met him. Even his
childhood friends thought he was outstanding in virtue, especially kind
Fr. Redemptus is survived by his sister and brother-inlaw, Alice and Fred
Press; nephews, David (Rosanne) and Peter (Diane) Press; and nieces,
Kathleen DiMasi and Pauline Marra; other relatives, many friends and the
Discalced Carmelite Friars, with whom he lived for 70 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and
brother-in-law, Mary and David Marra, and nephew Christopher Press.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, at St.
Florian Church, 1233 S. 45 St., West Milwaukee, and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28, at Holy Hill Basilica, with Evening Prayer at 5 p.m.
Visitation also from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mondau, Nov. 29, at Holy Hill.
Mass of Resurrection to follow at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at the
Carmelite Cemetery Holy Hill. Memorials to the Basilica of Holy Hill
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the Order of Discalced
Carmelites at Holy Hill.