Holy Redeemer Sign


Located in Kensington, Maryland, just off the at Capitol Beltway, 495, Holy Redemer Catholic Church is a flourishing parish with a growing school, CCD program and impressive participation by parishioners in many church, service and community ministries.

Previously part of the Baltimore Archdiocese, the growth of the church was so significant that the hierarchy perceived the need to have two separate entities to provide adequate administration. 

Parish History

Holy Redeemer was established in 1911 as a Mission of the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Forest Glen, Maryland.  No history of Holy Redeemer would be complete without a brief history of St. John's, a history rich and impressive dating back over two centuries when Rev. John Carroll, S.J., said his first Mass in his mother's home in Rock Creek, or Forest Glen as the area is currently known.  All the larger homes belonging to Catholics had rooms set aside for the offering of Mass because penal laws made it illegal to erect Catholic churches.  Fr. Carroll's zealous ministry created the need for a place of worship and in 1774 the Carroll Chapel, or St. John's Chapel as it is now called, was built close to the family home.