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Blessed, Peaceful and Happy Easter...

 

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

wish you all a happy and holy holiday

as you have just journeyed through the Sacred Triduum.

 

Our good wishes go especially to:

Our CSsR confreres

Our OSsR nuns

Our families

Our Friends

Our Co-workers

and all who support us in any way!

 

God bless you all!

That 1 Day - The Passion...

 

 

Good Friday...

 

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He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Holy Thursday...

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What is happening this night?

Let us stay close to the Lord, in silence and prayer!

 

Palm Sunday 2014...

 

This is the week...

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that most changed the world!

Read more: Palm Sunday 2014

CSsR Zimbabwe Website...

 

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Our confreres in Zimbabwe are now up and running with a new website!

 

Click on the banner above and fly down to Zimbabwe!

 

On that website you will find out information on

Parish Missions

Our Book Shop Ministry

Parishes

Br Benjamin's work and fundraising

and much more...

 

Congratulations to the Fathers and Brothers there.
 Makorokoto!
Know that our prayers are constantly with you!

John Paul II and the Icon of Mother of Perpetual Succour...

 

 

A brief recollection of Danilo P. Bissaco from the Province of Rome

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Let me describe this incident to you. On May 18, 1979 I attended the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Prefect of the Papal Household offered me a place near the barrier where the Pope would pass.

Read more: John Paul II and the Icon of Mother of Perpetual Succour

Fr Provincial writes April 2014...

 

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5th April, 2014

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

I had not quite realised that it is already one month since the last Provincial letter.

Apologies for the delay. I was preaching a Mission, and now the OPC is in Clapham.

We have gathered for the Redemptorist Publications Trustees Committee meeting

and for the Finance Secretariate, although we have also had the opportunity of

spending the weekend with the community and celebrating Mass with the student

body. One of the Students, Br. Peter Morris, is of course in Zimbabwe where he is doing

very well, and preaching school retreats.

Read more: Fr Provincial writes April 2014

Pope's Spokesman and CSsR...

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: THE HOLY FATHER’S SPOKESMAN SPEAKS WITH US

A year of Pope Francis: the Holy Father’s spokesman speaks exclusively to us On the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Redemptorist missionaries, Frs. Rafael and Biju of the Congregation’s Communications Office went for an exclusive interview with the spokesman of the Holy Father. Father Federico Lombardi received the missionaries in the interview room […]

 

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A year of Pope Francis: the Holy Father’s spokesman speaks exclusively to us

On the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Redemptorist missionaries, Frs. Rafael and Biju of the Congregation’s Communications Office went for an exclusive interview with the spokesman of the Holy Father. Father Federico Lombardi received the missionaries in the interview room of Vatican Radio and spent almost two hours with them. Friendly and welcoming, he spoke of the importance of the work of communication and noted that offering news in different languages was a “sign of respect” for people, countries and cultures. Here are some parts of the interview. 

 

Surely your work must include regular meetings with the Holy Father. What is it like to work closely with Pope Francis?

In my work there are several ways to accompany the activities of the Holy Father. I can be informed and understand what the Pope is doing without needing to go very often and personally disturb him because I see and know what he is doing through my different sources of information among his co-workers, the people closest to him. Naturally, there are also some occasions when I see him in person and can ask him for some information or, let’s say, more specific directions. In general, though, as we all know, Pope Francis is an extremely communicative person, extremely open and available, who possesses a way of engaging people, let’s say, and a very easy and quick communication with his co-workers, including new forms not likely to have been used in the past. We know that he uses the telephone both personally, let’s say, and more frequently than his predecessors. At times, he calls to speak briefly of something that is of some urgency, even if the information perhaps has varying degrees of importance. However, if you get a simple and specific question to him, he will bother to get the answer, sometimes through one of his co-workers or sometimes by calling back personally. So, he has a style very, shall we say, free, flexible and quick to respond to the questions that are put to him.

Read more: Pope's Spokesman and CSsR

Pope Francis I and Queen Elizabeth II...

 

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A'bishop Tobin CSsR - appointed to Roman Congregation...

 

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Pope Francis has named Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis as a member of the congregation of the Roman Curia that oversees vowed religious life.

“Together with the other cardinals and archbishops named to the congregation, I will try to advise the Holy Father and the cardinal prefect of the congregation on questions regarding religious life around the world,” Archbishop Tobin told The Criterion, the Indianapolis archdiocese’s newspaper.

On March 29 the Pope named the archbishop as a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Read more: Archbishop Tobin CSsR

April's Virtue and Prayer Intention...

 

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Virtue: Love of Neighbour

Patron: St. John

Text: "This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you.

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends." 

St John 15: 12-14

Read more: April's Virtue

Italian CSsR Website...

 

Browsing through the internet the other day I came across this picture (below) and thought to myself. "I recognise this, but I'm sure it wasn't me who put it together like this!" Lo and behold, there was another Redemptorist CSsR website using our pictures! If you click on the picture it will take you to the site.

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Thanks to the "Redentoristi" at www.santalfonsoedintorni.it

God bless your work!

CSsR Way of Life...

 

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How well are you using this Lent?

Reflection on a Youth Retreat...

 

 

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Picture an ancient monastery perched on a verdant hill. Picture a chapel, with diamond-patterned sunlight slanting onto its whitewashed walls. Picture evergreen-shaded gardens, with quiet wandering paths and a stream bubbling through a grotto. Now picture a group of young adults, screaming at a flipchart pad in a game of Catholic Pictionary. Yes, you guessed it – the annual retreat to St Mary’s, Kinnoull. Some of us didn’t survive as far as the evening socials but we have it from reliable sources that matters got a little competitive.

 

 

 

Read more: Reflection on a Youth Retreat

Our Mother of Perpetual Succour...

 

 

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“Make her known to the world!”

 

Dear Confreres, Sisters, associates and friends,

 

Grace and peace to you from Rome and from the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help! As we celebrate the Season of Lent, may her perpetual help accompany and assist you on your journey of conversion and renewal.

 

April 26, 2016 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the restoration to public devotion of the original Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome.

 

For 300 years, the Icon was venerated on this site, in the Church of St. Matthew. In 1798, as a result of war and persecution in Rome, the Church of St. Matthew was severely damaged and subsequently levelled. The Icon was taken by the Augustinians to their monastery chapel at St. Mary in Posterula. However, on April 26, 1866, the Icon was again restored to public veneration in St. Alphonsus Church.  Pope Pius IX entrusted her to Fr. Nicholas Mauron, Superior General of the Redemptorists, with these words: “Make her known to the world”. Redemptorist missionaries have certainly taken these words of the Holy Father to heart, and Our Mother of Perpetual Help is now one of the best-known and best-loved images of Mary worldwide.

 

The General Government believes that it is important to mark this anniversary throughout the Congregation, and indeed, throughout the world. For this reason, we will declare 2016 as a Year of Jubilee in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  Although the official declaration will be published later, in order to prepare for this jubilee year I have appointed a Central Commission to begin planning. In April, 2014, they will present their initial plans to the General Council. They are proposing a three year process: 2015 as a special year of preparation, 2016 as a year of Jubilee and Celebration, and 2017 as a year to further develop our call to make her known.

Read more: Our Mother of Perpetual Succour

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