" Jesus, thank you for everything, for my very beginning and my very end. "
Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR

News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Novices receive the CSsR Habit...

The Noviciate taking place in Canada has two of our novices from London - Br Royston Price and Br Mike Taylor - they recently were clothed in the Redemptorist habit. We offer our congratulations to all the brothers who were clothed with the habit at this recent ceremony, and we promise our prayers for their future formation.

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Br Royston wrote the following piece,

"On the afternoon of Friday 20th of May, the eight novices in the Redemptorist Novitiate Community in Toronto were clothed in the habit of St Alphonsus. The novices, from the Denver, Baltimore, Dublin and London provinces, have been formed in the spirit of the congregation for the previous ten months, and being presented with the habit is an important milestone on the road to becoming professed members of the Redemptorists. 

Pentecost 2016...

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You are fire; enkindle in me your love.

You are light; enlighten my mind with the knowledge of eternal things.

You are the Dove; 
give me innocence of life.

You are the gentle Breeze; 
disperse the storms of my passions.

You are the Tongue; 
teach me how to bless you always.

You are the Cloud; 
shelter me under the shadow of your protection.

And lastly,  You are the Giver of all heavenly gifts; 
animate me,

I beseech you, with your grace; 
sanctify me

with your charity; 
enlighten me

with your wisdom; 
adopt me by your goodness as your child,

and save me in your infinite mercy;

so that I may ever bless you, praise you, and love you;

first during this life on earth,

and then in heaven for all eternity.

Amen.

St. 
Alphonsus Liguori CSsR

Enjoy this wonderful feast!

The Faithies 2016

Congratulations to our Redemptoristine sisters, and our Youth Ministry Coordinator Paul Murphy who have been nominated in this year’s Faithies. The Faithies are the first social media awards in Ireland to recognise those who are using social media for sharing faith and spreading the Gospel.

The Redemptoristine sisters have been nominated in Category 4 – for the Faith Community of the Year Award

Two of the Redemptoristie sisters - Sisters Lucy Conway OSsR and Maura Walsh OSsR have been nominated in Category 1  for Facebook or Faithbooker of the Year

Paul has been nominated in Category 10 – International Award 

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 – on hearing of his nomination he posted on facebook

 “Can't quite believe I've been nominated for The Faithies International Award - someone outside Ireland who inspires through social media!

Totally humbling - stunned!”

He faces stiff completion as Pope Francis has been nominated in the same category

If you would like to vote for any of the nominees you can find out more at https://thefaithies.wordpress.com/category/news/

Celebration of the Mass at San Alfonso, Roma, April 2016... 

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Mass being celebrated by the London Province group on the very day,

150 years later,

26th April 1866 - 26th April 2016

when Blessed Pope Pius IX gave the

Icon of our Mother of Perpetual Succour

to the Redemptorist Confreres.

 

Watch out at 21:07mins you will hear the Redemptorists sing the Inclyta

- one of the few times ever recorded!

 

Mother of Perpetual Succour - Pray for us.

Blessed Pius IX - Pray for us.

OLPS 1866 - 2016 CSsR Part 4...

The final day in the Eternal City was another opportunity to see some of things that Rome is famous for...

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The Church, St Peter in Chains - Michelangelo's Moses

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The Coloseum

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OLPS 1866 - 2016 CSsR Part 3...

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Santa Maria sopra Minerva

A tour of the city was arranged for Thursday and in the late morning we stopped for Mass at theDominicanChurch, Sancta Maria Sopra Minerva.The significance of this church for us was that it was there that St Alphonsus was ordained a bishop in 1762. Bishop Ralph introduced the Mass by saying: “Today one reluctant bishop pays homage to another!” 

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The confreres processing for the mass

OLPS 1866 - 2016 CSsR Part 2...

Fr Tim Buckley continues to write...

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On Wednesday, we went to the papal audience in St Peter’s Square and had a wonderful view of the Pope passing by. He spoke to us about the Year of Mercy and the depths of compassion in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the evening we were welcomed to the magnificent chapel of the Venerable English College, where again Cardinal Vincent celebrated the Mass, accompanied by Archbishop Peter and Bishop Ralph. The occasion was the first coming together of the two English Colleges in Rome since 1918. Of course, the other is the Beda College (where incidentally Fr Tony Hodgetts had been Vice-Rector for many years). It was a chance for some of us – priests and people – to catch up with some old friends.... to be continued...

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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour 1866 - 2016 CSsR...

banner Fr Tim Buckley writes...

I am confident that I speak for all who spent last week in Rome on our Pilgrimage to mark the 150th anniversary of the gift of the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to the Redemptorists, when I say that we have returned home with the sense that we were part of something very special. In the course of the week we would visit the four great basilicas of Rome and we began on the Monday evening at St Mary Major, where we celebrated our first Mass.

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Day 1 - we gathered at St Mary Majors for our first Mass

Fr Provincial CSsR writes...

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1st May, 2016

Dear confreres and friends,

 

Each year as we enter the month of May, I usually remind us all of the Marian flavour of our vocation. Last year I quoted Pope Francis and in previous years, Saint Alphonsus, Cardinal Newman and others. This year, being a very special year for us, Father General wrote a letter on the role of Mary in our lives and I trust that each community has a copy. He concludes his letter by quoting Constitution 32, and I would like to begin my letter by restating the Constitution:

 

"Let them take the Blessed Virgin Mary as their model and helper. For she went on her pilgrim way in faith, and embraced with her whole heart the saving will of God. She dedicated herself completely as a handmaid of the Lord to the person of her Son and to his work, and thus served the mystery of redemption. Indeed she still serves it, as the perpetual help of God's people in Christ. Therefore, let them relate to her as a mother with all the love and veneration they owe her as sons.”

 

When I am teaching a course on the Constitutions I like to highlight the fact that it was Father Bernard Haring who managed to get the words 'perpetual help' inserted into the text.

Feast of St George - Patron Saint of England...

Today the Redemptorists of the London Province

wish you all a very happy and holy feast day of

England's Patron,

St George.

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Pray for us

CSsR Novenas and Missions in the next few months...

Come along to the Novenas and Missions in the next few months.

 

Lichfield, Staffs 16 - 22 April

Musselburgh, Lothians 5 - 13 May

  Uddingston, Glasgow 7 - 14 May

Foxrock, Dublin 16th - 24 May

Handsworth, Birmingham, May

Warndon, Worcester 11 -17 June

Reading 17-26 June

St Mary's Clapham, London, 17 - 25 June

Erdington Abbey, Birmingham 19 - 27 June

Bishop Eton & St. Mary's, Liverpool 19 - 27 June

 

 

God bless the Mission!

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Hear no evil! Speak no evil! See no evil!

Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and/or Religious Life...

4th Sunday of Easter is the World Day of Prayer

for Vocations to the Priesthood and/or the Religious Life

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Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and/or the Religious Life

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Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and/or the Religious Life

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Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and/or the Religious Life

St Mary's CSsR Clapham - the new book!...

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For the first time this weekend the new book on St Mary's Clapham will go on sale! To give us our formal title, the book is actually called

St Mary's Clapham

The Church of Our Immaculate Lady of Victories

and its Redemptorist Community

The book was written and researched by one of our dear confreres from the Dublin Province, Fr Brendan McConvery CSsR. We owe him a debt of thanks! He has come up with some facts that even our most scholarly men did not know - eg, the Station of the Cross were given to the Community as a gift from ex King Umberto of Italy!

Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour - all round Ireland...

Congratulations to our

Confreres and their associates of the Dublin Province

who are undertaking a wonderful event in order to mark

the 150th Anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX giving the Redemptorists

the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

The Icon is visiting all the Cathedrals of Ireland over the next 6 weeks.

Follow this Icon, by clicking here!

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If you are on Facebook, follow them also at Redemptorist Communications

The Life of a CSsR Saint - in Cartoon!...

Here is the fourth and final part in the life of our beloved

St Dr Alphonsus Maria de'Liguori CSsR

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Click here for Part 4

European CSsR preparation for Worldwide General Chapter...

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The General Chapter has already begun!  This was the message of Fr General when the Capitulars from the Units in Europe gathered in Torun, Poland for the First Phase of the 25th General Chapter, on Tuesday 5th April.

The last General Chapter agreed to celebrate the next one in three phases, the first and last in the various conferences, and the canonical phase.

37 confreres and two lay representatives, will be spending the next 10 days reflecting on the life and work of the congregation, with a particular emphasis on Europe.

Our work will be collated with that of the four other conferences, and be presented to the Canonical phase in Thailand in October 2016.

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Two confreres and a lay person are representing the Province at this stage of the General Chapter:

Fr Provincial, Ronald McAinsh CSsR, Fr Andrew Burns CSsR and Mrs Nicole Barber. 

Fr Dominic O'Toole CSsR is also there as a notary.

Please continue to pray for the work of the General Chapter.