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Saint John Neumann C.Ss.R

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Journeying with Jonah - Fr McBride CSsR...job mcbride

In this new book Fr Denis has chosen to explore the character of Jonah – a somewhat unlikely hero. The prophet Jonah is a sympathetic partner, albeit a curious one, to help us review our lives. Although a believer in God, Jonah struggles to come to terms with the awful strangeness of God’s choices, particularly God’s mercy; he grapples to find his true self and purpose in life; he tries to flee from the presence of God; he is angry when he finds that God is not angry but all-merciful. Jonah is offered to us as an unusual teacher – awkward, reluctant, disobedient, opinionated, fearful, flighty: the prophet who remains stubborn to the end. But his story celebrates the beauty of the indiscriminate mercy of God, a message for our time.“There is one constant in the book of Jonah: Jonah’s belief that God’s indiscriminate mercy extended to the pagans of Nineveh is not only inappropriate but incomprehensible: Jonah is scandalised by God’s mercy. Our minor prophet has to learn as we all do, that mercy is indivisible: we cannot plead for mercy for ourselves and then deny it to others.”

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Fountain of Grace - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour...

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Fr. Jim McManus’ new book on the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, with the title, Fountain of Grace: Celebrating 150 Years of the Icon f Love, has a Foreword by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. This book encourages a new approach to renewing the Perpetual Novena.  A true devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour, while it is certainly greatly nourished by participation in a weekly, parish celebration, can also be cultivated in the privacy of one’s home and shared with the members of one’s family or with a few friends.  . Since so many parishes no longer have Novenas, Fr. McManus is promoting what he calls The Novena at Home, encouraging devotees of Our Lady to invite a few of their friends or parishioners to join them in their homes to pray the Novena as the great prayer for their families and the needs of the world. This new approach is inspired by The Mothers Prayer Movement that began in Kent, England, 20 years ago with two mothers inviting a few friends to join them in praying for their families. Today in Britain over 4000 groups of Mothers meet each week to pray for their families and the movement has spread to over 100 countries. To support this new approach to the Perpetual Novena we have a dedicated webpage: www.novena-at-home.redemptorists.co.uk

Reflections on my Priestly Ordination...

Fr Peter Morris CSsR writes...and lots of photos to see!

ord fr peter morris 148On Monday 26th Oct, I was ordained a priest. It was a wonderful occasion - one I've been very much looking forward to for some time. The excitement of so many people around me you could almost touch, it was so powerful & infectious!

 People kept asking me if I was nervous but I would respond honestly that I wasn't - I was just so happy. It was an extension of the experience I had on retreat, which simply confirmed that it was the right way ahead.

CSsR Vocation Sunday World wide...

Fr General writes...


Rome, November 1, 2015

Solemnity of All Saints

Prot. N.0000 253/2015


Dear Confreres, Sisters, Lay Associates and friends,


On Sunday, November 8th, in every Redemptorist community, parish, church, and chapel throughout the world, we will celebrate the first annual Day of Prayer for the Promotion of the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation.


I have been delighted and encouraged to hear from so many communities about your plans to mark this day with events for youth and young adults, hours of prayer and adoration, special prayers during the Sunday liturgies, audio visual presentations of our Missionary Vocation, and so many other creative ideas. With you, I pray that all these efforts to share the joy of our Redemptorist Missionary Vocation will bear fruit, attracting men and women to give their lives for plentiful redemption as Brothers, Priests, Sisters, Lay Associates and Lay Missionaries of the Most Holy Redeemer.


The liturgical readings for this Sunday, November 8th, invite us to reflect on what it means to give our lives for others. In the first reading and the gospel, we are presented with the witness of two widows who give not from their abundance, but from their poverty. They give all that they have to live on. And in the second reading, we encounter Jesus, the Redeemer, who offers himself – who sacrifices his very self – so that we might have life.

Feast of All Souls 2015...

REQUIEM aeternam dona eis, Domine,

et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Requiescant in pace.


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Fr Provincial writes 31st Oct 2015...



31 st October, 2015

Dear Confreres and friends,


As is my practice as we enter the month of November, I ask that we all remember those who have built up our Province and enabled so much apostolic work to take place. Each Community should celebrate the four Masses mandated by our Constitutions.


"Every year in November each priest shall offer one Mass for each of the following:

• The deceased members of the Province and Region

• All deceased Redemptorists

• Our deceased benefactors

• Our deceased parents and relatives.

It is fitting that these Masses be concelebrated" (Provincial Statutes 5)


Over the years I have given a different quotation' from St John of The Cross and this year may I suggest we reflect on these words from his writings?


"And I saw the river

Over which every soul

Must pass to reach

The Kingdom of Heaven

And the name of that river was SUFFERING

And I saw the boat which carries the souls across the river'

And the name of that boat was LOVE"


This month as we celebrate, on the 9th, the foundation of the Congregation we are reminded that Alphonsus based his vision of the Congregation on Love and Mercy. The General Government has decreed that the second Sunday of November will be a worldwide Day of Prayer for vocations to our Congregation so that this work of mercy might continue. Please arrange this in your communities and parishes.

November's Virtue 2015...


November Virtue: PRAYER
Patron: St Thaddeus
Text: "Pray continually and never lose heart" Luke 18:1

Our New Priest - Fr Peter Morris CSsR...

The Redemptorists, along with family and friends celebrated with great joy the ordination of Fr Peter Morris CSsR. The ceremony took place in Aberdeen Cathedral but the ordaining Bishop was the Bishop of Hallam, Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR. A wonderful celebration! 

We will let the pictures speak for themselves and at the end you will find a text that has been prepared for the Press!


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A happy priest!

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With more happy priests and bishops!

Fr General CSsR and Pope Francis...

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God bless these two good men!

CSsR Final Profession in Harare 2015...

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Brother Kenneth Temba CSsR and Br Brian Manyenga CSsR

made their Final Profession

of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience along with the

Fourth Vow and Oath particular to Redemptorists,

of Perseverance,

in Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe!

A wonderful celebration was had by enjoyed by all who could be present, 

and those here in the Province joined you in joyful prayer!

Congratulations - Makorokoto!

Let's keep these two men in our prayers...

Golden Jubilarians CSsR...

1965 - 2015

Frs. Andrew Burns CSsR and Timothy Buckley CSsR

both celebrated their Golden Jubilee of Profession!

The day when they made their first vows as Redemptorists

16th Oct 1965 -

and have lived every day since as Redemptorists

16th Oct 2015.

We salute them! 

Hopefully we'll hear more about their vocation story and their 50 years celebrations!

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Fr Tim CSsR preached at the great occasion.

fr andrew cssr celebrating

Fr Andrew was the main celebrant at the parish/community mass.

St Gerard Majella's Feast Day Oct 16th...


The Redemptorists of the London Province

would like to wish

all their confreres, especially the brothers,

and all their sisters throughout the world,

all their family members,

friends, and co-workers,

all their generous benefactors

and all the people they have had the privilege of ministering to this year,

a very happy and blessed feast day.

Enjoy this day!

Venerable Antonio Maria Losito CSsR - short biography...

On September 30th, Pope Francis, authorized the promulgation of the Decree on the heroic virtue of Redemptorist Fr. Antonio Maria Losito, a professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

By virtue of this Decree Fr. Antonio Maria Losito is declared VENERABLE

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Antonio Maria Losito was born in Canosa (BA) on December 16, 1838. He was the youngest of the five children of Antonio and Maria Celeste Ricco. When he came to see the light of day he was already orphaned by his father, who had died a few months earlier in an accident at work.

He was baptized on the same day he was born. One year later, on October 18th, he received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

After the death of his mother, at the age of ten, he and his siblings were entrusted to the care of his maternal grandmother, going to live in Margherita di Savoia (BT). After her death he returned to Canosa, living at the house of his sister Angela, where he continued his studies at the Franciscan monastery.

When he was 17 years old, having been influenced by the Redemptorists Vittorio and Nunzio Loiodice, Antonio Maria entered the Redemptorist novitiate at Ciorani (SA), on November 24, 1855.

Fr General CSsR and the SYNOD...

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Most Rev'd Fr. Michael Brehl CSsR, Superior General of the Redemptorists made a three minute intervention at the Synod on the Family during the morning session of Tuesday 6th October.

Fr. Brehl spoke about the family and the principle of inclusion that is to be found in the Instrumentum Laboris, as well as in Gaudium et Spes and other papal documents.

“Even when members of our family face difficult or challenging situations, they are still part of the family and must not be considered as ‘outsiders’”, said Fr Brehl CSsR.

Fr General CSsR the Icon and the Pope...

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During the audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday 30 September the Superior General of the Redemptorists Fr Michael Brehl CSsR got the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis. Fr Brehl presented Pope Francis with a copy of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Help) which was written by Polish Redemptorist Fr Eugenio Karpiel CSsR. The gift was given to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX presenting the icon to the Redemptorists with the mandate 
"Make her known to the world".

The Perpetual Novena to OLPS at Home

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For the past 150 years Redemptorists have been promoting devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour. The beautiful Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour quickly became the best known Icon of Our Lady in the history of the Church.

For many years this devotion was fostered through the weekly celebration of the Novena in thousands of parishes. But in recent decades fewer and fewer parish churches hold Novena Services.

But the need for this powerful devotion remains urgent. Our families need her Perpetual Help. Parents and grandparents experience an intense desire to pray for their children and grandchildren and they are looking for new ways in which they can support one another.

That is why we are now promoting a new form of this much loved devotion. We call it The Perpetual Novena at Home. Through this Novena you will be able to unite your prayers with the prayers of people all over the world. This form of the Novena is particularly suited to those who are ill, have transport issues or do not live near a church were the Novena is held.