Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR
News and Events
News and Events... Updated regularly
Blessed Pope Paul VI 19th October 2014...
Sunday 19th October 2014
the church, we, have a
Read the spontaneous address Blessed Pope Paul VI
gave to the Redemptorists attending the General Chapter 6th Oct 1973.
It well worth reading...
Redemptorists and World War One...
This has been a sad time to remember the reality that was WWI.
A confrere was recenly at an exhibition in Perth, Scotland, that was remebering the impact the War had on that city. Also included in the exhibition were the men from our monastery, St. Mary's Kinnoull, who did their bit in the World War. He sent the following pieces, so we'll let the articles speak for themselves...
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St Gerard Majella CSsR's Feast Day...
The 16th October is the day when the Redemptorist family throughout the world celebrate the life and death of their beloved lay brother,
St Gerard Majella CSsR.
He was a Redemptorist Brother who managed to minister to God's holy people in a fantastic and wondrous way. It is worth looking up stories attesting to the miracles worked in his presence! To find out more click here.
Today he is popularly known as the patron saint of pregnant women and children, especially babies. To all of you called Gerard, Gerardine, Majella or some similar permutation, we wish you a
blessed and happy feast day!
St Dr Teresa of Avila...
Today the church celebrates the memory of one of the great women saints, one who has also been honoured with the title, Doctor, and the woman is the great Teresa of Avila. St Alphonsus was a great admirer of St Teresa, and he wrote all his letters with the initials JMJT at the top of the page -
Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Teresa!
In the years following the canonisation of St. Alphonsus, it was common for the confreres within the Redemptorist family to write their letters with initial JMJTA at the top of the page -
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Teresa and Alphonsus!
Enjoy this lovely feast day, and ask the great Doctor (Teresa) to help you with your prayer life.
Fr Provincial writes Oct 2014...
7th October, 2014
Dear Confreres and friends,
This letter will reach you a bit late since I was in Rome on the occasion of Cardinal Nichols taking possession of our church. As you will know from the website the church of St Alfonso was given to him as his titular when he was created cardinal.
In August, the students of the London Province joined students from other units in Europe for a pilgrimage to the sites where the Redemptorists began. Museums were visited, Churches were viewed (and prayed in), talks were given and sights were seen. Not to mention visiting the Redemptoristines and receiving their unmatched hospitality.
(Here the brothers stand by the tomb of
St Gerard Majella CSsR
- Patron of Pregnant mothers and babies)
Cardinal Nichols and CSsR in Rome...
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has taken possession of his titular church in Rome - Sant'Alfonso de'Liguori all'Esquilino. The church is dedicated to its patron, Saint Alphonsus - founder of the Redemptorists.
Since 1865 it has been home to the famous icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, which was given to the Redemptorists by Pope Pius IX with the instruction, "Make her known."
In his homily he mentioned the late Fr William Maram CSsR
"I have many Redemptorist friends. Indeed I first came to this Church one Easter, many years ago,
with an English Redemptorist priest whom some of you will remember. He was Fr William Maram,
better known, at least in his later years, as Bill. He was a great character and had a wonderful love
for all things Redemptorist. Indeed, I think a great thrill in his life was the fact that he looked just a
little bit like St Alphonsus himself. How he loved it when people pointed that out."
To read it in full click here
CSsR Virtue for October...
The Redemptorist Virtue for the Month of October is
RECOLLECTION and SILENCE
PATRON: St Simon, Apostle
TEXT: "And when He had dismissed the crowds He went up by Himself
into a mountain to pray." (Matt 14: 23)
Sant'Alfonso - the British Connection...
The first English language newspaper in Italy, “The Italian Insider” writes an interesting story about the Redemptorist Shrine, “Sant’Alfonso”. The article tries to bring out the historical factors about the shrine and tries to find out the reasons why it is important to the Titular Bishop of the this church Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.
Choosing obscure Sant’Alfonso on the Esquiline Hill as titular church for Britain’s highest Catholic, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, came as a surprise in many quarters.
Sant’Alfonso, or, to give it its full name, Santissimo Redentore e Sant’Alfonso, is a 19th century edifice built in an unfashionable neo-gothic style and wedged into a corner facing on to Via Merulana, the tree-lined avenue that links the two basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. It is not one of the churches on normal tourist itinerary lists, although it possesses an icon much revered in Haiti, the Philippines and several Eastern European countries and has a special relationship with the resident Polish community, with a social centre and masses in Polish on Sundays.
Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR...
On the 26th September,
the Redemptorists around the world
keep sacred the memory of
Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR
A friend of Blessed Kaspar wrote to his mother on his death, he said,
"As long as I had contact with him, I enjoyed his solidly devout personality, his striving to live with an orientation toward God above. I am obliged openly to confirm that your son lived as an ideal priest. Now his life has been crowned by the death of a saint."
Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR died on Sept 26th 1899 before he reached the age of 29! He was a beloved educator, who worked with great love for the students of our Congregation. Today is a fitting day to pray for our CSsR students in every part of the world, especially those within our Province of London and the Region of Zimbabwe.
- Our three confreres CSsR in Albania
- Home Mission Sunday 2014
- Photos of the Way - Santiago
- New Redemptorist mission in Albania...
- Santiago de Compostella
- Mark McManus - An Alphonsian Journey
- Fr Provincial writes Aug 2014
- Br Michael CSsR - 25th Jubilee
- Walking the Way - The Camino V
- Walking the Way - The Camino IV
- Walking the Way - The Camino III
- Walking the Way - The Camino II
- CSsR Virtue for September
- The Way - Walking the Camino I
- Vocations CSsR Camino