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Pray for our Novices CSsR in the Noviciate
Pray for our Novices CSsR in the Noviciate...
Please pray for the novices as they make the noviciate this year.
There are 8 novices in total, and two of them are from our province.
Br Royston - London Province
Br Mike - London Province
Three CSsR OPC's meet together in Dublin...
Three CSsR OPC's meet together in Dublin...
Three Ordinary Provincial Councils CSsR
met together in Dublin to keep one another up to date with the "goings on" in the various provinces.
The Fathers who attended the meeting were,
Fr Dan Baragray CSsR, Fr Ciaran O'Callaghan CSsR, Fr Noel Keogh CSsR,
Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR, Fr Richard Reid CSsR, Fr Gerard Mulligan CSsR,
Fr Johannes Römelt CSsR, Fr Jürgen Langer CSsR, Fr Ludgar Wolfer CSsR,
(St. Clements Province)
Click on their websites below to find out more about
the Redemptorists in 10 countries!
Bearing in mind that the CSsR worldwide minister in 79 countries!
Redemptorists of the Dublin Province, representing Ireland and Mozambique
Redemptorists of the St Clements Province, representing Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Holland
Br Peter CSsR goes to Astorga - the Camino
Br Peter CSsR goes to Astorga - the Camino...
I have just recently returned from some pastoral efforts in Spain. The vast majority of the time was spent in the community based in Astorga, as part of the initiative of Redemptorist outreach to pilgrims travelling the Camino to Santiago de Compostella.
Congratulations to our First Profession OSsR
Congratulations to our First Profession OSsR...
Sr Johanna OSsR made her first Profession of Vows in the monastery of St Alphonsus in Dublin.
Have a look below at some of the photos...
Sr Johanna OSsR and the Irish Fr Provincial, Fr Dan Baragray CSsR
Sr Johanna OSsR with the Prioress, Sr Gabrielle OSsR
God of Surprises - A thought for the day
God of Surprises - A thought for the day...
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
'The God of Surprises'
Most of us tend to live lives which are packed full of routine and which follow set daily patterns. We often rise in the morning at the same time; we may have the same cereal for breakfast; or we may visit the same coffee shop before work each morning. With our faith and prayer lives - many of us also follow certain routines when it comes to the prayers we recite or the way in which we worship.
We all have our little daily rituals and habits which indeed help us cope with the demands of our busy lives. They make us feel ordered, in control, safe and secure! We need this important element of order in our lives to function effectively and to prevent us from becoming 'overwhelmed' by the hectic and challenging nature of life!
A Redemptoristine OSsR First Vows
A Redemptoristine OSsR First Vows...
This day next week, 15th August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Redemptoristine nuns in Dublin will celebrate the First Profession of one of their sisters in formation. It will be a great day of joy for everyone in that monastery, and for the Redemptorists too, but it will be a day of special happiness for Sr Johanna who will be making her first vows as an OSsR.
Sr Johanna has many strong Irish connections, even though she is a London lady!
Please keep Sr Johanna in your prayers,
and pray for Vocations to the Redemptoristine Nuns.
Message from the Superior General - Feast of St Alphonsus...
Message from the Superior General - Feast of St Alphonsus...
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ (Luke 4:18-19)
Dear Confreres, Sisters, Associates and friends of the Redemptorists,
Greetings to you all on this feast of St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, our confrere, brother and found of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. In fact, I am writing to you from Scala, where I will celebrate the feast day in the Grotto in which Mary appeared and spoke to St. Alphonsus at the very beginnings of our Institute. Together with the Redemptoristine Sisters from Scala and others here from ten other monasteries, we will remember all of you in our celebration.
As we celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsus today, we remember that we are in the middle of the Year of Consecrated Life. As Pope Francis invites us, we look to the past with gratitude, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope.
Here in Scala, reminders of our history are all around me. With great gratitude to God, we celebrate that Alphonsus responded generously to the call to give his life for plentiful redemption. We are also grateful as we celebrate 150 years of Perpetual Help, and 150 years of mission in Surinam.
Celebrating with confreres and sisters from around the world, it is obvious that we continue to live the mission today with passion and generosity. May St. Alphonsus deepen and direct this passion in the service of the poor and abandoned. May our passion for the Good News help us to be open to the voice of God in the Synod on the Mission of the Family, and the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
As we prepare for our XXV General Chapter, we embrace the future with hope. God who has blessed us over many years, and who is with us in the present moment, will surely accompany us into the future – wherever it may lead as we follow the Redeemer.
May St. Alphonsus continue to inspire us and teach us how to live our Consecrated Life and Mission to the full. May our Mother of Perpetual Help accompany us in all that we do. May God bless each one and every community so that we may be faithful as we give our lives for plentiful redemption, and proclaim the Gospel ever anew!
Your brother in the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Solemnity of St Dr Alphonsus Liguori CSsR
Solemnity of St Dr Alphonsus Liguori CSsR...
Our Holy Founder
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
St Alphonsus Maria de'Liguori CSsR
Solemnity 1st August
The Redemptorists of the London Province
would like to wish all their
Provincial's Letter July 2015
Provincial's Letter July 2015...
30th July, 2015
Dear Confreres and friends,
Thank you for your kind wishes and also for your reactions to my last letter. My recovery continues and I feel better. I am still having the wound dressed and will see the consultant surgeon on 18 August. However I am slowly getting back into some work.
Today Brs Mike and Royston fly to Toronto to begin their Novitiate year and I ask for prayers for them as they begin the adventure of these special twelve months.
Congratulations to Br Emerson Machepa on his First Profession in Zimbabwe on 18th July.
Brs Brian Manyenga and Kenneth Temba are in Poland for one month preparing for Final Vows. They will have an eight day retreat from Fr. Mulligan and I in August in Dundee.
I have received quite a few documents from the General Government and the Conference Coordinator about the Year of our Mother of Perpetual Help, the forthcoming General Chapter, the Conference Initiative for the Laity, the World Youth Day to be held in Warsaw, and the Conference meeting in Porto, Portugal in late September. There is also an interprovincial meeting with the OPCs of Dublin and Saint Clements in August in Dublin, as well us formation meetings in Marianella in September to which Frs. Corrigan, Reid and I will go. The Vicar Provincial and I will ensure that these documents reach the communities or the appropriate individuals.
CSsR Novices to Toronto go
CSsR Novices to Toronto go...
Please pray for two of our novices who head across the Atlantic to join other novices from North America as they make the noviciate together. The noviciate lasts for one year and one day!
Our novices are Br Mike Taylor and Br Royston Price; these two men have previously done their postulancy (Liverpool) and two years of Philosophy at Allen Hall Seminary (London) and so begin their fourth year as Novices in Cananda.
Our prayers go with you brothers!
Mother of Perpetual Succour video
Mother of Perpetual Succour video...
Watch as Fr Denis McBride CSsR speaks about Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Help)
A new Redemptorist in Harare
A new Redemptorist in Harare...
Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR,
the Regional Superior
receives the Vows made by
Br Emerson Machapa CSsR
at the Professioin Ceremony at Tafara, Harare.
Congratulations Br Emerson CSsR!
Solemnity of the Most Holy Redeemer 2015
Solemnity of the Most Holy Redeemer 2015...
We the Redemptorists of the London Province -
wish all our
those whom we minister to
and all who read these pages
every blessing of this holy day!
Pope Visits an Old Friend, Cardinal Terrazas CSsR
Pope Visits an Old Friend, Cardinal Terrazas CSsR...
Pope Francis visited the Bolivian Cardinal Julio Terrazas C.Ss.R. at a clinic in the city of Santa Cruz where he is hospitalized for an illness that stopped him from participating in all official acts of the pastoral visit of the pontiff.
Pope Francis visited the Redemptorist Julio Terrazas, the only Bolivian Cardinal, after attending the close of an international meeting of popular movements Bolivian President Evo Morales .
The Vow of Obedience Made Simple
The Vow of Obedience Made Simple...
I would suggest that when most of us think of religious taking a vow of obedience we consider that the person will have to submit their will to a long list of rules and to the will of their superiors. It is true that, according to the Constitutions and Statutes of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the vow does oblige members to “submit their will to their lawful superiors” (C.71) but there is far more to it than that. The religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience can in fact be a way of becoming free for God and a way of finding true joy. We are called to be contagious with joy, the joy of the Gospel. The Redemptorists particular mission is to bring the good news of plentiful redemption to the poor and most abandoned so how does the vow of obedience impact on or contribute to that mission? We will begin by examining where the word comes from in the first place. Obedience means:
“To listen intently, to open one’s ears, to heed in practice.”
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