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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.stalphonsus window

            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.

            Superior General

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

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

would like to wish all their

Provincial's Letter July 2015...

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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...

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!

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Sr Ann Liguori OSsR RIP...

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Our sympathy and prayers go to our nuns in Ireland.

A wonderful Redemptoristine nun!

May Sr Ann Liguori rest in peace.

Mother of Perpetual Succour video...

Watch as Fr Denis McBride CSsR speaks about Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Help)

Thanks to our Confreres in

                                                               Redemptorists Australia 

A new Redemptorist in Harare...

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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!

 Makorokoto!

 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Redeemer 2015...

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We the Redemptorists of the London Province -

 

wish all our 

confreres

sisters

associates

family members

those whom we minister to

our benefactors

and all who read these pages

 

every blessing of this holy day!

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.

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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 .

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The Vow of Obedience Made Simple...

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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.”

A BROTHER WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE...

The Region of Zimbabwe has many ministries.  Foremost among  them are of course the preaching of parish missions, retreats and the running of parishes. However there are several other ministries of equal importance running parallel. Most of these are organised by our Redemptorist Brothers.
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Prime among these is the Mavambo Trust which is the umbrella organisation for working with children infected and affected by HIV AIDS. This organisation educates, feeds and has a social outreach to over 20,000 children. In addition the Brothers organise adult literacy classes and work with child headed households.
 
Recently Mavambo which is headed by the Institutional Director Brother Benjamin Posvo CSsR, secured funding for the next five years from USAID. The funding was awarded in the face of fierce competition from other NGOs and is a recognition of the professionalism and transparency of Brother
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Uniquely CSsR Redemptorist…

 

What is it that still makes men want to join a Religious Congregation that is nearly 300 years old ?

 

Redemptorists are first and foremost preachers of the Word;

evangelisers in the strict sense of that word.

 

We work for the poor through a unique combination of ministries :stemma7cssr

 

Parish Mission preaching

Pastoral care in poor parishes 

Outreach projects

Retreat houses

Publications

Overseas missions

 

Our vocation has unique features :

Nearness to people

Popular preaching style

Theological expertise

Compassion in the confessional

 

We continue the tradition of St.Alphonsus by reaching out to the most abandoned and poor, especially through proclaiming the Gospel.

 

His spirit still energises the congregation, described by him as : “souls consecrated entirely to God, living in the midst of the world as if out of the world, and having no other thought than that of pleasing God.”

 

A Redemptorist vocation is that easy !

 

Bro. Mike Taylor

CSsR Provincial's Letter July 2015...

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2nd July, 2015

Dear confreres and friends,

This letter gives me the opportunity to thank each of you, together with our Sisters, friends and benefactors for the great support you are giving me during this time of illness. As you know I have had endocarditis for some months and this necessitated an operation to replace a heart valve. In particular I wish to thank our Vicar, Fr. Richard Reid for coming up to Scotland and visiting me twice, and also for assuming the burden of provincial business in these days. And of course I have an enormous debt of gratitude to Fr. Gerry Mulligan for his constant visits to hospital both in Dundee and Edinburgh and for his care and attention before the operation and in these days of my recovery. For me, this is a reminder that our Constitutions on community are not just words.

 

I thought I would share with you a little around what the spiritual experience has been for me in these days. I have a horror of speaking too much about my health, but I think that simply sharing what I have experienced might assist someone in the Province in the future. And of course I am aware that several confreres have been through similar experiences. So I offer a little odyssey of these past few weeks.

 

I often hear people say in relation to a bout of illness, "I know that this was the greatest grace of my life", or that they felt particularly close to God during the days of their sickness. This was not my spiritual or emotional experience. In fact I had no sense of God's presence, and tried to say the Divine Office and the rosary with fidelity, but with really no devotion whatsoever.

Clapham's newest CSsR Parish Priest...

On Friday 3rd of July 2015,

Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC,

one of the auxiliary bishops of Southwark,

came to our Clapham church to celebrate the mass

of Induction of the new Parish Priest, Fr Richard Reid CSsR.

The mass was that for the feast of the day, St Thomas the Apostle.

Fr Richard CSsR replaces Fr Dominic CSsR who was appointed to Albania!

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Fr Richard CSsR professes his faith before the bishop.

The Redemptorist Virtue for the Month of July is...

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 Virtue: Obedience

Patron: St Philip

Text: "You are my friends, if you do things that I command you." Jn 15:14

Wholly Holy 2015

Be Alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Let Love be in all. 

June 20th 2015 at Hawkstone Hall

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After last years successful event Wholly Holy returned to Hawkstone Hall on Saturday 20th June. This years event was subtitled ' Stand Firm in the Faith' and promised : input; reflection; adoration; Mass; praise and worship and more. The keynote speaker was Fr. Jim McManus C.Ss.R. Fr. Jim is well known throughout the world as an author and missioner. He is currently the London Province's link person for the 150th Jubilee Year for the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. For more information on the jubilee year visit http://www.iconoflove.org/