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Walking the Way - The Camino II...


Camino II

We decided, wisely, to begin the walk earlier that we had done yesterday. So just before 8 o'clock we were all on the road, again with a sense of purpose and prayerful determination. 
At our morning prayer this morning we were reminded that Fr General, Michael Brehl CSsR, has asked that today be dedicated to prayer for all our forthcoming elections that will take place throughout the whole world in the coming months. The confreres are electing new chapters, new provincials, and new provincial councils - or voting to reappoint existing ones! 
So we have this prayer intention to accompany us along the way. 
The scenery was, as one would expect, stunning! We all walked at different paces and arrived at our destination at different times, but thanks be to God we all arrived safely. However it would seem that many of the group are now treating blisters and caring for muscles that they didn't know they had!
As always we thank everyone who is accompanying us in our walk by their prayers. Know that you are being held before the Lord here on the Camino. 
Now we are going to celebrate mass, the main celebrant will be one of the Irish Redemptorists, and at this mass you will be remembered. God bless! 

CSsR Virtue for September...


Virtue: Mortification


PatronSt Matthew, Apostle


Text: "He that hates his life in this world, keeps it unto life eternal" 
(Jn 12: 25)



Read more: CSsR Virtue for September

The Way - Walking the Camino I...


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Twenty two of us, having just got off a flight from Dublin to Santiago de Compostella, are now on the bus driving 120 kms (100miles) away to a place called Sarria. 
It is hot and very humid, (I don't think the air con on the bus is working!) Sadly one of the group, one of our brothers fell this morning (in Dublin) and is no longer with the group, he will be missed and we were sad to leave him behind! 
Before we left this morning, Fr Michael Kelleher, the provincial of the Irish Redemptorists, celebrated the mass. His preaching made a signicant impact on the group as spoke of the shredded snakes skin being removed from the creature in order to let the snake see with new eyes and live within new skin! Over the course of the Camino he suggested that we might be able to see with new eyes and live within new skin! 
So far our group, (praying especially for CSsR vocations, and thanking God for our own) have met on the plane a group coming here to fund raise for Guide Dogs Ireland and the Heart
So we look forward to meeting so many new people from all different parts of the world, walking this Camino for all different intentions.
Day One

Read more: The Way - Walking the Camino I

Vocations CSsR Camino...



Thanks to Br Piotr Kochanski CSsR from Poland!

Perpetual Succour (Help), Icon of Love...

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Icon of Love


Official website for the

150th Jubilee

of the Icon of

Our Mother of Perpetual Help



150 years

"Make her known"

1866 - 2016 



In 1866, Pope Pius IX

entrusted the Icon of

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

to the Redemptorists

with the mission to

"Make her known"

throughout the world




RYM Young Adult Group at Bishop Eton...


rymheaderWhen I first heard about the RYM Young Adult Group at Bishop Eton I was a little apprehensive. Unfortunately friends of mine had been to Young Catholic Adult groups and had been disappointed. They usually fell into one of two categories: too spiritless and nothing ‘Catholic’ about them, or rigid and unaccommodating to anyone who doesn’t share the same views as the leader of the group!


I didn’t know what to expect, whether everyone would have the same outlook and approach to religion that I had, and whether the style of worship and activities would be what I’d have chosen. I decided to leave my prejudices at the door and a year and a half later, I’m so glad I did. The group was not what I expected, and not how I would have done things – it was so much better! When I opened my mind to the possibility that this might just be a group of normal people doing something a bit different to what young people might normally do, I found a new spiritual home among a new group of fellow Catholics whom I am now proud to call my friends.

Read more: RYM Young Adult Group at Bishop Eton

Blessed Dominic Methodius Trcka CSsR...


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The 25th of August is the feast day of our confrere,


Blessed Dominic Methodius Trcka CSsR


he is a martyr


who died on the 


23rd March, 1959.


To read more and watch a video, click here.







Lord our God,

you gave to Blessed Methodius

your priest and martyr

outstanding bravery in the face of trials and torture.


With the help of his prayers,

may we remain faithful to the Gospel of truth

and come with him to contemplate

your face for all eternity.


We make this prayer through

Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God for ever and ever.


CSsR Historic Stained Glass...


When the monastery in Sunderland was sadly closed, the windows from the community oratory were removed and packed up in a crate. They remained crated for a few years until it was decided that their new home would be in one of our oldest monasteries in the UK. These lovely windows are over a hundred years old and they portray some of our holy men; Saint Alphonsus Liguori CSsR, Saint Gerard Majella CSsR and Saint Clement Hofbauer CSsR. See the windows below in the community oratory Liverpool...

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Read more: CSsR Historic Stained Glass

Walking the Camino - the way...


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In just under two weeks a group of Redemptorists,

co-workers and friends


from the Provinces of Dublin and London

will begin the walk to

Santiago de Compostela!


For those of you who may not know anything about a walk to Santiago de Compostela, it should be noted that the group will walk 100 miles!


Why do this seemingly mad thing?




The group are doing the walk...

...(of a hundred miles!) 

to thank God for the gift of the 






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and the group are also making their pilgrimage with the intention of ...

Read more: Walking the Camino - the way...


Michael Brehl

Dear Confreres and friends,


All of us are very aware of the serious humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Not only must we pray for peace, and support international efforts to negotiate an end to the violence and war, but we are very aware of the needs of thousands of families who have been forced from their homes. As our confrere, Archbishop Bashar Warda, C.Ss.R., recounts in his letter, many tens of thousands are now refugees relying on the assistance of the Christian community of the Archdiocese of Erbil.


Again this week in his Angelus address, the Holy Father appeals to all people of good will not only to pray for peace, but also to offer concrete assistance to the suffering people of Iraq. Through Archbishop Bashar, we are offered the possibility of responding concretely to their needs. I encourage you to be as generous as you can in the face of this crisis so that the Archdiocese of Erbil and the whole Christian community can come to the aid of these refugee families. In their name, I thank you for your generosity.






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Br Peter Morris CSsR and Br Charles Randall CSsR recently took part in the three week ‘second novitiate’ at the Redemptorist seminary in Tuchów, Poland. The gathering, organized by the Redemptorists’ European Conference, lasted from 14th July to 5th August. Participants included those preparing for perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer and numbered 13 brothers form different countries of Europe: Slovakia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and also from Zimbabwe in Africa. Two fathers from Italy and eight from Poland also participated in the first weeks of the course, as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their perpetual vows. 

Read more: SECOND NOVITIATE… in Poland

Feast of the Assumption of BVM...


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Taken from St Alphonsus’ “The Glories of Mary”:


MARY dies; but how does she die? She dies entirely detached from any affection for created things, and dies consumed with that divine love with which her most holy heart was always and entirely inflamed. Oh holy mother, thou hast already left the earth; do not forget us, miserable pilgrims, who remain in this valley of tears struggling against so many enemies, who desire to see us lost in hell. Ah, by the merits of thy precious death, obtain for us detachment from earthly things, pardon of our sins, love to God, and holy perseverance; and, when the hour of our death shall arrive, assist us from heaven with thy prayers, and obtain for us to come and kiss thy feet in paradise.

Read more: Feast of the Assumption of BVM

Our Brother and Sisters in Iraq...

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Heroic Priesthood...


This is an American film, but it is Catholic...

so therefore Universal!




...and think about it!


"I am very enthused as I look to the future of the priesthood,

these young guys grew up with this heroic pope.

I think John Paul when he become Pope,

got this ship going in the direction of mission and purpose, and a Christocentricism,

he was very clear about the centrality of Jesus Christ.

They also caught John Paul's

optimism, his joyful spirit, his claiming of a Catholic tradition

... they loved that...and they have that too."

Fr Robert Barron

4th August 1914...

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

we will remember them.


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Read more: 4th August 1914

Celebrating St Alphonsus' Feast...


Around the province great celebrations were had to celebrate our Holy Father Alphonsus!


The brethern in our Kinnoull monastery

wished us all a

Happy Feast Day!

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Sr Maureen, Fr Joe, Fr Kieran (Rector), Fr Ronnie (Provincial), Fr Tom and Fr Gerry (Vicar Provincial) CSsR


and in Bishop Eton


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Fr Barrie CSsR, Bishop Ralph CSsR, Fr Richard CSsR, Deacon John and Archbishop P Kelly


See more photos click here


We enjoyed the day and hope and pray that you did too!



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