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Servant of God Ján Mastiliak CSsR

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Important step toward the future beatification of

Servant of God Ján Mastiliak CSsR

 

(Michalovce, Slovakia) The diocesan phase of the beatification process of the Redemptorist Ján Ivan Mastiliak officially began January 31, 2015. Fr. Ján Ivan Mastiliak was the first Slovak who entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. During the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, he spent more than 15 years in prison for reasons of faith and his religious vocation. After he had regained his freedom, he was ministering in clandestine and for 13 years he was the superior of the Viceprovince of Michalovce.

We will remember them...

St Mary's Redemptorist Church, Clapham, London.
These Navy men were our guests in the monastery 
for the Remembrance Weekend.

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These lines were found in the possession of numerous boys who fell on the battlefields of WWII.

This hunger for the eternal, this hunger and this hope that we long for, is expressed by Frances Angermayer,

who wrote these words in Kansas City, June 3rd, 1943;

Look, God, I have never spoken to You.
But now -- I want to say, "how do you do."
You see, God, they told me You didn't exist.
And like a fool -- I believed all of this.

Cardinal Tobin CSsR - Pontifical Council for Culture...

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(Rome) Cardinal Joseph William Tobin CSsR, Archbishop of Newark in the United States is among the members of the Pontifical Council for Culture who were appointed by the Holy Father on 11 November 2019.

Ace of Clubs - Our Centre for those who struggle...

Running for nearly 25 years now, the work is always going on to fund it.

Our Centre for the Homeless - Ace of Clubs
A massive THANK YOU to Jackson's Estate Agents, Clapham,

for their yearly Halloween fundraising event for Ace of Clubs (nearly £700).

Pictured is Phil Agius, Director, presenting the cheque to

Bro. Mike CSsR (Company Secretary) & Anna Long (Trustee).

God bless the work!

 

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Blessed Spanish CSsR Martyrs of Cuenca...

Holy CSsR Martyrs of Cuenca

Pray for us.

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Fr General writes... November 2019...

 CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS

Superior Generalis

November 1, 2019

Solemnity of All Saints

Prot. No. 0000 229/2019

 

WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER:

In Solidarity for Mission in a Wounded World

 

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Lay Missionaries and Associates, 

As we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation on November 10, I invite you to prayerfully reflect on these words from Pope Francis:

The mission of being in the heart of the people is not just a part of my life or a badge that I can take off; it is not an ‘extra’ or just another moment in life … I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. It follows that every form of pastoral activity, formation and spirituality should be seen in the light of our Christian vocation (Christus Vivit #254).

Although Pope Francis addressed these words especially to young people, I believe that they are also addressed to all of us who have been called to live the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation. This has been at the very heart of our prayer, reflection, discernment and decisions during the Mid-Sexennium Meetings in every Conference. Our missionary vocation is the very core of the restructuring process and our apostolic plans: as “one missionary body” (Const. 2), we are prophetic witnesses of the Redeemer in our wounded world today. 

More than ever, we are called to live this vocation in a spirit of profound faith and trust in the presence of Jesus our Redeemer who promised to remain with us always. We encounter his presence with the joy and peace he offers when we encounter in a spirit of solidarity our brothers and sisters most in need.

Michalovce: Bl. Dominik Trčka announced as a citizen of the century 

 

(Michalovce, Slovakia) The city of Michalovce commemorates the 100 years since the founding of the Czechoslovakian county of Zemplín. On this occasion in the last month, the city authorities ran the survey to choose top personalities in the town’s history. The redemptorist blessed Metod Dominik Trčka was among ten finalists, selected by the historians and the common public as well.

Cardinal Secretary of State and St Alphonsus...

Cardinal Parolin,

the Vatican's Secretary of State,

visits the tomb of

St Dr Alphonsus Liguori

October 2019

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OSsR Monastic Vocations Weekend for Women...

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Do you fancy a Monastic Vocations Weekend with our Nuns in Dublin? 
#OSsR #Nuns #Monastic #CSsR #Redemptorists#Redemptoristines

Called to be saints...

 

What does it mean to be holy?

Do you hear the call to sanctity in your life?

On the All Saints Feast, the Church celebrates all the saints: canonized or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. The saint is not a superhero, but one who takes seriously the words of Jesus and lives it with fidelity and creativity. This feast invites us to reflect on how we realize our baptismal vocation.

Zimbabwe: Four Novices received the Redemptorist habit 

 

(Harare, Zimbabwe) The novitiate for part of the Conference of Africa, currently used by Redemptorist units Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Mozambique, is situated on the outskirts of Harare.

Last July the previous group of novices was professed and the new group of four arrived, two from Zimbabwe and two from Kenya.

City mission in Kaunas... 

(Kaunas, Lithuania) The Archdiocese of Kaunas is the second largest diocese in Lithuania. Just over a year ago two Redemptorists from Slovakia, Frs. Rastislav Dluhý and Peter Hertel began a new missionary initiative at the request of the Archbishop.

What they have been able to achieve is utterly amazing. And this includes the organisation of a citywide Mission which took place in the second week of October (10-13) in the cathedral. The mission involved many local groups of committed Catholics, lay missionaries from Portugal, non-Catholic musicians from England, a group of talented lay missionaries from Slovakia, and Fr. Ronnie McAinsh a Redemptorist from Scotland.

International meeting of the Redemptorist Brothers in Slovakia...

 

(Michalovce, Slovakia) The second meeting of the Secretariat of the Conference of the Brothers of Europe took place in Michalovce in Slovakia on October 25-27. Apart from the members of the Secretariat, Bro. Jeffrey Rolle C.Ss.R., General Consultor and, Fr. Johannes Römelt C.Ss.R., Coordinator of the Conference of Redemptorists in Europa (CRE), were also present.

Holy Spirit Church in Michalovce – at the altar with relics of
Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka C.Ss.R.

The Barren Harvest of Denominationalism...

Something very interesting... A Jewess - who became an Evangelical Protestant - who is now a Roman Catholic... and a nun.
#Redemptorists #CSsR #Vocations #Redeemer #DeepinHistory

 

Fr Provincial writes...31st October 2019

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31st October 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

As usual, we begin the month of November by remembering those confreres who have been active in the Province since the early 19th century, and who passed on to us our Redemptorist charism and our traditions - and of course above all, our ministry. Our Province Statutes remind us that we celebrate four Masses in community in the coming month, and that at these celebrations we remember also all of our confreres throughout the world, our families, our benefactors and our co-workers and Associates. In Zimbabwe all the confreres are able to gather at the cemetery for prayer. I know that is not always possible here; although last year I understand that many of the Clapham community went to our Redemptorist plot in Streatham. And we still retain cemeteries in Kinnoull, Liverpool and Birmingham. Some years ago I offered you a quotation from St John of the Cross which I found very moving and which I shall print once again at the end of this letter.

The month of October began with Fr. Richard and I in Cortona at the Mid Sexennium meeting of Provincials and Vocals of Europe. It was a long meeting and a very challenging one, and the main topic was restructuring.

As already communicated, after much debate it was decided that the Provinces of Southern Europe will in future form one Province. The Provinces of Northern Europe, that is Dublin, London, Saint Clements and Vienna/Munich shall create a structured Federation which will lead to one Province; while the Provinces of Eastern Europe will enter into a collaboration with one another in certain areas.