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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

COLLOQUIA EUROPA

90 Redemptorists and Co-Workers of the Conference of Europe gathered in Trois-Epis, France,

13-17 September 2010 for a colloquia to reflect and share on the experience of

Parish missions in the various units of Europe.

 

Those attending from our Province were:

  • Fr Jim McManus
  • Ms Maria Hogg
  • Fr Desmond Keegan
  • Fr Dominic O'Toole

 

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The Parish Mission and the New Evangelisation.

 

New approaches in the London Province

A Presentation given by Fr James McManus to the assembly.

 

The changing face of the parish mission

The style and the format of parish missions in our Province have changed dramatically in the past thirty years. Missions used to last at least two intensive weeks during which the Redemptorists would visit every home in the parish and invite everyone personally to come to the mission. The goal was to get everyone in the parish back to the practice of the faith and to confirm the faith of the devout.

 

YOUTH GO TO REDEMPTORIST YOUTH MEETING IN LVIV (Ukraine)

Our Young People and Redemptorists have a mission:

On a mission...

  • To have fun

  • To grow spiritually

  • To form friendships worldwide

  • To spread God's word creatively

  • To support one another

  • To pray together

  • To participate in international gatherings

  • To fundraise

and TO BE REDEMPTORIST!

 

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Here is the English, Scottish and Zimbabwean backdrop

Redemptorist Youth Ministry

as they introduce their group to the International gathering in Lviv

 

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One of our group reads a prayer.

 

 

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Behold our group from the London Province.

You did us proud!

If you want to know more contact Paul 

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16th - 19th September 2010

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

WELCOME

His Holiness

Pope Benedict XVI

during his Papal Visit to the UK.

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Our Prayers go with the Holy Father.

The Edinburgh Community celebrate the

Cardinal's 25 years as a bishop

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Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, the Archbishop of St. Andrew's and Edinburgh, celebrated his Silver Jubilee as an Archbishop. 

The Redemptorist community presented him with a portrait which Fr. Michael Henesy C.Ss.R. had painted himself. 

Congratulations Your Eminence!

September 11, 2010

 Place, Date and Time set for

Archbishop-elect Tobin’s episcopal ordination.

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A date and place has been announced for the episcopal ordination of our Superior General Emeritus, Archbishop-elect Joseph W. Tobin.

 

 

It will take place in Rome, on Saturday, October 9th at 16:00 hours in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the altar of  Peter’s cathedra (site of the alabaster window portraying the Holy Spirit), which is also where the statue of St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, overlooks the nave.

 

 

Principal consecrator will be Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State. Three others will be consecrated bishops along with Archbishop-elect Tobin.

 

 

 

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Archbishop-elect Tobin meeting our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

Pope addresses the UK from Rome...

"I'm looking forward to my visit to the UK"

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Serving the Poor in Spirit as a Prison Chaplain and a Redemptorist

brmichaelduxburyBrother Michael Duxbury C.Ss.R.

As Redemptorists we are called to follow Christ our Redeemer in the spirit of St. Alphonsus, proclaiming the Good News to the most abandoned, especially the poor. I have tried to do this through the prison ministry which I have been involved in for 15 years.

As a chaplain within the prison establishment, I have an in-between role in the system, not exactly as one of the staff, but with a definite role. This lack of a tight role definition is actually a strength. Most staff members have closely regulated jobs to do, I have the freedom to make contacts on an unstructured basis, ready to respond to needs as they arise. 

Significant conversations can ignite spontaneously in the oddest of places: the kitchen, waiting your turn at the 'hot water' tap. One characteristic of offenders, and often a reason for their personal  difficulties, is their tendency to act on impulse. I would label as 'immediate people'. The 'loitering with intent' model of ministry is quite an appropriate one in my job. 

The role of the chaplain is ultimately connected with being a member of the "Body of Christ", sharing the Good News with all who find themselves behind the prison walls. My task is to affirm belief where possible, and to encourage all whom I meet to accept a way of life which can enable them to live up to the fulness of their potential. This obviously involves a challenge for myself, as it requires that I challenge those around at times. After all Christ's message was that he had come "that you may have life and have it to the full." Jn 10:10

Traditionally chaplains have been involved in the total life of the prison with a number of daily tasks, these include visiting every newly received prisoner within twenty-four hours. Some prisoners may not want to be visited, others will be polite but will not want any follow up, but there are always those for whom God can be the answer.

It is with these encounters that the chaplain has the privilege of sharing the riches of the Gospel, often in the most pathetic of situations. I have often found that prisoners met on reception often respond later, perhaps when they have grown in confidence in their new surroundings, or conversely, when they find that they are not able to cope with their new found situations.

Every prisoner held in the segregation wing and those held in the health care centre (still known as the prison hospital) receive a visit from a member of the chaplaincy team on a daily basis. It is often in these situations that the chaplain becomes the only real friend a prisoner allows himself. Even the most violent of men will take the chaplain into his confidence. This does not happen overnight, but when you have been journeying together for some time.

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Unfortunately I have often had the sad task of "welcoming" ex-prisoners back into our prison community and can recognise how their various tendencies have destroyed their personalities and health since our last meeting.

There are many times when you find yourself dealing with a prisoner who is mentally challenged or perhaps a person who has been judged to be criminally insane.

This work is particularly challenging and has been likened to working in the "gutter of life". In these situations, the Lord's message of "I am the way, the truth and the Life" can be powerfully grace filled and proclaimed.

In every prison there is a chapel and it is the right of every prisoner to be taken there to worship. The celebration of the Eucharist every week with my prison community is a time of openness and fidelity, even among prisoners who are attending mass after having been lapsed for many years. 

Around the altar we are a community of men entering into the Eucharistic mystery whilst trying to embrace our brokenness and be in solidarity with one another.

It is at such times that I thank God for the privilege of of my apostolate. 

PRAYER FOR PRISONERS

Lord, you offer freedom to all people,

we pray for all those who are in prison.

Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exists.

Support with your love,

prisoners, their families and friends, prison staff and all who care.

Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others, especially the victims of crime.

Help us to forgive one another,

to act justly, love with all our hearts and walk humbly with

Christ in his strength and in his Spirit.

Now and every day, AMEN.

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Congratulations to Sr. Monica O.Ss.R who made her First Profession

in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus in Dublin.

Click here to visit the Redemptoristines web-site.

O.Ss.R. means Order of the Most Holy Redeemer.

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Clapham's Newest Community Member...

Here we see Fr. Winfried Pauly C.Ss.R., arriving by bicycle at the back door of the monastery at Clapham, London. In a short interview we find out a little bit more about what is happening in Clapham! 


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Rome, Italy
August 2, 2010

Father Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Superior General Emeritus

Appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life

with the rank of Archbishop, titular see of Obba.

On August 2, 2010 the Holy Father appointed Father Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., Superior General Emeritus, a member of the Province of Denver, as Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life with the rank of Archbishop.

Details for his Episcopal ordination will be forthcoming.

 

We send our Congratulations to

Fr. Tobin!