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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Month of the Holy Souls

In this month of Novemeber we remember all our beloved dead. 

As Redemptorists, we remember 

  • The deceased members of the Province and Region
  • All deceased Redemptorists
  • Our deceased benefactors
  • Our deceased parents and relatives.
We entrust them all to our Most Holy Redeemer.
 
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Below you can see one of our graves in Streatham, London, where a good number of our confreres are buried.
 
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Requiescant in pace

 

The Virtue for November is...

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Nazareth Nuns and the C.Ss.R....

During the last few weeks the Sisters of Nazareth in initial formation have been together in their Mother House in Hammersmith, London attending talks given by Augustinian Fathers, Salesian Fathers and our own Redemptorist Fathers! Below see a picture of Fr Richard Reid C.Ss.R., with the junoir professed. Fr. Denis McBride C.Ss.R., will be with the sisters next week - hopefully a photo will follow!

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The sisters are from Samoa, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa, Philippines, Australia and Scotland. 

St. Gerard CSsR with the OSB...

Someone sent this picture of St Gerard Majella -

this statue is standing in an old Benedictine church, in England!

 

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St. Gerard Majella - Pray for us!

The Province's Health and Safety Document...

 

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A group of confreres recently met at Hawkstone Hall to launch the new Health and Safety Policy which covers the whole Province.

Fr Andy Burns C.Ss.R., is above launching the new document, while below we see Mr Gavin Leatherbarrow, Frs, Gabriel Maguire, Charlie Corrigan, and Maurice O'Mahoney joining him.

Also at the meeting were Frs Dominic O'Toole and Richard Reid.

 

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Dublin OSsR Nuns visit Liverpool OSsR Nuns...

Two of the sisters from the Dublin Monastery of St. Alphonsus travelled to Liverpool for a quick visit to see our sisters in Liverpool. There was great fun and excitement! 

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Srs. Lucy, Mary Bernadette, Anne Joseph and Maura O.Ss.R.

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Srs Lucy, Anne Joseph and Mary Bernadette.

Our Mission and our Life...

Check out the Provincial's letter for all the latest in October 2011...

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September 2011...

Dear Confreres and Friends,

This past month saw the First Profession in Kinnoull of Br Gerry, Br Charles and Br. Peter. It was a lovely celebration. I thank the Kinnoull community in particular for their kind hospitality to the families and friends of our newly professed confreres. The three new students begin the next phase of their Redemptorist journey tomorrow, when they arrive at Clapham to prepare for their formal academic studies at Heythrop College. We wish them, and Fr. Corrigan the Prefect of Students, every blessing.

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This month Fr. Dickinson also celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of his First Profession. I did write to and speak with Fr. Dickie and I know that he has received many congratulations. Sixty years of Redemptorist life is an extraordinary milestone, and I would like to publicly thank Fr. Dickie for his Redemptorist life and ministry, and for his ongoing service in the parish in Erdington. Ad multos Annos.

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I also once again offer best wishes to Fr. Michael Henesy, Fr. Philip Jones and Fr. Kevin McEwan who celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their First Profession 3rd September.

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The OPC meet yesterday and continued to evaluate the situation in the Province. We are conscious that the EPC will have a two day meeting in September where an in-depth evaluation will take place. However, the OPC members feel that some source of encouragement for a renewed apostolic thrust in our Redemptorist missionary work would be helpful. I am therefore sending to each community a complete copy of the Lineamenta on the New Evangelization. A summary of this document is available from Jim McManus at Clapham. We in the OPC, feel that this is a document worth reading and studying in community. However, we will await the EPC deliberations before making any concrete suggestions.

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There is little news from the communities, since August appears to have been a holiday month. Sadly Brother William fell down the stairs and sustained a broken ankle and also a sprain on the other ankle and has been in hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery. Fr. Michael McGreevy remains very positive, although gets tired from time to time. We remember Fr. Michael as his treatment continues. Fr. Kevin McEwan is making a good recover from his heart bypass surgery.

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On Saturday I go to Zimbabwe for a pastoral visit and will be away for ten days, although I hope to be able to receive email. Fr. Gerry will be on holiday at that time. Fr. Maurice will remain in Hawkstone, so any urgent matters should be referred to him.

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Fr. William Guri and Brother Benjamin have just returned from Nairobi where they participated in the Conference of Africa meeting. Fr. William has sent the latest Community list of members of the Region, and asked me to send it round the communities. I will enclose it separately. He, and all the confreres there, send warm wishes to all.

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The EPC will meet in Clapham on 26th and 27th September.

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The Finance Committee and the RPTC will also meet this month.

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Birthdays in September are: Fr. Jimmy Corrigan on 3rd, Fr. Jack Clancy on 4th, Fr. Michael Duxbury on 5th, Fr. Frank Allinson on 8th, Fr. Tim Buckley on 19th and Fr. Kevin McEwan on 28th. Congratulations to all.

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With best wishes,

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

St Gerard Majella C.Ss.R...

 

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Despite being a Sunday, St Gerard Majella will be remembered by all the

brothers, fathers and sisters of our Order and Congregation!

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Not to mention his many fans throughout the world, who know the power of his prayer!

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Added to these, are the many mothers and their young children who have prayed to St Gerard during their pregnancy.

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St. Gerard will be remembered around the world!

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St Gerard Majella  - Pray for us!

 

 

Litany in Honor of St. Gerard Majella

Brother Gerard, you spent your life in union with Jesus Christ, help us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Brother Gerard, you desired to give yourself to Christ in the religious life,

obtain for us the grace to follow our vocation in life.


Brother Gerard, you were filled with empathy for the poor and suffering,

obtain for us the gift of compassion for those in need.


Brother Gerard, your prayers to the Lord brought healing to the sick,

obtain for us the power to bring the healing presence of Jesus to those in need.


Brother Gerard, the Passion of Jesus moved you to imitate His Redemptive Love,

obtain for us the grace to accept our sufferings for the salvation of the world.


Brother Gerard, you brought back to the Church those who were abandoned,

obtain for us the zeal to welcome people back to the community of the faith.


Brother Gerard, you were devoted to the Blessed Sacrament,

obtain for us a vibrant love for the Holy Eucharist.


Saint Gerard, your intercession is felt in the lives of many who call upon you in their need.

Hear us as we lift our voice in prayer.

 

Obtain for us a greater love for Jesus Christ.

Help us to imitate your generous love for the poor and suffering.

 

Assist us with your prayers and obtain for us the help we need.

 

Amen.

 

Fr Joseph Oppitz C.Ss.R., R.I.P

OCTOBER 6, 2011

FR. JOSEPH OPPITZ, WELL-KNOWN REDEMPTORIST SCHOLAR, DIES AT AGE 85

Father Joseph Oppitz, a well-regarded Redemptorist scholar, died October 6 at the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, MD, USA. He was 85 and had dementia.

He was born August 12, 1926 and professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood June 21, 1953. Father Oppitz was also a survivor of the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956.

Please pray for Father Oppitz, and for his family, friends, and Redemptorist confreres who mourn his loss.

 

Full obituary here.

Fr Callaghan's Little Birds...

If you look through this window in Hawkstone, what do you see?

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Not sure? Look from another angle...

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Is it clearer?

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Here we see Fr Kevin Callaghan and his treasure of birds...

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Amid the plants and flowers the birds are well cared for in Hawkstone Hall...

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On a visit to Hawkstone Fr Desmond Keegan says hello to Fr Kevin and his birds!

Sadness in Zimbabwe...

We received the following note from the Regional Superior of Zimbabwe, Fr William Guri, to tell us...

 

"Dear Confreres,

We received with great sadness the news of the death of Mr Titus Bauti of Mabvuku.

Mr Bauti worked collaboratively with the Redemptorists as an able and reliable translator, catechist and community leader all the time that he lived in Mabvuku until his death.  

He died last night in Harare Hospital.

He had been unwell and in hospital for a while.

I will let you know the details of the funeral as they become available.

May his soul rest in peace in the love and mercy of God.

Muna Kristo,

 

Fr.William Guri, C.Ss.R."

Sadness in Zimbabwe...

We received the following note from the Regional Superior of Zimbabwe, Fr William Guri, to tell us...

 

"Dear Confreres,

We received with great sadness the news of the death of Mr Titus Bauti of Mabvuku.

Mr Bauti worked collaboratively with the Redemptorists as an able and reliable translator, catechist and community leader all the time that he lived in Mabvuku until his death.  

He died last night in Harare Hospital.

He had been unwell and in hospital for a while.

I will let you know the details of the funeral as they become available.

May his soul rest in peace in the love and mercy of God.

Muna Kristo,

 

Fr.William Guri, C.Ss.R."

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R....

Today, the 5th October, Redemptorists all over the world celebrate this feast of their confrere,

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

 

Born 1819 in Germany

Died 1867 in the United States of America

Aged 48 years and 9 months

Proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in the Jubilee Year 2000 

 

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"I never thought it was so sweet to die in the Congregation.

I now begin to know what happiness it is to live and die a Redemptorist.

Oh, let us love our vocation and strive to persevere in it!

Then everything will be all right with us."

 

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This book is available at Amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Seelos' Top 10 Practical Guide to Holiness

 

1. Go to Mass with deepest devotion.

2. Spend a half hour to reflect upon your main failing & make resolutions to avoid it.

3. Do daily spiritual reading for at least 15 minutes, if a half hour is not possible.

4. Say the rosary every day.

5. Also daily, if at all possible, visit the Blessed Sacrament; and toward evening,

meditate on the Passion of Christ for a half hour.

6. Conclude the day with evening prayer &

an examination of conscience over all the faults & sins of the day.

7. Every month make a review of the month in confession.

8. Choose a special patron every month & imitate that patron in some special virtue.

9. Precede every great feast with a novena, that is, nine days of devotion.

10. Try to begin & end every activity with a “Hail Mary.”

 

 

To find out more go to the Seelos page

 

 

 

 

O God, who made your priest, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 

outstanding in love,

that he might proclaim the mysteries of redemption, 
and comfort those in affliction,
grant, by his intercession,
that we may work zealously for your glory
and for the salvation of mankind,

 
Through our Christ our Lord.

 

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AMEN

 

Zimbabwe's newest priest...

frvictorbushuOur congratulations go to our newest priest,

the Rev. Fr. Victor Bushu C.Ss.R.

 

Our prayers and best wishes go to him.

 

Photos to follow...

 

Virtue for the Month of October is

 

RECOLLECTION and SILENCE

 

PATRON: St Simon, Apostle

 

TEXT: "And when He had dismissed the crowds He went up by Himself

into a mountain to pray." (Matt 14: 23)

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Recollection is not a specific virtue like humility but rather a stimulus to the practice of all the virtues. Its full title is "recollection of the presence of God." Saint Alphonsus offers this insight: "The more we walk in the presence of God, the better we recognize his beautiful qualities and strengthen his love in our hearts."

October's virtue is a challenge to seek ways of developing this awareness of God's presence in many different ways, to make it part of the rhythm of daily life. Thus, you might make a list of times in a typical day when a few moments of recollection would.

 

Thanks www.redemptorists.com