" Make me forget myself, so that I may remember only Your goodness! "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
  • main
  • main1
  • main2
  • main3
  • main4
  • main5
  • main6
  • main7
  • main8
  • main9
  • main10
  • main11
  • main12
  • main13
  • main14
  • main15
  • main16
  • main17
  • main19
  • main20

News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Fr William Lavery C.Ss.R.,

1931 - 2011

Requiescat in pace

 

frbilllavery

 

Fr. Bill as he was known, was born on the eighth January 1931 in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. Ireland. His early education was at St. Joseph’s school, Sacred Heart Technical and later in 1955 at Osterley the Jesuit centre for late vocations. 

He entered the Redemptorist Novitate in Kinnoull, Perth, Scotland and was professed on the seventh of September 1958.

He transferred to the Redemptorist Seminary at Hawkstone, making his Final Profession in September in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood on the tenth of January 1965.

His first appointment was to Bishop Eton Liverpool then after a short stay to St. Mary’s Kinnoull to begin his work as a missioner on the Glasgow missions.

He returned to Bishop Eton to be part of a specialist team to give school missions. He moved to St. Benet’s Sunderland to take up again Mission preaching and again a spell of work in St. Mary’s Kinnoull .In 1973 he was appointed assistant in the Retreat House in Bishop Eton Liverpool before returning to St. Benet’s in 1976 to work on the parish there.

In 1981 he was made Superior and Parish Priest of our community in Efford Plymouth. In 1984 he went to St. Mary’s Clapham. London and worked on the parish there for six years.

In 1990 he was appointed to the staff of Hawkstone Pastoral Centre in Shropshire. After almost nine years there he returned to Sunderland to take up parish duties again, until ill health made it necessary for him to retire to Hawkstone and subsequently to a Care Home in Whitchurch Shropshire.

He celebrated his 80th birthday in January 2011. His health began to fail and after a short illness he died 3rd. March 2011.

Sadly the Lavery family suffered another loss, with the death a few hours after Fr. Bill, of his sister-in-law, Kathleen after a long illness. May she rest in peace.

 

During his life Bill made many friends; a tribute to his extraordinary interest in people and his care for them. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and he was always available especially to anyone in need.

He had the ability to dispel darkness with a warm wit and humour and an assurance of prayer for each and everyone. He had a strong faith and a quiet conviction in the healing power of God; something he had experienced in his own life and the lives of others. He was a true Redemptorist bringing mercy and plentiful redemption to all he encountered.

His funeral Mass and burial will take place at Hawkstone, 17th. March at 12.00 noon .  

May he rest in peace.

 

Prayers are asked for…

 

Fr William (Bill) Lavery C.Ss.R., died peacefully 3rd of March, at the Edgeley Care Home in Whitchurch. May he rest in peace.

 

Please also remember Br Thomas’ sister in law who also died on 3rd of March. May she rest in peace.

 

This is a difficult time for the Lavery family and Br. Thomas in particular.

 

candle

Please also remember Sr. Richard Gavaza LCBL, who is ill after having suffered a serious stroke.

Sr. Richard was the cook for our community in Tafara, Zimbabwe.

March's Virtue...

march

 

To find out more...

Click above on the Preaching and Prayer

A banner will drop...

When you see Virtue - Click!

The Redemptoristine Sisters vote in the General Election...

Our sisters in Ireland left their monastery last week to do their civic duty - the country's General Election.

nunsvoting

Preparing for Lent...

Pope Benedict has issued his Lenten Message and encourages a "Lent without selfishness."

{youtube}cZICIWvvrO4&feature=player_embedded{/youtube}

Community fun at Clapham with the Panto...

There were four performances of
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 18-20 February.
 
 
Fr Winfried Pauly is the superb "Footman" - very skilled player of the cornet.
panto3
 
Then there are Brothers Thomas and William as "Ant and Dec" doing the business.
panto1
 
The other confrere is Fr. Michael McGreevy as the "Wicked Queen - Stepmother"
with her magic Mirror and rebuking the Huntsman for not doing his job!
panto2
 
The Panto was very well supported as usual.

Regional Council Reappointed in Zimbabwe...

zimflag

 

Fr McAinsh C.Ss.R., our Provincial Superior, reappointed the Regional Council in Zimbabwe.

We send our congratulations and assure them of our prayers.

 

Fr William Guri C.Ss.R., is the Regional Superior.

frwilliamgu

Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa C.Ss.R., is the Vicar Regional Superior.

frmupa

Br Benjamin Posvo C.Ss.R., is the Consultor.

brben

 

Congratulations!

Regional Council Reappointed in Zimbabwe...

zimflag

 

Fr McAinsh C.Ss.R., our Provincial Superior, reappointed the Regional Council in Zimbabwe.

We send our congratulations and assure them of our prayers.

 

Fr William Guri C.Ss.R., is the Regional Superior.

frwilliamgu

Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa C.Ss.R., is the Vicar Regional Superior.

frmupa

Br Benjamin Posvo C.Ss.R., is the Consultor.

brben

 

Congratulations!

Fr Guri C.Ss.R., writes to us all from Zimbabwe...

 

Regional Letter                          February 2011

 

 

St Gerard’s House

25 February 2011

 

Dear Confreres,

 

Last week we had the visitation of the Region by our Provincial Superior, Fr Ronald McAinsh. This was a very important visit that came at the end of the final triennium and at the beginning of the first quadrennium. You will recall that at the last General Chapter the quadrennium was introduced to replace the triennium. This means that all terms of office, except that of the Superior General, will now run for four years. The assumption of office in the entire congregation has been synchronized to begin at the same time in the first quadrennium and afterwards. Previously the units of the congregation began the triennium at various times in the year.

 

Fr Guri C.Ss.R., writes to us all from Zimbabwe...

 

Regional Letter                          February 2011

 

 

St Gerard’s House

25 February 2011

 

Dear Confreres,

 

Last week we had the visitation of the Region by our Provincial Superior, Fr Ronald McAinsh. This was a very important visit that came at the end of the final triennium and at the beginning of the first quadrennium. You will recall that at the last General Chapter the quadrennium was introduced to replace the triennium. This means that all terms of office, except that of the Superior General, will now run for four years. The assumption of office in the entire congregation has been synchronized to begin at the same time in the first quadrennium and afterwards. Previously the units of the congregation began the triennium at various times in the year.

 

Gift Aid bonus ends April.

Charities get to claim back the UK tax paid on money donated, so if a basic taxpayer gives £1 the charity gets £1.28.

The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted they're reclaiming 3p per £1 donated more than the tax, as in 2008 when income tax was cut the govt. said charities could keep the higher amount until 5 April 2011.

So if you're planning to donate do it asap, and they get more.

(from Martin's money tips )

Our Doctoral Student at Durham University...

Fr Ed Hone C.Ss.R., is more than half way through his doctoral studies at Durham University.

He spoke to us the other day and gave us some insight into his course...

 

durhamuninew

"I am currently studying at Durham for the DThM (Doctorate in Theology and Ministry), and involved in various aspects of college life. St John's College is home to Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, which prepare men and women for ministry in the Anglican and Methodist traditions.
 
 
Over the years, the college has worked closely with Ushaw seminary on various pastoral modules.
 
 
This year, I have been appointed to the Examination Board, to assist in assessing the 35 undergraduate students on their mission course. The course involves, amongst other things, the students being formed into teams which have to envision, plan and deliver a mission weekend in partnership with a local Church of England or Methodist congregation.
 
 
 
 
 
The mission weekend experiences are then written up in essays which reflect pastorally and theologically on what took place.
 
 
 
This feels very much like Redemptorist mission territory!
 
 
My involvement at Ushaw teaching on the Preaching and Presentation module and giving input on other pastoral and theological issues will sadly come to an end with the closure of the college this year.
 
fr.ed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My head isn't entirely in the academic clouds!
 
I am continuing to give:
workshops and retreats with Dr Roísín Coll,
am giving an eight day retreat to Daughters of Charity,
will be with the Carmelite Sisters in Falkirk for the Easter Triduum,
and continue writing for publication.
 
 
 
 
 
Keep up the good work with the web site!"
 
 
 
Fr. Ed Hone C.Ss.R.

 

durham

Durham Cathedral in the snow!

Please pray for...

This letter went around all the communities in the Province this morning...

brmalachy

Fr Gerry Mulligan is the Rector of Kinnoull Monastery and the Vicar Provincial Superior of the Province.

He asks for prayers for Br Malachy, a saintly brother of ours!  

INTERVIEW WITH FATHER GENERAL,

MICHAEL BREHL, C.Ss.R.:


fr general

 

The State of the Conferences...

Editor's note: It has been one year since the General Council

was seated and began to implement the decisions of the

XXIV General Chapter.

SCALA sat down with Father General recently

to receive an update on the progress being made

in one of the major decisions of the General Chapter

– the forming of the 5 Conferences of the Congregation:

 

SCALA: Father General, could you update us on the progress of each of the 5 new Conferences? What are their achievements? What are their continuing challenges?

FATHER GENERAL: I have been at all the first assemblies of the Conferences that have been held so far. I will also be attending the first assembly of the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean, which has not held theirs yet, because they have been engaged in a great deal of preparatory work.

26 years of World Youth Days!

 

 

{youtube}byhtIDFpK1o&feature=player_embedded{/youtube}

Fr Cyril Axelrod C.Ss.R., on the television in Ireland...

Watching this inspirational programme will do your heart good! 

As the world's first 'deaf blind' priest, he is truly an example to us all.

Please note, this programme is without sound -but totally watchable with subtitles and sign language!

Enjoy....

 

If you would like to know more about his life, this book is available on line or a good book shop:

51ft5q5444l