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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Latest Provincial Letter

30th September, 2010


Dear Confreres and Friends,


Today the Ordinary Provincial Council met in Kinnoull for our monthly reflection on the various apostolates of the Province, as well as personnel issues and other matters concerning properties and finance.


As we move into the final months of this triennium, we will try to make a pastoral visit to all the communities once voting for Provincial and Chapter are over. I will let the Rectors know of proposed dates in November for these visits.


Last month, Fr. Maurice and I were present in Zimbabwe for a Visit and also to participate in the various Professions and Ordinations which I mentioned in my August letter. The Visit was very blessed and the hospitality of the confreres was outstanding. Fr. Richard Reid was also present for the celebrations, and his presence much appreciated. Fr. Gerry will go to Harare to represent the Province for the Golden Jubilee Mass and events that surround it. The Mass is on 16th October.  You may know that Fr. Tony Pathe, who will be in Harare for the event, and Fr. Philip Foster, first went to (then) Rhodesia in 1960 to establish the House in Borrowdale. We congratulate the confreres, and wish them all the very best for the Celebrations.


Here at home, Fr. Gerry and Fr. Brian celebrated their Golden Jubilee of Profession this month, and also Bro. Cajetan his Diamond Jubilee. Brother Anthony will celebrate his Golden Jubilee on 16th October.


This month a group from the Province attended the European Colloquium at Trois Epis, and here is an extract of an email about the meeting from Fr. Desmond Keegan who is a member of the Commission.


“The representation from the London Province was Father Jim McManus, Miss Marie Hogg, myself as part of the Commission and Father Dominic O'Toole who acted as secretary to the meeting. A parishioner from Bishop Eton, Mr. Bob Grace, travelled to the meeting to help with German and French translation. The hospitality of the Strasbourg Province was quite outstanding. Details of the meeting can be found on the website,www.cssrmission.com. It was an excellent meeting which highlighted the importance of Redemptorists working together in the Conference of Europe in order to ensure that the life and mission of the Congregation can continue in this continent”.

We are grateful for those who represented the Province, and all reports indicate that it was a very productive meeting.


Brothers Michael and William attended a meeting of the European Brothers in Slovakia, and reported that it was a worthwhile journey, with good input from Fr. Lopez.



Other news:


v  The web site managed by Fr Richard Reid is now fully up and running. It is excellent, and if anyone has any information for the site, please contact Fr. Richard.


v  Fr. Joe Tobin will be ordained (Arch) bishop at St. Peter’s on 9th October. He has already started work at the Dicastery for Religious, and I ask for prayers for Fr. Joe for this important ministry.


v  Fr. Gabriel Maguire and Ms. Clare Daly have agreed to take over the running of Redemptorist Missionary Action. (RMA). Fr. Gabby was in fact one of the founders of this outreach to our overseas mission. If you can support it, please do.


v  The Province Directory will soon be available to all, courtesy of Fr Gabby.


v  Fr. Terry Creech is now fully recovered, and continues his work with the added title of Honorary Chaplain to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.


v  Fr. Barrie O’Toole will move to Bishop Eton in the next few weeks. With Bishop Ralph moving to Gibraltar and Fr. Charlie being in Clapham, his presence will be deeply appreciated in Liverpool. I thank Fr Barrie for all the work he has done over the years in the John Paul Centre, and wish him many blessings in his new community.


v  Vocations. Our Novices in Toronto remain focused and well. A recent photo of the group can be found on the Web Site. (www.redemptorists.co.uk)  We have a few men interested in joining the Congregation, and Fr. Desmond is arranging another ‘Come and See’ weekend. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone who is interested, seems to be suitable for our life.


This month the Councils of Dublin, London and St. Clements meet in Ireland to continue our discussions on areas of common interest. Our present focus is on the Clapham Project (now renamed the Clapham Community) and Formation. However, our discussions also cover apostolate and other areas. In the middle of the month, I will be preaching a Mission in Bratislava as part of a team from several Provinces in Europe who are involved in the City wide Mission. Toward the end of the month the European Provincials gather in Trois Epis for the ‘Conference of Europe’ meeting.


The visit of the Holy Father to these Isles seems to have been an enormous success, as attested by the confreres who attended some of the gatherings, and also the public.


One birthday - Fr. Michael Creech on 18th. With best wishes for the Feast of St. Gerard.


In Christ the Redeemer,



Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior


Venerable Margaret Sinclair and Edinburgh

Each year many followers of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair (Sotland's only candidate for canonisation) come to Edinburgh to show their devotion and love; this year was no different.

Bus loads of people from many parts of Scotand gathered for the afternoon of pilgrimage.ven margaret sinclair 3

Her holy life was celebrated and prayers offered in abundance.ven margaret sinclair 4

Cardinal O'Brien, Sr Patricia and Bishop Cunningham offer their prayers

at Margaret's tomb.

It seems fitting that the Redemptorists are currently known as

"Guardians of the Shrine"

as it was a Redemptorist Father who 'saved' her vocation the night she

entered the Poor Clare Convent in London! 

Venerable Margaret Sincair - Pray for Us!

The First Minister and the Papal Visit.

Here is a clip of the First Minister speaking
of the Catholic Church, on the occasion of
the blessing of the Scottish Youth Cross
and the official welcome of the Pope to Scotland.
You will see a familiar face,
(our Fr Kieran Brady C.Ss.R.from St. Patrick's)
and then a shot of some of St Pats
young people bringing the cross up the hill.
Then at the end a nice shot of both Lillian and Sarah
from St Pat's Seekers Group.

youth cross edin 3

St Vincent de Paul Parish

Golden Jubilee of Church 1960-2010

 Redemptorist Parish Mission

18th September – 24th September 2010


Building on the success of the inspirational Papal Visit to Scotland, Fr. Gerry Hill of St Vincent de Paul parish invited the Redemptorists to lead a Parish Mission in Thornliebank leading up to the feast of St. Vincent de Paul on Monday 27th September. This week of Renewal was also part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Church.

As well as an early morning Mass and a reflection given at a later Mass, there was a Mission service each evening covering a different aspect of faith and life. The people were especially touched by a service of Healing on Monday evening which proved a gentle reflective time for a packed church.

The family celebration of Wednesday attracted a large congregation of young and old. Both St Vincent’s and Our lady of the Missions Schools were also involved in this Mission event with masses being celebrated for both school communities. The excellent choir of Our Lady of the Missions sang part of their “St. Ninian Cantata” which they proudly performed at the Papal mass at belahouston park. Some of the families attending the event said it was a great boost to their faith coming on the back of the Pope’s Mass. Each family was blessed at the end of the night with the Blessed Sacrament, and reminded that we are all called to witness to a broken world through the grace of our Baptism.

mission_6The parish event has been lead by two Redemptorist Fathers. Fr Thomas MacCarte CSsR who is based in the Redemptorist Monastery, Retreat and Spirituality centre in Perth. Many parish groups can also spend a few reflective days retreat there. Fr. Kieran Brady CSsR is based in St. Patrick’s church on the Cowgate in Edinburgh, the home of the National Shrine of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair. In fact Fr Kieran began this Mission just after a National pilgrimage to the Shrine attracting people from all over the UK. 

A Mission is a special time of Renewal for the whole parish. St Vincent’s and associated schools certainly feel they have been given a spiritual boost by the occasion. Other parishes are also preparing for this celebration of faith, Fr Kieran said the Redemptorist team were now heading to St Quivox in Prestwick to organise an event in November.

If you would like information on parish missions or becoming a ‘friend of Margaret Sinclair’ contact Fr. Kieran Brady CSsR, St Patricks Church, South Grays Close, Edinburgh. If you would like to find out about the work of the Redemptorist retreat centre or to book a few quiet days, contact St Mary’s, Hatton Road, Perth.  


Blessed Cardinal Newman

Pray for us


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


See what is happening in this front here

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.



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




Here is the English, Scottish and Zimbabwean backdrop

Redemptorist Youth Ministry

as they introduce their group to the International gathering in Lviv



One of our group reads a prayer.




Behold our group from the London Province.

You did us proud!

If you want to know more contact Paul 


16th - 19th September 2010


The Redemptorists of the London Province


His Holiness

Pope Benedict XVI

during his Papal Visit to the UK.


Our Prayers go with the Holy Father.

The Edinburgh Community celebrate the

Cardinal's 25 years as a bishop



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!

Latest letter from Fr Provincial...



30th August, 2010


Dear confreres and friends,


This month brought the great news of the appointment of Fr. Joseph Tobin as Secretary of the Congregation of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The post is a senior one in the Curia and is a great honour for our Congregation. As you know, Fr. Tobin has considerable language skills, as well as huge experience of Religious Life having been a member of the General Government for 18 years, 12 of which were spent as our Superior General. He has also been the Vice President of the Union of Superiors General. The date and place of his ordination as (Arch)bishop have not been announced. I have assured Fr. Tobin of the prayers and best wishes of all in the Province.


Other news this month. Fr. Terry Creech has recovered from his illness and is back in Lourdes. Recently he was given a prestigious award from the Canons of the Chapter there, in recognition of his service to the pilgrims who visit the Shrine. We offer Fr. Terry our congratulations.


Fr. Winfried Pauly from the St. Clement’s Province has taken up residence in Clapham and is at present working with the Ace of Clubs. We welcome Fr. Winfried to the Province. Fr. Winfield spent three weeks in Kinnoull in July, and was very much at home with all of us.


Fr. Brian Russell has assumed the position of Chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Sunderland, and again, we offer Fr. Brian our prayerful support in this new role of service.


The three Novices appear to be well settled in Toronto. We have a few young men who are interested in our life and have been in contact with Fr. Desmond. This weekend one is in Bishop Eton and two of them are visiting Kinnoull. Fr. Desmond has been under pressure from the illness of his mother in recent weeks. Please keep Mrs. Keegan in your prayers.


Fr. Jim McManus and Ms. Marie Hogg will represent the Province at the European Colloquium on Missions. Fr. Desmond who is a member of the European Colloquium Commission, will also be there and Fr. Dominic O’Toole is going as notary.


Next month the Preparatory Commission for the Provincial Chapter will send out the first ballot papers for the election of the Provincial Superior and also for the Chapter. I therefore ask anyone who is eligible and who wishes to renounce their passive vote in either case, to kindly make this known to me within two weeks.



 Birthdays this month: Fr. James Corrigan 3rd, Fr. Jack Clancy 4th, Br. Michael Duxbury 5th, Fr. Frank Allinson 8th, Fr. Winfried Pauly 13th, Fr. Tim Buckley 19th and Fr. Kevin McEwan 28th. Fr. John Trenchard will also celebrate his birthday on 19th.We again wish Fr. John every blessing as he begins his new ministry in Derby, and I ask your prayers for Fr. Charlie Corrigan and the Clapham community in these days.


On 4th September Fr. Brian Russell  and Fr. Gerry Mulligan (and Fr. Sean Wales) celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their Profession. And on 29th September Brother Cajetan will celebrate 60 years of Religious Profession. Our prayers and congratulations go to these four confreres.


Fr. Maurice O’Mahony will represent the Province at the meeting which the Holy Father has with Religious at Twickenham. I’m sure that other confreres will encounter Pope Benedict either at one of the venues or through the media. Let’s pray that the visit is a blessed time for the people of this Island.


In Christ the Redeemer,


Fr Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

September 11, 2010

 Place, Date and Time set for

Archbishop-elect Tobin’s episcopal ordination.




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.





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"




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.


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! 

29th July, 2010


Dear Confreres and Friends,


I hope that this letter arrives in time to wish you all the best for the Feast of St. Alphonsus. Let’s pray that he will continue to inspire our Province with apostolic zeal and a true love for the Lord.


On Saturday, Fr. Maurice and I head off to Zimbabwe. We will conduct a Visitation there and also participate in the First and Final Vows celebrations of those I named in my June letter. We shall also attend the Diaconate Ordination of two confreres. Please note that of these being Perpetually Professed, Francis and David are being professed as Brothers in the Congregation. Isaac and Victor, who are preparing for the priesthood, will receive Diaconate Ordination at the hands of Archbishop Kocheri, the Nuncio, who is friend of the Redemptorists and who also has two cousins who are members of the Bangalore Province. I am pleased to let you know that the priestly ordinations of Joseph and Caspar took place on 24th July in Harare with great joy.


Also on the formation front, I am happy to inform you that Gerry, Peter and Charles arrived safely in Toronto yesterday, and were each given a one year visa at the border control. Please keep them in your prayers as they discern their future in terms of our vowed life.


The ordination of Bishop Ralph in Gibraltar was a wonderful event, and I was privileged to present his Episcopal ring as a gift from the Province. There was a marvellous representation of confreres, friends and parishioners from various parts of the UK present. The hospitality we received was tremendous. Bishop Ralph continues to count on your prayers as he now takes up the huge task of governing and pastorally leading his Diocese.


We are most grateful to Fr. Richard Reid for the time and energy he has put into this project. Our hope is that this initiative will be the springboard for an innovative way of contacting people. It means that the communities will have to make contact with Fr.Richard on a regular basis, so that the site remains current and interesting. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


On the 9th August the International Youth Gathering will take place in Lviv. Mrs Roisin McKnight (Coll) and Fr Dominic O’Toole will lead our youth group. The group has worked hard during this year, fundraising; and already two members have gone to the Ukraine as part of the preparation team. We pray that this gathering will be a great success and thank the 18 members who form our London Province delegation there.


While Fr Maurice and I are in Zimbabwe, Fr Gerry will be in Kinnoull. I return on 11th and will be here throughout August, preaching a retreat to priests and Religious and being engaged in various meetings of the Provincial government.



Birthdays this month: Frs Ben Ahearn and Jim McManus 1st, Maurice O’Mahony 9th, Andrew Burns 13th, Kieran Brady 17th, myself 21st and Jan Milcz on 29th. Congratulations to all.


I hope that confreres are able to get some time of holiday in these months.


With best wishes,


In Christ the Redeemer,


 Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior



Recommended reading. Well, this is the month of August, and so I recommend light reading. The first, “Our Iceberg is Melting”, is a wonderful little book about facing the challenge of change (and the dangers of not dealing with it) by John Kotter, Professor from the Harvard Business School. If you want light reading, I can recommend the trilogy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – but that will take you into September, since the books are long!


As we prepare for the Beatification of John Henry Newman, here is my final Newman contribution for the year – sent to me by Sr. Bernadette, O.SS.R. I will update you on the situation in Gilmoss in my next letter.



Marian Prayer of Cardinal Newman 

O Mother of Jesus, and my Mother, let me dwell with you, cling to you and love you with ever-increasing love. I promise the honour, love and trust of a child. Give me a mother's protection, for I need your watchful care. You know better than any other the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart. Keep constantly before my mind the same thoughts, the same desires, that my heart may be filled with zeal for the interests of the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son. Instill in me a love of all that is noble, that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.

Help me, dearest Mother, to acquire the virtues that God wants of me: to forget myself always, to work solely for him, without fear of sacrifice. I shall always rely on your help to be what Jesus wants me to be. I am his; I am yours, my good Mother! Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing until my last evening on earth, when your Immaculate Heart will present me to the Heart of Jesus in heaven, there to love and bless you and your divine Son for all eternity.




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!