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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Fr Provincial writes October 2016...


30th September 2016

Dear Confreres and friends,


Once again it has been an eventful month. For us north of the border, the reopening of Kinnoull took place at the beginning of September with a workshop on Mercy being given by Fr. Jim McManus and Ms. Marie Hogg to a full house of 33 people. This was followed by a weekend retreat given by Fr. Peter Morris to a similar number of ladies from the West of Scotland.


In the days before, two of our students, Brs Mike and Royston, had worked diligently with our house staff; and all of us were involved in sourcing furniture, arranging blinds for over 50 rooms including all the public rooms, and trying to settle in. 


Fr. Gerry Mulligan and I eventually managed to vacate the Dundee house on Friday, 15th September and be in Kinnoull to welcome the many confreres who came to the Province gathering. I reiterate my gratitude to Fr. Rui Santiago who came from Portugal and gave us input on new ways of working and ministering with the laity, and also offering a template for a new mindset in terms of mission and ministry. I am also grateful for the many positive comments that the confreres made about the refurbished Kinnoull.

Upcoming Mission in Yardley Wood


Click on the image below for the full mission schedule


Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR 26th Sept...

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Almighty and eternal God,

you gave Blessed Kaspar the grace to announce the faith

with joy and to dedicate himself to the formation of candidates to the priesthood.

Grant through his intercession that we may follow his example

and cooperate with the divine Redeemer in word and in deed.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son,

who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.



Learn more about our dear confrere, Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR

Frs Mulligan & Russell CSsR - 100 years of Priesthood...

On this day, 24th September 1966,

Fr Gerard Mulligan CSsR and Fr Brian Russell CSsR

were ordained to the Priesthood

in St Benet's Sunderland.

They have both ministered around the world, but especially in the UK

for the for past 50 years - making 100 years of Priesthood.

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As a Province we offer them our sincere gratitude and appreciation.

As a Church we have twe more men to look up to!

Ad multos annos!

Vivant in aeternum!

Confreres CSsR at Kinnoull Monastery...

The Confreres gathered in St. Mary's Monastery, Kinnoull, Perth (Scotland)

to view and experience the NEW monastery, built in 1860! 

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There was plenty of time to relax and pray together!

Every confrere expressed great satisfaction concerning the NEW Kinnoull!

See the pics below!...

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The "New" Kinnoull Monastery CSsR...

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Please pray for the Redemptorists of the London Province

who are meeting in the NEW Kinnoull monastery!

Great work has been carried out inside the monastery

and the monastery is now completely refurbished.

This is the first major work undertaken in the monastery since it was built in the 1860s!

Photographs will follow!...

Zimbabwe's newest CSsR Priest...

Fr Brian Manyenga CSsR

was ordained a priest

recently by his Grace Archbishop Robert Ndlovu,

the Archbishop of Harare.

See the pictures below!

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Fr Brian Manyenga holding the host during his first mass, the day after his Priestly Ordination.

Memorial of Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa, O.Ss.R., September 11, 2016...

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It was a great joy for us to witness the Beatification of Mother Maria Celeste Crostarosa in Foggia on June 18, 2016. At that celebration, it was announced that her Memorial would be celebrated each year on September 11.This year, the Memorial occurs on the 24 Sunday of Ordinary Time. Of course, the celebration of the Sunday liturgy takes precedence over the Memorial of Blessed Maria Celeste! However, I encourage you to remember Mother Celeste and the Redemptoristines in a petition of the Prayer of the Faithful, and perhaps with a reference at the beginning of the Eucharist or in the Homily.

beata celeste ossr6The Liturgical Texts for future celebrations of her Memorial have been prepared and approved in Latin and Italian. The translations in other languages are presently being prepared for approval by the Congregation for Divine Worship. I expect that these will be available before the liturgical celebration of her Memorial on September 11, 2017! When they are ready, they will be sent to every Redemptoristine Monastery and Redemptorist Unit.

In communion with the Sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, let us joyfully celebrate Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa! We thank God for the witness of her life, for her vocation as Foundress of the Redemptoristines, and for her important role in the foundation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. We ask her intercession for the ongoing fidelity of all called to this missionary vocation – and especially for her Sisters, sent as communities to be “Viva memoria” of the Redeemer.

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Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.

Superior General

St Alphonsus and St John Paul II...

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What one saint thought of another saint!

Quite a compliment!

Courses at Kinnoull Monastery CSsR...

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God bless St Mary's Monastery and all who go there!

Kinnoull Monastery back in our hands CSsR...


The Handover day of the newly refurbished monastery in Perth Scotland

happened yesterday. kinnoull cssr handover

Fr Provincial CSsR Letter for the month of August...


26th August, 2016

Dear confreres and friends,


This month of September presents us with the opportunity to gather together in Kinnoull for a short seminar on preaching popular missions with lay apostles as co-workers. It will be led by Fr. Rui Santiago of the Province of Lisbon and who is the Vicar Provincial and also principal missioner. As indicated previously, this time together will also give members of the Province the opportunity to see the newly refurbished monastery at Kinnoull. We hope that it will be a relaxing time together. If you have not already responded to the invitation of the Rector, may you please contact Fr. Gerry Mulligan. We gather on the evening of 19th September and depart on the morning of 22nd.


These weeks have been quite trying in terms of the logistics of moving back to Kinnoull. Due to a serious lack of painters in Scotland and other professional skilled people the delay in taking possession of the building has continued. We will now take possession of Kinnoull today, 26th August. From 5th September Fr. Jim McManus will conduct our first workshop which is a full house! Father Peter Morris will also join the community on that day.

CSsR Professions 15th August 2016 

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On Monday the 15th August 2016 at the noon Mass at Bishop Eton Liverpool, Brothers Royston Price and Michael Taylor made their religious profession.

They were surrounded by their confreres, family, friends and parishioners of Bishop Eton.

Fr Charles Corrigan C.Ss.R, the Prefect of Students was the main celebrant and "received the vows".

After the signing of the Vow Formula, Royston and Mike were presented with copies of theConstitutions and Statutes and each received a Profession Cross.





CSsR Professions Aug 2016 - Fr Provincial's Homily

The Homily preached by Fr Provincial CSsR, Fr Ronald McAinsh



For the last two weeks I have been working in Paris at a symposium with 68 Sisters who are working in Religious formation. The Congregation is in 66 countries rather like the Redemptorists who are present in 70 and are still attracting vocations, mainly in Africa, Asia and South America.

I think that what struck me most of all was that the challenges for those doing the training, Postulant Masters, Novice Masters and Junior Masters or as we call them Prefects of Students, were fairly common - although the manifestation of them in the West and in the East are quite different; and of course one has to take into the of consideration age differences. No longer do people join the legislation at 17, 18 or 19. 

Making a Novena to St Dr Alphonsus Maria de'Liguori...

alfonso12About St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori...

This beloved Italian saint was born in Naples, Italy, in 1696. Known for his piety even as a child, Alphonsus had many gifts and talents.

He became a lawyer before reaching age 20, composed music and painted, drew large crowds with his preaching, and wrote more than 100 books. He was a brilliant theologian, yet he had a special gift for teaching the faith in a way even the simplest people could understand.

As a young priest, he was deeply distressed by the conditions of the rural poor, who had few opportunities to learn the faith or have their spiritual and material needs met. In response, in 1732 he formed the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer—the Redemptorists—and intensified his life of preaching to and serving those in need.

Profoundly devoted to the Blessed Mother, St. Alphonsus died at age 91, after spending the night in prayer to Mary.

He was canonized a saint in 1839 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1871. St. Alphonsus is the patron saint of confessors, moral theologians, and those who suffer from arthritis—a condition that caused him great pain and left him confined to a wheelchair later in life.

The Congregation he formed now numbers about 5,500 priests and brothers who serve the poor and abandoned in 82 countries throughout the world.

Redemptorists are known for their special devotion to the crib of Bethlehem; the cross of Calvary; Mary, the Mother of God; and the Eucharist.

Day One

“He who prays is certain to be saved, while he who prays not is certain to be damned. All the saints were saved and came to be saints by praying; all the accursed souls in hell were lost through neglect of prayer.”
—St. Alphonsus

Novena Prayer

Glorious St. Alphonsus, bishop and doctor of the Church, devoted servant of our Lord and loving child of Mary, I invoke you as a saint in heaven. I give myself to your protection that you may always be my protector and my guide in the way of holiness and salvation.

Aid me in observing the duties of my state of life. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life after your own example.

Great lover of the Blessed Sacrament and the Passion of Jesus Christ, teach me to love Holy Mass and Holy Communion as the source of grace and holiness. Give me a tender devotion to the Passion of my Redeemer.

Promoter of the truth of Christ, through your preaching and writing, give me a greater knowledge and appreciation of the divine truths.

Gentle father of the poor and sinners, help me to imitate your charity toward others in word and deed.

Consoler of the suffering, help me to bear my daily cross patiently in imitation of your own patience in your long and painful illness and to resign myself to the will of God.

Good Shepherd of the flock of Christ, obtain for me the grace of being a true child of Holy Mother Church.

St. Alphonsus, I humbly implore your powerful intercession for obtaining from the heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I recommend to you in particular this favor: (mention your request).

I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted through your intercession for me at the throne of God.

St. Alphonsus, pray for me and for those I love. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon us in our needs. May we experience the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.

Heavenly Father, You continually build up Your Church by the lives of Your saints. Give us grace to follow St. Alphonsus in his loving concern for the salvation of people and so come to share his reward in heaven. Walking in the footsteps of this devoted servant of Yours, may we be consumed with zeal for souls and attain the reward he enjoys in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please pray for our Novices who make First Profession on the 15th...

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Br Roston Price, Fr Ray Douziech (Novice Master) and Br Michael Taylor

Your prayers are asked for our two novice brothers who are preparing to make their first profession on Monday 15th August. They have just finished the Noviciate in Canada where there were 8 novices in formation.

On Monday Br Michael and Br Royston will make the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

If any of you are around and can come to Bishop Eton Monastery L16 8NQ you will be most welcome. Nonetheless, where ever you are, please pray for these two men making this wonderful step in their Religious and Spiritual lives.


May the Lord enrich them in their poverty

May the Lord love them in their Chastity

May the Lord embolden them in their Obedience


Mother of Perpetual Succour,

Pray for them.

St Alphonsus 

Pray for them

All our CSsR Saints and Beati

Pray for them