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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

The Chapter is over...

The chapter met from the 11th to the 14th of June in Hawkstone Hall. 

The group has 608 years of religious service and dedication.

The youngest member is 26 years old, while the most senior member is 79 years old;

making the average age of the group 56 years old.

 

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From top left, down and round to top right:

Fr Barrie O'Toole C.Ss.R. - Liverpool community

Sr Raymuda Jordan OP - Chapter Faciltator

Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. - Chawton community

Br Michael Duxbury C.Ss.R. - Middlesbrough community

Fr Desmond Keegan C.Ss.R. - Edinburgh community

Fr Gerard Mulligan C.Ss.R. - Perth community

Fr William Guri C.Ss.R. - Regional Superior, Zimbabwe

Fr Charles Corrigan C.Ss.R. - Clapham community

Br Peter Morris C.Ss.R. - Clapham community

Br Lovemore Jim C.Ss.R. - Tafara community, Zimbabwe

Fr Richard Reid C.Ss.R. - Liverpool community

Br Benjamin Posvo C.Ss.R. - Tafara community Zimbabwe

Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R. - Middlesbrough community

Br Gift Mubaiwa C.Ss.R. - Tafara community Zimbabwe

Fr Maurice O'Mahony C.Ss.R. - Hawkstone community

Fr Kevin Callaghan C.Ss.R. - Hawkstone community

Fr James McManus C.Ss.R. - Clapham community

Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa C.Ss.R. - Tafara community Zimbabwe

Fr Timothy Buckley C.Ss.R. - Liverpool community 

Fr Ronald McAinsh C.Ss.R. - Provincial Superior, Perth community

Next Session of our Provincial Chapter...

The next session of our Provincial Chapter will gather in Hawkstone Hall on Sunday 10th June.

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In a recent letter to the Capitulars, the Provincial said,

The Abbey's Pugin Display...

Erdington Abbey recently had a Pugin display as part of the Pugin trail in Birmingham; and it was very successful indeed! As someone on the National Committee said, 

 

"On behalf of the (national) Pugin Society committee, I would like to thank

you for agreeing to put on the exhibition - we have been encouraging sites

around UK with Pugin holdings to share (some of) what they have with the

public in this, his bicentenary year and, from the feedback we're getting,

the public seem very appreciative, and quite amazed by Pugin's history and

his contribution to all sorts of walks of life."

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Thanks to the Rector, Fr Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R., for drawing our attention to this. 

Any questions or queries, go to the Erdington Abbey web site.

Have a look below to see some of the works...

 

Moving to Luxembourg...

A new adventure — Fr Ed Hone C.Ss.R., writes:

In the Autumn, I’m moving to Luxembourg to join the inter-Provincial Redemptorist community there. I will become the parish priest for the English-speaking community, taking over from Eamonn Breslin CSsR of the Dublin Province, who is retiring back to Ireland. This move, which has been agreed between the Provinces of London, Dublin and Strasbourg, and the Region of Europe, is part of a wider initiative on inter-Provincial communities.

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Corpus Christi...

 

Visit the International Eucharistic Congress' site, being held in Dublin right now.

 

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Enjoy this meditation written by St Alphonsus himself...

 

 

Meditation, wherever it is made,

pleases God.

But it seems that Jesus

especially delights in prayer

made before the Blessed Sacrament.

Did he not leave himself for us

in this sacrament

to be food for our spirit,

and to be present

for all who seek him?

Your Journey to Peace - 100 Days...

Today the 100 days of prayer begins! The Director of Redemptorist Publications has written a piece to help us understand the importance of this event. To read Fr Denis' homily on the Journey to Peace, press here. To get a hold of this attractive prayer book, press here.

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2nd June, 2012
  
Dear Confreres and friends,
 
This month as we begin the holiday season, my letter will be shorter. June has traditionally been the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition, and in more devotional days, we Redemptorists also celebrated our ‘special’ feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. And whilst the days of devotion have passed, the central tenet of our charism, namely a focus around the mystery of the Incarnation, remains the centre and the basis of much of our theological approach to life and ministry.
 
As indicated in the previous paragraph, the ways of expressing our relationship with God in Jesus change in every age, and this will be one of the challenges which the second session of the Provincial Chapter faces. How do we respond appropriately to the age and the millennium in which we live and work, given our numbers and age profile? And how can we do this, not with futility, but with theological hope?
 
On behalf of the Preparatory Commission for the Chapter, I have sent out to the Capitulars, the agenda for discussion:
 
·              The revision of the Statutes, which has been an ongoing work in the communities.
·        A more detailed examination of the Government Statutes on the composition of the Provincial Chapter and the Province's method of electing the Provincial Superior and his Ordinary Council.
·             Further investigation into the area of restructuring, in terms of links with other Units.
·          The drawing up of a new Province Plan, since the mandate of the present one is coming to an end.  We think that this latter work will be perhaps the most challenging work for this session. The EPC has already done considerable work in this area and the fruits of that work will be shared.
 
I ask you once more to pray for the Chapter that the members may make wise and informed decisions for the future of the Province and our apostolic life.
 
At our recent OPC meeting it was decided to appoint Fr. Brian Russell to the Bishop Eton community. As you may know, the Little Sisters of the Poor are withdrawing from their Residence in Sunderland and Fr. Brian has indicated a preference to move to Liverpool. Fr. Gerry Mulligan will drive Fr. Brian there next weekend. We thank Fr. Brian for the great work he did as chaplain, and the Little Sisters for their kind support.
 
Fr. Ed Hone has been  appointed  to the  Inter Provincial  community in Strasbourg,  with special responsibility for the English speaking parish.  Fr. Ed has already visited the Community, and will take up his post at the end of the summer when he completes his doctorate. We wish both confreres every blessing in their new environment.
 
The confreres in Zimbabwe, following their own discernment and also the visits of the Provincial Government and the General Government, are actively working on a new rural foundation, and details of this will be made available shortly, together with information from Fr. Guri about forthcoming Professions and admissions to the Novitiate.
 
Birthdays this month: 2nd Fr. Ed Hone and 18th Fr. Tom Molloy.
 
In Christ the Redeemer,
 
Rev. Fr. Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.
Provincial Superior

 

Her Majesty the Queen... 60 years...

The Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers

raise their voices in prayer

for Her Majesty the Queen,

celebrating 60 years on the throne. 

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Vivat!

C.Ss.R. Virtue for June...

Click here to find out

 

Across the Pond...

 

Fr. Denis McBride shares with us...

"I was invited to lead a five-day reflection for the Redemptorist students of the American region, at San Alfonso Retreat House in New Jersey. The region consists of Canada, the two provinces in the USA, the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, and the extra patriam group of Vietnamese Redemptorists. It was like a United Nations, and we were joined by C.Ss.R. students from Haiti.

The Redemptorist retreat house is on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, so it is a stunning place to have any meeting. The lawns go down to the rocks, that break up the Atlantic surf.

There were 57 participants, including the formators and the regional coordinator, the ever-cheerful Fr Jack Kingsbury. I did some reflections on Jesus and discipleship, and the mood was good-humoured and relaxed. During the conference three students received the habit prior to their novitiate.

As you can see from the pictures, there was time for volleyball and football on the lawn, and time for relaxing together. It was a marvellous time to grow in a sense of belonging to a truly international group of dedicated men, although I must confess I felt like a bit of an antique surrounded by the youthfulness and vigour of the conference."

 

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