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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Zimbabwe and Fr Denis McBride...

Fr Denis McBride, after a visit to Zimbabwe made this reflection which was published on his website, denismcbride.com - thank you Fr Denis for sharing!

They are a formidable group of men, the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe, and I had the privilege of offering a retreat to all the professed of the Region. They were warm, welcoming and really good company. We have 7 priests, 5 brothers, 2 deacons, 6 professed students, 2 novices, 4 unprofessed students, and 6 postulants – making 32 in all, the average age being around thirty.

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They are a young vibrant group, bringing enormous talent and commitment to their varied work. They are led by Fr William Guri, CSsR, the Regional superior, Bro Benjamin Posvo, CSsR, the rector of the formation community, and Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa, CSsR, in overall charge of formation. These three, together with Fr Ronnie McAinsh, CSsR, our provincial, were the pioneers of today’s Region, although the Redemptorists from the London Province have served there for some fifty years.

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Formation: Alphonsus House, Tafara The houses of formation are set in a large compound in Tafara, on the outskirts of the capital city, Harare. Fr Raymond is assisted by Fr Joseph Musendami, CSsR, who is in charge of the six postulants. The original chapel was burnt down and is now replaced by a new building, which is simple and elegant, decorated by stunning paintings by the Jesuit artist, Fr Tony Berridge, who has now sadly died. You can catch something of the chapel’s beauty from the pictures, and see some of the formation community smiling bravely!

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Parishes The Redemptorists looks after two flourishing parishes in Tafara and Mabvuku, townships on the outskirts of Zimbabwe. The parishes are divided up into small Christian communities, with their own section leaders, who would liaise with the parish priests about the pastoral needs of their sections. The sections would meet regularly and have their own Masses. Lay participation is high, and the singing and the drums and the movement at Mass are wonderful to witness.

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We also run St Gerard’s parish in Borrowdale and St Augustine’s in Hatcliffe, with Nazareth House as an outstation. St Gerard’s is probably the most influential parish in Harare, attended by many government ministers and their families – so the content of the homilies are particularly noted by men with ear-pieces rather than earrings.

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The Mavambo Trust

The name Mavambo means Genesis, standing for a new start. Brother Benjamin CSsR is the director of the Mavambo Trust, originally founded to educate children 8-11 who have missed out on school, usually because they have no birth certificate and who cannot, therefore, register at government schools, or because they are too poor to pay the fees. The kids are often single or double orphans because of the HIV/AIDS crisis and are raised by their grandparents. About 70% of them are accepted into the regular schools after only one year with the Trust, which is a measure of the quality of the teaching. Bro Benji has the help of two sisters, Kathi and Mike; Danny is his assistant director; Lamech is in charge of social services and outreach, and there are over a hundred volunteers. The trust also feeds over 300 children a day during the school terms. If anyone reading this would like to make a donation, please e-mail Bro Benji – 

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Caritas Harare

Brother Francis Marimbe CSsR is the development coordinator for Caritas Harare, the social development arm of the archdiocese of Harare. 83% of the population live on less than $2 a day, so there are many pressing needs to meet. Caritas in emergency relief with regular projects in vulnerable group feeding, including hospitals and prisons and schools; developing skills for unemployed young people; HIV support; gender issues; water and sanitation; seed and fertiliser support; reaching out to squatter communities. Br Francis is supported by a committed staff of over thirty people, including experts in conservation farming techniques, nursing, and social workers.

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The name means “the time the elephant goes to wash”, signalling a new dawn, a fresh beginning. Two Redemptorist brothers work in this project, Tendai and Tendayi, which includes child protection, child counselling, HIV awareness, and unemployment issues. 85% of the people are in “informal employment”, since the opportunities for full-time employment is very low. With HIV still a destructive issue in family life, the two brothers devote themselves to promoting HIV awareness, which they do not only in public places like churches but also in beer halls.

Redemptorist Book Shop We used to run the bookshop at the Cathedral, but the bishops’ conference wanted the space, so we had to find an alternative place. Fr Mark Chandavengerwa, C.Ss.R. runs the bookshop with two lay assistants and he can be seen in the photograph with Br David Nyammuronda, C.Ss.R. who very patiently took me on a walk around Harare. Br David will be starting soon at the Mavambo Trust, probably to teach the children there.

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The Redemptorist Region has an impressive variety of works carried out by an impressive group of men, I thank them for their warm hospitality and good humour, and wish them every success in all their living and study and work.

Fr. Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Feast Day of Blessed Methodius Trcka C.Ss.R...

 

 

Lord our God,

you gave to Blessed Methodius your priest and martyr

outstanding bravery in the face of trials and torture.

With the help of his prayers,

may we remain faithful to the Gospel of truth

and come with him to contemplate your face for all eternity.

We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God for ever and ever.

The London Riots are over...

The riots are over and people are getting back to normal! Clapham was the scene of some distressing activity and the people and our community were under some stress at the time. 

We are glad to report that all is well there in Clapham now.

Look what was found in a National Newspaper...

 

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We could not agree more!

World Youth Day...

 

The Final Mass with the Youth of the World!

 

 

Announcing the next World Youth Day's location...

 

 

We hope to share with you the experiences of one of our "Young People"

- Br Gerard Carroll who has been there witnessing this great event!

Pope Benedict and the World's Youth...

 

"Your strength is stronger that the rain!"

 

Pope Benedict and World Youth Day...

 

 

"Let no one take away your peace, don't be ashamed of Christ."

 

 

 

Prioress visits the O.Ss.R., in England...

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The Prioress from the Dublin monastery of St. Alphonsus visited the Redemptoristine nuns in Liverpool.

The sisters now belong to the Dublin monastery, but will remain in England, in Nazareth House in Crosby, Liverpool.

Sr. Gabrielle said that she was delighted to see the sisters and to know that they are keeping so well and enjoying life as much as ever!

 

Pray for good vocations for the nuns and ourselves!

 

If you think you have or there is somebody else who you think has a vocation to the Redemptoristines or the Redemptorists click on the button above that says,

"Vocations".

Scotland's Newest Bishop...

bishop gilbertOur Congratulations go to Bishop Hugh Gilbert O.S.B., who was ordained as Bishop of Aberdeen yesterday.

Father Provincial, accompanied by one of our newly professed Redemptorist students, Brother Peter Morris, attended the Episcopal ordination of Bishop Hugh Gilbert at Aberdeen Cathedral on 15th August.

Fr. McAinsh (the Provincial) was there in an official capacity, and Br. Peter attended as a member of the Aberdeen Diocese.

 

Interesting fact:

A Redemptorist was the Bishop of Aberdeen in 1890, dying in office in 1898!

Bishop Hugh McDonald C.Ss.R. 

Celebrating a Diamond Jubilee...!

60 years ago today (15th August) Fr Francis Dickinson C.Ss.R., knelt in the monastery chapel in Scotland and took his vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience! With his Vow and Oath of Perseverance Fr Dickinson reaches today with as much energy, enthusiasm and passion for the Gospel!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Vivat in Aeternum!

O.Ss.R., Solemn Profession...

Our congratulations go to Sr. Maura O.Ss.R., of our Redemptoristine Monastery in Dublin who recently made her Solemn Profession!

Sr Maura was joined for this historic event by her community, her mother, family, cousins and parishioners.  

Sr Gabrielle, the Prioress received Sr Maura’s vows, witnessed by Sr Elizabeth Cotter, Vicar for Religious and delegate for the Archbishop.  

Fr Michael Kelleher, C.Ss.R, Provincial of the Redemptorists in Ireland was chief celebrant.  He was joined by Bishop Jim Moriarty and concelebrants.  The deacon was Br Derek Ryan, C.SsR.

The presentation of the insignia of Religious Profession :  

The Ring and the Holy Redeemer medal.  

The Ring:  Put on Sr Maura’s finger so that God’s blessing for kindness, justice, wisdom, charity, holiness, humility, goodness, meekness and  the fullness of love will be with her, and that she may live in obedience to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Medal :  The image of the Most Holy Redeemer is received as a reminder of her participation in the infinite love which, from all eternity, unites the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Congratulations Sr Maura O.Ss.R.