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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Some news...

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SCRIPTURE SCHOOL—JANUARY 2011

HAWKSTONE HALL

Six participants who joined the Spring Renewal course for an introduction to

St. Matthew’s gospel and the book of Psalms given by

Fr. Ciaran O’Callaghan C.SS.R.

The participants were a religious sister, a lay man, three married women and priest.

 

Some news about some of our Brothers...

Prayers are asked for....

 

Br Glynn Blackman C.Ss.R.,  has moved from the community at Bishop Eton, Liverpool, to a nursing home where he will get all the comfort and attention he needs at this time of his life. Brother Glynn is in his 84th year! 

The Bishop Eton community and staff are to be thanked and recognised for all their commitment to Br. Glynn.

 

Br Malachy Kelly C.Ss.R.,  who normally is busy maintaining and developing the grounds at the monastery in Kinnoull, Perth, is currently not well. Brother Malachy is in his 86th year! 

 

Fr Joseph Musendami C.Ss.R., one of our young priests recently ordained in Zimbabwe, was involved in a road accident while on a trip to South Africa. Fr Joseph has had surgery and hopes to be back in Zimbabwe very soon.

 

Your prayers are a great comfort for all who are sick.

Benedict XVI urged consecrated men and women in the Church to be "assiduous listeners of the Word" as he offered Simeon and Anna as examples of lives "dedicated totally to the search for the face of God."

The Pope said this today (2nd February) during evening vespers in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the World Day of Consecrated Life, which is observed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Reflecting on the Gospel passage that recounts the entrance of the Child Jesus into the Temple, the Holy Father noted that only "two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, discovered the great novelty" of Christ's presence.

"Led by the Holy Spirit, they see in that Child the fulfillment of their long expectation and vigilance," the Pontiff said. "Both contemplate the light of God that comes to illumine the world, with their prophetic gaze open to the future, as proclamation of the Messiah: 'Lumen ad revelationem gentium (a light for revelation to the Gentiles)!'"

images"The evangelical icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple," he continued, "contains the essential symbol of light; the light that, coming from Christ, shines on Mary and Joseph, on Simeon and Anna and, through them, on everyone."

The Holy Father noted that the Fathers of the Church "linked this radiation to the spiritual journey," and he added that consecrated life "expresses this journey, in a special way as 'philocalia,' love of divine beauty, reflection of the goodness of God."

Benedict XVI said the evangelical icon also "manifests the prophecy, gift of the Holy Spirit." He explained: "Simeon and Anna, contemplating the Child Jesus, perceive his destiny of death and resurrection for the salvation of all peoples and proclaim this mystery as universal salvation. 

"Consecrated life is called to this prophetic witness, linked to its twofold attitude, contemplative and active. Given to consecrated men and women, in fact, is to manifest the primacy of God, passion for the Gospel practiced as a way of life and proclaimed to the poor and to the last of the earth."

"In this way," he added, "consecrated life, in its daily living on the paths of humanity, manifests the Gospel and the Kingdom already present and operative."

Finally, the Holy Father said that the evangelical icon of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple "manifests the wisdom of Simeon and Anna, the wisdom of a life dedicated totally to the search for the face of God, of his signs, of his will; a life dedicated to listening and to proclaiming his Word."

"Dear brothers and sisters," the Pope urged, "be assiduous listeners of the Word, because the wisdom of life is born from the Word of the Lord!"

News from our American confreres...

Mount St Alphonsus retreat centre will close next year. The site, which sits on the Hudson River has been functioning for 101 years - 75 years as our own seminary, and then as a retreat centre for 26 years.

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"Mount St. Alphonsus, which sits on several hundred acres on the west shore of the Hudson, will continue to conduct retreats and host weddings, conferences and receptions through the end of 2011, the Redemptorists said."

“The Redemptorists have been at Mount St. Alphonsus for more than 100 years, since it opened as our North American seminary,”  the Very Rev. Kevin Moley, provincial of the Baltimore Province, said in the e-mail. “Many of our confreres have wonderful memories of their years here, so the decision to close was not an easy one."

“We are grateful to have spent so many years in Esopus and to have served so many people through our retreats and conferences,” Moley added. “The Mount will always hold a special place in the heart of all Redemptorists in the Baltimore Province.”

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We know it must be very difficult for the confreres of the Baltimore Province to make this decision and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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On Saturday 29th January 2011 Bishop Eton held a fundraiser for the Mavambo Trust. The tombola was overflowing with donated items (aka unwanted Christmas presents). A good time was had by all.

The Movambo Trust is run by Brother Benjamin Posvo C.Ss.R and helps 20,000 vulnerable children in the Tafara and Mavuku Townships.

  

To see photos of the event please click here

 

An article on the trust can be found by clicking here

Virtue and Patron Saint for the month of February...

Go up to the "Preaching and Prayer" button on the main menu, when it opens you'll find a "Virtue" click on that and you'll find out more!

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Bishop Eton's Parish Magazine BE Alive has now been around for 10 years. To celebrate a beautiful full colour brochure containing articles from past issues has been produced. From next Sunday copies will go on sale. A minimum donation of £4.99 will be asked for, with all proceeds going to Project Zimbabwe. If anyone is interested in a copy then please contact Kris at the parish office.

Fr. Molloy C.Ss.R. meets the Pope...

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Few people can say that they casually bumped into the pope!

Well Fr Molloy did when he was at the Papal Mass in Bellahouston, Glasgow last September. 

He said, "I didn't say a word to him as I was totally transfixed by his smile! It was really something else."

We are glad this photo came into our possession recently. 

Do you know where this piece of art is...

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 Here is a wider picture which may help you...

 

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Is it getting any clearer? St. Alphonsus is the figure on the bottom on the right hand side.

 

The picture should make it all clearer...

 

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Here is a better picture....Westminster Cathedral.

St. Alphonsus' head is by the door way, under the bell tower.

Check it out the next time you go into the cathedral for prayer.

 

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Not bad for our Doctor of the Church!

A Hidden Mystic...

A new book has come out on the life and spirituality of the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa O.Ss.R.,

the Foundress of our Sisters, the Redemptoristines.

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The book is called "A Hidden Mystic" written by a Dominican Sister, Honor McCabe OP.

In the book she focuses on the mystical spirituality as found in the Venerable Maria Celeste's life.

It is published by Dominican Publications.

Sr. Gabrielle O.Ss.R., the Prioress of the Dublin Monastery asked Honor McCabe to write this book.

 

From the back cover it says:

"This book is a brief account of the life and spirituality of the foundress of the Redemptoristine Order - the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa, an eighteenth century Italian mystic -

who is still little known outside the Order she inspired.

The author, Honor McCabe OP, was impressed by the fact that much of Maria Celeste's mystical doctrine resembled the teaching on prayer of saints already Doctors of the Church,

Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena."

Up above us all...

For years Fr. MacCarte longed to go up in a fire engine to see for miles around... 

The fire brigade regularly come to our monastery in Scotland to practice there, so it was as simple as the secretary asking for Fr. MacCarte and here are the pictures!

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See Denver Province's Archive...

For those of you who are interested in Archive material, here is and an interesting YouTube presentation.

The Clapham Interprovincial Community...

The Provincial Councils from the Dublin, London and St. Clement's provinces met in Clapham to further discuss the establishment of an Interprovincial Community. 

More news will follow when the community appointments are made.

The Council from the Dublin Province were:

  • Fr Michael Kelleher C.Ss.R. - Provincial
  • Fr Brendan O'Rourke C.Ss.R. - Vicar Provincial
  • Fr Peter Burns C.Ss.R. - Consultor  

The Council from the London Province were:

  • Fr Ronald McAinsh C.Ss.R. - Provincial
  • Fr Gerard Mulligan C.Ss.R. - Vicar Provincial
  • Fr Maurice O'Mahony C.Ss.R. - Consultor 

and from the St. Clemens Province the Council were:

  • Fr Johannes Römelt C.Ss.R. - Provincial
  • Fr Henk Erinkveld C.Ss.R. - Vicar Provincial
  • Fr Jürgen Langer C.Ss.R. - Consultor

 A few snaps from the refectory...

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Three Wise Monk (ey) s...

 

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Here we have the three monkeys who are hearing no evil, speaking no evil and seeing no evil!

 

Here below we have three confreres from the Clapham in a similar position!

 

Fr. Michael McGreevy is getting used to his hearing aids - hear no evil!

Fr. Charles Corrigan has lost his voice - speak no evil!

Fr. Bev Ahearn has gone almost completely blind - see no evil!


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Thanks to the confreres for being good sports!

The Vatican announces

The Beatification of Pope John Paul II

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January 14, 2011.

 

Benedict XVI has announced the beatification of of Pope John Paul II. It will take place on May 1. The announcement comes after a miracle was unanimously approved by the Vatican's congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 

A French nun suffering from Parkinson's disease was suddenly cured after praying to the deceased John Paul II.  

 

 

Beatification is the final step before Sainthood and is expected to bring millions of pilgrims to Rome.

14th January - Feast Day

Blessed Peter Donders

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In many ways, Peter Donders was ahead of his time. He was the kind of person who could pull into action the resources of the state in order to support those most in need. This is exactly what he did on behalf of the Batavian lepers among whom he lived and worked.

 Peter was sent to Batavia in 1856. There he would spend most of the next 31 years.

When he arrived at the leper colony, Peter Donders had been ordained 15 years, but he was not as yet a Redemptorist. It was ten years later in 1866 that the Redemptorists first arrived to co-ordinate the mission in Surinam. Only then did Fr Donders and one of his fellow priests apply for admission to the congregation.

The two candidates made their novitiate under the Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Johan Baptist Winkels. 

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After his profession as a Redemptorist on June 24, 1867, Peter Donders returned promptly to Batavia.

Since he now had assistance in working among the lepers, he was able to reach out to the indigenous peoples of Surinam, a dream he had held for many a year. He continued in this work which was previously neglected because of a lack of manpower. He also began to learn the native languages and to instruct the local peoples in the Christian faith.
Fr Donders was born in Tilburg, Holland, on October 27, 1809. His parents were Arnold Denis Donders and Petronella van den Brekel. Their home was poor, so Peter and his brother had little schooling as they worked to support the family.

As a youngster, Peter was interested in becoming a priest, and with the generosity of a group of local clergy behind him, he was able to begin his studies. He was ordained in 1841, at 29 years of age.

Even before ordination, Blessed Peter Donders was being guided by the seminary leaders towards the missions in the Dutch colony of Surinam. He arrived in Paramaribo in 1842. He made regular visits through the plantations along the colony’s rivers preaching and celebrating the sacraments. Many of the people were slaves. Peter’s letters express his indignation at the harsh treatment of the African peoples forced to work on the plantations.

When he was sent to the leper station in 1856, he preached among the lepers and celebrated the sacraments with them. Peter also tended the lepers personally with their many needs, and at the same time, ensured that the authorities provided much-needed nursing facilities. By bringing the leper’s needs to the attention of the colonial authorities, he was in many ways able to improve their conditions. He was tireless in these efforts.

With increasingly weakening health, his labours slowed over the last years of his life. He died on January 14, 1887. The significance of his life was well known in Surinam and spread also back to Holland, the land of his birth. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982 - during the 250th anniversary celebration of the Congregations founding.

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“O Jesus our Redeemer, you took flesh and walked among us in search of the abandoned. Our brother, Peter Donders, spent his life in preaching your saving word to lepers, to slaves, to the poor and neglected. By his merits and prayers, stir up in us the same apostolic zeal, that we might place ourselves completely at the service of your gospel.

You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.”

Warmest Congratulations to our re-elected Fr Provincial!...

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Very Reverend Father Ronald McAinsh C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior.

 

The Chapter re-elected Fr McAinsh and the election was approved by our Roman Curia.

Fr. Provincial will hold office for the next four years.

Our Prayers and Congratulations go with him!

 

Elected to the Ordinary Provincial Council were

Fr. Gerard Mulligan

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- Fr Maurice O'Mahony

both were re-elected like the Provincial.

 

Elected to the Extraordinary Provincial Council were

Fr Richard Reid

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Fr Charles Corrigan

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Fr Desmond Keegan

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Fr James McManus

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