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Fr. Michael Creech C.Ss.R.,

another diamond jubilarian shares

some of his story...

Sixty years seems, and is, a life-time ago when I joined the Redemptorist family. Even before entering the novitiate I already had a sense of belonging - daily contact in St Mary's Clapham in London with Bro Gerard the sacristan; Bro Joseph the porter at the monastery door, and regular meetings in the sacristy passing the time of day or chatting with members of the large community made up of new and old Redemptorists.



O.Ss.R., Solemn Profession in Dublin...


A most magnificent day it was in the Monastery of St Alphonsus when Sr Lucy professed her Solemn vows as a Redemptoristine Nun before a packed Church in the presence Sr Gabrielle Fox, Prioress who received her vows, her Community, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Chief Celebrant, Fr Damien McNiece, Master of Ceremonies,  the Redemptorists, local clergy, her mother and family, friends, parishioners and the hundreds who watched on the Webcam from all over the world. It was truly an unforgettable celebration.


Prayers for Sr. Lucy O.Ss.R...




Our prayers are asked for Sr Lucy O.Ss.R., who will make her Solemn Profession tomorrow (Sat 4th Feb) at 12 noon. 


Perhaps you might watch it on line...Click here


The celebration will be a joyfull one for both Sr. Lucy and the community of nuns.


More will follow on this story!


Fr Provincial's Letter 1st Feb 2012...



1st February, 2012


Dear Confreres and friends,


January has been a very busy month with the Province Visitation and the Province Meeting. Frs. Gerry, Maurice and I are really grateful for the warm welcome we received when we visited and also for the openness of the confreres in the communities. It was also good to be able to talk with some of our co-workers and to meet our Redemptoristine Sisters. Although the ageing process is real, there remains an enthusiasm and an apostolic zeal in the Province that we found most touching.


It was also great being able to see so many gathered at Hawkstone recently for the Province Meeting. I again thank the Apostolic Life Secretariate for arranging the meeting which provided excellent input and a wonderful experience of fraternity. Congratulations to all our Jubilarians, and many thanks to those who spoke so well about them on the special evening dedicated to them. I was happy that I was able to give an update on the situation in each of the Houses and for us to hear the progress made by the group working on the Statutes.


The General Visitation of the Region of Zimbabwe ends today and I have heard from Fr. Guri that it has been a positive experience for all. I will go to South Africa to meet with Fr. Tryvis and the Novices next week, followed by a visit to Zimbabwe where I will attend the AGM of Holy Trinity Theology College. It will also be good to meet with the confreres and the new postulants there.


Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and also the special day set to focus on those living the Consecrated Life. The Holy Father has invited us to reflect on the quality of our presence to the world, but also to one another. We continue to pray for those in formation, and for new members for our Province and Region.


Fr. Michael McGreevy has received an encouraging report on his health but continues to be grateful for your prayers. Please continue to remember all the sick and elderly.


Birthdays this month: Fr. Philip Jones on 4th, Fr. Desmond Keegan on 14th and Fr. Michael Henesy on 24th.


Apologies for the brevity of this letter; life continues to be very busy.


In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R


Provincial Superior

Cardinal Titular of Sant'Alfonso dies...

2nd February 2012

+Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia in a line of succession that includes St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R., and titular Cardinal of our Redemptorist mother church in Rome, Sant'Alfonso, passed away last evening.
The community of Sant' Alfonso was informed at noontime. The Rector of the community, Father Luciano Panella, said suffrages for Cardinal Bevilacqua would be celebrated in the near future.
The Redemptorists give thanks to God for His Eminence's titularship and remember with prayers and gratitude the many favors and benefices he bestowed upon the home of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Please remember him in your prayers.
Requiescat in pace.


A Jubilarian Preaches...



 Conversion of St. Paul

Jan 2012

Fr Kevin Callaghan C.Ss.R.

It would be reasonable to expect that the theme of this homily would be on today’s feast – the conversion of St. Paul. But I anticipated today’s celebration and preached on St. Paul on Sunday last.

You will be very relieved to know that I do not intend to trawl through my sixty years as a C.Ss.R – although I could make that quite racy and raise a few blushes. Perhaps later we may be given the opportunity to say a few words in another place in that respect.

So I fall back as we Redemptorists do, so often and so effectively in our preaching, on a story. And I am indebted to Tony Gittens when on the very first evening to spoke to us of the importance of LISTENING. For this is a story about listening and not just hearing.

February's Virtue and Prayer Intention...






Virtue: HOPE

Patron: St. ANDREW

Text: His hope he set on me, so I will rescue him; protect him for he knows my name.

The Province Celebrating Jubilees...

This year there are:

Diamond Jubilarians, Golden Jubilarians and Silver Jubilarians

and for this we thank God!


Diamond Jubilee of Profession

Fr. Francis Allinson C.Ss.R.

Fr. Kevin Callaghan C.Ss.R.

Fr. Michael Creech C.Ss.R.


Golden Jubilee of Profession

Fr. Joseph Doherty C.Ss.R.

Fr. James Smale C.Ss.R.


Silver Jubilee of Profession

Fr. Desmond Keegan C.Ss.R.


We celebrated holy mass and then the celebration continued with a splendid dinner.


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Fr Joseph Doherty C.Ss.R., one of our Golden Jubilarians, photographed with the Diamond Jubilarians. This photos represents 230 years of religious life!

Celebrating 60 years...


Do you recognise any of these men?

Look closely - there's bound to be one you'll remember!