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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly




Fr Winfried Pauly C.Ss.R. points to a selection of the posters that were entered in this year's competition!

Children in Years 3, 4, 5, 6 at five local Lambeth primary schools (Bonneville, Clapham Manor, Heathbrook, St Mary’s and Macaulay School) were invited to design a poster publicising the Ace of Club’s winter heating appeal. 

Sarah Miles, Centre Manager explained “our boiler is currently broken so centre workers, volunteers and clients have to keep hats, coats and even gloves on all day. Our antiquated heating system finally became beyond repair about 3 weeks ago and we have been struggling with small electric heaters since then. It costs approximately £5 per hour to heat the centre during opening hours so every penny donated from the local community will make a real difference to us”.

Centre volunteer, Michele Reilly, said “the pupils’ vibrant and imaginative entries have brought a whole new angle to the club’s publicity and have really boosted staff morale at the centre”.


Here is the latest RMA news coming from the Abbey via Fr Gabriel Maguire and Miss Claire Daly.

We will keep you up to date about the work and needs of the RMA team.

If you want to be involved in any way you are welcome to get in touch with Fr Gabriel or Miss Claire Daly at the Abbey in Birmingham, or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have a read below...



A Request for Prayer from Fr. Generalfr general

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Associates and Friends,


As all of you are aware, this has been a very difficult year for the people of Haiti. In January, the earthquake devastated the region of Port-au-Prince, and the reconstruction process is very slow. Many people are still living in tents and make-shift shelters. Over the last few months, hurricanes and storms have brought further damage and suffering. Now, the cholera epidemic is spreading and causing even more suffering and pain.


In 1882 the people of Haiti prayed to Our Mother of Perpetual Help to come to their aid during a smallpox epidemic. Their prayers were heard and Our Mother of Perpetual Help became the Patroness of Haiti. As we approach December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Bishops of Haiti are asking for a time of concentrated and fervent prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help to come to their help during the grave crisis of the current cholera epidemic.


In communion with the Bishops of Haiti, with our Redemptorist confreres and Redemptoristine Sisters in Haiti, and with all the suffering people of the country, I ask all Redemptorists, Redemptoristines, Sisters, lay associates and friends to join in this time of concentrated and fervent prayer. I ask all Redemptorist Churches, Shrines and Communities to remember this intention in a special way during the Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception. As we have supported the people of Haiti through our donations, let us also support them through a great communion of prayer and solidarity which embraces the whole world.


O Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
In the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Superior General
“O Mother of Perpetual Help, your very name inspires confidence.
We come to you in our need and ask your help.
You are the great Patroness of the people of Haiti.
In this moment of affliction, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters,
We pray for an end to the cholera epidemic ravaging your children.
Bring them healing, comfort and peace.
Sustain them in this hour of darkness.
Help them to know the presence of God-with-us,
Emmanuel, your Son and our Redeemer.”

Ace of Clubs - The Poor and Homeless of London

Speaking at a local church, Sarah Miles speaks of the Ace of Clubs in Clapham, London.

She is currently working as centre manager, welfare worker and fundraiser.

In the photo below, you see the members of Ace of Clubs receiving a gift of clothes.



"Ace of Clubs, as many of you may well know, is about 10 minutes walk away from Holy Spirit, in the old St Mary’s primary school on St Alphonsus Road.  It was started 15 years ago by members of the Redemptorist Order based in the monastery next to St Mary’s.   The story goes that they were starting to get a little tired of the number of people knocking on the monastery door seeking food, and that as the old St Mary’s school was empty they decided to open it as a permanent centre providing hot food and drinks every day from 8am to 7pm.  St Alphonsus founded the Redemptorists with the specific mission of preaching the word of God to the poor, but all of us as Christians know that we should love one another as God loves us and this really is the basis on which the Redemptorists founded Ace of Clubs, that all people are equal and equally deserving of God’s gifts.



     FREE introduction to

     the Gospel of Matthew

     by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

The Pope has called for everyone in the church to rediscover the Bible and to grow in "an ever greater love of the Word of God".


This Sunday marks the beginning of the "year of Matthew" and to help people understand the context of the narratives, Fr. Denis McBride has written a short introduction to the Gospel which you can download and distribute free of charge by clicking here.

The Provincial Chapter 2011 has been elected!

The following confreres have been elected to the Chapter and will sit in the first week of January 2011.


Fr. Richard Reid fr richardr rome         Fr. Desmond Keegan fr desk 

Fr. Gerard Mulligan frgerrmulligan               Fr. Denis McBride denis  

Fr. Andrew Burns  andyburnscssr               Fr. Charles Corrigan frcharcorrigan

Fr. William Guri frwilliamgu                Fr. James McManus jmcmanus  

Fr. Kieran Brady   frkieranb          Fr. Timothy Buckley frtim  

Fr. Ronald McAinsh   frronnie       Fr. Maurice O'Mahony frmaurice2  

Br. Michael Duxbury   brmichaelduxbury1                    Fr. Edward Hone fredwardhone    

Br. Benjamin PosvobrbenFr. Raymond Mupandasekwa  frmupa         

  Fr. Kevin Callaghan  frkevin         Fr. Barrie O'Toole   frbarrie


More on the Chapter nearer the time!

Our Departed Loved Ones this Month of the Holy Souls...


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With only one week left of this month of prayer for our beloved dead, why not make it a special time to remember. 

Visit our "In Memoriam" page and pray Psalm 130 every day for the rest of the month for our deceased confreres.



Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine on them...

Photos just in from Zimbabwe...

The brothers and concelebrants.



The Archbishop greeting the crowds



Fr Anthony Pathe giving a few words from bygone years

- he was the first Redemptorist to go to Zimbabwe



The Region presenting Fr Pathe with a gift



Fr Guri and Archbishop Ndlovu cut the Golden Cake!


Photos just in from Zimbabwe...

The brothers and concelebrants.



The Archbishop greeting the crowds



Fr Anthony Pathe giving a few words from bygone years

- he was the first Redemptorist to go to Zimbabwe



The Region presenting Fr Pathe with a gift



Fr Guri and Archbishop Ndlovu cut the Golden Cake!


In the sacristy...

there are some interesting things to see; chalices, monstrances and reliquaries!

At Kinnoull they recently came into possession of two monstrances from the Redemptoristines.

It was felt that they were too beautiful to be locked away,

and so a secure cabinet was made and here they are...


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This monstrance was purpose made under the instructions of one of the sisters.



The monstrance was made in memory of one of the sisters who died.



This is a close up of the monstrance above; the Alphonsian Medal on the front.



Fr Dominic talks to the papers!

In today's edition of the "Independent" on page 15, the following article appeared.

Congratulations to Fr. Dominic!


Fr Provincial's Letter


5th November, 2010


Dear Confreres and Friends,


This letter will arrive a little late, since I have been on the road with the other members of the OPC, visiting most of the communities. Thank you again for the warm welcome we received and for your kindness. I am always impressed by the amount of apostolic work being done in the Province and also by the fraternity which exists, despite our differences.


This month we again commemorate our deceased confreres, relatives and benefactors. Often during these visits, I would reflect on those giants of Redemptorists who strove so earnestly since the 1840’s to bring the message of the gospel to people in this country and further afield. I again remind you of our commitment to celebrate or attend Mass for them, as well as for our benefactors who have been such an enormous support to us, and of course for our relatives who have gone before us and are now in solidarity with our mission in a new and special way.


Last month the three Provincial Councils of London, Dublin and St. Clements met in Dublin and continued our dialogue on common aspects of apostolate, formation and special initiatives. In particular we progressed our plans for the inter-provincial community at Clapham, and hope that this venture will move into a new phase after the Province Nominations in January/February.


I know that several of the confreres preached missions and retreats during October. I was fortunate enough to be part of the City Mission in Bratislava. This was an enormous venture which saw over 60 missioners – the vast majority of them Redemptorists or Redemptorist co-workers – being present in every Catholic church in Bratislava. The Mission proper was preceded by one week of street evangelisation to prepare for the preaching week. I found the Mission very edifying. I was also able to preach to our Novices and Sisters there.


The mission was followed by a meeting of the Conference of Europe in Trois Epis – scene of the Evangelisation Colloquium just a few weeks before. The main topics discussed were the Statutes of the Conference, and the Apostolic Priorities of the Conference.  In March, names will be forwarded to the General Government for the appointment of the Co-ordinator of the Conference of Europe, and further discussions on the Priorities and on Formation will take place.


This coming week we have OPC and EPC meetings during which this situation, as well as other matters such as our properties, the Clapham Community and items relating to the Trustees will be discussed. Any updates can now be found on our revamped web site. Thanks again to Fr. Richard.


All good wishes for our Feast on 9th – the Foundation of the Congregation. Perhaps it is a time to be grateful for what we, our co-workers and the confreres who have gone before us have done in evangelization. Congratulations also to our Superior General, Fr. Michael Brehl, who yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of his election.


I ask prayers for Sr. Perpetua Lonnergan, a Presentation Sister, who died this week. Sr. Perpetua ministered in a most dedicated fashion with our confreres in Formation in Zimbabwe, and also supported the poor in our township parishes through her teaching and good works. May she rest in peace. Fr. Tryvis Moyo, who is studying in Dublin, hopes to represent the Region and the Province at her funeral in Clane, Co Kildare.


Birthday this month are Brother William and Fr. Barrie O’Toole on 18th and Fr. Brian Russell on 24th.


With best wishes to all,


In Christ the Redeemer,



Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior


Happy 278th Birthday

of the 

               Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer!    


On this day, 9th November,

the Redemptorists

were founded in 1732.

Enjoy the day! 

Fr.Provincial in Slovakia

Fr Provincial was in Slovakia at the end of last month, preaching a city wide mission and

giving input to our brother novices and to our dear sisters at the Kezmarok monastery.



Below we see some of the photos:

- With some of the community and the novices

- Father with some of the sisters and the computer

- Outdoors!

- Doing some work!

- With some of the sisters and postulants

- Alone enjoying the Tatra mountains (running along the border of Poland and Slovakia).






Archbishop's Ordination Highlights

For those of you would like to see Archbishop Tobin's ordination highlight, go to this page where you will find four short ordination films;

Laying on of hands, Receiving crozier and mitre, Condensed ceremony highlights, and a Message from Archbishop Tobin.


The website www.redemptorist.info has many good international features of our Congregation!


50 Years in Zimbabwe!

Wonderful celebrations have taken place in Zimbabwe to mark our Golden Jubilee there! 

As ever the brothers worked exceptionally hard to make sure the celebrations went off without any problems!

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Congratulations to all the brothers celebrating these 50 Years!