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News and Events... Updated regularly

New wave of harassments against Redemptorists in Vietnam

December 15, 2010 at 12:59am

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Local authority summoned the Redemptorist Provincial Superior of Vietnam after repeat raids on the monastery’'s church.

The preparation for Christmas at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Saigon has been interrupted with repeat raids of local officials who have been insisting that Redemptorists who are in charge of the church must remove from their bulletin board allegedly anti-regime articles, and stop delivering homilies calling for justice.

In a letter dated Dec. 13 sent to all Redemptorists, Fr. Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, Chief of the Secretariat of the Redemptorist Province of Vietnam, reported that on two successive days of Dec. 8 and 9, local officials had raided the church, the second largest one in Saigon. The next day, local government of the third district of Ho Chi Minh city summoned Fr. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh, the provincial superior.

At the meeting, representatives of state administration for religious affairs and local officials took turn to spell out "unjust accusations against Saigon's Redemptorists of being 'instigators of disorder''," wrote Fr. Joseph Dinh.

They charged that the provincial superior himself was liable for "homilies of Redemptorists and articles posted on bulletin board relating to land disputes at Hanoi nunciature, Thai Ha; waves of persecution at Tam Toa, Con Dau, Dong Chiem... and the government plan to mine bauxite deposits in Vietnam's Central Highlands". From the government's point of view, they are "non-religious issues" that priests are not allowed to mention without being charged with conducting anti-government activities.


Fr.Vincent Pham rejected all accusations saying that his orders have worked for the good of the people, praying and living in service to the Gospel, and calling for the reconciliation among sections in the society, and the respect of justice and truth.

In response to his refutation, the chairwoman of the district promised "more raids" on the church in next days.

The Redemptorist Province in Vietnam is the largest in Asia. Over the past twenty years, the Province has grown: in 1983, there were 179 professed brothers, while today there are 278, including 168 priests who live in about 20 houses scattered throughout the country, in North, Central, and South Vietnam. There are also 222 postulants. The growth of vocations represents a great hope for the entire Church in Vietnam.

There has been a general crackdown on dissent in Vietnam ahead of the ruling Communist Party congress early next year. Prominent lawyers, journalists and activists have been arrested and jailed in recent months, while others remain under government surveillance. In that context, the wave of harassments against Redemptorists in Vietnam may be a harbinger for imminent crackdowns

As we celebrate in peace...bashar-warda

let us remember our brothers and sisters...


As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, the faithful in Iraq hope to be able to attend Christmas Mass in safety.

An Iraqi Redemptorist, recently appointed Archbishop of Erbil, talks about the government's plan to build concrete walls around churches in Baghdad and Mosul to protect churchgoers:

The sadness of the people is everywhere. Uncertainty is everywhere. The question on everyone’s lips is ‘What’s next?’” Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Dublin Prioress visits the Sisters in the new home...

The Prioress of the Dublin Monastery of our sisters made a special visit on our sisters in their new home in another part of Liverpool...


Here is a picture of the house which is home to two of the sisters...


The sisters have been at their new place a few months now, and they are loving it...


Here they are - Sr. Gabrielle (Dublin), Sr. M Bernadette, Sr. M Patrick and Sr. Anne Joseph...

There is one sisters missing from this picture and that is Sr. M Clement O.Ss.R.


Sr Gabrielle getting a warm welcome from Sr Anne Joseph O.Ss.R.



Check out the Dublin Redemptoristines Web-site.

Br. Michael Duxbury C.Ss.R - My Vineyard

phoca_thumb_l_redentore_253_framed03When I was asked to write an article sharing my vocation story and experiences, I knew that I would have a problem knowing at what stage in my past I should begin my story.

From leaving school in the late sixties until joining the Redemptorists almost 20 years ago, I had a number of ‘fresh starts’ in life, be it changing job, moving around the country and even travelling to the other side of the world to widen my horizons.

Whilst working in the hotel and brewery trade, I had the opportunity to visit a Redemptorist church, which I continued to do on regular occasions. This usually happened at quiet times during the week, when on many occasions I was the only person in the church, apart from a Redemptorist Brother who would make an appearance during my visits and share a few words.

This man was to have a quiet, yet major impact on my future.

Even though we exchanged only a few words, being in his presence and watching his actions of praying and performing his duties seemed to say so much to me, and after much thought and soul searching, I eventually came to the conclusion that maybe this was some kind of message, and it was time for yet another fresh start.

That decision became the turning point in my life, as the time had come for me to walk alongside him in the Lord’s Vineyard.

There then followed my application to join the Redemptorists, which brought with it some degree of apprehension and a touch of uncertainty.

My first two years were spent in the Postulancy and the novitiate, followed by a further four years in the studentate, which gave me the opportunity to work closely for one of those years, with the people of Zimbabwe, which was an amazing and eye opening experience for me.

At present my vineyard is totally different, as I work as a chaplain in one of Her Majesty’s Prisons – an area in which I have been involved since the studentate. Prison ministry is very much part of the Redemptorist’s charism, in that we work amongst the poor and abandoned.

The Redemptorists, along with some other missionary orders, by virtue of their membership, have in a sense, a passport in which they enter into people’s homes by first introducing themselves and inviting them to their Parish mission. Likewise, I too have a passport in which to enter prisoner’s homes (their cells), by firstly introducing myself and inviting them to celebrate the Eucharist with fellow inmates.

My role as a prison chaplain is ultimately connected with meeting people, which can often involve making contact with one of them on an unstructured basis, but with a readiness to respond to their needs, as they arise.

phoca_thumb_m_middlesbroughchapelOne characteristic of offenders, and often a reason for their personal difficulties, is their tendency to act on impulse. I think of them as ‘immediate people’, and feel they have been ‘caught in the instance’. Over the years I have formed many relationships, with people such as these, and the ‘loiterers with intent’ model of ministry is a quite appropriate one in dealing with this kind of situation.

Working in my vineyard, I am called to learn from them. What effect impoverishment can have on the human spirit. Hopefully discover insights, listen to their stories, share with them and suggest solutions and a way forward to their problems, and help them find a path to a positive and different future.

My position as chaplain can be at times a demanding mixture of tenseness, sadness and concern, but at the same time, my life and being part of the Redemptorists is fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding.

For me, my vineyard is sharing the good news, knowing that the risen Lord, who entered the upper room through closed doors, enters also the prisons of the world, bringing a peace and serenity only he can give.

Michael Duxbury, CSsR. Middlesbrough

Welcome Home Bishop Ralph...

When Bishop Ralph was appointed bishop, his community was in the Bishop Eton Monastery, Liverpool.

Recently he went back for the first time as a bishop.

The confreres and the people of the parish were delighted to welcome him home.

A special mass was celebrated followed by a meal in the parish hall.

Below there is a selection of photos from the mass...








Rejoice Sunday of Advent...









St. Patrick's in Edinburgh had a proper celebration of Gaudete Sunday...



Kinnoull Monastery says "Goodbye to Sr Eileen…"



Since April Sr Eileen Cummins OLA (Our Lady of Apostles) has been in the community in Kinnoull, being a person of welcome and hospitality to the people who come in our doors.


She has been an invaluable member of our community, and so it was with great sadness that the community said goodbye as she returns to her own province to take up pressing needs there.


Prior to coming to Kinnoull Sr Eileen held the office of Superior General of the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles in Rome.


The Kinnoull community gives thanks to God for the wonderful gift that Sr. Eileen has been these past nine months!



Some of the community and Sr Eileen

- we wish you God Speed!

Redemptorist Publication - Advent Reflections...

Spend five minutes with the Lord each day of Advent by reading or listening to our reflection at





5th December, 2010

Dear Confreres and Friends,


Greetings from a snowbound Kinnoull where there has been almost no post for the past 5 days. So I have no idea when this letter will reach you. The stillness which the snow brings also enhances the spirit of Advent and has brought a quality of quietness to this part of Scotland.

I have just returned from Toronto where I preached a retreat to the Novices. There were nine on the retreat – Gerry, Charles and Peter – and the six others, one from Vietnam, one from Mexico, one from Dominica, one from St. Lucia , one from US and the other also from US but born of parents from Kerala, India. So it was a diverse group; and a very blessed time. Our men continue their discernment and their struggle to see what God is asking of them. They are in good spirits and send best wishes to all for Christmas.

This will be the final Provincial letter of the triennium and so it is a good opportunity for me to express a word of gratitude. I shall of course expand on this in my report to the Chapter which will be available for all the members of the Province. However, as the triennium draws to its conclusion I would like to publicly thank Frs Gerry and Maurice who have been marvellous and supportive counsellors.  Their patience and joint wisdom has been a source of great benefit for the OPC. I thank also the members of the EPC and the Kinnoull community who have put up with my comings and goings, and who always made me feel very much a part of the community. I thank our co-workers in the Province, particularly Tony Barrance; and of course I thank all of you, the confreres, who have shown me such kindness during these past three years. I am truly grateful for your understanding.

Last month we had both OPC and EPC meetings, and on 8th December we have an extraordinary EPC meeting. We also have a RPTC meeting planned for 9th.

May I wish everyone a blessed feast of the Immaculate Conception, our patronal feast.

During November our two Redemptoristine Sisters, Bernadette and Patrick moved from the Monastery in Gilmoss to Nazareth House, Crosby to join Sisters Clement and Mary Anne Joseph. Srs. Bernadette and Patrick are living in a small apartment adjoining the Care Home and join the Nazareth Sisters for lunch each day. These past months have been difficult for them in the large building, and they are very relieved to have made the move and join their other two Sisters. Their address is Redemptoristine Sisters, Nazareth House, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 0QT (Tel. 0151 928 8215). The four Sisters will continue their life of prayer and intercession in Crosby. The Province continues to be immensely grateful to the Sisters who have prayed for us unceasingly since the Order first arrived in Clapham in 1897.

Today I received the news that Fr. M Kelleher has been re-elected as Provincial of the Dublin Province, and I have written to Michael to congratulate him on behalf of the Province. The Dublin Province elects the other member of the Councils at their Chapter in January.

Birthdays. This month Brother Malachy has already celebrated his 85th birthday on 3rd – the same day as he entered the Congregation 55 years ago. Congratulations to Br. Malachy who, as I write, is outside shovelling snow! Also we congratulate Br. Glynn Blackman on 8th, Fr. Tony Johnson on 16th and Fr. Jimmy Smale on 23rd.

As the year draws to an end, may I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas, and every happiness in 2011. This is my first Christmas in the Province since 1989, and my first in Scotland since 1975.

Our confreres in Zimbabwe are well; and we look forward to welcoming to the Province  those who will attend the Chapter, and send best wishes to all who live and work in the Region. Since Fr. Richard now puts this letter on our web site, I also wish our families, friends and co-workers every blessing at this holy season.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception




The Redemptorists wish you all a day of joy and blessing

as we celebrate

the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin.

Under this title, Our Mother is the Official Patroness of our Congregation!

A photo from our Christmas Fair..

It shows Father Christmas greeting the ever 'elve-ful' Br William McDermott C.Ss.R.


The parish of St Mary's had a great day with plenty to eat, do and buy.

They raised over £5000 for the Spire restoration Fund.

Greeting Cards for Charity..

The lovely card photographed below is the initiative of Avril Williams who is a friend of the Redemptorists. 

She made these cards in the hope of being able to help children in Zimbabwe, who without education could easily slide into ways that are not good.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on the back of the card, with the words "Keep us safe in your prayers" written.




The front of the card has space for a personal message,

ie Happy Birthday, As You Move to a New Home, or Congratulations!


On the inside cover there is verse from Joshua -

"Do not be fearful or discouraged, for wherever you go the Lord your God is with you."


The cards are priced at £1.

100% of the money given for the card will go to educating the children in Zimbabwe.


To order: Avril Williams, 152b Greenhill Rd., Winchester, SO22 5DR, Hants. 

OR email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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.