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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

9th November - Our Birthday!...

On this day, 279 years ago, St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Redemptorists!

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From his humble origins the Congregation now numbers 5,300 Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers who serve the Church and her people in 76 countries of world!

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As Fr Provincial said in his last letter,

"it is perhaps a time to reflect with gratitude on the wonder of our vocation".

To all our brothers around the world

and all the people who work with us,

wherever you may be,

enjoy the festive day!

Redemptorists, Vietnam and Prayer...

Please keep our confreres in your prayers at this challenging time.

 

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Hanoi Redemptorist Monastery attacked in broad day light
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"Hundreds of police, militiamen, and thugs, who yelled, smashed everything on their way in, threw stones into our monastery, and shattered the gate of the monastery," Hanoi Redemptorist Community reported, emphasizing that everything happened in broad day light. 

“The incident happened at 14:45 on Nov. 3 when hundreds of police, militiamen, professionally trained dogs and hired thugs, along with state-run television crews, attacked our people and ransacked our monastery,” wrote Fr. Joseph Nguyen Van Phuong in his statement released on Nov. 4.

Fr. John Luu Ngoc Quynh, Bro.Vincent Vu Van Bang, and Bro. Nguyen Van Tang were among several who were physically and verbally assaulted when they tried to stop the thugs from smashing the monastery's gate. Their rude intrusion seemed to be premeditated since the church was deserted, as usual, during the noon hours.

After getting inside the monastery, the thugs attacked Fr. Pham Xuan Loc who tried to stop their acts of blasphemy. 

 

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2nd October, 2011

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

I have just returned from a two week stay in Clapham where I greatly enjoyed the vibrant community spirit. The balance of prayer life, work and recreation was very heartening, and the manner in which our younger confreres have been integrated into the community was equally encouraging. The three have begun their studies at Heythrop University and we wish them well.

As with many of our communities, the work load is considerable, and despite the number of confreres in Clapham, the parish is to some extent under-staffed. Fr. Dominic met with the OPC to discuss this and look at how it could be remedied. In order to maintain our Mission ad gentes, Fr. Jim McManus has established a Centre for the New Evangelization in Clapham. Most of the work will be done through outreach to groups in the South of England, although there will also be some activity at the same level in the Monastery itself. At the time of the appointments, the OPC was very conscious that we have no full time missioners south of Liverpool, and the appointment of Fr. Jim was an attempt to maintain our tradition of having a Mission presence in the South.

Fr. Michael McGreevy continues his treatment which is at times very debilitating. However, he remains in very good humour and extremely positive.

During this last week we had a marathon of meetings.......two days with the EPC, an OPC meeting, a Finance meeting and a meeting of the RPTC. The meetings were tiring, but in each one there was a very positive and good spirit present. In particular the EPC meeting which was held over two days, was an attempt to look at our present strategy in the Province in terms of ongoing evangelisation. In obedience to the last session of the Provincial Chapter, we went through the list of recommendations and challenges which the Chapter highlighted.

After much brainstorming, and then prioritizing, we focused on our working relationships with the laity and with youth, and concrete proposals were made in both areas which will be further investigated. We are also conscious of the need to further develop the Province Plan for the years that lie ahead, and a follow up meeting has been arranged for this.

The Province Meeting, facilitated by the Apostolic Life Secretariat will touch on some of these issues through the keynote speaker, and this will be followed by a day in which we will expand this in terms of shared mission and our common life style. Everyone is now in possession of the paper on Province Statutes, issued by the Secretariat for the Revision of Statutes. It is hoped that as many confreres as possible will be present at the January Meeting.

The meeting will be preceded by a Provincial Visitation. I shall send a schedule of the proposed dates to the communities with this letter. It is also hoped that we will have a Superiors’ meeting before the next session of the Chapter - to be held in early June.

As you will have seen from the web site (www.redemptorists.co.uk) Fr Victor Bushu was ordained on 1st October. Many congratulations to him and to the Region. I was in Zimbabwe for over a week in September and was encouraged by the dynamism of the confreres there. Rev Br. Isaac Davies, who was due to be ordained with Fr. Victor, requested that, for family reasons, his ordination be postponed and the Regional Council agreed to this. At present the Region is looking at new ways of expanding the ministry, with the possibility of a third community, and also an outreach to the Province, while being aware of their responsibilities to the Conference of Africa. As you may recall, Fr. Tryvis Moyo is Novice Master in South Africa, and two of our Brothers are Novices there.

This month we celebrate the Feast of St. Gerard Majella and it is an occasion to remember the vocation of our Brothers within the Congregation. Bro. Michael Duxbury continues to serve on the European Conference as the Brothers’ representative, and the man who hopes to join us in the New Year is seeking to live his vocation as a Redemptorist Brother. Brother William is convalescing in a residential home after his fall and is in good spirits despite his ‘incarceration’!

During the month Mrs. Anna Keegan died and we continue to remember Fr. Desmond and his family in their bereavement and loss.

Fr. Michael Creech celebrates his birthday this month on 18th. Many congratulations.

With best wishes,

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.SS.R

Provincial Superior

Month of the Holy Souls

In this month of Novemeber we remember all our beloved dead. 

As Redemptorists, we remember 

  • The deceased members of the Province and Region
  • All deceased Redemptorists
  • Our deceased benefactors
  • Our deceased parents and relatives.
We entrust them all to our Most Holy Redeemer.
 
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Below you can see one of our graves in Streatham, London, where a good number of our confreres are buried.
 
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The Virtue for November is...

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Nazareth Nuns and the C.Ss.R....

During the last few weeks the Sisters of Nazareth in initial formation have been together in their Mother House in Hammersmith, London attending talks given by Augustinian Fathers, Salesian Fathers and our own Redemptorist Fathers! Below see a picture of Fr Richard Reid C.Ss.R., with the junoir professed. Fr. Denis McBride C.Ss.R., will be with the sisters next week - hopefully a photo will follow!

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The sisters are from Samoa, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa, Philippines, Australia and Scotland. 

St. Gerard CSsR with the OSB...

Someone sent this picture of St Gerard Majella -

this statue is standing in an old Benedictine church, in England!

 

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St. Gerard Majella - Pray for us!

The Province's Health and Safety Document...

 

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A group of confreres recently met at Hawkstone Hall to launch the new Health and Safety Policy which covers the whole Province.

Fr Andy Burns C.Ss.R., is above launching the new document, while below we see Mr Gavin Leatherbarrow, Frs, Gabriel Maguire, Charlie Corrigan, and Maurice O'Mahoney joining him.

Also at the meeting were Frs Dominic O'Toole and Richard Reid.

 

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Dublin OSsR Nuns visit Liverpool OSsR Nuns...

Two of the sisters from the Dublin Monastery of St. Alphonsus travelled to Liverpool for a quick visit to see our sisters in Liverpool. There was great fun and excitement! 

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Srs. Lucy, Mary Bernadette, Anne Joseph and Maura O.Ss.R.

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Srs Lucy, Anne Joseph and Mary Bernadette.

Our Mission and our Life...

Check out the Provincial's letter for all the latest in October 2011...