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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Is God calling you...?

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We’ve got a good group of men coming for our #Vocations weekend in March so far, but there’s space for one or two more! If you would like to find out more about the life of a Redemptorist Priest or Brother, get in touch: maybe it’s the life God has planned for you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
...also, if you see this, and you’re a young Catholic man on the internet, dithering and prevaricating about your vocation, then this is 100% Divine Providence telling you to not delay but to take some concrete steps: pray more/talk to your confessor/visit a community or seminary.
#Priesthood #ReligousLife #CSsR #Brothers

WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER:...

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In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Redemptorist Associates, and Friends,

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days” (Luke 4:1)

With these words from the Gospel on the First Sunday of Lent, we enter into our “journey of conversion” in preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion death and resurrection (Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2019). This journey of conversion is a constitutive part of our Redemptorist identity and vocation: we are called to a constant and continual process of conversion of heart and renewal of the mind (cf. Const. 40, 41). We make this journey not only as individual disciples but also as communities of missionaries (Const. 42).

This year, in his Message for Lent, Pope Francis offers us some reflections which are very much in harmony with our Sexennial Theme. He invites us to recognize and touch the wounds of the world which cry out for Redemption. To do so, we must also recognize the wounds in ourselves, in those to whom we are sent, and in the society in which we live. Pope Francis recognizes that the root of these wounds is sin, which “has disrupted our communion with God, with others, and with creation itself… this rupture of communion with God likewise undermines our harmonious relationship with the environment in which we are called to live, so that the garden has become a wilderness.” With Jesus, may the Spirit lead us into this wilderness to touch and heal these wounds which continue to afflict us all as well as our common home.

Fr Provincial writes...28th Feb 2019

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28th February, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

Greetings as we come to the end of this short month of February and prepare next week to celebrate Ash Wednesday and a much later season of Lent. I hope this will be a grace filled time for all. I appreciate that it is a time of extra work and pressure for those engaged in parish ministry and on the missions.

During the month I was able to visit Zimbabwe for the annual board meeting of Holy Trinity College which continues to be a theologate for Religious communities in Harare. Our own Fr. Mark Chikuni is the Dean of Studies and we have several other of the confreres lecturing there.

Before the visit we had consulted extensively among the finally professed members of the Region in terms of nominations for the new Regional Council. The provincial government of the London Province has accordingly appointed the following ORC (Ordinary Regional Council)

Regional Leader: Benjamin Posvo

Regional Vicar: Joseph Musendami

Regional Consultor: Tryvis Moyo.

The ERC consists of the above plus: David Nyamuronda, Gift Mubayiwa and William Guri.

World War II - Catholic Padre Drowned...

This day we received some pictures and newpaper cutting from a great grand niece of Fr Thomas Bradley CSsR a Redemptorist who was in fact the first Catholic Chaplain to die in World War II, while serving the Royal Navy. He was also the oldest priest on active service. We are proud to share his story... find the story typed below and some more pictures, grateful received from Laura from Quebec ...

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"Clapham Redemptorists have lost a much loved priest who is the first Roman Catholic priest to be lost while serving in the Royal Navy.

He was also the oldest priest on active service.

He was Father Thomas Bradley, who was born in Clapham in May 1886.

As a young man he became a Redemptorist, and for about six years after the last war was in Clapham. During the last war he became a Roman Catholic chaplain in the Army and served in France. It was not long, however, before he transferred to the Royal Navy, his favourite service.

DESCENDANT OF HARDY.

That it was his favourite Service can only be expected, as he was a descendant of Capt. Hardy, pf H.M.S. Victory, with Nelson, on his mother’s side. He was with the Navy in many big engagements, and after the last war was on the vessel which took the Prince of Wales to Canada. When the present war broke out he offered his services to the Navy, and despite the fact that he was over age, and was immediately sent on the high seas. In the summer his boat was torpedoed, and no more was heard of him. His death has been presumed.

Solemn Mass was sung at St Mary’s Redemptorist Church, Clapham Common, on Friday morning.

There was a large congregation, who had gathered for this most impressive service.

The celebrant was Father Costello (Bournemouth), and in the sanctuary was Monseigneur Dewey (Senior Catholic Naval Chaplain). The Mass was sung by a choir of the priests of St Mary’s Monastery.

Admiral Boyd and Comdr. Slattery were also present at the service, as were Father Willie Bradley, C.SS.R.. brother of the dead priests and Miss Nora Bradley, his sister, who is engaged in Civil Defence, and who captain of the Girl Guides associated with St. Mary’s Church.

His mother was unable to be present, as she was living in Cornwall.

 

Celebrating Religious Life...

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The Redemptorist Community at St Mary’s Clapham invited all the Religious of the area to come and celebrate together the Feast of the Presentation.

It was great to have so many familiar and so many unfamiliar faces present that evening.

The energy and the humour that was present on that occasion ensured that we all went home refreshed, having renewed old friendships and made even more new ones.

We are delighted, and many were very pleasantly surprised to find out that our esteemed guest was His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, the Apostolic Nuncio in the UK, he was also joined by his Secretary Monsignor Vincent Brady.

As it happens, Archbishop Adams is the Titular Archbishop of Scala, which is a small village on the Amalfi coast in Italy - where indeed the Redemptorists were founded in 1732!

Our Religious Life is great and we celebrate it whenever we can!

Our CSsR Rule...

Although we were founded in 1732, it was not until this day in 1749, when Pope Benedict XIV approved the Redemptorist Congregation and Rule. Deo Gratias!

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Interestingly, until 1749 and our approval by Pope Benedict XIV, we were the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour - the name was deemed too similar to the formal title of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, and so got changed to

the Most Holy Redeemer.

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Vocations Weekend March 2019...

Look at this photo - and see how the #Redemptorists #CSsR 

live their wonderful #Vocation

Join us in London for our Vocations' Discernement Weekend 

15th - 17th March 2019

If you are a discerner aged between 18 - 40 years of age

and want some form of accompaniment get This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pray for Vocations

Mother of Perpetual Succour - Pray for us.

St Alphonsus - Pray for us.

Fr Provincial writes...2nd Feb 2019...

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2nd February, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

Many thanks for the kind wishes, the assurance of prayers and the support I received after the Chapter two weeks ago. I am very grateful to the confreres from the Province and from other Units, as well as our friends and associates for their kindness.

As you are aware, the new OPC has already visited the communities of the Province this past week for a brief opportunity to gauge the various situations in which confreres and communities live. The new EPC will also meet soon.

Personally I will try to find time to make a retreat and perhaps even have a few days of rest to prepare for the new quadrennium. Not expecting to remain in office, I had accepted two missions and a retreat during Lent, but I have also been turning down invitations for ministry in order to have enough space for the administration and the pastoral dimension which the office of Provincial entails.

Sr Mary Perpetuo OSsR RIP...

Please pray for the peaceful and happy repose of the soul of 

Sr Mary Perpetuo OSsR

who died on Monday 21st January 2019.

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The funeral mass for Sr Mary Perpetuo OSsR will take place on

Thursday 24th January 2019

in the Monastery Chapel, St Alphonsus Road, Dublin.

Burial will follow in the Community Cemetery.

The funeral will be on line www.rednuns.com

 

Requiescat in pace.

Vocations Weekend March 2019...

See the details of a wonderful weekend in our monastery in London.

Email us to find out more...This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pray for Vocations to the Redemptorist Family - CSsR & OSsR

A lot of us...

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Did you know that there are over

1.1 million

sisters, brothers and priests in our world?
(Source: CARA)

Why not come and join us and add one more...?

#CSsR #Redemptorists #Vocations

The Provincial writes - Jan 2019...

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18th January, 2019

Dear Confreres,

I ask your prayers for Zimbabwe and for our brethren there at this critical time.

You may aware that there are multiple reports of shootings, violence, looting and indiscriminate beatings.

The government has closed down all social media and we cannot contact the confreres by internet or telephone. 

The Zimbabwe Bishops' Conference has issued a statement, although they cannot get it out on the internet. Fr. General is also very aware of the situation and although on the way to World Youth Day in Panama, will communicate about the situation in the coming days.

In the meantime, I ask that you invite your parishioners, families and friends to pray for a resolution to the conflict in Zimbabwe and for peace.

I will obviously keep you updated if I get any news, and trust that all our confreres are safe.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

Registered Charity Number: 252041 (England and Wales) SC039359 (Scotland)

Provincial Chapter 2019...

At the conclusion of our Provincial Chapter, the following results of our elections can now be know.

The Members of the Ordinary Provincial Council are...

Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR received more than 2/3 of the vote in the first ballot for Provincial Superior. Accordingly this was treated as a postulation which was granted the General Government.

Fr Richard Reid CSsR was elected Vicar Provincial, and his apointment has been confirmed by the General Goverment. 

Fr Andrew Burns CSsR was elected as the third member of the OPC.

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L. to R. Frs Richard Reid CSsR, Ronald McAinsh CSsR, Andrew Burns CSsR

- the new Ordinary Provincial Council

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Christmas Meal for those alone on Christmas Day

Anita one of our RYM coordinators writes about the journey from the inception of the idea to the meal itself.

During a funeral mass in St Mary's in November 2017 I had a thought "Do a Christmas meal". This prompted a new venture and a year-long journey for RYM. 

Loneliness is a huge problem in the L25 area, George Kuruvilla, a Woolton GP started Woolton Community Life as a result of loneliness suffered by elderly in the area. This became the focus of the meal, to provide a Christmas Day meal where the emphasis was on Fellowship rather than food.

Fr Provincial writes...Dec 2018

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31st December, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

From all accounts a very enjoyable Christmas has been celebrated in each of the communities of the Province. I appreciate that with the ministry, and also the efforts put into the community celebrations, a lot of the confreres are quite tired. I hope that people do get some rest and have the opportunity to enjoy the Octave of Christmas; and of course to continue reflecting on the wonderful exchange of God becoming one of us so that we could share his life - the mystery which entranced St. Alphonsus so profoundly.

In Kinnoull, we had Frs. Philip and Tom with us for Christmas day and the renewal of vows. On Christmas eve, Jim McManus had a health scare with one of his eyes, but after a visit to A & E in Perth and in Dundee and also the optician, he is now back to full health.

In Liverpool, Bishop Ralph joined the confreres who had just celebrated Jimmy Smale's 75th birthday. The two parishes kept the confreres very busy but they managed a worthy Christmas celebration.

The community in Erdington celebrated well, although Fr. Kieran had to be with his father who was unwell over Christmas. We keep his father, Gerry, in our prayers.

Clapham had very joyful celebrations in the church, in the refectory and in the common room. They look forward to welcoming some of the confreres from Zimbabwe who are coming for the Chapter.

Fr. Denis in Chawton celebrated Mass for Terry on Christmas Day; and his sister Ellen ensured that all were well fed!

The various communities in Zimbabwe celebrated in their own way, having shared a Regional festive meal together a few days before Christmas, at which Bishop Raymond was present.

In these days after Christmas some confreres will have the opportunity to get away for a break.

I know that you will all continue to pray for the Chapter which begins on the 7th of January. The Coordinator will be present together with the capitulars and other observers.

As we pray our Te Deum at the end of the year, I give thanks for the past quadrennium and for the kindness, generosity and cooperation of so many confreres, co workers, family members, friends and benefactors.

Birthdays: Frs J Doherty 4th, (M. Brehl 7th), J. Casey 17th, J. Musendami 19th, G. Webster 26th

I pray that 2019 will be a blessed year for each one of us. Happy New Year.

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

Feast of Holy Family and Icon OSsR...

The Icon of the Holy Family -

an Explanation and Reflections on the Icon

This beautiful presentation gives a deeper look into the theological underpinnings of this piece of exquisit art.

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The Icon was written by our Redemptoristine Nuns OSsR.