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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

CSsR Discernment Day Sept 2017...


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Fr Charles, Fr Peter, Sr Sheila and Fr Richard were joined by young people the other day to look at the question of discernment and what God has in mind for other peoples life. The event took place in our Monastery in Kinnoull Perth.

Pray for those brave people who earnestly seek God's way!

Third Phase of the CSsR General Chapter...

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The Third Phase of the General Chapter for the Conference of Redemptorist of Europe has started in Perth (Scotland) on 4th September 2017 (London Province of CSsR). There are 36 participants. They represent 1399 Redemptorists from 14 Units and from the Interprovincial Community in Albania. There are also two lay people among the participants (from the London and Madrid Provinces).

The Chapter started with the Eucharist presided over by the Superior General. Fr. Michael Brehl said that: “Like the crowd in the synagogue in Nazareth, we sometimes become nervous and uneasy in the face of change. Like Jesus, we need to remember that we are sent with a mission in the power of the Spirit.”

During the working session the Superior General talked about the orientation and the meaning of the Third Phase. He recalled that this Third Phase has specific goals:

Fr General CSsR and Creation...

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WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER:

In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus our Redeemer,

On September 1, 2017, we once again celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which was instituted for the Catholic Church by Pope Francis in 2015. I write this brief message to encourage all of us to celebrate this day – and to remember it in our weekend Eucharists (September 2-3).

We remember the concern of the 25th General Chapter which urged all of us to promote and deepen the spirit of Laudato si as an essential part of our Witness to the Redeemer (25th General Chapter, Decision 12). The world, our ‘common home’, is wounded also by human exploitation and abuse of the ecology and environment.

I offer the following reflection from Pope Francis on this World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation:

As Christians, we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing. In doing so, we must first rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation. We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.).

Our CSsR map today...

Today the top ten visitors are coming from the following places!

Lagos was in the number 7 spot last month!

Glad to see some Scots and some Irish appearing! 

1 London

2 Liverpool

3 Sunderland

4 Winsford

5 Plymouth

6 Perth

7 Lagos

8 Birmingham

9 Derry

10 Glasgow

and so the list goes on...

Sr Mary Perpetuo OSsR - 60 years a Nun...

On the Second of September people gathered in the

Redemptoristine Monastery Dublin

to celebrate with the Nuns,

Sr Mary Perpetuo OSsR

Diamond Jubilee

60 years of Religious Life!

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The community gathered - their joy is great! Sr M Perpetuo OSsR is in the front row,

third from the left

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The singing and the music was real praise for God.

 

Fr Provincial's Letter Sept '17...

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1st September, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

This has been a very hectic month for me - having given two large retreats for Religious - as well as having a considerable amount of Province business.

I have just returned from Clapham where we met as an EPC, and also as an OPC. We also had a day long meeting of the Finance Secretariate. In addition, the EPC, as Trustees, attended the AGM of the Ace of Clubs which I chaired. I am happy to report that this initiative goes from strength to strength, and the new Director, Andrew Tyers has settled in well.

We are also on the eve of the Third Phase of the General Chapter. The capitulators from the Conference of Europe will meet in Kinnoull for one week beginning tomorrow, and this will include the Assembly of the Conference of Europe. Obviously this is an important time as we try to discern the mind of the General Chapter, and also see a way forward for the Province. I therefore ask you to keep this meeting in your prayers.

The logistics and organisation of the meeting have been considerable, and this includes collecting over 35 confreres from Edinburgh airport, setting up translation booths, sound equipment and a whole raft of other requirements. As well as the 35 Redemptorists who will be present, the two lay members who attended the First Phase will be with us for some days. They are Nicole Barber from our own Province, and Raphael Junquera from the Province of Madrid.

Fr John Milcz celebrates his 90th birthday today!...

Pictured below as he is - a man at prayer!

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Our warmest good wishes and prayers go to our beloved confrere,

Fr John Milzc CSsR

who today celebrates his

90th birthday!

We thank God for his wonderful long life and fruitful ministry!

Ad multos annos!

A Redemptorist CSsR Preacher...

From an advert found in the Scottish Catholic Observor

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Venerable Margaret Sinclair - Pray for us!

Mission at Long Eaton

From the30th September to the 6th October - Fr Kieran Brady C.Ss.R & Fr. Tom MacCarte C.Ss.R will be giving a parish mission at St Francis Church in Tamworth.

Click on the image below - to discover the full mission programme.

  

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More information is available on St Francis Website please click here

7 Popes, 2 Monarchs, 9 Provincials! Fr Bev 70 years a CSsR...

On this day 15th August

Fr Beverley Ahearn CSsR

celebrates

70 years

as a Professed Redemptorist! 

 

In that time he has served under

7 Holy Fathers

2 Monarchs

and 9 Fathers Provincial!fr b ahearn cssr 70yrs

1947 - 2017

70 years a Redemptorist!

Ad multos annos! Vivat in aeternum!

Pray in thanksgiving for Fr Bev's vocation

and pray with sincerity for Vocations to the CSsR family!

Our CSsR Map this week...

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The top ten places that are visiting our web site! The top place is LIVERPOOL!

The length and breadth of England is doing very well - and Nigeria and Canada are not doing too badly either. We wonder though,...

...where are the Scottish and the Welsh!? 

Wherever you are visiting from - know that you are most welcome!

1 Liverpool

London

3 Bootle

4 Saint Helens

5 Birmingham

6 Manchester

7 Lagos 

8 Toronto

9 Chlemsford

10 Leeds

 

 

 

         Michelangelo's Redeemer

CSsR Missions 2017/2018... 

 

Is 2017 / 2018 a special moment 
in the life of your Parish?
Could it be time to consider a Parish Mission?
The Redemptorists in the UK are now taking bookings for next year.
Find more contact details and options below
 

Br Thomas CSsR Birthday...

Many of you will know Br Thomas from his time in Sunderland and his time in Clapham! He is a faithful brother who looked after many things to make sure all would be well. Br Thomas at the moment is in the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Vauxhall, enjoying a bit of care and attention! Recently he celebrated another birthday and the Sisters and the Staff made such a fuss for him.

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L to R:- Br Gregory, Br Martin, Fr Richard, Br Thomas, Fr Michael and Fr Bev CSsR

Thanks to everyone at the Little Sisters of the Poor

The Provincial writes, 1st Aug 2017...

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1st August, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

I have already contacted most communities to wish everyone a very happy feast today. I hope that the spirit and zeal of Saint Alphonsus continues to increase among us in our Province. I also trust that his spirit of prayer will be our lifeline and our strength; and of course his approach to moral theology is a truly Redemptorist focus. There is a helpful article in the latest Studia Moralia by Fr. Sabatino Majorano on Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia which I recommend.

I cannot summarise the article in this letter, but it is well worth reading, as it proposes (as I indicated in my March letter) the pastoral approach of St. Alphonsus to those indifficult situations, and affirms the merciful and missionary conversion recommended by the Papal Exhortation, which in reality is at the heart of Alphonsus's moral vision.

I have just returned from Poland where I was involved in teaching on the course for Perpetual Vows and also for those who are ten years in ministry. Among those participating were three students from Zimbabwe and Massimiliano Mura from the Province of Rome, who has spent the past year in Clapham. Max will make his Final Vows on Saturday in San Gioacchino and would be grateful for your prayers. As you know two of our Novices made their First Profession last Saturday in Zimbabwe; and Mike Taylor and Royston Price renewed their vows today in Clapham and Liverpool respectively.

CSsR First Vows in Harare...

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Br Adam and Br Alfred making their Temporary Profession before

Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR, the Regional Superior

Br Adam Mukabva and Alfred Zembe took their simple vows at Alphonsus House after a year of the noviciate experience under the care of Fr Joseph Musendami and Br David Nyamuronda. A mass which was attended by representatives of relatives, some parishioners from all Redemptorist parishes and the majority of Redemptorists resident in Zimbabwe was held at 10 AM on 29 of July 2017. Fr Tryivis Moyo preached and gave a sermon on the life in the Novitiate, the significance of the profession ceremony and the future.

Brs Adam Mukabva and Alfred Zembe will now join other students at St Alphonsus House under the wings of Br Benjamin Posvo, the Student master and his assistant Fr Gideon Sidinga. This new development means that there will twenty Redemptorist students in Zimbabwe – thirteen in philosophy (6 first years; 4 second years; 6 third years) and seven in theology (2 first year [Adam and Zembe]; 3 third year; 2 fourth year).

Brs Adam and Alfred CSsR - Makorokoto!