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Bl Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R
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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Novena for Christmas- Day 1

 Written by St Alphonsus Liguori CSsR Founder, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 

 

Meditation One

DECEMBER 16

 

The love that God has shown to us in becoming human.

 

Day1

 

Fr Royston CSsR - Ordination Pictures...

The Ordination of

Rev'd Fr Royston Price CSsR

took place in the Redemptorist Church in Clapham,

Our Immaculate Lady of Victories (St Mary's)

on Friday 4th December 2020.

The Presiding Prelate was

Archbishop John Wilson,

Archbishop of Southwark.

Enjoy the pictures and pray for Vocations

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As the ceremony begins the Br Deacon leaves the sacristy...

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Archbishop John Wilson leads us in prayer...

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Fr Royston's father reads the first reading...

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Fr Royston's sister reads the Psalm...

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The deacon reads the Gospel...

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The Archbishop preaches a very good sermon...

Priestly Ordination of Fr Royston Price CSsR...

Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

– Rev Royston Price CSsR, 4 Dec 2020, St Mary’s, Clapham.

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Archbishop's wonderful homily

2 Tim 1:13-14, 2:1-3; Ps 23; Jn 20:19-23

Dear Royston, my son and my brother

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Dear friends

Advent is a wonderful season in which to be ordained a priest. Bursting with hope and promise, the Church rejoices that her Saviour, who once came in time, and was born in Bethlehem, will, one day, come again in glory and majesty when all is, at last, fulfilled.

In the midst of this rejoicing, you, dear Royston, are to be signed with a special character through the laying on of hands and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.[1] In a new way, forevermore, you will be configured to Christ the supreme and eternal high priest. You are to be consecrated to act in His very person; to preach His Gospel; to shepherd His faithful; and to celebrate the Sacraments and divine worship in His honour.[2] If this all seems rather daunting, take courage from the risen Lord speaking to His disciples: ‘As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.’[3] It is Christ who has brought you to this point. It is Christ who will carry you forward.

In his beautiful Christmas carol, ‘Tu scendi dalle stelle,’ your great patron, St Alphonsus, announces ‘From starry skies descending, Thou commest, glorious King.’ In an intimately personal way, Christ comes to you, Royston, through ordination to the priesthood so that you can serve His Church and His people with a generous and undivided heart. The glorious King of heaven and earth chooses you to be His priest. In your own way, like St Alphonsus, you have heard the Lord’s voice say within you, ‘Leave the world, and give yourself to me.’ Put aside any anxiety and lay down any fears. Take heart from St Paul writing to the young Timothy: ‘You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us,’ who lives in you.[4]

A primary image for your priestly life comes from the Lord’s self-identification as the Good Shepherd. St John Damascene’s Pastor’s Prayer to the Good Shepherd echoes God’s great condescension. The Word is made flesh, as God reaches down to a fallen world. ‘O Christ, my God,’ prays St John Damascene, ‘you stooped down to me, poor straying sheep, to take me on your shoulders and … set me down in green pastures.’[5] The plentiful redemption you are called to announce must flow from your inner experience of Christ’s merciful loving. Before we shepherd others, we need to know what it means for the Lord to be our shepherd, my shepherd. Your priestly ministry will ring true when you speak and serve as a friend of the Good Shepherd. ‘Be a shepherd to me, O Lord,’ petitions St John Damascene, ‘and together with me, be the shepherd of your sheep.’[6] Let your priesthood manifest Christ’s special concern for His loved ones who stray, for the destitute and the dispossessed. Be a shepherd for the hundred, not just the ninety-nine.

Royston, because you know what it means to have been found by Christ, you are to lead others to the living water of the Sacraments, to restore and revive their souls in the hope of heaven. Like St Alphonsus, preach fervently, but compassionately, with goodness and kindness, in ways that can be understood by everyone. Pray to the Lord, in St John Damascene’s words: ‘Enable me to proclaim your word boldly, may your Spirit’s tongue of flame give perfect freedom to my tongue and make me constantly attentive to your presence.’[7] As you keep to the pattern of sound teaching, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus, seek to convert hearts and minds with the gentle call of the Shepherd’s voice.

A new member in the OSsR Nuns in Dublin...

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Sr Stacey in the habit of her former Congregation

Our Sisters the Redemptoristine Nuns in Dublin received a new sister into their community this evening on the Feast of the Presentation. Sr Stacey has been a finally professed member of another Congregaiton and after much discernment she heard a call within a call. With the permission of her Superior General she received permission to follow her vocation as a Redemptoristine Nun. Let us pray for Sr Stacey as she begins this new journey. Pray for all our Redemptoristine Sisters as they definitely pray for us, their "little" brothers!

Follow them for prayer on their webcam rednuns.com  

The pictures are coutesy of their webcam

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Being given the Redemptoristine habit

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady ... 21 Nov 

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Mass from RP Books for this wonderful feast.

The Provincial Letter 18th Nov 2020...

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click here to read the full letter...

CSsR Links all around the world...

Why not visit our confreres around the world and get to know us better?

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(V) PROVINCES/ REGIONS

  1. Province of Rome, Italy: http://www.cssrroma.org
  2. Province of Naples, Italy: http://www.redentoristinapoletani.it
  3. Province of Naples, Italy: https://www.santalfonsoedintorni.it
  4. Province of Madrid, Spain: http://www.redentoristas.org
  5. Province of Lisbon: http://www.cssr.pt
  6. Province of Lyon-Paris: www.redemptoristes.fr
  7. Province of Vienna-Munich: http://wien-muenchen.redemptoristen.com
  8. Province of London, UK: http://www.redemptorists.co.uk
  9. Province of Dublin, Ireland: http://www.redemptorists.ie
  10. Province of Bratislava-Prague: http://redemptoristi.sk
  11. Vice-province of Michalovce: http://redemptoristi.nfo.sk
  12. Province of Warsaw: http://www.redemptor.pl
  13. Region of St. Gerard, Russia & Kazakhstan:http://redemptorist.ru/en
  14. Province of Lviv, Ukraine: http://www.cssr.lviv.ua
  15. Province of St. Clement: http://www.stclemens.org
  16. Conference of North America: https://www.redemptorists.com/
  17. Province of Baltimore, USA: https://redemptorists.net
  18. Region of Sainte- Anne de Beaupré, Canada: http://www.redemptoristes.ca
  19. Region of Yorkton, Canada: http://yorktonredemptorists.com
  20. Vice-Province of Extra Patriam, USA: http://dccthaingoai.com
  21. Province of Denver, USA: http://redemptoristsdenver.org
  22. Region of Edmonton-Toronto: http://redemptorists.ca
  23. Vice-Province of Fortaleza (Brazil): http://www.redentoristasfortaleza.org.br/
  24. Vice-Province of Caracas (Venezuela): http://redentoristasdevenezuela.org/
  25. Vice-Province of Peru North: http://www.redentoristasac.com/
  26. Vice-Province of Resistencia (Argentina): https://www.redentoristaschaco.com/
  27. Vice-Province of Bahia (Brazil): http://www.redentoristas.com.br/
  28. Province of Buenos Aires (Argentina): https://www.redentoristas.org.ar/
  29. Province of Sao Paulo (Brazil): http://www.a12.com/redentoristas
  30. Vice-Province of Recife (Brazil): https://cssr-recife.webnode.pt/
  31. Province of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):http://www.provinciadorio.org.br/
  32. Province of Bogota (Columbia): http://redentoristasdecolombia.com/
  33. Province of Santiago (Chile): http://www.redentoristas.cl/
  34. Province of Porto Alegre (Brazil):http://www.redentoristaspoa.com.br/
  35. Province of Campo Grande (Brazil): http://redentoristas.org.br/
  36. Province of Goias (Brazil): http://redentorista.com.br/
  37. Vice-Province of Manaus (Brazil): https://redentoristanaamazonia.webnode.com.br/
  38. Province of Bolivia: http://redentoristasbolivia.com.bo/
  39. Region of Korea: http://cafe.daum.net/cssrkor
  40. Vice-Province of Japan: http://www.cssr.or.jp/
  41. Province of Oceania: https://www.cssr.org.au/
  42. Vice-Province of Malaysia and Singapore:http://www.cssrao.com/unit/singapore-malaysia-ipoh/
  43. Province of Vietnam: http://chuacuuthe.com/
  44. Province of Bangalore: http://www.cssr.in/
  45. Region of Colombo: https://redemptorists.lk/
  46. Vice-Province of  Majella (Mumbai, India): http://www.cssrao.com/unit/india-majella/
  47. Province of Bangkok (Thailand): http://www.cssr.or.th/
  48. Province of Cebu (Philippines): http://redemptorists-cebu.com/
  49. Vice-Province of Manila (Philippines): http://www.cssrao.com/unit/phillipines-cebu/
  50. Province of Liguori (India): http://www.cssrliguori.com/
  51. Region of Madagascar: https://www.africaredemptorists.com/countries/madagascar/
  52. Mission of Mozambique: https://www.africaredemptorists.com/countries/mozambique/
  53. Vice-Province of Luanda (Angola):  https://www.africaredemptorists.com/countries/angloa/
  54. Mission of Kenya: https://www.africaredemptorists.com/countries/kenya/
  55. Zimbabwe Region: http://redemptorists.org.zw/
  56. Vice-Province of West Africa (Niger, Burkina-Faso, and Ivory Coast): https://www.africaredemptorists.com/countries/burkina-faso/

OTHER LINKS

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos: http://www.seelos.org

National Shrine of St. John Neumann, Philadelphia: https://stjohnneumann.org

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, Canada: http://www.sanctuairesainteanne.org

Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine, Canada: http://www.bvmartyrshrine.com

Redemptorists Vocations: http://www.redemptoristvocations.com

Redemptorist Missionary Vocations, USA: http://cssrvocations.com

Redemptorists Vocation Promotion Porto Alegre (Brazil): http://www.evocacionado.com.br/

Center for spirituality and formation – Cotuí, Dominican Republic: https://casasangerardocotui.com/

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bergvliet, Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.holyredeemer.co.za/wordpress/

One Body...

For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into ONE BODY (1 Cor. 12:13).

The Congregation unites members who

live together and form one missionary body (C.2).

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"ONE BODY is prepared for community prayer and reflection, but it can also be used by individual confreres, lay missionaries and associates, groups and individuals. We ask you to make it available to Sisters and lay men and women who would benefit from its reflections." Fr General CSsR wrote this explaining what One Body represents.

 

Click here to read the latest edition of One Body

- which is about St Clement and the Redemptorist Vita Apostolica

Go here to see all the editions of One Body

They left but are still a part of family...

Our brothers in Zimbabwe at the cemetery remembering our dead.

It is often said that the dead rule Africa. That is, of course, an overstatement. However, there in Africa enormous respect for the ancestors as well as a real influence exerted by them. They are a very natural and supernatural part of the family.  We grow up in real communion with our ancestors.

Therefore when we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, there is a very large community celebration in which families come together.

Here in Zimbabwe, the parish Mass on the first Sunday of November is celebrated where possible in the local cemetery, and then afterward, each of the family graves is blessed. It is a long and at this time of the year a very hot ceremony, but it means so much to the people of the country.

For the Redemptorists, as well as participating in the parish celebrations, we visit the graves of our own deceased Redemptorists. There are only a few, and these are confreres who came up from South Africa over 40 years ago and ministered in many parts of this country.

So each November, members of our communities in the Region of Zimbabwe go to these graves and pray in thanksgiving for the labours of our Redemptorist ancestors and also for their eternal repose.  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Brother Benjamin T. Posvo, C.Ss.R.