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News and Events... Updated regularly

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Succour 2018...

Novenas are happening all over the Province this month

in honour of our

Mother of Perpetual Succour.

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Fr Provincial's Letter 30th May 2018...


30th May 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

As we move into the month of June we remember this is traditionally a month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St. Alphonsus, living in the mainstream of the French Oratarian school of Saint John Eudes, Cardinal Berule and the Jesuits, was steeped in this devotion. On 14th June we celebrate the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus which is always held to be a Redemptorist feast, but seems less popular in this age.

When Pope Leo XIII celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of his priesthood the Catholics of the world had a collection for him. He used the donations for the building of the church which we staff at San Gioacchino near the Vatican where this devotion continues with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each day. Leo's encyclical Annum Sacrum emphasises devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist. So happy Corpus Christi also.

In England and Wales we are building up to the ecclesial event of "Adoremus". Redemptorist Publications has produced much material on the Eucharist for this event. Many confreres have contributed and my little booklet on the Visits to the Blessed Sacrament adapted from St. Alphonsus, is now available for parishes and individuals.





Please click on the image to access the Parish Mission flyer. Please pray for the Mission Team during their week at Hamilton.

Fr Provincial's Letter - May 2018...


17th May, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

All good wishes for the feast of Pentecost and for the days that follow. Next week I shall be at the Conference of Religious Meeting in Swanwick. I hope to make a quick visit en route to Fr. Barrie O'Toole who has been undergoing treatment and is resting at the home of his sister, Pat. I also intend to visit the confreres in Erdington and Liverpool on my return.

Before the Extraordinary Visitation began, the EPC had a meeting. During that meeting I asked if it would be in order to convoke the Provincial Chapter for the next quadrennium and this was unanimously agreed. Therefore, and in  ccordance with our law: 

I convoke the next Provincial Chapter to assemble in Kinnoull, Perth on the evening of January 7th, 2019. The meeting is scheduled to last until lunch time on Friday January 11th, 2019.

The agenda will be sent before the Chapter. Its work will include discernment and action on the Conference Apostolic Plan as it relates to our Province and to the Conference, and also the election of a new Provincial government.

The EPC also appointed Frs. Tim Buckley and Andrew Burns to be responsible for the election process of capitulars and for nominations for the next Provincial Superior. They will co-opt a third person and the ballot papers will go out in September.

During the week I received a letter from the Superior General for all the confreres, written in the name of the General Government, and talking about good leadership and also good discernment. I will attach it with this letter for your reflection. 

I shall of course write at the end of the month. In the meantime please continue to remember all the apostolic work being carried out, and pray especially for our older and sick confreres.

Enjoy the feast.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

European Redemptorist Youth Gathering July 2018



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Fr McManus CSsR and Pope Francis...

Missionaries of Mercy

During the Holy Year of Mercy, on Ash Wednesday 2016, Pope Francis commissioned 900 priests from around the world to be Missionaries of Mercy. They were recommended by their bishops or their Provincials or Generals. He shared with us his own faculties for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and encouraged us to make the mercy of God known to the whole Church and the world.

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The Missionaries of Mercy were invited back to Rome to concelebrate Mass with the Holy Father on the feast of Divine Mercy, the  Sunday after Easter and to have a  three day conference on the Mercy of God in the Vatican. Pope Francis spent the morning of 10 April with us. He gave us a very moving  talk on how we as Missionaries of Mercy should witness to the Mercy of God the Father in all circumstances.  He reminded us of the mandate he had entrusted to us with these words: “We must acknowledge that God’s mercy knows no bounds, and with your ministry, you are a concrete sign that the Church cannot, must not and does not wish to create any barrier or difficulty that may hinder access to the Father’s forgiveness. The “prodigal son” did not have to pass through customs: he was welcomed by the Father, without obstacles”.

Fr Provincial's May 2018 Letter...


28th April, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

On Monday we shall begin the Extraordinary Visitation here in Kinnoull and I know that many of you will actively participate in it, while others will participate through prayer from the various communities. We will be joined by eight confreres from Ireland, two from Lebanon, two from Saint Clement's and one from Slovakia as well as some of our associates. I hope that we shall be able to sensitively review the decisions of the General Chapter and continue to see a way forward for the Province and for the Conference of Europe. On Thursday evening we shall have Mass and a celebration for our Jubilarians.

As we prepare for the month of May, I again recall the Marian thrust of St. Alphonsus and his May devotions, as well as those of Cardinal Newman which can be quite helpful.

I am sure you are all aware that last month the Holy Father produced an Apostolic Exhortation on 'The call to holiness in today's world' named Gaudete et Exultate. Whilst I do not find it as exciting and groundbreaking as Evangelii Gaudium, it does challenge us to reflect not only on our baptismal call to live the life of Jesus, but the ongoing challenge of maintaining and deepening this relationship.

Cardinal Tobin CSsR

Is Cardinal Tobin emerging as the new leader of America’s ‘Francis party’?

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life...

All over the world our prayer intention is

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

The Redemptorists of the London Province

salute all our

brother priest and male religious and all our religious sisters

throughout the world.

We are all in this together.

Our prayer rises for you this Sunday.

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Formators of Europe Meeting in Trois Epis...

A meeting of the formators of Europe was held in Trois Epis from April 10th to April 12th. Present were the Coordinator of Europe Fr. Johannes Rommelt, Fr. Piotr Chyla from the General Secretariat for Formation, members of the European Formation Secretariat and 28 Confreres from almost every Unit in the Conference. The Executive Secretary for Formation Fr. Manuel Rodriguez was also present.

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Br Richard CSsR - his loving Mother RIP...

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Br Royston CSsR, Fr Denis CSsR and Br Richard CSsR

Mom’s death: Brother Richard Maidwell, C.Ss.R.

Today my sister Kay and I laid our Mother to rest in Alton Cemetery after a Requiem Mass celebrated in our Chawton house chapel by Fr Denis McBride, C.Ss.R.

Mom had been living in Alton in Brendoncare Nursing Home for the past 4 years. Prior to that she lived in Bighton with my sister after coming to England from Zimbabwe where she lived most of her life. She was born in Poona, India, but left with her parents as a little girl. In Bulawayo Zimbabwe Mom met Ambrose Maidwell, my Father, where they married in December 1940.

They had three children. Roy and Keith, and then a good few years later, myself. Mom’s married life was devoted to her husband, children, home and garden. She was a loving caring woman who loved animals especially dogs and was an active member of the SPCA for many years.

After Dad died Mom moved into a retirement home and a few years later married Jack Allam. They were together just 4 years when Jack died. Eventually Mom moved to England in 2011 and settled here with Kay, my eldest brother’s wife, my brother Roy having died 20 years earlier.

Mom died at the nursing home on Holy Saturday at 21:30. May she rest in peace.

Missionaries of Mercy 2018...

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The second meeting of Pope Francis with the Missionaries of Mercy was held in Rome from April 8 to 11, 2018. It was the second occasion in which the Missionaries formed by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Jubilee Year of the mercy met together in Rome. The first was just before the season of Lent during the Jubilee Year when they received this Jubilee mandate, in which Pope stated: “Being a missionary of Mercy is a responsibility entrusted to you because it requires you to be in first person witnesses of the closeness of God and his way of loving.”

Rt Rev Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR, Bishop of Chinhoyi...


(Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe) Today on 7th April 2018, we witnessed the ordination of Right Rev. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, C.Ss.R as the third Bishop of Chinhoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe. He is actually

1.    The first Redemptorist Bishop in Chinhonyi.

2.    The first black African Redemptorist in Zimbabwe, Africa and the whole Congregation of the Redemptorists.

The principal consecrator was Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu (who was also the Administrator of the Diocese of Chinhoyi). He was assisted by Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro. Several other bishops were present including our own Redemptorist Bishop from the United Kingdom (Hallam), Bishop Ralph Heskett.

Fr Ronald McAinsh, the provincial superior and his vicar Fr Richard Reid also graced the occasion. Redemptorists from other African countries included Fr Raphael Kitheka the mission superior of Kenya and Fr Sean Wales the provincial superior of South Africa.



Profile: Family

Bishop Mupandasekwa was born on the 28th of April 1970 in Masvingo. His mother Roswita Madzima (deceased) was a housewife and a tailor. She died from breast cancer. His Father Fabian Mupandasekwa (Deceased) was a police officer for many years. He died in 2002 from injuries sustained from a car accident. These two staunch Catholics were married at Mukaro Mission in Bishop Mupandasekwa’s diocese of origin.



Education and Redemptorist formation

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Diploma in Philosophy (1991-1993).

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Honours Degree in Religious Studies (1995-2000).

St Augustine College South Africa – Masters in Canon Law (2001-2003).

Academia Alphonsiana Rome – Masters in Moral Theology (2007-2010).

Redemptorist Finally Professed: 21 February 1998.

Ordained priest – by Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa – 4 August 2001 in the Archdiocese of Harare, Zimbabwe.

Diocese of Origin: Masvingo.




Redemptorist Regional Superior (2015).

Redemptorist Student Formator (2010-2015).

Vice Rector of Holy Trinity College Harare, Zimbabwe (2014)

Member of the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity College.

Dean of Outer City Deanery, Harare Zimbabwe (2013-2015).


Curate of St. Fidelis Parish – Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe (2001-2005).

Parish Priest of St Gerard’s Parish, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe (2005-2007).

Parish Priest of St Fidelis Parish, Mabvuku, Harare (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Chishawasha Seminary, Zimbabwe (2010-2014).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Canon Law – Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-2015).

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