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Fr. General presents his report in the General Chapter...
Fr. General presents his report in the General Chapter...
The second day of the Chapter began with morning prayer led by the Province of Denver. As it was All Saints day, we had a litany of the Saints done with PowerPoint and ending with a variety of icons of Our Blessed Lady.
At the beginning of the first session Fr. General reminded us that this is the anniversary of the year in 1866 when Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists, and is also the date of our first foreign mission. 150 years ago today Blessed Peter Donders became a novice in the country of Surinam.
Fr. General then presented his report in two parts.
The first presentation contained a statistical overview. Although the number of professed confreres has gone down slightly since the last General Chapter, we are now ministering in more than 80 countries.
He then gave details about the Year of Mercy, the Jubilee of OLPH, about the Beatifications, the natural disasters as well as the mass movement of peoples, especially migrants and refugees.
After a brief break the main body of the report was delivered.
Fr. General spoke about several contexts:
He began with the Ecclesial Context, highlighting the courageous resignation of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis and the three Synods which have taken place.
Next the World Context:
He mentioned the ecological crisis, violence and terrorism, refugees and migrants, fundamentalism, natural disasters
Reminding us again of the 7 Principles of Restructuring and the importance of Restructuring being for mission, he stressed the centrality of the Mission of Christ the Redeemer. This is essential for this Chapter. It is not a business meeting.
The 7th Principle is very important….to commit ourselves as Chapter delegates to collaborate in a spirit of co-responsibility. We must communicate with the whole Congregation our desire for the direction of this Chapter.
Missionary priorities are not a list of what we do. Our priorities indicate first of all the people to whom we are sent and the message God gave us to share.
Therefore we must collaborate with others and consider new missionary forms and -indeed to seek them out. The process of restructuring is always at the service of mission.
Conferences and Units
We have too many Units in the Congregation. We should half the number of Provinces. The province structure is still the most affective. We get caught up in administration and self preservation. The Conference is a transitional structures to get us to where we need to go. When we arrive at 35 Units then a Conference of major superiors will be effective.
Apostolic community and consecrated life.
It is an essential a law of our life that we live and work and minister from community.
The last Chapter mandated a plan of community life for each community in the world. However two concerns remain: a lack of common understanding of what an apostolic community means. We also need structures for a sacred space for dialogue and we also need to rethink our life together in terms of the Constitutions.
Ronald J. McAinsh, C.SS.R.
Day 1 of the General Chapter – Monday, Oct. 31, 2016...
Today we caught a glimpse of how much work has gone into the preparations for the General Chapter as the details of what has to happen and what will happen were outlined for us. The Chapter Preparatory Commission which was named by the General Government in April, 2014 has overseen every aspect of the Chapter to make sure that things will go smoothly while at the same time allowing for a full and free conversation about the state of the Congregation today. It is humbling to see all the different committees, commissions, volunteers, appointments, and planning that this Commission undertook.
For example, we have a liturgy booklet that outlines all the liturgical celebrations for the coming four weeks, the daily Eucharists (in six different languages each day, except when we all come together for a special liturgy), morning prayer, and prayer before sessions and before meals. In total we have about a dozen documents that deal with everything from meal times to postulata and reports from those with various responsibilities within the Congregation.
In the afternoon, we had the pleasure of seeing every Chapter delegate as well as every confrere helping with the Chapter (translators, notaries, specialists, etc.) introduced to the Assembly by the five Conference Coordinators. This gave a visible, tangible sign of the world-wide reach and ministry of the Congregation.
Finally, the Moderators outlined the various commissions that will assist with the proper functioning of the Chapter (like the editorial commission, the theological and canon law commissions, and even the ‘conviviality commission’ for evening time) and they walked us through the proposed agenda for the coming two weeks. There is much to be accomplished.
Fr. Mark Miller, CSsR
25th General Chapter Officially Started 2016
XXV General Chapter is officially started in Pattaya, Thailand...
The 25th General Chapter began with the celebration of Holy Mass in the beautiful Thai style chapel at Pattaya. Fr. General was the chief celebrant assisted by the Vicar General, Fr. Enrique Lopez and the Provincial of Thailand Fr. Joseph Apisit.
A votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was celebrated in Italian. The homily was based on the gospel from John, on the post-resurrectional appearance of Jesus and his message of peace. Fr General reminded the capitulars that Jesus can come even through closed or locked doors. Quoting the address of the Holy Father at the beginning of the last Synod, he reminded us that this is not a business meeting or a parliament style gathering, but a work of the Holy Spirit. He urged all present to enter into a mode of listening, fraternal sharing and openness to the Spirit of God.
After a short break, the 100 capitulators (one has yet to arrive) and 16 support staff consisting of notaries, translators and technical support personnel listened while Fr General outlined the programme of the morning. He introduced first of all the three moderators, and advice was given about the voting machines and other equipment.
Brother Jeffrey Rolle read the document from the Commission for ratifying the status of all present as voting members of the Chapter, after which Fr. General asked all to vote on the proposition that the 25th General Chapter be officially opened.
This was followed by a report from the Secretary General in which he outlined details of the preparation for the Chapter which have taken place, and also gave details of the various documents supplied to each Chapter member. An outline of the daily timetable was also given.
Fr. Michael from the local community then introduced the local support team who will work to ensure the smooth running of the Chapter. He also informed us of possibilities for seeing the locality and our various Redemptorist apostolates.
For the first time at a General Chapter, the confreres sat at 13 large round tables in language groups, and it is hoped that this will facilitate easier and more effective communication.
Ronald J. McAinsh, C.SS.R.
Fr Provincial writes Nov 2016
Fr Provincial writes Nov 2016...
28th October, 2016
Dear Confreres and friends,
As you will be aware, our General Chapter begins at the end of this month and I know that the communities have been praying that the Holy Spirit will be with the capitulars as we review the past sexennium, plan and discern for the future and elect a new General Government. I will try and keep you updated with key moments from the Chapter.
As is my custom, I also remind you of the importance of observing the suffrages for our beloved dead. The four Masses that the communities should celebrate in November are: the deceased members of the Province and Region, all deceased Redemptorists, our deceased benefactors, our deceased parents and relatives. This is one way of expressing our deep gratitude for the amazing mission carried out by those on whose shoulders we continue to build and spread the gospel.
You will have seen from our web page that Br. Massimiliano Mura wrote an icon of Blessed Maria Celeste Crostorosa for the Clapham community. It was good to have Max with us, and I look forward to continuing our cooperation as he is translating at the General Chapter.
Fr Peter CSsR blesses the CSsR graves at Kinnoull
Fr Peter CSsR blesses the CSsR graves at Kinnoull...
Remembering our deceased loved ones and deceased confreres there was the Blessing of the Graves today, here in Kinnoull Cemetery.
Fr. Peter Morris C.Ss.R. with the Sabbatical Course participants
An act of tenderness towards the confreres who have gone before us.
Requiescant in pace!
Fr General writes about Cardinal-designate Tobin CSsR
Fr General writes about Cardinal-designate Tobin CSsR...
Feast of St. Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R.
Dear Confreres, Sisters, Associates and Friends:
On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Pope Francis announced the names of new Cardinals to be created at the Consistory on November 19. Among those named was our brother, Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of the Denver Province, Archbishop of Indianapolis, USA.
Cardinal-designate Tobin embodies in so many ways the description of the Redemptorist Missionary in Constitution 20:
“Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people plentiful redemption.”
Shortly after the announcement, Cardinal-designate Tobin explained how he understands this appointment: “Pope Francis is a grace for this time, and he really needs to choose his collaborators carefully. I am aware of how vast the Catholic Church is, and how many great leaders it has. The new Cardinals were chosen for the present needs of the Church… to represent the catholicity or universality of the Catholic Church.” It is clear to me, and to his brothers in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, that Pope Francis has chosen wisely!
The Gift of an Icon from Br Max CSsR
The Gift of an Icon from Br Max CSsR...
The extremely gifted Icon writer, Br Massimiliano Mura CSsR, a student from the Roman Province, presented an Icon of Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR to the Clapham community.
Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa is the foundress of our Redemptoristine Nuns OSsR, and was an important figure in our own history and early formation.
Br Max had been staying with the community for three months getting his already excellent English up to be an even higher standard. The community was extremely grateful for this precious gift and it will be blessed on Friday when the community will gather for a Day of Recollection.
On behalf of the Community,
Br Royston Price CSsR receives the Icon of
from Br Massimiliano Mura CSsR
Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR
Pray for us.
Upcoming Mission in Kilmarnock
Upcoming Mission in Kilmarnock
Click on the image below for the full mission schedule
St Gerard Majella CSsR Feast Day 16th Oct
St Gerard Majella CSsR...
Today we celebrate the feast of St Gerard Majella,
our own dear confrere and wonderful saint of the Church.
The Redemptorists of the London province
wish all their confreres around the world,
especially their "brothers"
a very happy feast day!
St Gerard Majella - Pray for us!
Pray for Vocations today, especially for the Redemptorist Brothers
Golden Jubilee of Very Rev Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR Provincial Superior
Golden Jubilee of Very Rev Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR Provincial Superior...
Fr Ronnie McAinsh CSsR
Golden Jubilee of Profession
on the 16th October 2016.
50 years a Redemptorist!
Fr Ronnie CSsR,
Redemptorists aound the world
Redemptoristine Nuns around the world
and your dear family and many friends,
congratulate you and salute you!
Know that you are being held in prayer all around the world as you celebrate 50 CSsR years.
1966 - 2016
Vivat in aeternum!
Fr General and Haiti
Fr General and Haiti...
Confreres, Sisters, Associates and Friends,
Peace to all of you in Christ Jesus our Redeemer as we prepare to celebrate this weekend the feast of our brother, St. Gerard Majella, C.Ss.R!
As you know, Hurricane Matthew swept across the Caribbean causing great loss of life, and enormous damage and destruction. This devastation was most serious in the country of Haiti. We grieve with all those families who lost loved ones. We are grateful that all of our confreres survived without serious injury. And we recognize the great need for immediate help with food, medicine, and other necessities, as well as the long term costs of reconstruction. Haiti is still recovering from the earthquake of 2010. And now another blow has struck them.
The Holy Father entrusted the people of Haiti to the tender and maternal embrace of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, patroness of Haiti. As a community in Rome, we celebrated Eucharist before the Original Icon for the intentions of the Haitian people on Saturday, October 15. We continue to hold the people of Haiti in our prayers.
Many Provincials and others have asked how they can send financial aid. Some have arranged special collections in their parishes and Churches. Others would like to make a donation. The General Government will gratefully welcome all donations. Please send them to the Economato in the ordinary way, but make sure that you include “Aid for Haiti” in the transfer of funds. Any Sisters or friends who would like to contribute are welcome to do so through their local Redemptorist (V)Province or Mission. As the situation becomes clearer, The Region of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will make more concrete plans for reconstruction. In the meantime, we want to respond as best we can to the immediate and urgent needs. Thank you for your generosity.
May Our Mother of Perpetual Help, who stood by her Son on the Cross, stand with and accompany the suffering people of Haiti.
Your brother in the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Bishop John A Mone RIP
Bishop John A Mone RIP...
Our sincere sympathy goes to
Bishop John's family, friends, clergy of the diocese and to the whole Diocese of Paisley
as Bishop John A Mone died this morning.
He was a great man, a great bishop and a great friend to the Redemptorists.
Bishop John Aloysius Mone RIP
Emeritus Bishop of Paisley
A new CSsR book on the Rosary
A new CSsR book on the Rosary...
A new Book published by Redemptorist Publications and written by our own
Fr Jim McManus CSsR is about to come into circulation.
"If you have been a life-long devotee of the Rosary, or if you are coming back to the Rosary after a long break, or if you are feeling attracted to the Rosary for the very first time, you will find in this book, At Home in the Mysteries of Christ, great encouragement, enlightenment and a new desire for a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jim McManus shows us how, through praying the Rosary, we personally accept Jesus Christ's invitation to "make our home in him" and consciously in our prayer enter into the mysteries of life."
New CSsR Cardinal...
New CSsR Cardinal...
Superiors General CSsR = current and emeritus!
Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus today Sunday
announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals.
A consistory will be held on the 19 of November,
the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy.
13 of the new Cardinals will be under 80 years
and will be eligible to vote in a conclave.
One of the new Cardinal is
Most Rev Joseph Tobin CSsR
Superior General CSsR Emeritus
Archbishop of Indianapolis
Our prayers, congratulations and our love goes to
Archbishop Joseph Tobin CSsR,
especially at this time!
From your brothers and sisters from the London Province.