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Memories of Confreres Past

 

Fr. Bev Ahearn C.SsR recorded some memories of past confreres.  

 

You can listen to him or read what he had to say by clicking on the names below.

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Fr. David Aherne CSsR

Brother Ambrose Arrowsmith CSsR

 

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Brother Adrian Bird CSsR

Fr. (Francis) Ben Brazier CSsR

Fr. William Brearton CSsR

Brother Columba Browne  CSsR

 

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Brother Stanislaus Cassidy CSsR

Fr. John Charlton CSsR

Br. Anselm Colam CSsR

 

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Fr. Peter Deary CSsR

Fr. William Doyle CSsR

Fr. George Drew CSsR

 

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Fr. Desmond Fitzgerald CSsR

Fr. Patrick Fury CSsR

 

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Fr. Denis Gibson CSsR

 

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Fr. William Haig CSsR

Brother Wilfrid Hallett CSsR

Fr. Christopher Harris CSsR

Fr. Francis Hawkins CSsR

Fr. Martin Hayes CSsR

Brother Nicholas Higgins CSsR

Fr. John Hodson CSsR

Fr. John Howard CSsR

Fr. Wilfred Hughes CSsR

 

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Fr. Joseph Jones CSsR

 

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Fr. Bernard Keaton CSsR

Fr. Patrick Kenny CSsR

Brother Xavier Kerr CSsR

Fr. Leo Kirk CSsR

 

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Fr. John Lawrence CSsR

Fr. John Lindsay CSsR

Fr. Frederick Lonergan CSsR

Fr. James Lougham CSsR

 

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Brother Damian MacDonald CSsR

Brother Luke McDermott CSsR

Brother Raymond McKeowan CSsR

Fr. John McMullen CSsR

Fr. Charles McPherson CSsR

Fr. Charles Murray CSsR

 

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Fr. Francis Nolan CSsR

 

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Fr. Edward O'Brien CSsR

Brother Bartholomew (James O'Brien) CSsR

Fr. Joe Ord CSsR

 

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Brother Philip Pagett CSsR

 

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Fr. Thomas Rangon CSsR

Fr. William Raymers CSsR

Fr. Edward Ring CSsR

 

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Fr. John Slattery CSsR

Fr. Gilbert Haydock Smith CSsR

Brother Patrick Spillane CSsR

Fr. James Stack CSsR

Brother Sebastian Swift CSsR

 

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Fr. Augustine Teasdale CSsR

 

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V

 

W

 

Fr. Philip Wrangham CSsR

Fr. Charles Wright CSsR

 

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Y

 

Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fr Provincial's Letter 31st Dec 2011...

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31st December, 2011

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

As this year draws to a close, I have been giving thanks for the many good things that have occurred in our Province over the past year. It seems to me that all too often we can focus on that which is deficient or lacking, and forget the positive aspects. I give thanks for the Professions and Ordinations which have taken place in the Province and the Region, for the confreres who have gone to God in sure hope and in faith, and above all for the terrific work being carried out by our brethren in all of our communities.

 

In Kinnoull we have been using the big Church for prayer, and it is the place where so many men made their Profession or were ordained. Being in that Church made me ask many questions about our vocation as Redemptorists, and about our present reality, as well as our future. It is easy to be pessimistic. And yet people continue to enquire about our life and see the wonder of our charism. From time to time I know that any of us can be a bit downhearted. Perhaps we feel that at this time we are only doing maintenance work in our ministries. However, I was reflecting that in the social climate in which we live, I really rejoice that we are able to do this. It requires great courage and faith to keep on working at ‘the coal face’ when, in the eyes of many, we are regarded as marginal or unnecessary.

 

At times I know that there can be a tendency to look back to the era of bigger numbers or of many younger confreres.  There can also be a tendency to wonder if there is any place for our charism in the post-modern world. However, I have to remind myself that the charism is not mine, or yours or the property of any individual. It is a gift to the Church and to the people of God. And our duty is first of all to live the charism, and also to continue to be willing to share it with others in all its richness.  And this is the challenge I believe which lies before us as we enter 2012.

 

I know that at the Province meeting we will be receiving input and having discussion on new ways of evangelising. We will also have time to reflect on the quality of our presence to one another when we look at our Apostolic Life Statutes which focus on our life in community. I am happy to inform you that Fr. Jacek Zdrzelek, the Coordinator for Europe, will be present from Monday until the end of the meeting. And may I remind you once again that we are asked to gather at Hawkstone for supper on the evening of Sunday, 22ndJanuary. It is anticipated that the meeting will end on Thursday which is set aside for Province business. The EPC will meet until Friday lunch time.

 

Our Canonical Visitation of the Province begins in Kinnoull on 4th Jan and we will visit all the communities other than Chawton which will be visited at another time. It is our hope that we will be able to have some prayer with each community – a Eucharist where possible, a meeting and a meal. The Ordinary Provincial Council will also be available to meet with individual confreres. In addition, the Provincial Bursar will sign the financial records and the Mass books where appropriate, and where archives are kept, they will also be reviewed.  The Visitation in Kinnoull will be conducted by Fr. O’Mahony  and Fr. Richard Reid who is the first elected EPC member, since both Fr. Mulligan and I are members of this community. The Visitation in Hawkstone will be conducted by Fr. Mulligan and I for a similar reason. I enclose the Visitation timetable which was sent previously to each community. We very much look forward to meeting you all.

 

Fr. Martin Gay has returned to South Africa after a longish stay in the Province. Fr. Martin provided invaluable assistance over the months, both in the parish and in the community in Clapham, and on behalf of the Province, I express our gratitude.  Fr. Gerard McCabe, whose mother died two weeks ago, has written to thank us for the support he received in his time of bereavement. I spoke with Fr. Gerard today and he returns to South Africa on 2nd January. Several confreres were present at the funeral Mass for Fr. Gerard’s mother on 20th December in Stevenson.

 

Please remember in your prayers the confreres in Zimbabwe who will have a Visitation from the General Government at the end of January. The final meeting for the Units of Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe will take place in Harare in early February with Fr. General presiding.

 

Birthdays this month: Fr Joe Doherty, 4th, Fr Jim Casey, 17th, Fr George Webster, 26th.

 

This year I shall begin to send electronic copies of my letter to those who indicate that they are happy to receive it in this form. Please let me know during the Visitation, the manner in which you wish the letter to be communicated.

 

As we say our Te Deum for this past year, may I wish all of you, and also our relatives, friends and benefactors, a very blessed and happy New Year. I also wish you a happy feast for the commemoration St. John Neumann on 5th and Blessed Peter Donders on 14th.

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

  

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

Cardinal Varkey C.Ss.R., RIP...

 

Father General, Michael Brehl,

is saddened to announce to the Congregation the death of

+Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.Ss.R.

Major Archbishop of Ernakulam Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church

Cardinal-Priest of Saint Bernardo alle Terme

Cardinal Varkey passed away today, Friday, April 1, 2011

 

Requiescat in pace

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Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.SS.R., was born on 29 May 1927 in Parur, India. He was ordained for the Redemptorists on 12 June 1954 and held a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.

For 25 years he taught canon law at the Redemptorists' major seminary in Bangalore. He also served as Provincial for India and Sri Lanka (1978-84), President of the Conference of Religious, India (1984-85) and Apostolic Administrator of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery in Bangalore (1990-96).

On 11 November 1996 he was appointed titular Archbishop of Acrida (since 19 April 1997, of  Antinoe) and Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars, receiving episcopal ordination from the Holy Father on 6 January 1997.

On 18 December 1999 he was appointed Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars.

President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church. He was also President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI),  from February 2008 to February 2010.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 February 2001, given the titular church of S. Bernardo alle Terme (St. Bernard at the Baths).

May Cardinal Varkey enjoy the eternal reward promised to the sons of St. Alphonsus and to such a faithful servant of the Church!

Redemptorists and Redemptoristines alive and well in Japan...

"As you are well aware, a strong earthquake, accompanied by a great tsunami, hit Japan Friday, mostly in the northeast part of the country but also felt in Tokyo. An e-mail message from Fr. Marcel Fortin from Maizuru, Vice Province of Tokyo, to former Japanese missionary Father Gabriel Boudreault at the General House, says that our Redemptorist confreres were not hurt and our houses in Tokyo and Maizuru did not have any damage. As of this notice, Father Fortin was unable to make phone contact with the Vice Provincial nor were we. But we can assume that they are busy with ministering to their people."

This comes from our Roman Confreres.

 

Redemptorists and Redemptoristine Sisters in Japan are safe and our houses undamaged.

Our thoughts and prayers go to all the victims and survivors.

Copiosa apud eum redemptio

(With the Lord there is plentiful redemption)

seal10These words are the motto of, and incorporated into the seal of the Redemptorists. They were chosen by St. Alphonsus to guide the congregation he founded, as they expressed his own most profound experience of God.

In the Preaching and Prayer section of this website we hope to provide you with an understanding of Redemptorist Spirituality, the teachings of St Alphonsus and to provide a selection of prayers that you may find helpful. 

If any of the Confreres looking in have anything they wish to add perhaps a homily or reflection, then please contribute by clicking here and sending an e-mail.

 

To access the categories in this section either use the drop down menu above or click on the links below:

 

The Pope's Prayer Intentions

Virtues

Words of St. Alphonsus

Redemptorist Prayer

Homilies and Reflections

Prayer Requests

Ministry

phoca_thumb_l_majellaWe honour our fellow religious of the past, our heritage and tradition, by continuing the gospel message of plentiful redemption for all. We do this through working directly with people searching for truth and love.

"His calling is a declaration of love. Your response is commitment, friendship, and love manifested in the gift of your own life."

Pope John Paul II - Valencia, November 1982.

In the UK we do this through pastoral ministry, in our preaching and sharing ministry, in inner city mission, in parish renewal through retreats and missions, in our life giving writing, in our dedication to study especially the ethical questions of our day, and the answers found in the good news of Jesus Christ. In the tradition of Alphonsus we are especially proud of our healing places; our international pastoral centres and places of renewal.

phoca_thumb_l_celeste3He longs to be known by you, to be loved by you, to be embraced by you. He is born in your flesh, to make himself like you. The infinite God has made himself a child, has made himself small and humble, so as to be loved and imitated by you. From love he is born in a stable and will die on a cross. Be silent, then, and wonder at such love.

Mother Marie Celeste Crostorosa O.Ss.R.

We believe that our unique identity is in the way we see things and in the different ways we reach out to people. There is no one path followed by all Redemptorists, but there is one goal:  To defend our joy in Jesus Christ and to bring to others ‘Plentiful Redemption’.

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Fr General CSsR writes - 

Easter Message from Fr General CSsR 2017...

WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER: In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World

“Through this total dedication to the Mission of Christ, Redemptorists share the self-renunciation of their crucified Lord, the virginal freedom of his heart, and his whole-hearted offering of himself for the life of the world. They must therefore become signs and witnesses before people of the power of his resurrection, proclaiming the new and eternal life”  Constitution 51

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Partners in Mission, Associates and friends:

As we celebrate the great mysteries of our Redemption during Holy Week and Easter, it is a great joy to greet you and to offer these brief reflections. Constitution 51 captures the very heart of our missionary vocation – we are called to participate fully and whole-heartedly in the paschal mystery of Jesus our Redeemer so that we become living signs and prophetic witnesses of the power of the resurrection!

The Gospels remind us forcefully that the power of the resurrection does not erase the wounds of the crucifixion. Jesus continues to bear these marks in his body, and on his soul. He invites Thomas to touch them, and to place his hand in his wounded side. As the Theme for this Sexennium reminds us, it is in this wounded world that we are called to witness to the power of the resurrection to heal and transform, and to accompany those who suffer with compassion.

As Holy Week began we were confronted by the news of the terrorist attacks in Egypt, which followed closely on the attack in Stockholm, and the news of chemical attacks and air raids in Syria, and violence in so many parts of this wounded world. Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, Congo, Syria, Iraq and so many other places call us to a new solidarity in mission among all people of good will. The fear of refugees and migrants in Europe, the United States, Australia, and among so many other nations, calls not for building walls to keep people out, but for a prophetic witness to compassion and welcome.

Fr Provincial writes 31st of May 2017...

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31st May, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

This evening I celebrated Mass in Clapham with sixteen other confreres present (of seven nationalities) during which I invested Bro. Christopher Reynolds with our Redemptorist habit, and also conferred on him the ministries of lector and acolyte. At the same ceremony Bro. Massimiliano Mura received the ministry of acolyte.

Both ceremonies are important rites of passage in terms of the formation programme, but also are a sign of brotherhood and solidarity among us all. Please continue to pray for those in formation and ask the Lord to send good vocations to our Province and Region.

We were blessed to have two Zimbabwean confreres with us, Fr. Caspar Mukabva who has just completed his one year course in leadership and human development at Saint Anselm's Institute and Fr. Elias Gweme who is working in our parish and community in Birmingham. Fr. Mark Chikuni is due to arrive tomorrow to begin a course both here and in Rome in IT and web management, and will assume responsibility for this in the Region.

Three of the confreres who are due to participate in the month of preparation for Final Vows in Poland have been refused Schengen visas twice, and are struggling to resolve the issue. Prayer needed please.

This month is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Alphonsus has some very good and moving devotions to the Sacred Heart. There are also good contemporary prayers and reflections by Karl Rahner in Theological Investigations, 23, "Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today", and "Karl Rahner's Spirituality of the Pierced Heart: Reinterpretation of Devotion to the Sacred Hearf', by Annice Callahan. As we know, the feast was dear to Alphonsus because it speaks so clearly of the humanity of Jesus as the sure way into the heart of God.

Tomorrow we have a Finance Secretariate meeting and then the following day an EPC meeting. I will update you on these by the end of this letter. 

At these meetings we will continue to look at the property issues in the Province as well as our financial situation. We have still not reached completion on the Hawkstone sale, and we are now looking at a date of 2yth June. Please keep this in your prayers. Progress is being made.

Although an offer has been made for the Sunderland property, it is nowhere near what the Trustees would accept. An appeal has been launched into the planning application for the former hall in Clapham.

Toward the end of this month an initial meeting of a small group who will spearhead the launch of an Associate Programme will take place in Kinnoull. Fr. Maurice O'Mahony has offered to co-ordinate and work with future Associates. Anne Walsh, a Redemptorist lay Missionary from Canada will be present for the weekend to give input and direction. Please pray for this important initiative of sharing our Redemptorist charism.

This letter will be a shorter later than usual as I am leaving for a mission in Bearsden with Fr. Peter Morris. I am very excited about it and look forward to sharing the Word of Mercy and Redemption with the people there. Please keep the mission and all the other apostolic works of the Province in your prayers.

Please also pray for Br. Thomas who has been unwell and is now recovering in the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Oval, and for all our elderly and sick confreres. I had the happiness of anointing several confreres at the community Mass in Clapham and also of visiting Bro. Thomas in the Little Sisters' residence,

Birthday this month: Frs E. Hone 2nd, P. Morris 15th, T. Molloy 18th, A. Zindonda 20th, G. Sidinga 21st.

With prayers and best wishes for the feasts of Pentecost, the Sacred Heart and our Mother of Perpetual Help.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

A word in your ear...

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It is my great privilege to have as my assignment in the province, the role of Vocation Director. This role gives me the time needed to speak with and pray for all those people who are asking the question, "could it be me?" or some similiar words.

 

Jesus calls!

Is he calling you?

 

If you feel that the Lord is calling you in some way - as a brother, or as a priest, or you are not too sure - get in touch with me,

Fr Richard Reid CSsR,

the Redemptorist Vocation Director.

 

Know that you have a place in my prayers every day.

 

 

Peace!

Fr Richard Reid CSsR

                           

 

 PS Be sure to look at our Vocation pages and 

                       Blog page which is constantly being changed! 

 

 

 

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