" Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? "
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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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Fr. Philip Wrangham CSsR

Fr. Charles Wright CSsR

 

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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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Provincial's Letter - 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.

This past month has seen activity in all our locations. In Chawton work is progressing on material for the forthcoming Eucharist Congress, with new items being offered, and also traditional ones being updated. A new and very comprehensive Catalogue has also been produced.

As usual, Clapham is a hive of activity with visitors from all over the world coming and going. The community there provides an extraordinary service and welcome. This week we say a fond farewell to Jasper, our German volunteer who has worked in the Ace of Clubs and was very helpful in the community. We wish him well with his further studies. Brother Thomas remains in the Little Sisters of the Poor and is being well cared for and visited regularly by the confreres. The community invited the local clergy, Religious and some bishops to a celebration for the feast of St. Alphonsus this evening, and I know Bishop Ralph was attending.

The wonderful news from Birmingham is that Gabriel celebrated two public Masses on Sunday. Two weeks previously he had appeared at the Masses in the Abbey and received a standing of ovation. He still has the stem cell treatment ahead of him, but he is in positive spirits. And our thanks go to everyone in Erdington who continues to support him.

The two Michaels are due to leave Hawkstone on 1st September and this will be the first time I should imagine since 1926 but there have been no Redemptorists on the property. Once again I express the profound gratitude of the Province for their willingness to reside there for these past 18 month and wish them both well as they move to Bishop Eton. I once again reiterate our thanksgiving for all the Redemptorists who have worked or studied in Hawkstone since 1926, and in particular to those who laboured there in more recent years.

Bishop Eton continues to be busy over the summer months with the two parishes, and also the many extra commitments of the confreres. A new chair lift is being installed to facilitate movement of our elderly confreres. On 2ih August there will be a celebration of the 90th birthday of Father John Milcz. Jan phoned me yesterday to tell me about this, but unfortunately I am involved in a seven retreat for 32 Religious here in Kinnoull on that day. Jan's actual birthday is two days later and joining him and the community to celebrate, will be his niece and nephew from Poland. We wish him a very blessed day.

Here in Kinnoull the apostolate continues to develop. This weekend we have a full house from a local parish and during the week we have had the deacons for in-service training. At the end of the month we welcome as indicated, 32 Religious and then the priests of the Archdiocese of Edinburgh with their Archbishop for a week of retreat.

In addition we are preparing to host the Third Phase of the General Chapter. I well recall saying at the Conference of Europe that this would be too much for Kinnoull. However in the end we accepted to host it; but it means dealing with incredibly challenging logistics. I have been trying to sort out the translation booths and translation equipment, transport for over 40 Redemptorists to be met at Edinburgh airport and returned there, and book extra rooms in the Isle of Skye hotel for the younger ones since we have only 34 or 35 available rooms. Please pray for this meeting - both for a good outcome and also logistically. I believe it is important that a true apostolic and missionary outcome for us and for the Conference of Europe should be our goal.

I shall be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of my Profession which was actually on 16th October last year, but this is the first opportunity that we are able to invite some of my family and friends to the Monastery for the evening.

Last month I reminded you of the jubilees of Frs. Dickinson and Murray. To those I add:

Fr. Bev. Ahearn who will celebrate 70 years of Religious Profession on 15th August. Despite his loss of sight Bev remains a cheerful and active member of the Clapham community.

Frs. McManus, Casey and Johnson celebrate 60 years of Profession on 8th September.

Frs. Henesy, Hunt and Jones celebrate 50 years of priesthood on 17th September.

Frs. McBride and Keyes celebrate 50 years of Religious Profession on 16th October.

To all - many, many congratulations and the assurance of the prayers of the Province.

I am enclosing a list of Jubilees, courtesy of Fr. Kevin Callaghan, which has just arrived and which should be handy for the community bulletin board.

The post of Province Youth Officer was advertised this month and several applications were received. A panel to form the interview board met, and as soon as details of the outcome are available, I shall communicate the results to you. As indicated, the confreres in Zimbabwe celebrated First Vows last week and will celebrate Perpetual Vows in September. This week they participate in the Regional retreat which is being preached by Fr. Peter Chyla from the Spirituality Centre in Rome. The students will then begin the new semester at Arrupe College and at Holy Trinity College - and this year at Holy Trinity the keynote speaker is Fr. Steve Rehrauer, the Provincial Superior of the Province of Denver and Professor emeritus of the Alfonsian Academy. I am always impressed at the quality of the speakers that we have each year. Fr. Caspar Mukabva has returned after his year at Saint Anselm's Institute and also Fr. Mark Chikuni who has been studying communications, the fruits of which can be found on the Region's revived web site and Facebook page.

Birthdays: Frs B. Ahearn, M. Chikuni & J. McManus 1st, T. Govo 2nd, A. Hunt 3rd, C.Magova 7th, M. O'Mahony 9th, I. Davies 11 th,  A. Burns 13th, K. Brady, 17th, T. Tamai 20th, R. McAinsh, 21st, A. Mukabva 22th and J. Milcz on 29th.

With best wishes,

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald 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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