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5th December, 2010

Dear Confreres and Friends,

 

Greetings from a snowbound Kinnoull where there has been almost no post for the past 5 days. So I have no idea when this letter will reach you. The stillness which the snow brings also enhances the spirit of Advent and has brought a quality of quietness to this part of Scotland.

I have just returned from Toronto where I preached a retreat to the Novices. There were nine on the retreat – Gerry, Charles and Peter – and the six others, one from Vietnam, one from Mexico, one from Dominica, one from St. Lucia , one from US and the other also from US but born of parents from Kerala, India. So it was a diverse group; and a very blessed time. Our men continue their discernment and their struggle to see what God is asking of them. They are in good spirits and send best wishes to all for Christmas.

This will be the final Provincial letter of the triennium and so it is a good opportunity for me to express a word of gratitude. I shall of course expand on this in my report to the Chapter which will be available for all the members of the Province. However, as the triennium draws to its conclusion I would like to publicly thank Frs Gerry and Maurice who have been marvellous and supportive counsellors.  Their patience and joint wisdom has been a source of great benefit for the OPC. I thank also the members of the EPC and the Kinnoull community who have put up with my comings and goings, and who always made me feel very much a part of the community. I thank our co-workers in the Province, particularly Tony Barrance; and of course I thank all of you, the confreres, who have shown me such kindness during these past three years. I am truly grateful for your understanding.

Last month we had both OPC and EPC meetings, and on 8th December we have an extraordinary EPC meeting. We also have a RPTC meeting planned for 9th.

May I wish everyone a blessed feast of the Immaculate Conception, our patronal feast.

During November our two Redemptoristine Sisters, Bernadette and Patrick moved from the Monastery in Gilmoss to Nazareth House, Crosby to join Sisters Clement and Mary Anne Joseph. Srs. Bernadette and Patrick are living in a small apartment adjoining the Care Home and join the Nazareth Sisters for lunch each day. These past months have been difficult for them in the large building, and they are very relieved to have made the move and join their other two Sisters. Their address is Redemptoristine Sisters, Nazareth House, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 0QT (Tel. 0151 928 8215). The four Sisters will continue their life of prayer and intercession in Crosby. The Province continues to be immensely grateful to the Sisters who have prayed for us unceasingly since the Order first arrived in Clapham in 1897.

Today I received the news that Fr. M Kelleher has been re-elected as Provincial of the Dublin Province, and I have written to Michael to congratulate him on behalf of the Province. The Dublin Province elects the other member of the Councils at their Chapter in January.

Birthdays. This month Brother Malachy has already celebrated his 85th birthday on 3rd – the same day as he entered the Congregation 55 years ago. Congratulations to Br. Malachy who, as I write, is outside shovelling snow! Also we congratulate Br. Glynn Blackman on 8th, Fr. Tony Johnson on 16th and Fr. Jimmy Smale on 23rd.

As the year draws to an end, may I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas, and every happiness in 2011. This is my first Christmas in the Province since 1989, and my first in Scotland since 1975.

Our confreres in Zimbabwe are well; and we look forward to welcoming to the Province  those who will attend the Chapter, and send best wishes to all who live and work in the Region. Since Fr. Richard now puts this letter on our web site, I also wish our families, friends and co-workers every blessing at this holy season.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior