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Provincial's Letter - July 2017...

provincialsletterhead1st July, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

How rapidly the month of June has passed and we are now into July - the month traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood. For us Redemptorists of course, the principal feast this month is that of the Most Holy Redeemer which is celebrated on the third Sunday of July - this year on 16th July. On this day where it is possible we have a common renewal of vows, although I appreciate that in the parish setting and in the holiday season this is not always possible.

During the month of June many apostolic works and missions took place as well as the Novenas in honour of our Mother of Perpetual Help. I mention in particular the Nine Days Prayer at Clapham which was conducted by Father Charles Corrigan and our Students. From all accounts, the sharing of the word of God was very well received. 

Redemptorist Publications has published an updated catalogue which includes materials to support people for the National Eucharistic Congress, involving every parish and diocese in England and Wales, culminating in Liverpool in September 2018. A highlight will be Adoremus Extra a publication which will prepare us all to journey from the Feast of Corpus Christi to the National Eucharistic Congress. To this end I wrote, “I would like to use this opportunity to announce that our Redemptorist Province is offering our confreres as a preaching resource for dioceses, deaneries and parishes, including groups such as Eucharistic ministers and catechists for Days of Recollection and Retreats. These days would be to deepen faith and promote understanding about the centrality of the Eucharist. Please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or our Mission Co-ordinator, Father Kieran Brady at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”.

Clapham also sees its influx of visitors at this time of year, among whom are confreres from Zimbabwe either completing a course or commencing one. Fr, Caspar Mukabva returns to Zimbabwe this month after completing his studies at St. Anselm's Institute and Fr. Mark Chikuni has returned from Rome where he was engaged in a short course in social communications. He has been appointed the new webmaster in Zimbabwe, as well as Vice Dean of Holy Trinity College. Three of our Zimbabwean students together with Bro. Massimiliano Mura of the Rome Province made a retreat here in Kinnoull in preparation for their Perpetual Vows. They go to Poland on Monday for one month of preparation. Happily, I am teaching a unit on that course. Fr. Joseph Musendami has been appointed as a member of the General Secretariat for Formation. We congratulate him on this appointment and support him with prayer.

We were sad to say farewell to Brother Max who was very popular in the Clapham community, in his ministry with parishioners, at the Ace of Clubs and with the Little Sisters of the Poor. We wish him every blessing for his Final Profession on 6th August.

The two novices in Zimbabwe have applied for First Profession, as have our own students for the renewal of Profession, and the OPC will discuss these matters at our meeting on 10th July.

I have already informed the communities of the final exchange of contracts for the sale of Hawkstone which took place on 27th June - the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a date that we no doubt consider very significant. In my letter last week to the communities, I thanked all who have ministered and lived in Hawkstone over the years, and in the more recent past, and expressed the gratitude of the Province to Fr. Michael and Bro. Michael who are caring for the Hall until September 1st when they will take up their appointments at Bishop Eton.

This week saw the departure of the group who were present in Kinnoull for the Seven Week Course and the evaluations have been very positive. I thank those involved in running the course, all the presenters as well as the resident community.

On the weekend of 23rd June the community hosted a meeting of people who had come to listen to Anne Walsh who is Lay Missionary of the Most Holy Redeemer and has considerable experience of networking between the professed Redemptorist community and lay partners. Fr. Maurice O'Mahony was present and hopes to be involved in taking this initiative to the next stage. I am very grateful to those who participated and I hope that in the spirit of the General Chapter, we can move forward in renewed partnership in mission.

On September 8th Frs. Francis Dickinson and Sean Murray will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of their ordination. We congratulate both and offer our prayers.

Please continue to pray for Gabriel Maguire who, as he continues his treatment, will require a stay in hospital. Gabriel remains in good spirits.

Birthdays: M. McGreevy 4th, E. Machepa 10th, 0 Keyes 11 th, C. Corrigan, 15th Terry Creech 21st, Kevin Callaghan 24th, M. Magwnezi 25th, T Lavery 31st, G. Maguire 31st.

Best wishes for a happy feast on 16th - and for those on holiday, every blessing.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior