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Fr Provincial' Letter 28th Oct 2017...


28th October, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

I am beginning this letter early this month as I will be in meetings most of next week.

As we begin the month of November I again pay tribute to our beloved dead and remind each one that we are building on the amazing work which they did beginning on 9th November 1732, and over the past 174 years in this country. Each November, in accordance with our Statutes, we have the four community Masses and suffrages for our deceased confreres, relatives and benefactors. I know that in Zimbabwe, the confreres also gather at the local cemetery where our dead are buried.

May I quote a few lines from a letter that St. Alphonsus wrote in 1762 in which he says, "You can be certain that those who die in the Congregation will not only save themselves, but will save themselves as saints and have a good place in heaven. .. Therefore draw even closer to Jesus Christ through your love. Love is a golden chain which binds people to God so closely that it seems that they can no longer draw away from him."

\As we reflect on our foundation, coming originally from Southern Italy, through Northern Europe to Holland and Belgium, and eventually to this country, we are invited to reflect on our on-going journey in this Province.

The General Chapter has asked us to reflect deeply on what this may mean in terms of our ministry and restructuring. It is for this reason that our January Meeting this year will focus on this topic, and as I have reminded you previously, I have invited Fr. Jack Kingsbury, the Coordinator of the North American Conference to come and give us input and facilitate our meeting in order that we can respond appropriately. I again ask that as many members of the Province participate in this important gathering in which people will be able to express their hopes and their fears. It is scheduled for Kinnoull: 7th January (arrival) to 12th January (departure) *See below. Application forms will be sent out shortly.

It is also for this reason that the EPC will gather for four days next week to reflect on the General Chapter, to look again at our Province Plan and also to prepare for the forthcoming Extraordinary General Visitation which is scheduled for 30th April to 4th May also in Kinnoull and about which I wrote last month. I am sending to each community a list of locations of other such Visitations so that if you cannot be present in Kinnoull, you have the opportunity to participate in a Visitation in another Unit.  

Please continue to pray for the mission of the Province and for vocations. Terry Creech continues to make progress in his health, although his recovery is slow, and I thank Fr. Denis for the updates he sends. Terry certainly sounds in a more healthy space than when Fr. Richard and I saw him in Winchester. I was also able to visit Fr. Gabby in Birmingham and also see the other confreres. Fr. Maurice is in Canada where he is participating in a course in Spiritual Direction and will return later in November. Gabby's progress is steady. I am consoled by the fact that the man in the bed next to me in hospital has gone through the same stem cell treatment as Gabriel and has returned to full heath; but it did take some time.

In Liverpool, Brother William is recovering from a kidney stone operation. Several of the confreres are beginning to feel their age. However they are very well taken care of by the community and by the staff there. I am happy to report that Fr. Michael and Bro. Michael have made a good transition from the small community of two in both Middlesbrough and Hawkstone and are finding their roles in the Bishop Eton community. As usual, my visit was very pleasant - although I did get a speeding ticket for driving through Edge Hill at 36 miles per hour in a 30 miles speed area!!!

Fr. Raymond Mupandasekwa has just finished preaching the Novena in the public church of our Redemptoristine Sisters in Dublin and I am informed that there were good crowds and that Fr. Raymond's input was very much appreciated. Fr. Dominic Kofi remains in Ghana awaiting immigration papers. Things are very challenging in Zimbabwe at present.

In another area, our confreres in the Vice Province of Ipoh have just officially opened the new Novena Church in Singapore. Some of us have been at the former church (or known confreres who have passed through London) and seen the huge crowds who gather each week for the Novena. I was able to see the opening on YouTube and it is available for all to view. I have sent congratulations from our Province on this huge undertaking in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Please keep in your prayers our OPC, Formation and EPC meetings this week.

Birthdays this month: Bro. William 18th , B. O'Toole 18th , F. Kunaka 23rd , B. Russell, 24th

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

PS. A letter from Fr. General about 9th November and vocations just arrived via email and I will send it round the communities.



Dear Confreres and friends,

This is a mea culpa letter, since in my letter last month and also this month, I gave an incorrect date for the commencement of the Meeting in January. Fr. Corrigan brought this to my notice as we have an EPC meeting on 8th . So in fact the date of arrival for the meeting will be the 8th and this will be clear in the invitation letter each will receive.

But for further clarity, here is the topic again and the correct dates.


Restructuring for Mission in the Spirit of the General Chapter

Date of arrival in Kinnoull: 8th January, 2108.

Working days 9th , 10th , 11 th.

Date of Departure: 12th January, 2018.


Apologies - but I doubt if anyone has booked tickets since my earlier email this morning.

All good wishes

Ronald McAinsh, C.Ss.R

Provincial Superior