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The Provincial writes March 2018...


7th March, 2018

Dear confreres and friends,

When I wrote to you on the 23rd of February giving you the update on the situation in Zimbabwe, and also the Nominations there, I said I would write again this week.

I have just completed preaching the 40 Hours Devotion in Bearsden and it was a most encouraging experience despite the snow and the difficulty of getting there. Returning to Kinnoull was even more challenging as I had a puncture on the motorway at 11 :30 PM! However as you can tell, I am in one piece.

I have just seen the proofs of a revised and shortened version of the Visits to the Blessed Sacrament which I have prepared for the Adoremus event which will take place in the coming months and culminate in a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September.

I hope that Lent is going well. I am aware that there are several missions and retreats taking place in these days, as well as Lenten events in parishes and here in Kinnoull. In the spirit of St. Alphonsus and his great devotion to the passion of Jesus, I hope we are able to communicate this to people for whom and with whom we work.



The RPTC meeting which was due to take place tomorrow has had to be cancelled because some of the participants could not attend. It will be rescheduled. Please remember in your prayers the mother of Bro. Richard Maidwell who is seriously ill in n nursing home in Alton.

I also ask your prayers for Sr. Maureen who for so many years worked faithfully in Kinnoull and who is also very seriously ill, and for Sr. Patrick our Redemptoristine Sister from Gillmoss who is now in Dublin and in a serious condition. I reminded you in my last letter about Fr. Ed Hone's mother who remains critically ill. We also continue to pray for our own confreres who are unwell at this time.

Father General has sent letters of congratulations to the 13 confreres who celebrate jubilees this year and I shall forward them in the next few days. Let's hope we can celebrate these Jubilees during the Extraordinary Visitation of the Province.

As I have reminded you previously, this begins with supper on the evening of 30 April and ends with lunch on Friday, 4 May. I have asked Fr. Martin Gay to contact the communities to find out how many confreres from our Province will be present, as we have had applications from other Units for places and the monastery will be full. It would be important to stress that we have a very large group coming in on the evening of the final day and therefore there will be little accommodation for that weekend. I know that as many of you as possible will attend.

A team of experts including engineers and architects visited Clapham recently and have drawn up a feasibility study for the re-ordering of the community living space, which would include ensuite rooms, a lift and a new heating system - and possibly double glazing. However we do not have a costing yet, and once we receive this, the EPC will deliberate on how we might be able to proceed.

Brother Benjamin informs me that the ordination to the diaconate of Brothers Albert and George was very blessed last Saturday. Bishop Elect Raymond is at Mt. St. Bernard Abbey on retreat and will go to Rome next week to collect his bishop's apparel.

You may have heard that the event to commemorate our confreres who were chaplains in the two Great Wars was celebrated with true dignity in Clapham on the 16th February, and thanks go to the Clapham community and in particular to Bro. Christopher Reynolds.

I am at present filling in what seems to be endless documentation from a variety of commissions and also from the Conference of Europe. Perhaps we shall see the fruits of this at the Visitation.

Today you may have noticed that the Holy Father confirmed the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God, Fr. Bernard Lubienski, who began his Religious Life in Bishop Eton and was a member of the Clapham community before returning to Poland to help 'reestablish' the Congregation. I have written to the Warsaw Province with our congratulations on this important step towards sainthood.

Best wishes for the upcoming feasts and of course for Holy Week and Easter.

Birthdays this month: Fr R. Reid 2nd , Bp R. Heskett 3rd , Br C. Reynolds 4th , Br B. Mudyahoto 10th , Fr G. Mulligan 11 th , Br M. Taylor 13th , Fr W. Guri 25th .

I enclose a copy of the invitations to the ordination of Bishop Elect Raymond, and also the two deacons, which mysteriously did not attach to the last letter I sent.

In Christ the Redeemer, 

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

"I love you Jesus my love above all things.... grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you wilf'. Saint Alphonsus.