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Fr Provincial writes...28th Feb 2019

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28th February, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

Greetings as we come to the end of this short month of February and prepare next week to celebrate Ash Wednesday and a much later season of Lent. I hope this will be a grace filled time for all. I appreciate that it is a time of extra work and pressure for those engaged in parish ministry and on the missions.

During the month I was able to visit Zimbabwe for the annual board meeting of Holy Trinity College which continues to be a theologate for Religious communities in Harare. Our own Fr. Mark Chikuni is the Dean of Studies and we have several other of the confreres lecturing there.

Before the visit we had consulted extensively among the finally professed members of the Region in terms of nominations for the new Regional Council. The provincial government of the London Province has accordingly appointed the following ORC (Ordinary Regional Council)

Regional Leader: Benjamin Posvo

Regional Vicar: Joseph Musendami

Regional Consultor: Tryvis Moyo.

The ERC consists of the above plus: David Nyamuronda, Gift Mubayiwa and William Guri.

Fr. William Guri has been in Zimbabwe conducting research for the final stages of his doctoral dissertation which he hopes to submit to Loyola University, after which, he will return to the Region to take up some significant appointments.

When I was in the country I was able to accompany some members of the ORC to visit the Bishop of Masvingo who has invited us to make a foundation in his diocese. However it will be a challenge to find enough work for a community of at least three in a semi urban setting. In the meantime the confreres will continue to be in dialogue with the Bishop to see what is possible.

As with the Province, the ORC will visit the communities in the Region and then make the local appointments, some time after Easter - probably in May - to be effective by the 1st of June.

Francis Sibert from Bishop Eton is in Zimbabwe for two months and was accompanied for the first two weeks by Jill, who works in Saint Mary's parish.

I am due to attend a meeting of all Provincials and Regionals of the English-speaking world in Rome in March, but I have already heard that most of them will not be making appointments until May, and in some cases June or July. I am also very much aware that the time of transition is always a bit unsettling, and I ask that everyone has patience as the OPC tries to discern how we can move forward in terms of our pastoral plan, and also in terms of ministries that will suit individuals as far as possible.

I am preaching a mission at the moment and I can't tell you how joyful I am to see packed churches and a great response, despite the dreadful sexual abuse revelations which are in the media every day. These things are truly horrific; but the church has survived such trauma down through the years and we must pray for compassion, patience and steadfastness as the healing process continues, and a new era of hope is ushered in.

I was able to visit Barrie during the month and he sends good wishes to all. Pat continues to be grateful for the support of the Redemptorists and we are looking to see we can assist with ongoing night care at this time.

The members of the OPC have already had conversations with most of the confreres as an initial basis for seeing where people are at, (forgive the English!) and their hopes for the quadrennium. This will be followed up in the next month with visits to the communities for a more in-depth discussion and possible suggestions.

In the mean time we ask you for prayers for the ongoing mission and development of the Province, given our relationship with the Conference of Europe.

Birthdays this month are: Fr R. Reid 2nd, Bp R .Heskett 3rd. Br B. Madyahoto 10th, Fr G. Mulligan 11th, Br M. Taylor 12th, Fr W. Guri 25th, Br A Chiromba 27th.

All good wishes for the feasts of Saint Clement on the 15th, Saint Patrick on the 17th and at Saint Joseph on the 19th as well of course for the great feast of the Annunciation on the 25th.

With fond wishes and prayers.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.SS.R.

Provincial Superior