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Fr Provincial writes June 2019...

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29th June, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

This month sees the feast of the Most Holy Redeemer on 21st July and in some communities we will be able to renew our vows together, whilst others may choose to do so privately. I appreciate that quite a few confreres may be on holiday.

I had very positive reports of the Novenas in preparation for the feast of our Mother of Perpetual Help - and particularly from Clapham where Fr. William Guri led the celebrations, and from Liverpool where Fr. Michael Henesy with a group of lay people, animated the parish group.

During the month we also had a gathering of the Lay Associates in Liverpool with Anne Walsh from Canada; and as a bonus we had a visit both in Liverpool and in Perth from Jose and Teresa who are Portuguese Lay Associates who are hoping to visit all the communities of the Congregation to share their story. We were very happy to welcome them in Kinnoull where the Seven Week Course has just successfully concluded.

In Liverpool, both Frs. Gabriel Maguire and Martin Gay have been battling with ill-health and I ask you to keep both in your prayers, as well as any of the other confreres who are feeling unwell or advanced in age.

The ordination of Fr. Emerson Machepa took place in Tafara on 15th June, presided over by Bishop Raymond and today the new priest is celebrating his Thanksgiving Mass in his home area of Masvingo.

Fr. Isaac Davies who participated in the Kinnoull Seven Week Course has been in Birmingham for a couple of days and will spend some days in Clapham before returning to Harare. It has been a joy to welcome him to the Province.

As you know, it is our tradition to make a special collection for our Student Fund on the feast of the Holy Redeemer. I have a special request for this year. I heard yesterday that the community in Borrowdale (due to a faulty cable) has had no electricity whatsoever for some time, and do not have the funds for the fuel to run the generator or purchase the new cable. In addition, the other communities are really struggling with very little power, and again have to use diesel for the generators. We have been offered some assistance by two Provinces to install solar panels in Tafara, but again this is taking a long time to realise. Our own student Royston will be going to Tafara in September for six months and Andrew Burns has just come back from giving a retreat and reported on the dire electricity difficulties.

I am therefore asking if a focused appeal could be made on Holy Redeemer Sunday in all our churches for special assistance to enable our students and our formators - and  indeed our communities - to be able to study more effectively. So this year the Student Appeal Fund would be directed towards Zimbabwe. I have asked the other members of the OPC if they support this proposal, and they are in agreement.

This month three of our students - Mike and Royston, together with Adam Mukabva from Zimbabwe - will participate in the one month preparation programme to prepare for perpetual vows. I am teaching on one of the units, and so I shall have the opportunity to be with them.

The AGM of Redemptorist Publications, and also an RPTC meeting take place on 2nd July in Chawton and we ask that you keep this important apostolate in your prayers in these challenging days.

Despite repeated requests to Lambeth Council, we have still received no confirmation that we can proceed with the renovation work of the interior of the monastery at Clapham; and so I do not think it will commence until the end of the year at the earliest. It is extremely frustrating; but we are in the hands of the bureaucrats!

The Vicar, Fr. Richard has written to all those invited to be members of the various Secretariats and I am enclosing a copy of the list. The various Chairpersons are asked to convene a meeting of the respective groups when it is possible.

The Apostolic Life Secretariat is asked convoke a meeting of the Province in early January in Kinnoull, and I can actually give you the dates, although the chairperson will make direct contact with you later in the summer. (Proposed dates: 6th to 10th January - dates of arrival and departure)

At the end of July I have to go to a meeting in Nairobi of all the "mother Provinces" of Units in Africa. This is in connection with some proposed reconfiguration, although we have not had any official decisions about what may happen. Please keep the meeting in your prayers.

Fr. Michael McGreevy and Fr Tom Molloy are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee of ordination on 12th July, and we offer them our hearty congratulations.

On 20th July, four of our Zimbabwean novices will be professed as members of the Province, for the Region, in the company of one South African novice and one novice from Mozambique, who I believe will be the first Mozambican Redemptorist. The names of our confreres are: Bazil Mudyahoto, Oscar Madzonganyika, Erick Makova and Munyaradzi Magwenzi. Congratulations to all those being professed, and also many thanks to their formators.

I have been trying to think of something inspiring to say in terms of the feast of our Most Holy Redeemer; but I think perhaps the best inspiration comes from our Constitutions:

"All Redemptorists must be humble and courageous servant among the people of the gospel of Christ, the Redeemer and Lord, who is the head and model of the new humanity."

This message has for its special object plentiful redemption; it proclaims the love of God the father, 'who first loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins' and through the Holy Spirit gives life to all who believe in him.

This redemption affects the entire person. It, brings to perfection and transforms all human values, so as to unite all things in Christ and thus leads them to their completion in a new earth and a new heaven". (Canst. 6)

Birthdays this month: 4th Frs M. McGreevy, 10th E. Machepa, 15th C. Corrigan, 21st T Creech, 24th K. Callaghan, 25th M. Magwenzi, 31st T. Lavery (Bro. Thomas) and  Fr G. Maguire.

With best wishes for these summer months.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

 

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PROVINCE OF LONDON

Secretariats

Apostolic Life:

Frs Kieran Brady (Chair), James McManus, Charles Randall.

Formation:

Frs Richard Reid (Chair) Ronald McAinsh, Sr. Catherine Skelton, SPS

Finance:

Fr Andrew Burns (Chair), Mr Tony Barrance, Frs Ronald McAinsh, Richard Reid.

Youth and Vocations:

Fr Peter Morris (Chair), Br Royston Price, Fr Charles Randall, Sr. Frances Kelly CSN

Lay Cooperation:

Ms Frances Sibert (Chair), Mrs Nicole Barber, Mr Eddie Loughton, Ms Jennifer Monkhouse. (Redemptorist Liaison: Fr. Maurice O'Mahony)