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Provincial's Letter 18th June 2012...

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18th June, 2012
 
Dear Confreres and friends,
 
I write a bit early this month in order to enclose the Directional Statement of our recent Provincial Chapter and also to send best wishes to all our confreres and friends for the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. I know that many confreres are involved in preaching the Novenas for the Feast, and I hope that large numbers of the faithful are encouraged through this special devotion to the Mother of God.
 
At our last OPC meeting, the final report on Dan Weston was discussed and I am happy to inform you that Dan has been accepted for the Novitiate. There is no Novitiate in Canada this year and Dan will spend his Novitiate in Merrivale in South Africa. This is the inter Unit Novitiate of Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, with Fr. Moyo as Novice Master.  Dan actually went to school for a short while in Selly Park, Rustenburg and so is no stranger to South Africa. We wish him well in his adventure.
 
Two other Postulants from Zimbabwe, Lennon Rusike and Kudakwashe Muparabasa were also accepted for the Novitiate and they will join two Kenyans who will also arrive by 15th July. Please keep them all in your prayers. In addition, Fr. Guri has submitted the names of the two present  Novices and they have also been accepted for Profession: Brs Brian Manyenga and Kenneth Temba. Fr. Mulligan is going to Zimbabwe at the end of July to preach a retreat to the brethren and will be able to attend the First Profession ceremony.
 
The second session of the Provincial Chapter which took place in Hawkstone last week was a moment of unity and harmony in the Province. It was marvellous to have the Zimbabwe capitulors with us as well as the student representatives (and observer) from both the Region and the Province. Through the very competent facilitation of Sr. Raymunda, OP, the Chapter was able to make several important decisions about our future direction. The proposed changes in Statutes will be sent to the General Government in Rome   It is hoped that the communities will begin to ‘internalise’ the mood of the Chapter, and to assist in this,  in January the OPC hopes to make extended visits to all the communities.  In the meantime, the EPC and OPC will attempt to follow the direction which the Chapter has given.
 
Other snippets of news: Fr. Michael McGreevy has had another operation and is doing very well. Our  Redemptoristines, (Fr. Gerry and I visited them) continue in good spirits. Several key posts for Redemptorist Publications will also be advertised this month.  
 
Birthdays: Fr. Michael McGreevy 4th, Fr. Oliver Keyes 11th,  Fr. Charles Corrigan 15th, Fr. Terry Creech 21st, Fr. Kevin Callaghan 24th, Brother Thomas 31st and Fr. Gabriel Maguire 31st.
 
With best wishes for a blessed summer.
 
In Christ the Redeemer,
 
 
Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.
Provincial Superior