Wholly Holy - Stand Firm in Faith
After last years successful Wholly Holy event which you can read about by clicking here. RYM are bringing Wholly Holy back - this years theme is stand firm in faith
Memories of confreres past
Memories of Confreres Past
Fr. Bev Ahearn C.SsR recorded some memories of past confreres.
You can listen to him or read what he had to say by clicking on the names below.
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Exclusive Video - Two Popes
Exclusive Video - Two Popes...
Pope Francis went to visit the former pope, Benedict XVI, emeritus.
What a wonderful world
What a wonderful world...
Watch and enjoy!
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Fr. Provincial's Letter - 31st Dec 2011
Fr Provincial's Letter 31st Dec 2011...
31st December, 2011
Dear Confreres and friends,
As this year draws to a close, I have been giving thanks for the many good things that have occurred in our Province over the past year. It seems to me that all too often we can focus on that which is deficient or lacking, and forget the positive aspects. I give thanks for the Professions and Ordinations which have taken place in the Province and the Region, for the confreres who have gone to God in sure hope and in faith, and above all for the terrific work being carried out by our brethren in all of our communities.
In Kinnoull we have been using the big Church for prayer, and it is the place where so many men made their Profession or were ordained. Being in that Church made me ask many questions about our vocation as Redemptorists, and about our present reality, as well as our future. It is easy to be pessimistic. And yet people continue to enquire about our life and see the wonder of our charism. From time to time I know that any of us can be a bit downhearted. Perhaps we feel that at this time we are only doing maintenance work in our ministries. However, I was reflecting that in the social climate in which we live, I really rejoice that we are able to do this. It requires great courage and faith to keep on working at ‘the coal face’ when, in the eyes of many, we are regarded as marginal or unnecessary.
At times I know that there can be a tendency to look back to the era of bigger numbers or of many younger confreres. There can also be a tendency to wonder if there is any place for our charism in the post-modern world. However, I have to remind myself that the charism is not mine, or yours or the property of any individual. It is a gift to the Church and to the people of God. And our duty is first of all to live the charism, and also to continue to be willing to share it with others in all its richness. And this is the challenge I believe which lies before us as we enter 2012.
I know that at the Province meeting we will be receiving input and having discussion on new ways of evangelising. We will also have time to reflect on the quality of our presence to one another when we look at our Apostolic Life Statutes which focus on our life in community. I am happy to inform you that Fr. Jacek Zdrzelek, the Coordinator for Europe, will be present from Monday until the end of the meeting. And may I remind you once again that we are asked to gather at Hawkstone for supper on the evening of Sunday, 22ndJanuary. It is anticipated that the meeting will end on Thursday which is set aside for Province business. The EPC will meet until Friday lunch time.
Our Canonical Visitation of the Province begins in Kinnoull on 4th Jan and we will visit all the communities other than Chawton which will be visited at another time. It is our hope that we will be able to have some prayer with each community – a Eucharist where possible, a meeting and a meal. The Ordinary Provincial Council will also be available to meet with individual confreres. In addition, the Provincial Bursar will sign the financial records and the Mass books where appropriate, and where archives are kept, they will also be reviewed. The Visitation in Kinnoull will be conducted by Fr. O’Mahony and Fr. Richard Reid who is the first elected EPC member, since both Fr. Mulligan and I are members of this community. The Visitation in Hawkstone will be conducted by Fr. Mulligan and I for a similar reason. I enclose the Visitation timetable which was sent previously to each community. We very much look forward to meeting you all.
Fr. Martin Gay has returned to South Africa after a longish stay in the Province. Fr. Martin provided invaluable assistance over the months, both in the parish and in the community in Clapham, and on behalf of the Province, I express our gratitude. Fr. Gerard McCabe, whose mother died two weeks ago, has written to thank us for the support he received in his time of bereavement. I spoke with Fr. Gerard today and he returns to South Africa on 2nd January. Several confreres were present at the funeral Mass for Fr. Gerard’s mother on 20th December in Stevenson.
Please remember in your prayers the confreres in Zimbabwe who will have a Visitation from the General Government at the end of January. The final meeting for the Units of Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe will take place in Harare in early February with Fr. General presiding.
Birthdays this month: Fr Joe Doherty, 4th, Fr Jim Casey, 17th, Fr George Webster, 26th.
This year I shall begin to send electronic copies of my letter to those who indicate that they are happy to receive it in this form. Please let me know during the Visitation, the manner in which you wish the letter to be communicated.
As we say our Te Deum for this past year, may I wish all of you, and also our relatives, friends and benefactors, a very blessed and happy New Year. I also wish you a happy feast for the commemoration St. John Neumann on 5th and Blessed Peter Donders on 14th.
In Christ the Redeemer,
Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.
Cardinal Varkey C.Ss.R. RIP
Cardinal Varkey C.Ss.R., RIP...
Father General, Michael Brehl,
is saddened to announce to the Congregation the death of
+Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.Ss.R.
Major Archbishop of Ernakulam Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church
Cardinal-Priest of Saint Bernardo alle Terme
Cardinal Varkey passed away today, Friday, April 1, 2011
Requiescat in pace
Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.SS.R., was born on 29 May 1927 in Parur, India. He was ordained for the Redemptorists on 12 June 1954 and held a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.
For 25 years he taught canon law at the Redemptorists' major seminary in Bangalore. He also served as Provincial for India and Sri Lanka (1978-84), President of the Conference of Religious, India (1984-85) and Apostolic Administrator of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery in Bangalore (1990-96).
On 11 November 1996 he was appointed titular Archbishop of Acrida (since 19 April 1997, of Antinoe) and Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars, receiving episcopal ordination from the Holy Father on 6 January 1997.
On 18 December 1999 he was appointed Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars.
President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church. He was also President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), from February 2008 to February 2010.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 February 2001, given the titular church of S. Bernardo alle Terme (St. Bernard at the Baths).
May Cardinal Varkey enjoy the eternal reward promised to the sons of St. Alphonsus and to such a faithful servant of the Church!
Redemptorists and Redemptoristines alive and well in Japan...
"As you are well aware, a strong earthquake, accompanied by a great tsunami, hit Japan Friday, mostly in the northeast part of the country but also felt in Tokyo. An e-mail message from Fr. Marcel Fortin from Maizuru, Vice Province of Tokyo, to former Japanese missionary Father Gabriel Boudreault at the General House, says that our Redemptorist confreres were not hurt and our houses in Tokyo and Maizuru did not have any damage. As of this notice, Father Fortin was unable to make phone contact with the Vice Provincial nor were we. But we can assume that they are busy with ministering to their people."
This comes from our Roman Confreres.
Redemptorists and Redemptoristine Sisters in Japan are safe and our houses undamaged.
Our thoughts and prayers go to all the victims and survivors.
Copiosa apud eum redemptio
Copiosa apud eum redemptio
(With the Lord there is plentiful redemption)
These words are the motto of, and incorporated into the seal of the Redemptorists. They were chosen by St. Alphonsus to guide the congregation he founded, as they expressed his own most profound experience of God.
In the Preaching and Prayer section of this website we hope to provide you with an understanding of Redemptorist Spirituality, the teachings of St Alphonsus and to provide a selection of prayers that you may find helpful.
If any of the Confreres looking in have anything they wish to add perhaps a homily or reflection, then please contribute by clicking here and sending an e-mail.
To access the categories in this section either use the drop down menu above or click on the links below:
Ministry, Gospel Message, Pastoral Ministry, Alphonsus
We honour our fellow religious of the past, our heritage and tradition, by continuing the gospel message of plentiful redemption for all. We do this through working directly with people searching for truth and love.
"His calling is a declaration of love. Your response is commitment, friendship, and love manifested in the gift of your own life."
In the UK we do this through pastoral ministry, in our preaching and sharing ministry, in inner city mission, in parish renewal through retreats and missions, in our life giving writing, in our dedication to study especially the ethical questions of our day, and the answers found in the good news of Jesus Christ. In the tradition of Alphonsus we are especially proud of our healing places; our international pastoral centres and places of renewal.
He longs to be known by you, to be loved by you, to be embraced by you. He is born in your flesh, to make himself like you. The infinite God has made himself a child, has made himself small and humble, so as to be loved and imitated by you. From love he is born in a stable and will die on a cross. Be silent, then, and wonder at such love.
We believe that our unique identity is in the way we see things and in the different ways we reach out to people. There is no one path followed by all Redemptorists, but there is one goal: To defend our joy in Jesus Christ and to bring to others ‘Plentiful Redemption’.
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Our Challenges and Opportunities
Fr General CSsR writes -
Memorial of Blessed
Maria Celeste Crostarosa, O.Ss.R., September 11, 2016...
It was a great joy for us to witness the Beatification of Mother Maria Celeste Crostarosa in Foggia on June 18, 2016. At that celebration, it was announced that her Memorial would be celebrated each year on September 11.This year, the Memorial occurs on the 24 Sunday of Ordinary Time. Of course, the celebration of the Sunday liturgy takes precedence over the Memorial of Blessed Maria Celeste! However, I encourage you to remember Mother Celeste and the Redemptoristines in a petition of the Prayer of the Faithful, and perhaps with a reference at the beginning of the Eucharist or in the Homily.
The Liturgical Texts for future celebrations of her Memorial have been prepared and approved in Latin and Italian. The translations in other languages are presently being prepared for approval by the Congregation for Divine Worship. I expect that these will be available before the liturgical celebration of her Memorial on September 11, 2017! When they are ready, they will be sent to every Redemptoristine Monastery and Redemptorist Unit.
In communion with the Sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, let us joyfully celebrate Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa! We thank God for the witness of her life, for her vocation as Foundress of the Redemptoristines, and for her important role in the foundation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. We ask her intercession for the ongoing fidelity of all called to this missionary vocation – and especially for her Sisters, sent as communities to be “Viva memoria” of the Redeemer.
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Our Mission and Our Life
Provincial's Letter March 2017...
3rd March, 2017
We are already well into the season of Lent and my prayer is that we will be open enough, through our self emptying, to receive the countless graces that the Lord wishes to offer us. I was in Clapham last week for a Finance Secretariat meeting and also an EPC meeting, and the spirit of this season was apparent in both our student group and the community at large.
Fr. Richard and I had just returned from a rather gruelling canonical Visitation of the Region of Zimbabwe. I am very happy to communicate to you that the Region is vibrant, faithful, hard-working, with a very good community spirit. We visited each community, as well as the mission in Chiweshe and a new Shrine Centre in the area we used to call 'Sally Mugabe’.
What was most striking is the complete collapse of the infrastructure in the country, and in particular the roads, many of which are just a mass of potholes. Each day we were stopped on many occasions by the police, and en route to Chiweshe had to pass 8 police road blocks. For the first four days there we were also without power in Tafara. We had intended to have a formal Novitiate Board meeting but some of the principals could not attend, and so we had an informal meeting with the Zimbabwean representatives, Fr. Sean Wales from South Africa and Fr. Raphael Kitheka from Kenya. I was also able to deliver the habits made by our Redemptoristine Sisters in Dublin and the rosaries made by our Polish students.
The Novitiate community joined us for Mass on the final Thursday evening with Frs. Sean and Raphael - and 45 of us were present for supper. We are now in the process of compiling the official Visitation report, although of course we did share a draft with the Council there. Overall it was an exhausting but exciting and life-giving experience.
Today Dominic Koffi was ordained to the priesthood in his native Ghana and Frs. Raymond, Joseph and Mark as well as 20 members of the parish attended the ceremony. Many congratulations to Dominic and to the Region.
I would like to express the gratitude of the Vicar Provincial and myself for the cooperation and hospitality we received from everyone, but in particular from the Regional Superior Father Raymond, and the Regional Vicar and Superior of the Tafara community, Brother Benjamin.
I had hoped to share with you some reflections on vocations to our own Province, but time pressures make this impossible in these days. I would again stress my request for each confreres to participate both in prayer and in action in this area. This coming weekend there is a vocations' gathering in Kinnoull and Fr. Richard our Vocations’ Director, Fr. Charles who is responsible for the Northwest, and Fr. Peter, responsible for Scotland, will be present.
Our Youth Officer for the Province, Paul Murphy, has tendered his resignation as he has been offered an exciting new post as an educational psychologist back in his home area in Scotland. This is Paul's specialist field, and although he is immensely sad at leaving his present post, he is looking forward to living in a more settled situation after several years of moving around the country.
In his resignation letter, Paul stressed how much he has loved his ministry with the Redemptorists and how he fully intends to continue sharing in the charism as far as is possible. In recent months, the ministry of 'missions to the homeless' which has touched so many young people, has proved to be very successful, and I have received many letters of gratitude for this initiative.
On behalf of the Province I thank Paul for all the work he has done as our pioneer full time lay Youth Officer in our various Redemptorist locations and another parts of the country, and I wish him every blessing and grace for his life in the months and years ahead.
The Provinces is also losing the service of David Logan, the Director of the Ace of Clubs. After many years of committed service David is moving on to a new post. David has raised the profile and the professionalism in the Ace of Clubs in a remarkable way over the past few years. He has been a successful fundraiser, a carer of those in need, a leader of staff, and a man of vision in empowering those on the margins. He will be difficult to replace. I will
write and express the gratitude of the Province for his work over the years.
I am sending with this letter, in hardcopy, the testimony of one of the young people who accompanied Paul Murphy on the mission to the homeless. I am asking the Rectors to make this available for you to read.
In terms of other happenings, the sale of Hawkstone is still not completed and the property developments in Clapham continue to take time and energy.
I am happy to report that Bro. Michael Duxbury has been appointed to be the Brother Representative for the Conference of Europe for the next six years. Bro. Michael will do this well and with enthusiasm.
Fr. Gabriel Maguire continues his treatment. The treatment itself is challenging and exhausting, but Gabriel continues to be in good spirits and is well supported by those around him in Erdington.
I am also enclosing in hardcopy a letter written by the Bishops of Malta entitled, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia". Obviously this exhortation of the Holy Father has been widely read, and is of particular interest to Redemptorists in our ministry of reconciliation, accompaniment, compassion and mercy.
Chapter 8 as you may know has proved to be controversial in some areas of the Church. However this letter of the bishops of Malta is, in my opinion, extremely helpful. Its criteria are based on true gospel values as well as the teaching of the magisterium, and for us as Redemptorists, they are very much in line with the. teaching of Saint Alphonsus, patron of moral theologians and confessors.
As the Cardinal in charge of interpreting prescriptive text has stated, "the document in no way wounds the integrity of marriage, but enhances it".... while providing the opportunity for accompaniment, discernment and mercy for those who are in 'irregular' situations and who may be seeking the compassion of the Church and a new entry into the heart of Jesus. I would urge each one of you to reflectively read and pray over this document.
In speaking of fidelity, I am happy to remind you that this year we have cause for celebrations with many jubilees. They are as follows:
~ 15-08-2017 Fr Beverley Ahearn 70 years professed
~ 08-09-2017 Fr Francis Dickinson 60 years ordained
~ 08-09-2017 Frs Jim McManus, Jim Casey, Tony Johnson 60 years professed
~ 17-09-2017 Frs Michael Henesy, Philip Jones, Anthony Hunt 50 years ordained
~ 16-10-2017 Frs Denis McBride, Oliver Keyes 50 years professed
I am sure that each community, and indeed the Province, shall celebrate the goodness of God to each of these confreres.
Birthdays this month:
Fr R. Reid, 2nd , Bp R. Heskett 3rd , Br C. Reynolds 4th, Br B. Madyahoto 10th,
Fr G. Mulligan 11th , Br M. Taylor 12th, Fr W. Guri 25th.
I shall write again before Easter. In the meantime, all good wishes for the feasts of the Annunciation, St. Clement, St. Patrick and St. Joseph.
In Christ the Redeemer,
Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.
A View from Vocations - Fr Richard
A word in your ear...
It is my great privilege to have as my assignment in the province, the role of Vocation Director. This role gives me the time needed to speak with and pray for all those people who are asking the question, "could it be me?" or some similiar words.
Is he calling you?
Know that you have a place in my prayers every day.
Fr Richard Reid CSsR
PS Be sure to look at our Vocation pages and
Blog page which is constantly being changed!