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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

 

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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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Fr. David Aherne CSsR

Brother Ambrose Arrowsmith CSsR

 

B

 

Brother Adrian Bird CSsR

Fr. (Francis) Ben Brazier CSsR

Fr. William Brearton CSsR

Brother Columba Browne  CSsR

 

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Brother Stanislaus Cassidy CSsR

Fr. John Charlton CSsR

Br. Anselm Colam CSsR

 

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Fr. Peter Deary CSsR

Fr. William Doyle CSsR

Fr. George Drew CSsR

 

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Fr. Desmond Fitzgerald CSsR

Fr. Patrick Fury CSsR

 

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Fr. Denis Gibson CSsR

 

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Fr. William Haig CSsR

Brother Wilfrid Hallett CSsR

Fr. Christopher Harris CSsR

Fr. Francis Hawkins CSsR

Fr. Martin Hayes CSsR

Brother Nicholas Higgins CSsR

Fr. John Hodson CSsR

Fr. John Howard CSsR

Fr. Wilfred Hughes CSsR

 

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Fr. Joseph Jones CSsR

 

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Fr. Bernard Keaton CSsR

Fr. Patrick Kenny CSsR

Brother Xavier Kerr CSsR

Fr. Leo Kirk CSsR

 

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Fr. John Lawrence CSsR

Fr. John Lindsay CSsR

Fr. Frederick Lonergan CSsR

Fr. James Lougham CSsR

 

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Brother Damian MacDonald CSsR

Brother Luke McDermott CSsR

Brother Raymond McKeowan CSsR

Fr. John McMullen CSsR

Fr. Charles McPherson CSsR

Fr. Charles Murray CSsR

 

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Fr. Francis Nolan CSsR

 

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Fr. Edward O'Brien CSsR

Brother Bartholomew (James O'Brien) CSsR

Fr. Joe Ord CSsR

 

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Brother Philip Pagett CSsR

 

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Fr. Thomas Rangon CSsR

Fr. William Raymers CSsR

Fr. Edward Ring CSsR

 

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Fr. John Slattery CSsR

Fr. Gilbert Haydock Smith CSsR

Brother Patrick Spillane CSsR

Fr. James Stack CSsR

Brother Sebastian Swift CSsR

 

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Fr. Augustine Teasdale CSsR

 

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V

 

W

 

Fr. Philip Wrangham CSsR

Fr. Charles Wright CSsR

 

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Fr Provincial's Letter 31st Dec 2011...

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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.

Provincial Superior

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

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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

(With the Lord there is plentiful redemption)

seal10These 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:

 

The Pope's Prayer Intentions

Virtues

Words of St. Alphonsus

Redemptorist Prayer

Homilies and Reflections

Prayer Requests

Ministry

phoca_thumb_l_majellaWe 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."

Pope John Paul II - Valencia, November 1982.

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.

phoca_thumb_l_celeste3He 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.

Mother Marie Celeste Crostorosa O.Ss.R.

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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Fr Provincial's Letter of May 2018...

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28th April 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

On Monday we shall begin the Extraordinary Visitation here in Kinnoull and I know that many of you will actively participate in it, while others will participate through prayer from the various communities. We will be joined by eight confreres from Ireland, two from Lebanon, two from Saint Clement's and one from Slovakia as well as some of our associates. I hope that we shall be able to sensitively review the decisions of the General Chapter and continue to see a way forward for the Province and for the Conference of Europe. On Thursday evening we shall have Mass and a celebration for our Jubilarians.

As we prepare for the month of May, I again recall the Marian thrust of St. Alphonsus and his May devotions, as well as those of Cardinal Newman which can be quite helpful.

I am sure you are all aware that last month the Holy Father produced an Apostolic Exhortation on 'The call to holiness in today's world' named Gaudete et Exultate. Whilst I do not find it as exciting and groundbreaking as Evangelii Gaudium, it does challenge us to reflect not only on our baptismal call to live the life of Jesus, but the ongoing challenge of maintaining and deepening this relationship.

In No. 34 the Holy Father invites us "not to be afraid to set our sights high, to allow ourselves to be loved and liberated by God". And he concludes that, "in the words of Leon Sloy, when all is said and done, 'the only great tragedy in life is not to become a saint"'.

For us Redemptorists, this has a particular resonance, and no doubt everyone will recall the words of St. Alphonsus that the only reason we come to the Congregation is to become Saints. As I read this reiteration of Alphonsus in Pope Francis, I found myself reflecting on that beautiful passage from Graham Green's book, "The Power and the Glory", in which the priest in Mexico, who had succumb to mediocrity and alcohol, reflects on his life as he prepares to go to the firing squad. Perhaps I can quote it in full.

It was the morning of his death. He crouched on the floor with the empty brandy flask in his hand trying to remember an act of contrition "0 God I am sorry.... " He was confused. .. it was not the good death for which one always prayed. He caught sight of his own shadow on the cell wall.... What fool he had been to think that he was strong enough to stay when others had fled.

What an impossible fellow I am he thought. I have done nothing for anybody. I might just as well never have lived. Tears poured down his face. He was not at that moment afraid of damnation.... He only felt an immense disappointment because he had to go to God empty-handed, with nothing at all. It seemed to him at that moment that it would have been quite easy to have been saint. It would only have needed little self restraint and little courage.

He felt like someone who had missed happiness by seconds at an appointed place. He knew now that at the end there was only one thing that counted - to be saint".

I often reflect on Green's insight that we only need 'a little self restraint and little courage'. In the section of the Exhortation, "Going Against the Flow", Pope Francis reminds us that the words of Jesus clearly run counter to the way things are usually done in our world, and goes on to invite us to enter into the depths of our hearts to see where we find our security. (No. 65)

From the time we entered the Congregation, the ideal of being a saint was held before us, and now this Apostolic Exhortation invites us once again to a kind of a second summons at whatever stage we are at in our lives, to encounter Jesus in a new and a fresh way. And might I add that Pope Francis says that, "Holiness is not swimming about in mystic rapture.... it is learning to see Jesus in the face of those with whom he wished to be identified"; in other words, the most abandoned and the poor. (No.96).

So really this is Pope Francis' invitation to each one of us: to grow in love with God and with others, especially the marginalised. Simply put, this is holiness. I should add that the words 'second summons' are not in the Exhortation. They are mine; but I do believe they reflect the invitation the Holy Father in this document.

Please do remember in your prayers those in the Province at this time who are perhaps feeling marginalised because of age or heath issues. I was speaking to Barrie O'Toole today who has received a challenging diagnosis from his specialist, and I ask you to hold Barrie in your prayers. Tony Hunt continues to make progress, and we believe it is due to the intercession of Ven. Bernard Lubienski to whom the community made a novena for Tony's health issues. Michael Creech is out of hospital and is back on his feet, and several of the other confreres continue to deal with challenging health issues.

Redemptorist Publications held a very successful seminar in Kinnoull in which people engaged with Scottish Catholic Education investigated further outreach to schools.

In Clapham, the ministry continues. Fr. Caspar was disappointingly refused a Tier 2 Visa to minister there; but we have begun the appeal, so hopefully there will be a positive conclusion. Prayers please.

In Birmingham, Fr. Gabby continues to make progress, and missions and parish work are very much alive.

Bishop Eton community has had its share of heath challenges but continues to be truly apostolic. Fr. John Milcz will be in Christopher Grange for respite during the Visitation.

From Kinnoull missions have again taken place and we concluded a well attended guided retreat yesterday. A group of Associates is with us this weekend with Fr. Maurice.

This letter is already filling up and I do want to share with you the joy which Fr. Richard and I experienced when we participated in the Episcopal ordination of Bishop Raymond. You will know that Bishop Ralph also came to Zimbabwe for the event. It was a day of great celebration in the presence of around 8,000 of the faithful, the Episcopal Conference of Zimbabwe and confreres from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. Bishop Raymond's brothers and sisters were able to be present, and since they came from Canada, England and the United States, it was the first time they had all been together for many, many years. Of course leading this rural diocese will be a challenge for Raymond; but as a Redemptorist Bishop, he knows he has the support of all the members of the Region, the Province and indeed the entire Congregation.

The day after the ordination we left for Trois Epis where there was a gathering of all the formators of Europe. Unfortunately Fr. Charlie was quite unwell and unable to attend. I gave three of the inputs and Richard presented the reality of our situation in the Province. It was a profitable and valuable meeting.

Today in Zimbabwe, Brother Benjamin celebrated 25 years of being in the Congregation. He and William Guri arrived around the same time, and William will celebrate at a later stage. I have just heard that Bishop Raymond, the local bishop of Masvingo and a great number of local clergy, Religious and laity were present in Chirumanzu this morning for a wonderful celebration. Many congratulations.

On Monday the EPC will meet in Kinnoull for our usual meeting. It is a very full agenda with some challenging decisions to be taken. We will convene again on Friday at the end of the meeting as indicated in the letter of invitation, in order to discuss our ongoing situation with the Visitors.

Birthdays: Frs D. McBride 7th, V. Bushu 8th, O. Madzonganyika 8th.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

A word in your ear...

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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.

Jesus calls!

Is he calling you?

If you feel that the Lord is calling you in some way - as a brother, or as a priest, or you are not too sure - get in touch with me,

Fr Richard Reid CSsR,

the Redemptorist Vocation Director.

Know that you have a place in my prayers every day.

Peace!

Fr Richard Reid CSsR

                           

 PS Be sure to look at our Vocation pages and 

                       Blog page which is constantly being changed! 

 

 

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