" Jesus, thank you for everything, for my very beginning and my very end. "
Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR
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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




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




Brother Adrian Bird CSsR

Fr. (Francis) Ben Brazier CSsR

Fr. William Brearton CSsR

Brother Columba Browne  CSsR




Brother Stanislaus Cassidy CSsR

Fr. John Charlton CSsR

Br. Anselm Colam CSsR




Fr. Peter Deary CSsR

Fr. William Doyle CSsR

Fr. George Drew CSsR






Fr. Desmond Fitzgerald CSsR

Fr. Patrick Fury CSsR




Fr. Denis Gibson CSsR




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






Fr. Joseph Jones CSsR




Fr. Bernard Keaton CSsR

Fr. Patrick Kenny CSsR

Brother Xavier Kerr CSsR

Fr. Leo Kirk CSsR




Fr. John Lawrence CSsR

Fr. John Lindsay CSsR

Fr. Frederick Lonergan CSsR

Fr. James Lougham CSsR




Brother Damian MacDonald CSsR

Brother Luke McDermott CSsR

Brother Raymond McKeowan CSsR

Fr. John McMullen CSsR

Fr. Charles McPherson CSsR

Fr. Charles Murray CSsR




Fr. Francis Nolan CSsR




Fr. Edward O'Brien CSsR

Brother Bartholomew (James O'Brien) CSsR

Fr. Joe Ord CSsR




Brother Philip Pagett CSsR






Fr. Thomas Rangon CSsR

Fr. William Raymers CSsR

Fr. Edward Ring CSsR




Fr. John Slattery CSsR

Fr. Gilbert Haydock Smith CSsR

Brother Patrick Spillane CSsR

Fr. James Stack CSsR

Brother Sebastian Swift CSsR




Fr. Augustine Teasdale CSsR








Fr. Philip Wrangham CSsR

Fr. Charles Wright CSsR













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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.

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


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


Words of St. Alphonsus

Redemptorist Prayer

Homilies and Reflections

Prayer Requests


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 March 2018...


7th March, 2018 

Dear confreres and friends, 

When I wrote to you on the 23rd of February giving you the update on the situation in Zimbabwe, and also the Nominations there, I said I would write again this week. 

I have just completed preaching the 40 Hours Devotion in Bearsden and it was a most encouraging experience despite the snow and the difficulty of getting there. Returning to Kinnoull was even more challenging as I had a puncture on the motorway at 11 :30 PM! However as you can tell, I am in one piece. 

I have just seen the proofs of a revised and shortened version of the Visits to the Blessed Sacrament which I have prepared for the Adoremus event which will take place in the coming months and culminate in a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September. 

I hope that Lent is going well. I am aware that there are several missions and retreats taking place in these days, as well as Lenten events in parishes and here in Kinnoull. In the spirit of St. Alphonsus and his great devotion to the passion of Jesus, I hope we are able to communicate this to people for whom and with whom we work.

The RPTC meeting which was due to take place tomorrow has had to be cancelled because some of the participants could not attend. It will be rescheduled. Please remember in your prayers the mother of Bro. Richard Maidwell who is seriously ill in n nursing home in Alton. 

I also ask your prayers for Sr. Maureen who for so many years worked faithfully in Kinnoull and who is also very seriously ill, and for Sr. Patrick our Redemptoristine Sister from Gillmoss who is now in Dublin and in a serious condition. I reminded you in my last letter about Fr. Ed Hone's mother who remains critically ill. We also continue to pray for our own confreres who are unwell at this time.

Father General has sent letters of congratulations to the 13 confreres who celebrate jubilees this year and I shall forward them in the next few days. Let's hope we can celebrate these Jubilees during the Extraordinary Visitation of the Province. 

As I have reminded you previously, this begins with supper on the evening of 30 April and ends with lunch on Friday, 4 May. I have asked Fr. Martin Gay to contact the communities to find out how many confreres from our Province will be present, as we have had applications from other Units for places and the monastery will be full. It would be important to stress that we have a very large group coming in on the evening of the final day and therefore there will be little accommodation for that weekend. I know that as many of you as possible will attend. 

A team of experts including engineers and architects visited Clapham recently and have drawn up a feasibility study for the re-ordering of the community living space, which would include ensuite rooms, a lift and a new heating system - and possibly double glazing. However we do not have a costing yet, and once we receive this, the EPC will deliberate on how we might be able to proceed. 

Brother Benjamin informs me that the ordination to the diaconate of Brothers Albert and George was very blessed last Saturday. Bishop Elect Raymond is at Mt. St. Bernard Abbey on retreat and will go to Rome next week to collect his bishop's apparel. 

You may have heard that the event to commemorate our confreres who were chaplains in the two Great Wars was celebrated with true dignity in Clapham on the 16th February, and thanks go to the Clapham community and in particular to Bro. Christopher Reynolds. 

I am at present filling in what seems to be endless documentation from a variety of commissions and also from the Conference of Europe. Perhaps we shall see the fruits of this at the Visitation. 

Today you may have noticed that the Holy Father confirmed the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God, Fr. Bernard Lubienski, who began his Religious Life in Bishop Eton and was a member of the Clapham community before returning to Poland to help 'reestablish' the Congregation. I have written to the Warsaw Province with our congratulations on this important step towards sainthood. 

Best wishes for the upcoming feasts and of course for Holy Week and Easter. 

Birthdays this month: Fr R. Reid 2nd , Bp R. Heskett 3rd , Br C. Reynolds 4th , Br B. Mudyahoto 10th , Fr G. Mulligan 11 th , Br M. Taylor 13th , Fr W. Guri 25th . 

I enclose a copy of the invitations to the ordination of Bishop Elect Raymond, and also the two deacons, which mysteriously did not attach to the last letter I sent. 

In Christ the Redeemer, 

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R. 

Provincial Superior 

"I love you Jesus my love above all things.... grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you wilf'. Saint Alphonsus. 



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.


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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