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 -
Easter Message from Fr General CSsR 2017...
WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER: In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World
“Through this total dedication to the Mission of Christ, Redemptorists share the self-renunciation of their crucified Lord, the virginal freedom of his heart, and his whole-hearted offering of himself for the life of the world. They must therefore become signs and witnesses before people of the power of his resurrection, proclaiming the new and eternal life” Constitution 51
Dear Confreres, Sisters, Partners in Mission, Associates and friends:
As we celebrate the great mysteries of our Redemption during Holy Week and Easter, it is a great joy to greet you and to offer these brief reflections. Constitution 51 captures the very heart of our missionary vocation – we are called to participate fully and whole-heartedly in the paschal mystery of Jesus our Redeemer so that we become living signs and prophetic witnesses of the power of the resurrection!
The Gospels remind us forcefully that the power of the resurrection does not erase the wounds of the crucifixion. Jesus continues to bear these marks in his body, and on his soul. He invites Thomas to touch them, and to place his hand in his wounded side. As the Theme for this Sexennium reminds us, it is in this wounded world that we are called to witness to the power of the resurrection to heal and transform, and to accompany those who suffer with compassion.
As Holy Week began we were confronted by the news of the terrorist attacks in Egypt, which followed closely on the attack in Stockholm, and the news of chemical attacks and air raids in Syria, and violence in so many parts of this wounded world. Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, Congo, Syria, Iraq and so many other places call us to a new solidarity in mission among all people of good will. The fear of refugees and migrants in Europe, the United States, Australia, and among so many other nations, calls not for building walls to keep people out, but for a prophetic witness to compassion and welcome.
Our Mission and Our Life
Provincial's Letter April 2017...
2nd April, 2017
Dear Confreres and freinds,
It is difficult to believe that the month of March has passed so quickly, and that next Sunday will be Palm Sunday.
Then we will begin the final days of the drama of the life of Jesus, experiencing the ups and downs of the final week of his life, hopefully not as spectators but as participants in a real-life event which continues to be lived out in our contemporary world. Denis McBride's Stations of the Cross which I recommended at the beginning of Lent, focuses on this theme of the on-going and lived passion of Jesus in today's society. And we are all aware of how absolutely central the Passion of Christ was to the spiritually of St. Alphonsus and how important to our Redemptorist charism.
Tomorrow I will go to London to attend an RPTC meeting in Clapham, and then on Wednesday I go to Rome to participate in a meeting of the Preparatory Commission for Phase Three of the General Chapter. As you may recall, the Third Phase of the Chapter is held in each Conference. The Conference of Europe has chosen Kinnoull as its venue, and so the capitulars and vocals, together with the Superior General and our lay partners, will meet in the Monastery from 3rd to the 9th September.
Next weekend I will be in Liverpool as we celebrate the Requiem Mass of Sister Bernadette, O.Ss.R. at Bishop Eton - on Monday at 11.15. I have already expressed my gratitude to all who supported Sister over the years.
On Tuesday of Holy Week I travel to Birmingham to visit Fr. Gabriel Maguire who continues to make good progress, and to have a brief time with the other members of the community. Maurice O'Mahony is now in residence there and working as a spiritual director at Oscott College.
In this coming week there will also be interviews for the important post of Director of the Ace of Clubs. Again I thank David Logan for his dedicated service of the homeless, and his kind cooperation with the Redemptorists over the years. We pray that we will be able to select a suitable successor for this post.
Several missions (I am tempted to say many missions) have been preached during Lent from Kinnoull and from Birmingham. This week Frs. Jim MacManus and Peter Morris are leading a mission in Sheffield; and today a mission is concluding in Mabvuku. Please continue to keep all the apostolic work in your prayers.
At last I am offering some good news about the sale of Hawkstone Hall. On the Feast of St. Joseph (20th this year!) contracts were signed for the transaction, although completion will not be until 26th May. When this is done, we shall then proceed to market the two cottages. I thank all who have been involved in this process, and again express our gratitude to Fr. Michael and Brother Michael who have completed twelve months of living there.
Please remember in your prayers, Fr. Isaac Davis who is due to have a goitre operation, and also Fr. Gideon Sidinga who was involved in a car accident but who is recovering. Fr. Dominic Kofi has returned from his ordination and First Mass celebrations in Ghana. The ORC of Zimbabwe has made some community changes recently, and these will be shared with you at some stage.
The Province was happy to welcome the Provincial Superior of the Province of Rome, Fr. Giovanni Congiu, who was visiting one of their Students - Brother Massimiliano Mura - who is spending his pastoral year in our formation community in Clapham. Over the summer we look forward to hosting some students from the Province of Warsaw, and later in the year from the Vice Province of Michalovce.
Birthdays: Frs E. Gweme 6th, D. O'Toole 6th, F. Dickinson 10th, B. Manyenga 19th,R. Mupandasekwa 28th, T. MacCarte 29th, K. Macharaga 29th.
With all good wishes for Easter joy. May the wish of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium be made real in all our lives:
"I invite everyone, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, to at least openness to letting him encounter them. I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that the invitation is not meant for him or her, since 'no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord"'. (Ev. Ga. 3)
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!