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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

 

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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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R

 

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 writes...Oct 2018
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30th October, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

Once again we are entering the month of November and we recall our beloved dead. In our society it is a challenge not to be morbid when reflecting on this, and to celebrate death in a truly Christian sense. I think particularly of all those in our Province on whose shoulders we continue to build. I think of the confreres who went to Australia, to Africa, to Poland, and later on to the West Indies, to Canada and to New Zealand for the sake of the gospel; and of course those who have laboured in these Islands so assiduously and with such zeal.

As usual, may I remind you of the suffrages, and the four community Masses we celebrate for our deceased confreres, relatives and benefactors.

I recall some years ago sharing with you a quotation from St John of the Cross. Of course he has many about life and death; and in one, he reminds us that, "In the evening of our lives we will be judged only on love". The one I prefer, he wrote towards the end of his life when he said, "What will take place for me on the other side when all for me will be overturned into eternity, I do not know. I believe, I truly believe only that a great love awaits me". And I read recently that the North American Indians only asked two things at the end of life: "Did you bring joy? Did you find joy?"

I have just returned from the European meeting in Bratislava at which Bro. Michael Duxbury was present representing the Brothers of Europe. We flew to Vienna where we met the Irish confreres and were welcomed by Fr. Dominic O'Toole who was a notary at the meeting. At the close of the meeting we returned to Vienna where I was invited to preach at the parish for the English speaking community which has grown considerably in the past year. Dominic appears to be very fulfilled.

As for the meeting itself, the main work was the presentation of the proposed Apostolic and Restructuring Plan for the Conference of Europe. During the days we were presented with a draft on which we worked, and also with some concrete proposals. I had hoped to come round to all the communities this week to present these to you, but the final draft has not reached me yet. Accordingly, I will communicate with the local Superiors to find a suitable date so that I can communicate the contents of the plan in person, and also some of the proposed outcomes which will have to be also discussed at the Provincial Chapter of each Unit.

As you will be aware the Sunday nearest 9th November, which is our Foundation day, has been set aside by Fr. General as the day of prayer for missionary vocations. This year the date is the 11 th of November, and I have sent to each Superior and parish priest the documentation and the posters. It is recommended that there is also a collection for our Solidarity Fund on this day.

From around the Province we see that much apostolic work continues to be done. In Kinnoull, the Seven Week Course began last week; and also missions, retreats and supplies continue.

The Bishop Eton parishes remain very alive, but with illness there is considerable pressure on those who are available for ministry. Barrie O'Toole continues to have the support of his sister, Pat and his family, as well as nurses who come in each day. I am in phone contact with Barrie.

When I was at the Jubilee of Fr. Gabriel Maguire in Birmingham, I could see that he had made a huge amount of progress in terms of his health; but he still has a long way to go to return to full health. However he does receive great support from the community and the parishioners.

And in Clapham, visitors continue to be a regular feature of the life of the community, while the parish ministry is supported by all the members of the community. Again, there is the challenge present in terms of ageing and incapacity.

Redemptorist Publications continues to strategise both in terms of new publications and a renewed business plan.

Zimbabwe is going through a very, very difficult time. There is little fuel in the country and confreres are getting up at 3 o'clock in the morning and queuing for hours. In addition it is impossible to make financial transactions, and the banks continue to limit withdrawals to $50 a day. Brother Benjamin and all the confreres in the Region are experiencing a very trying time, and I pray for them they may pass through this extremely challenging period ..

With the closing of the Synod on Youth, at which Fr. General and Bishop Ralph were present, we are challenged to rethink our lives not only with regard to young people, but with regard to the role of women in the Church. Pope Francis has already asked us to begin this process. I read recently, although I cannot authenticate it, that Cardinal Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, said of Pope Francis: "He thinks like a Jesuit, he lives like a Franciscan, he wears white like a Dominican, and he preaches like a Redemptorist"! Certainly his ongoing accent on compassion and mercy are very reminiscent of St.Alphonsus.

Book recommendation this month is pending as I have just began a promising book on theology and change, and I am also re-reading the Life of St. Paul by Tom Wright and St. Bernard's Three Course Banquet by Bernard Bonowitz. Both are well worth the effort.

As you will know, Fr. General sent possible prayer options for communities before the Chapters and Elections and I will re-send these to communities. Here is the prayer for Option 2 which perhaps communities can pray at Morning or Evening Prayer:"0 God who desires that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, turn our hearts towards you. You have delivered us from darkness with the gift of faith, and called us to the Redemptorist Congregation. Help us always to conform to your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Birthdays: 18th Fr B. O'Toole & Br W. McDermott, 23rd Fr. F Kunaka, 24th Fr B. Russell.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald 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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