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Fr McManus CSsR and Pope Francis...

Missionaries of Mercy

During the Holy Year of Mercy, on Ash Wednesday 2016, Pope Francis commissioned 900 priests from around the world to be Missionaries of Mercy. They were recommended by their bishops or their Provincials or Generals. He shared with us his own faculties for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and encouraged us to make the mercy of God known to the whole Church and the world.

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The Missionaries of Mercy were invited back to Rome to concelebrate Mass with the Holy Father on the feast of Divine Mercy, the  Sunday after Easter and to have a  three day conference on the Mercy of God in the Vatican. Pope Francis spent the morning of 10 April with us. He gave us a very moving  talk on how we as Missionaries of Mercy should witness to the Mercy of God the Father in all circumstances.  He reminded us of the mandate he had entrusted to us with these words: “We must acknowledge that God’s mercy knows no bounds, and with your ministry, you are a concrete sign that the Church cannot, must not and does not wish to create any barrier or difficulty that may hinder access to the Father’s forgiveness. The “prodigal son” did not have to pass through customs: he was welcomed by the Father, without obstacles”.

Cardinal Tobin CSsR

Is Cardinal Tobin emerging as the new leader of America’s ‘Francis party’?

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Formators of Europe Meeting in Trois Epis...

A meeting of the formators of Europe was held in Trois Epis from April 10th to April 12th. Present were the Coordinator of Europe Fr. Johannes Rommelt, Fr. Piotr Chyla from the General Secretariat for Formation, members of the European Formation Secretariat and 28 Confreres from almost every Unit in the Conference. The Executive Secretary for Formation Fr. Manuel Rodriguez was also present.

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Br Richard CSsR - his loving Mother RIP...

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Br Royston CSsR, Fr Denis CSsR and Br Richard CSsR

Mom’s death: Brother Richard Maidwell, C.Ss.R.

Today my sister Kay and I laid our Mother to rest in Alton Cemetery after a Requiem Mass celebrated in our Chawton house chapel by Fr Denis McBride, C.Ss.R.

Mom had been living in Alton in Brendoncare Nursing Home for the past 4 years. Prior to that she lived in Bighton with my sister after coming to England from Zimbabwe where she lived most of her life. She was born in Poona, India, but left with her parents as a little girl. In Bulawayo Zimbabwe Mom met Ambrose Maidwell, my Father, where they married in December 1940.

They had three children. Roy and Keith, and then a good few years later, myself. Mom’s married life was devoted to her husband, children, home and garden. She was a loving caring woman who loved animals especially dogs and was an active member of the SPCA for many years.

After Dad died Mom moved into a retirement home and a few years later married Jack Allam. They were together just 4 years when Jack died. Eventually Mom moved to England in 2011 and settled here with Kay, my eldest brother’s wife, my brother Roy having died 20 years earlier.

Mom died at the nursing home on Holy Saturday at 21:30. May she rest in peace.

Missionaries of Mercy 2018...

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The second meeting of Pope Francis with the Missionaries of Mercy was held in Rome from April 8 to 11, 2018. It was the second occasion in which the Missionaries formed by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Jubilee Year of the mercy met together in Rome. The first was just before the season of Lent during the Jubilee Year when they received this Jubilee mandate, in which Pope stated: “Being a missionary of Mercy is a responsibility entrusted to you because it requires you to be in first person witnesses of the closeness of God and his way of loving.”

Rt Rev Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR, Bishop of Chinhoyi...


(Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe) Today on 7th April 2018, we witnessed the ordination of Right Rev. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, C.Ss.R as the third Bishop of Chinhoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe. He is actually

1.    The first Redemptorist Bishop in Chinhonyi.

2.    The first black African Redemptorist in Zimbabwe, Africa and the whole Congregation of the Redemptorists.

The principal consecrator was Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu (who was also the Administrator of the Diocese of Chinhoyi). He was assisted by Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro. Several other bishops were present including our own Redemptorist Bishop from the United Kingdom (Hallam), Bishop Ralph Heskett.

Fr Ronald McAinsh, the provincial superior and his vicar Fr Richard Reid also graced the occasion. Redemptorists from other African countries included Fr Raphael Kitheka the mission superior of Kenya and Fr Sean Wales the provincial superior of South Africa.



Profile: Family

Bishop Mupandasekwa was born on the 28th of April 1970 in Masvingo. His mother Roswita Madzima (deceased) was a housewife and a tailor. She died from breast cancer. His Father Fabian Mupandasekwa (Deceased) was a police officer for many years. He died in 2002 from injuries sustained from a car accident. These two staunch Catholics were married at Mukaro Mission in Bishop Mupandasekwa’s diocese of origin.



Education and Redemptorist formation

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Diploma in Philosophy (1991-1993).

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Honours Degree in Religious Studies (1995-2000).

St Augustine College South Africa – Masters in Canon Law (2001-2003).

Academia Alphonsiana Rome – Masters in Moral Theology (2007-2010).

Redemptorist Finally Professed: 21 February 1998.

Ordained priest – by Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa – 4 August 2001 in the Archdiocese of Harare, Zimbabwe.

Diocese of Origin: Masvingo.




Redemptorist Regional Superior (2015).

Redemptorist Student Formator (2010-2015).

Vice Rector of Holy Trinity College Harare, Zimbabwe (2014)

Member of the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity College.

Dean of Outer City Deanery, Harare Zimbabwe (2013-2015).


Curate of St. Fidelis Parish – Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe (2001-2005).

Parish Priest of St Gerard’s Parish, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe (2005-2007).

Parish Priest of St Fidelis Parish, Mabvuku, Harare (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Chishawasha Seminary, Zimbabwe (2010-2014).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Canon Law – Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-2015).

Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday...

A wonderful reading found in the

Office of Readings for Holy Saturday.

Well worth reading - or listening to here on YouTube.

The Sacred Triduum 2018...

Let us enter this time intensely... awaiting the Lord

Preach the Gospel anew - St Clement Hofbauer CSsR...


A good film about St. Clement Hofbauer CSsR

Thanks very much to Fr Gerard Louis CSsR



Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP

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Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien (1938-2018) RIP...

At 1am on 19 March 2018,

His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien,

Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews & Edinburgh,

died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

surrounded by family and friends and

fortified by the rites of Holy Church. RIP.

He was 80 years old.

The Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God Bernard Lubienski CSsR...

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The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is making public the following decrees which Pope Francis authorized in a meeting with Cardinal Angel Amato, Prefect of the Congregation.

-the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Bernard Łubieński, Professed priest of the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer; born in Guzów (Poland) on 9 December 1846 and died in Warsaw (Poland) on 10 September 1933

Fr Lubienski lived for some time in England, making his Profession in Bishop Eton Monastery Liverpool and living in the Redemptorist monastery in Clapham.

The story of his life can be found here...

More will follow...