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Vocation News

If you think you may have a Vocation to be a Redemptorist Father or Brother, please contact Fr. Richard Reid C.Ss.R the Vocations Director by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please pray for Redemptorist Vocations.

 

Gratitude for Vocation...

 

GRATITUDE...

 

It is not normal for us to cover jubilees of our confreres from other provinces, but many of us know Fr Dennis Billy C.Ss.R., (Baltimore Province, USA) and know that he has spent the last two years fighting an aggressive form of leukemia. In the homily he preached for the Jubilarian mass he spoke about GRATITUDE.

 

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The fact that I am alive and standing here in your presence to celebrate this great day of jubilee with you is, to my mind, a symbol of the fellowship we share by virtue of being “confreres” (literally, “brothers with” Christ and with one another”) in this world-wide missionary order founded some 280 years ago. 

And I stand here to express my gratitude to God for Life,

for our Redemptorist vocation,

and for fellowship we share as brothers in Christ

and sons of St. Alphonsus.



When you think about it, GRATITUDE is what this jubilee celebration is all about. We gather together each year as Redemptorist priests and religious to give thanks to God with our confreres, family, and friends for the wonderful way he has worked in our lives ....

Students Renew their Vows...

Our prayers and congratulations go to our student brothers who recently renewed their vows;

poverty, chastity and obedience.

 

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Post Invocation 2012...

The Invocation 2012 event was a huge success and a wonderfully prayerful and religious environment.

Many young people came to explore the whole idea of "VOCATION" and to hear more from the diocesan and religious priests, and the sisters and brothers from many congregations and orders.

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Invocation 2012...

 

Two of our Redemptorist brethren will attend the Invocation 2012 event at Oscott Seminary in Birmingham this weekend. Fr. Richard Reid C.Ss.R., will attend as our Vocations Director and Br. Gerard Carroll C.Ss.R., will attend as one of our students.

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Habits of the heart...

 

By Fr. RichardBennett, C.Ss.R., published in the Baltimore's Summer Newsletter

 

Recently, the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province (USA) published their summer magazine. In the magazine Fr Richard Bennett C.Ss.R., the vocations director of the Baltimore Province, wrote this interesting article...

 

 

Like many people, I can be a nervous fidget. Think for a moment, how many times you've witnessed a friend or a teacher

twirl their hair with their finger. Perhaps your boss or colleague plays with his or her pen. Some folks chew gum, some grind their

teeth, still others bite their nails. These quirky, nervous habits seem to be rather common. No 

matter what the behavior, it seems to happen without thinking. This fact hit home with me

during a recent conversation with a friend. She was talking about

some observations she'd made about some unique Redemptorist habits.

Have you ever noticed your reaction when someone points out something in

your character or personality? Typically, our first reaction is, "No,

that's not true!" But once we honestly reflect a little ... there may be more

truth in our friend's statement than we were first willing to admit!

My friend noticed, time and time again, that Redemptorists have a habit

of playing with the rosary beads that are part of our religious habit. Of

course, I thought she meant that she often saw us praying with our rosary beads.

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 A trip to Ireland...

 

The formation community of the London Province recently visited our confreres of the Dublin Province, as well as our Redemptoristine Sisters. The two Provinces often work closely on retreats, parish missions and novenas, as well as in formation, so this was a very welcome opportunity to renew old friendships and to make new ones.

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Afternoon spent with the Redemptoristine Sisters in Dublin

Br. Dan Weston, Fr Charles Corrigan C.Ss.R., Br. Charles Randall C.Ss.R, Sr Magdalena O.Ss.R.,

Sr. Monica O.Ss.R., Sr Maura O.Ss.R., Br Peter Morris C.Ss.R., and Sr. Alena O.Ss.R.

Our tour started at Marianella in Dublin, where we received a most warm welcome, and from which we were thrilled to also visit the community at Clonard, Belfast, and see the newly renovated church.

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After Sunday mass in the newly refurbished church at Clonard, Belfast, lunch with the community.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations...

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    Are you listening...He is calling!

    Are you praying... He's relying on you!

                   It's all for you.......

                                          Contact our Vocations Director

C.Ss.R. Students...

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Br. Gerard Carroll C.Ss.R.,

Br. Peter Morris C.Ss.R.,

Br. Dan Weston,

Fr. Richard Reid C.Ss.R.,

Br. Charles Randall C.Ss.R.

We are all praying for you as you discern your vocation!

Our Sisters, the O.Ss.R nuns...

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Some confreres at Sr Lucy's Profession...

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The confreres celebrate with the nuns!

 

L.to R.: Dan Weston (Postulant, London Province) Fr. Dominic O'Toole C.Ss.R., (Clapham, London Province), Fr. Tony Rice C.Ss.R., (Dundalk, Dublin Province), Fr. Richard Reid C.Ss.R., (Liverpool, London Province), Fr. Brian Nolan C.Ss.R., (Limerick, Dublin Province) Fr. Milan C.Ss.R., (Michalovce Vice Province, Slovakia), and Fr. Sean Duggan C.Ss.R., (Cherry Orchard, Dublin Province).

The Redemptoristine Nuns...

See what our sisters are up to!...

 

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A fun way to promote vocations...

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First Vows ceremony takes place in our Perth Monastery...

The first profession of vows took place recently (Aug 2011) in our Redemptorist monastery in Perth, Scotland.

Br Gerard Carroll, Br Charles Randall and Br Peter Morris marked the end of their noviciate by making their vows.

Confreres came from all over the UK, and there were other representatives from Kenya, Canada and Austria!

It was a wonderful celebration!

Pray for the brothers.

Some of the photos below show the three young brothers on their big day!

The main celebrant was Fr Provincial, Fr Ronald McAinsh C.Ss.R., he was joined by

Bishop Ralph Heskett C.Ss.R., the Bishop of Gibraltar, he was the Postulant Master,

and Fr Charles Corrgan C.Ss.R., who is the present Formator in London.

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The mothers of the newly professed brought up the offertory...

 

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Ukrainian Redemptorists take their vows...

See some of our brothers, who celebrate in a different Rite, profess the same vows as we do!

 

Br. Michael Duxbury C.Ss.R - My Vineyard

phoca_thumb_l_redentore_253_framed03When I was asked to write an article sharing my vocation story and experiences, I knew that I would have a problem knowing at what stage in my past I should begin my story.

From leaving school in the late sixties until joining the Redemptorists almost 20 years ago, I had a number of ‘fresh starts’ in life, be it changing job, moving around the country and even travelling to the other side of the world to widen my horizons.

Whilst working in the hotel and brewery trade, I had the opportunity to visit a Redemptorist church, which I continued to do on regular occasions. This usually happened at quiet times during the week, when on many occasions I was the only person in the church, apart from a Redemptorist Brother who would make an appearance during my visits and share a few words.

This man was to have a quiet, yet major impact on my future.

Even though we exchanged only a few words, being in his presence and watching his actions of praying and performing his duties seemed to say so much to me, and after much thought and soul searching, I eventually came to the conclusion that maybe this was some kind of message, and it was time for yet another fresh start.

That decision became the turning point in my life, as the time had come for me to walk alongside him in the Lord’s Vineyard.

There then followed my application to join the Redemptorists, which brought with it some degree of apprehension and a touch of uncertainty.

My first two years were spent in the Postulancy and the novitiate, followed by a further four years in the studentate, which gave me the opportunity to work closely for one of those years, with the people of Zimbabwe, which was an amazing and eye opening experience for me.

At present my vineyard is totally different, as I work as a chaplain in one of Her Majesty’s Prisons – an area in which I have been involved since the studentate. Prison ministry is very much part of the Redemptorist’s charism, in that we work amongst the poor and abandoned.

The Redemptorists, along with some other missionary orders, by virtue of their membership, have in a sense, a passport in which they enter into people’s homes by first introducing themselves and inviting them to their Parish mission. Likewise, I too have a passport in which to enter prisoner’s homes (their cells), by firstly introducing myself and inviting them to celebrate the Eucharist with fellow inmates.

My role as a prison chaplain is ultimately connected with meeting people, which can often involve making contact with one of them on an unstructured basis, but with a readiness to respond to their needs, as they arise.

phoca_thumb_m_middlesbroughchapelOne characteristic of offenders, and often a reason for their personal difficulties, is their tendency to act on impulse. I think of them as ‘immediate people’, and feel they have been ‘caught in the instance’. Over the years I have formed many relationships, with people such as these, and the ‘loiterers with intent’ model of ministry is a quite appropriate one in dealing with this kind of situation.

Working in my vineyard, I am called to learn from them. What effect impoverishment can have on the human spirit. Hopefully discover insights, listen to their stories, share with them and suggest solutions and a way forward to their problems, and help them find a path to a positive and different future.

My position as chaplain can be at times a demanding mixture of tenseness, sadness and concern, but at the same time, my life and being part of the Redemptorists is fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding.

For me, my vineyard is sharing the good news, knowing that the risen Lord, who entered the upper room through closed doors, enters also the prisons of the world, bringing a peace and serenity only he can give.

Michael Duxbury, CSsR. Middlesbrough