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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.

 

Vocations 2015...

This is a real live bus stop in one of our major cities asking people to

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND/OR RELIGIOUS LIFE

 

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Vocations Sunday... Change a Life..!

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A Diocesan Priest,

A Carmelite Nun,

A Redemptorist Father,

A fcJ Sister,

A De La Mennais Brother,

they all live, work and pray somewhere near you!

Why not go and join them?

Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit this page.

Praying for Vocations...

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It is simple really!

Please Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life,

remembering especially us, the Redemptorists!

Eight myths about Religious Life...!

 

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Be brave and answer God's call!

Following Jesus...in the modern age...

 

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Make your LENT count!

Prayers please for 4 new CSsR priests...

 

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On the 14th February 2015

four of our young brothers are going to

be ordained to the priesthood in Zimbabwe.

 

This is a very exciting time for them, for us and for the church.

 

Your prayers are asked for these four men as they embark on years of ministry ahead of them,

proclaiming plentiful redemption as they go!

Living Joyfully 2015 in the Cathedral...

 

Over the last few days the Redemptorists alongside many other religious and consecrated people have hosted hundreds of people who came along to the Cathedral in Liverpool for these days called,

 

Living Joyfully!  

 

The Living Joyfully days came about when a few religious got the notion into their heads to ask the Archbishop if he would allow them to take over the cathedral for a few days! When he said "YES" the religious slightly panicked and then thought, "we have got to do something significant here".

 

This weekend has been something quite tremendous and utterly grace filled. However that being said it has involved a lot of hard work, but it has certainly now proved its worth. 

 

The smaller group were 

 

Br James Hayes fic, Sr Catherine Skelton fsp,

 

Sr Frances Kelly CSN, Sr MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ,

 

Sr Christine Warrington rc and Fr Richard Reid CSsR

 

they did great work!

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The smaller group has constantly kept the biggar group on board at other meetings. A huge round of applause goes to the many consecrated men and women who joyously bought into the idea and the days at the cathedral - thank you to each and everyone of you!

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Our CSsR Vocations Director - A profile...

 

In this months Catholic Pic - the Liverpool Archdiocesan's monthly Catholic magazine - you will find our Vocation Director's profile on page 18! The piece entilted "Helping young people find their calling" is written by Simon Hart can be read below. Enjoy! 

 

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Read here the article...

 

Living Joyfully 2015...

 

He is...!

....Are you?

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If you want to know anything or everything about religious life then come along on Saturday 7th Feb 2015 to Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral!

You will be made most welcome and without doubt,

you will enjoy and be educated!

Why did I become an OSsR Nun?...

 

Sr Mary Bernadette OSsR, one of our enclosed Redemptoristine nuns, shares some of her fascinating story with us. Thank Sister!

 

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WHY DID I BECOME A NUN?

 

Two years ago I celebrated my Golden Jubilee of profession as a Redemptoristine Nun. A friend of a cousin of mine wanted to come to the celebration to see what someone who had been a nun for 50 years looked like! She was quite surprised to see I looked quite normal!

 

The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer (O.Ss.R.) is a contemplative Order which means that our main work is prayer. We were founded in 1731 by Sister Marie Celeste Crostarosa in Scala, Italy. She was helped by St. Alphonsus Liguori who founded the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers in 1732. The two groups complement one another - the Fathers preach missions and Retreats, do a certain amount of publishing - books, pamphlets, leaflets etc. - and the Nuns pray for the success of their apostolic work.

 

What made me become one? Good question, because the last thing I wanted to be on leaving school was a nun, despite having been educated by nuns. When the second World War broke out in 1939, I had just started my secondary education. During that time my maternal grandmother died and then 18 months later by dear Father died. Two people I loved very much - so what was God playing at - taking them away from me. My Father's death coincided with my starting my first job - a trainee draughtswoman in a huge engineering firm. They were very kind to me and on hearing of my father's death and knowing I was the only wage earner at home, they doubled my wages from £1.17.6p a week to £3.17.6p a week - a huge help to my mother.

 

Year of Consecration 2014 onwards...

 

In many dioceses the Year of Consecration has been inaugurated as it is due to officially begin on Sunday 30th November 2014, the First Sunday of Advent. As we are preparing to celebrate this year, here is a poster that you might think of displaying or posting on other web sites! 

 

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New Book on the Consecrated Life...

 

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Fr Ronnie McAinsh CSsR,

the Provincial Superior

of the London Province,

has recently written a new book entitled,

 

Living the Consecrated Life

in the Third Milennium

 

This book is a most welcome resource

for this coming

Year of Consecrated Life.

 

Fr Ronnie McAinsh describes himself as "passionate about religious life."

 

He teaches formation courses and retreats around many parts of the world. 

 

To order this book click here for

 

Redemptorist Publications

 

 

 

 

 

Vocation Opportunities this coming year...

 

The Redemptorists of the London Province wholeheartedly support the great work of COMPASS.

2015 is to be the Year of Consecrated Life.

The Moments of Encounter are...

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Click here for the Compass Website

 

CSsR Students on tour in Italy...

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In August, the students of the London Province joined students from other units in Europe for a pilgrimage to the sites where the Redemptorists began.  Museums were visited, Churches were viewed (and prayed in), talks were given and sights were seen.  Not to mention visiting the Redemptoristines and receiving their unmatched hospitality.

(Here the brothers stand by the tomb of

St Gerard Majella CSsR

- Patron of Pregnant mothers and babies)

 

 

Photos of the Way - Santiago...

 

Below are some of the photos taken by one of the group...

...follow the yellow arrow

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the scenery is stunning

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time for personal sharing and reflection

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Santiago de Compostella...

 
We made it! Last night we arrived at Monte de Gozo, the massive pilgrim centre about 6 kms from Santiago de Compostella. From here we began our walk (march) into the city and to the cathedral of Santiago. As a group we wore our Redemptorist Missionary Vocation blue t-shirts, and one of the group was in his Redemptorist habit, so we looked like a fine gang of people. As we walked into Santiago de Compostella we could see the people giving us a second look, wondering who on earth we were. This shouldn't surprise us as we were every age range from 82 years young down to 23 years old. We were a group of men and women, young and old, but all with one thing in common, we all are praying for vocations to the Redemptorists. 
 
As we approached the cathedral we all walked close by one another and the oldest member of our group led the procession into the square in front of the cathedral. It was a joy to be standing there just taking in the sights, knowing that we had finally arrived after our pilgrim way!