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Ven. Fr Passerat C.Ss.R
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Vocation News

If you think you may have a Vocation to be a Redemptorist Father or Brother, please contact Br Royston Price C.Ss.R the Vocations Director by clicking here.

Please pray for Redemptorist Vocations.

The Vow of Obedience Made Simple...


I would suggest that when most of us think of religious taking a vow of obedience we consider that the person will have to submit their will to a long list of rules and to the will of their superiors. It is true that, according to the Constitutions and Statutes of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the vow does oblige members to “submit their will to their lawful superiors” (C.71) but there is far more to it than that. The religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience can in fact be a way of becoming free for God and a way of finding true joy. We are called to be contagious with joy, the joy of the Gospel. The Redemptorists particular mission is to bring the good news of plentiful redemption to the poor and most abandoned so how does the vow of obedience impact on or contribute to that mission? We will begin by examining where the word comes from in the first place. Obedience means:

“To listen intently, to open one’s ears, to heed in practice.”

Uniquely CSsR Redemptorist…


What is it that still makes men want to join a Religious Congregation that is nearly 300 years old ?

Redemptorists are first and foremost preachers of the Word;

evangelisers in the strict sense of that word.

We work for the poor through a unique combination of ministries :stemma7cssr

Parish Mission preaching

Pastoral care in poor parishes 

Outreach projects

Retreat houses


Overseas missions

Our vocation has unique features :


Nearness to people

Popular preaching style

Theological expertise

Compassion in the confessional

We continue the tradition of St.Alphonsus by reaching out to the most abandoned and poor, especially through proclaiming the Gospel.

His spirit still energises the congregation, described by him as : “souls consecrated entirely to God, living in the midst of the world as if out of the world, and having no other thought than that of pleasing God.”

A Redemptorist vocation is that easy !


Bro. Mike Taylor

Thank you from Br Peter C.Ss.R

Br. Peter C.Ss.R expresses thanks on the occaision of his Perpetual Profession. 

Br Peter CSsR who made his Perpetual Profession today want to say a word of thanks! Congratulations!

Posted by Redemptorist Vocations GB on Saturday, 13 June 2015

Weekend of CSsR JOY - Part 2...

Br Peter Morris CSsR 

was ordained to the Diaconate

by Rt Rev Ralph Heskett CSsR,

Bishop of Hallam

in St Mary's Clapham, London,

on Sunday 14th June 2015.

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Weekend of CSsR JOY - Part 1...

Br Peter Morris CSsR made his

Perpetual Profession

in St Mary's Clapham, London,

on Saturday 13th June 2015.

From the Profession booklet Br Peter wrote,

"The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer is an International Congregation of men dedicated to preaching the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ to the most abandoned, especially the poor. Whether as religious brothers or as ordained ministers, each member of the institute dynamically carries on that mission by word and way of life in the power of the Holy Spirit."

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Some of the confreres gathered with Br Peter in the sacristy.

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The Procession arrives in the church

Pray for our CSsR Brother preparing to take Final Vows...



Please pray for one of younger brothers, Br Peter Morris CSsR who will make his Final Profession, - for life - on Saturday 13th June in St. Mary's Church, our Redemptorist Parish and Monastery in London. He will then be ordained to the Diaconate the following day by our confrere and Bishop, Rt Rev Ralph Heskett CSsR, the Bishop of Hallam. Before becoming a bishop, Bishop Ralph was Br Peter's Postulant Director, so the ceremony will have an added extra!

Br Peter has been on the road of formation for quite a time. To give a brief outlne - we won't say too much as we hope Br Peter might do that later(!) -

Br Peter graduated from the University of Aberdeen, with a Theology Degree, went into the seminary in Glasgow, Scotus College, and tried his vocation for his home diocese. He then entered the Redemptorists in Liverpool as a Postulant, went to Canada for his noviciate, studied in London at Heythrop and spent one year as a Redemptorist in Zimbabwe, before returning to London for final preparation.


Become a Redemptorist - see the world!

Br Peter has finally said yes - and the Redemptorists say a heartening yes - and he now prepares in prayerful silence during his retreat prior to the wonderful ceremonies that will take place soon.

So please pray for Br Peter!

Please pray also for Vocations to the Redemptorists, especially the London Province - which consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Zimbabwe.

Vocations 2015...

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



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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 Vocations Director 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...!



Be brave and answer God's call!

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




Make your LENT count!

Prayers please for 4 new CSsR priests...





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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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.