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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 Sunday - Pope Francis...

 

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Pope Francis says in Evangelii Gaudium:

“wherever there is life, fervor, and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations will arise. Even in parishes where priests are not particularly committed or joyful, the fraternal life and fervor of the community can awaken in the young a desire to consecrate themselves completely to God and the preaching of the Gospel” (n° 107).

Let us pray for more vocations to the religious life and/or the priesthood.

Please especially for Vocations for the London Province of the Redemptorists.

Preaching since 1732...

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Sunday 11th May 2014

Living Joyfully...

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Should be a great afternoon!
Come along... or if you are at the other side of the country, or the world, please pray!

St Clement Hofbauer - Message from the General CSsR...

 

 

CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS 

Superior Generalis 

Prot. No. 0000 046/2014

Rome, March 15, 2014

 

Message for the feast of St. Clement Hofbauer, C.Ss.R.

“To preach the Gospel ever anew”

 

Dear Confreres, Sisters, associates and friends,


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During this Year for the Promotion of the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation, the story of St. Clement Hofbauer offers us insights into the remarkable ways in which God calls people to share in the missionary vocation of our Congregation.

 

Clement Hofbauer was almost 33 years of age when he was accepted into the Redemptorist novitiate, along with his friend Thaddeus Hübl. Although he had a strong sense of vocation to the missionary life and to the priesthood, various obstacles kept disappointing his hopes. Nevertheless, he did not stop searching for a way to respond to what he experienced as the call of God. He studied theology in Vienna, spent time as a hermit and catechist in Tivoli, read spiritual books, developed a deep prayer life, and went on pilgrimage to Rome. It was on this occasion that he met the Redemptorist Missionaries working in the church of San Giuliano and requested admission to the Congregation.

Discernment Day...

 

For those of you in the Liverpool area...

...for those of you too far away, please pray for the day.

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Formation - London and Dublin...

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The Formation community of the London province were very blessed recently to be able to visit our counterparts in the Dublin province, for a few days of fraternal fellowship, prayer and recreation. It was a great blessing to be able to stay in the monastery in Dundalk, and visit some of our other monasteries on the ‘emerald isle’, in Belfast and the Esker retreat centre near Galway. We received a warm and generous welcome from all the communities we met, and it was wonderful to see some of the great works that the Redemptorists are performing, from reconciliation in Belfast and marriage preparation in Esker, to the preached Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Galway Cathedral – the spirit of enthusiasm and joy in the Gospel was infectious! 

Redemptorist Family Vocations...

 

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Have you thought of yourself like this?

 

Pray that the Lord inspires in men and women the desire to join the Redemptorist family

- as a brother, a nun, a priest or a lay associate.

 

Are you praying for the Redemptorist family?

 

If so, thank you so much!

Who are the Redemptorists?...

 

Watch and learn!

 

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Report from our Vocations Weekend...

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Br Charles Randall CSsR reports!... 

"Last weekend at our community in Clapham we welcomed two young men discerning possible vocations to the religious life. One came from the world of work, the other from his university studies; both had decided to give up a weekend of their lives to see if life as a Redemptorist might be for them. They say a good appetite is a sign of a good vocation, so of course, after settling in and giving them a tour of the house, we sat down for supper. Thus they began to get to know us, and we them. After night prayer together in the oratory, and then the dishes (many hands made light work) the discerners were free to retire and prepare for the weekend ahead with some rest.

Redemptorist Vocations Year...

 

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What is your vocation?

 

A Redemptorist,

A Redemptoristine,

A friend of the family,

What!?

 

Answer on an email to someone who cares!

 

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Fr General writes...

 

October 5, 2013

 

Dear Confreres, Sisters and Friends:

Greetings from Rome. I would like to remind you that on Saturday, October 5, we celebrate the memory of our confrere, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. He was a gifted spiritual guide and confessor, a gentle and wise formator, and a zealous pastor and preacher. During this year of the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation, may his example and prayers inspire all of us to follow the Redeemer more closely.

Your brother in the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.

 

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New Students in Clapham...

 

Congratulations to our two new students in our community of St. Mary's Clapham, London.

Br Royston Price and Br Michael Taylor have formally begun their intial studies at Allen Hall Seminary

and they will continue with their Redemptorist formation under the care of

Fr Charles Corrigan, the Prefect of Students.

 

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The new formation community

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Fr. Charles Corrigan CSsR

Br Michael Taylor

Br Royston Price

and Br Charles Randall CSsR

who are part of the larger Clapham community.

 

A simple service was arranged for the two new students in the community chapel, 

there the community gathered to welcome the brothers!

Congratulations to our new students...

Congratulations to Br Royston Price and Br Michael Taylor who have just finished the postulancy programme in Bishop Eton, Liverpool. They both now proceed to our community in Clapham where they will join the other students and continue their formation; academic, spiritual and human.

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Br Michael, Fr Richard and Br Royston

Please keep the students in your prayers - and also pray for more men to join them!

First Class Student...

Congratulations to one of our professed students for success in his studies. Br. Peter Morris was awarded First Class Honours for the Bachelor of Divinity programme at Heythrop College, the highest award given for the course.

 

 

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I'm very relieved to have completed the work for the qualification and I am grateful for being awarded so generously. I have enjoyed my time at Heythrop very well. The academic atmosphere of the college has been refreshing, combining good attention to magisterial teaching – especially to the documents of the Second Vatican Council – with rigorous academic enquiry.

 

 

I also had the chance to mix with students from other religious orders and seminarians from the local seminary, Allen Hall. Those encounters were a real gift to me.

 

Br. Peter Morris C.Ss.R

 

Br Peter is set to begin his pastoral experience in Zimbabwe in September. Having spent nine years of his life studying at university level, he looks forward to having a break from the books.

 

Well done, Br Peter!

Conference of Redemptorists in Europe...

Formators from all of Europe met in Cracow...

For the first time in our history the formators (Vocations Directors, Postulant Directors, Novice Masters, Prefects of Students) from all the units of our Congregation in southern and northern Europe met for a very successful and enjoyable meeting. The group assembled from Dublin to Lviv and from Southern Italy to Scotland and were about 35 confreres. The youngest father was 29 and the oldest was 75 years. So there was much energy and much wisdom!

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(The formators with the confreres preparing for final vows)

 

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(Our church and monastery overlooking the city of Cracow)

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(The view from one of the monastery windows!)

 

Pope to Seminarians, Religious Novices...

 

Becoming a priest, religious or a nun,

isn't about a choice we entirely make on our own.

 

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