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The Provincial writes 30th June 2016



Dear Confreres and friends,

This month has just flown by and the celebrations for the conclusion of the Year of our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place in Clapham on Saturday in the presence of Cardinal Nichols, Bishop Ralph, our confreres, and friends and parishioners from many parts of the country.

I appreciate that in many communities and parishes a great effort has been made during this year to honour our Lady of Perpetual Help in a special way. I was in Clapham for a couple of days during the Nine Days Prayers where Fr. Raymond Mupandasekwa and Fr. Peter Morris preached to good numbers. I was also able to attend the beatification of Mother Maria Celeste Crostorosa with Fr. Richard and Fr. Dan Baragry, the Provincial of Dublin. There was a very large contingent of Redemptoristine Sisters from every continent.

One of the highlights of the month was the celebration of the Perpetual Vows of Brother Charles Randall, and his ordination as Deacon the following day. Charles’s ordination to the priesthood has been provisionally booked for 8th December in Clapham.

We shall be welcoming back from Canada, Mike Taylor and Royston Price in a couple of weeks. Both make their first Profession in Bishop Eton on 15th August. I again thank the formators of all our men for accompanying them over the years.

Many of you will have received the new catalogue from Redemptorist Publications which comes in a new format, and I believe to be very attractive.

The work of refurbishing the monastery in Clapham continues, with the painting being at an advanced stage. Fr George Webster has injured his leg, but assures me that he remains well.

In Birmingham, Fr. Mark Chandavengerwa is assisting the community and working in the parish. He will complete his Master’s thesis in the next few weeks.

Fr Jan Milcz celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his ordination on 1 July and we again congratulate Fr Jan on this special occasion. Members of his family are travelling from Poland for the celebration.

At Bishop Eton, the work of re-ordering the rooms in order to make them en-suite is also progressing. This will be discussed at the Finance Secretariat meeting on Monday, and we will use the reserves in the Sick and Retired Fund to help us cover the costs.

Our two confreres in Hawkstone remain placid and calm. We do have a sale and we await the outcome. Obviously for overseas buyers, the Brexit effect is real.

The work in Kinnoull continues with the possession date being pushed back yet again. When I visited two days ago, there were 14 painters at work besides many other tradesmen. I must say however that the House looks magnificent. The latest date for completion is 22 July. Moving in will be a huge challenge. I go to Zimbabwe that weekend to preach the Regional retreat.

In Harare on 17th July a new group of Novices from Zimbabwe and Kenya will begin their Novitiate under the direction of Fr. Joseph Musendami who has been appointed Novice Master. Bro. David Nyamuronda will be Socius. A petition has been sent to Fr. General to confirm the canonical erection of the House and also the appointment of Fr. Joseph. Please keep this new community in your prayers.

Frs. Gerry Mulligan or Martin Gay will be sending out application letters for the Province gathering in Kinnoull in September. I do hope as many of you as possible will attend.

Birthdays: Fr M. McGreevy 4th (80th !), Fr O. Keyes, 11 th, Fr. C Corrigan, 15th , Fr T. Creech, 21St, Fr K. Callaghan, 24th , Bro. Thomas, 31 st . Fr G. Maguire, 31 st.

I wish you all a pleasant July and a blessed feast of the Most Holy Redeemer on the 17th. In our churches the traditional collection for our Students should be taken. This will be shared between the Province and the Region for the work of Formation.

I leave you with an extract from Constitution 2:

“All Redemptorists, urged on by the apostolic spirit, and imbued with the zeal of their founder, continue the tradition developed by their confreres in the past, and are ever attentive to the signs of the times. Sent as helpers, companions and ministers of Jesus Christ in the great work of redemption to preach the word of salvation to the poor, they build up an apostolic community specially dedicated to the Lord.”

In Christ the Redeemer, Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R. Provincial Superior

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