Redemptorist Community News

A Warm Welcome to Fr Tony Hunt, C.Ss.R. who joined the community last week. Tony was born in Knolle Park and baptised at St Mary's. Brought up on the Wirral he was ordained at Bishop Eton in 1967. He has spent all his working life as a Redemptorist in the Rustenburg missionary territory of South Africa. In spite of a number of health problems he remains his vibrant cheerful self.

Bishop Ralph's Installation in Hallam. Bishop Ralph Heskett was duly installed as the new Bishop of Hallam last Thursday. It was a very happy event with a liturgy to fit the occasion. Since he has also been asked to be Apostolic Administrator of Gibraltar until a new bishop is appointed there, he certainly has his work cut out. Please keep him in your prayers.

Jubilee Celebration today at the 11.30am Mass. Today is in fact the 50th Anniversary of the Ordinations of Frs Anthony Johnson and Jim Casey. We congratulate them and assure them of our prayers and good wishes. They will concelebrate today's Mass at 11.30 a.m. "Ad multos annos" is the traditional good wish of the Redemptorists "for many more years" to come.

General Visitation: We have welcomed Fr Jacek Zorzalek CSsR (from Poland), who is with us this weekend. Unfortunately Fr João Pedro Fernandes (from Angola) has not yet arrived in the country, but hopes to join in the visitation of the rest of the Province in the coming weeks.

On 3 December Bishop Eton will play host for the day to all the confrères who are able to come to conclude the visitation of the Province. Fr Michael Brehl (our General) will be present for that meeting.

General Visitation: Fr Jacek Zorzalek (from Poland) and Fr João Pedro Fernandes (from Angola) are the Redemptorists who will visit the Bishop Eton Community from Thursday evening until the weekend.

Please pray that the Lord will bless this time for us and for them.

On 3 December Bishop Eton will play host for the day to all the confrères who are able to come to conclude the visitation of the Province. Fr Michael Brehl (our General) will be present for that meeting.

Our Redemptorist Province will be having a visitation from two members of our General Council, so we will try to put our best foot forward. I am sure it will be a time of encouragement and support for all.

October 2013

New Redemptorist 'Beati': This weekend over five hundred martyrs from the time of the Spanish Civil War will be beatified and among them will be six Redemptorists. Bishop Ralph will be attending the ceremony. We celebrate with joy and give thanks to God for the example of these faithful and heroic men.

The beatification took place on  October 27, 2013

More information on these Spanish Martyrs can be found by clicking here

Fr Jim Corrigan CSsR celebrates 60 years of priesthood today. Our Redemptorist community will gather with him and pass on the good wishes and prayers of the whole parish. He spent many years of his priestly life here at Bishop Eton.

Bro Glyn's funeral was a blessed occasion and our thanks to those of you who were able to join us at Bishop Eton last Monday. His family, most of whom are not Catholics, were touched by the occasion and are very grateful to everyone who helped make his life as comfortable as possible during these past few years.

A few days after Bro Glyn's death we heard of the death of another of our Redemptorist Brothers, Cajetan. He had been living at Nazareth House in Aberdeen for many years and his funeral was last Thursday in Perth. In less than three months we have lost three of the six remaining brothers in the Province, so you don't need to be a mathematical genius to realise that there are only three now left: Bro William here in Liverpool, who is doing sterling work at the prison and with Mother Teresa's Sisters in town; Bro Michael who is a prison chaplain in Middlesbrough, and Bro Thomas, who is sacristan in Clapham. Many of you will remember the days when each of our large communities would have had half a dozen brothers, so this is a further reminder of the changing face of the Catholic landscape in this country. I will not harp on about it, but you know that the number of active priests we have has also diminished dramatically. It is almost two years since I took on the care of our two parishes, so I have less than two years to run in the four-year cycle and I think we must continue to dialogue about how to prepare for the future. Watch this space!

New Redemptorist Students: Gerard, Charles and Peter’s Profession was a wonderful occasion. They thank you for your prayers and good wishes.

Click here for the article on the Province web-site

An article and photos of the First Professions of vows of Br Gerard Carroll, Br Charles Randall and Br Peter Morris is now on the Province web-site. Please click here.
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