Redemptorist Community News

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.
Please pray for Gerard Carroll, Charles Randall and Peter Morris, the three Redemptorist novices, who were with us in Bishop Eton last year during their early training. They make their First Profession of the Vows this Saturday at St Mary's, Kinnoull, Perth, and will begin their studies at Heythrop College, London, in the autumn.

To view some photos of the Parish Goodbye events click here.

Thank you to all who made the events a big success. 


Father Desmond wishes to say a very sincere thank you to everybody who worked so hard to make the celebration of the Sacred Triduum so beautiful and prayerful. The dedication of so many people, too many to mention, is very much appreciated.

The new appointments were announced by the Provincial last week.


Fr Tim Buckley will be the new Parish Priest of Bishop Eton with Fr Barrie O’Toole assisting him.

The Rector will be Fr Richard Reid who has taken over from Fr Desmond as the Director of Vocations.


The rest of the Community will be: Fr James Corrigan, Fr Jim Casey, Fr Tony Johnson, Fr Jan Milcz,  Fr James Smale and Br William McDermott. 

Fr Desmond will be moving to St Patrick’s, Edinburgh at the end of May.


The full list of appointments can be viewed by clicking here.

Bishop Ralph's Installation in Hallam. This Thursday Bishop Ralph will be installed as Bishop of Hallam in St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield. Most of the Redemptorist community will be there to support him and I am sure you will all keep him in your prayers at this time. I am grateful to Frs Grant Maddock and Stephen Pritchard for the covering the Masses on that day. If you wish to watch the ceremony on the internet, go to

Fr Milcz has headed off to Poland for his holiday. He has promised to pray for us all at Our Lady's Shrine in Czestochowa!

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