Redemptorist Community News
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.
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 www.stmariecathedral.org
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