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Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Tim on Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Tim would like to put on record his appreciation of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor:

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I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions, but one stands out in particular. At Redemptorist Publications Jane Williams, the wife of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, had just taken on the role of editor of our Anglican publications. I was duly invited to Lambeth Palace for a Christmas reception and when introducing me to her ten-year-old son, Pip, she was trying to explain the difference between Catholics and Anglicans. She decided to give him a clue by introducing Cormac's name into the conversation. The bemused child only made the connection when Jane continued to try and describe Cormac to him, whereupon he cried out: "Oh, you mean the one whose laugh can be heard all over the house." As luck would have it I bumped into Cormac at couple of days later and asked him if his ears had been burning. He was clearly delighted with the description.

He was a good man, who radiated the joy of the Gospel. He was entrusted with much responsibility throughout his long life and served the Lord and the Church with great dedication, coping with some of the serious challenges with genuine grace and humility. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for the influence he brought to bear among the College of Cardinals prior to the election of Pope Francis.

May he rest in peace.

Tim Buckley, CSsR


This icon at Bishop Eton, was the first of millions of copies to flood the world and make the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour the most popular of all images of the Virgin and Child.


The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour originated in Crete and was venerated in Rome in the Church of St. Matthew from the end of the 15th Century until the destruction of the church by Napoleon's forces in 1798. It was thought that the icon had also been lost, but the Augustinians who served the church had saved it and kept it in their private chapel.

Over sixty years later it was discovered and, on the orders of Pope Pius IX, enthroned in 1866 for public veneration in the Redemptorist church of St. Alphonsus built in 1854 on the original site of St. Matthew's. He also told the Redemptorists, "Make her known throughout the world".

A month later, at Bishop Eton, Our Lady was asked to intercede for a seriously ill priest in the community, Fr. Francis Hall, who made a remarkable recovery. The Redemptorist Superior General in Rome was so impressed by this that when the first two copies of the original icon were made, one was given to Pope Pius IX and the other to Bishop Eton. It is kept in the community oratory and venerated in the church and carried in procession on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, June 27th. The permanent shrine in the church has a later copy.





Ever since 1866, our shrine has been a popular place of devotion. Every week many petitions are placed there, and on each Wednesday evening we hold the Perpetual Novena Devotions at which people gather to pray for these and their own petitions.

If you would like to email a petition or thanksgiving to be included, please email by clicking here.


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