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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

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Fr Timothy (Tim)  Buckley C.Ss.R

Fr Tim became parish priest of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s in 2011,  He and Fr. Andrew attended the Redemptorist novitiate at the same time.  He gained an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, USA, and has a doctorate from Heythrop College, London University. His thesis on the pastoral care of Catholics who experience marital breakdown was published in 1997 under the title, What Binds Marriage? – Roman Catholic Theology in Practice. He was Publishing Director of Redemptorist Publications for six years from the beginning of 2001 and then returned to mission and retreat work across the country. His book, Take Heart: Expand your vision of God, was published in June 2009. For many years Fr Tim created stories to help children understand their faith. His first book of children’s stories, The Adventures of Freddie Freckles, was published in October 2009,  the second children's book Freddie Freckles and the Sacraments was published in late 2014.

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 Fr. Barrie O'Toole C.Ss.R

Fr Barrie became curate of Bishop Eton and St Mary’s in 2011.  SInce his ordination in January 1966 Fr. Barrie has had a varied life.  He has spenrt time in London, Perth, Hawkstone, Rome, Canterbury(, Brazil, Zimbabwe, the John Paul Centre in Middlesbrough  and Liverpool. He was the first superior at the student college in Canterbury.

Speaking of prayer and his time in the Novitiate he said "

We learnt that Prayer had to be part of our lives, no matter what the environment or situation, no matter what responsibilities or work-load we had. 

In January 2016 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination, with a couple of Masses and a reception in the Fisher-More Hall

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 Fr. Andrew Burns C.Ss.R

 Fr. Andrew Burns C.Ss.R has been the rector of the monastery since May 2015. He and Fr. Tim attended the Redemptorist novitiate together. Immediately after his ordination in 1971 he went to South Africa, where he was engaged in a variety of ministries. At that time South Africa was a vice province under the auspices of the London Province.  In 1989

Fr Andrew became the first elected Provincial of the South African Province. He returned to England in 2006, residing iin his home town of Middlesbrough  until his appointment to Liverpool in 2015.

Fr. Andrew is the priest member of the National Executive Team of Worldwide Marriage Encounter in England and Wales .

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Fr. James (Jim) Casey C.Ss.R

Fr. Jim was ordained in 1964.

Over the years he has lived in many of the Redemptorist communities.  He is an expert on Rome having worked there for several years as the Secretary in the Redemptorist's general government.

He celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination in 2014

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Fr. James (Jimmy) Smale C.Ss.R

For many years now Fr. Smale has been the London Province's Mission Procurator.  What this means is that Fr. Jimmy travels around the country, visiting parishes, telling them about the work of the Redemptorists  in Zimbabwe. He has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the mission in Zimbabwe, and  every penny will go directly to Africa.

He celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Profession in 2012

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Rev John Keeley

Deacon John Keeley celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a deacon in 2012.

The reinstatement of the permanent diaconate after the Second Vatican Council  meant that married and family men have been able to bring a new dimension to ministry, but this has been possible only with the loving support of the rest of the family.  

John's ministry which includes leading the RCIA groups and trainging the Altar Servers has been made possible thanks to his wife Maureen and their family.

 

 

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