Redemptorist Community News
The Parish Team
Fr Tim Buckley C.Ss.R
Other members of the Redemptorist Community
Fr . Andrew Burns C.Ss.R
Fr Andrew Burns is the Rector of the Community in the Monastery. Other community members are the parish team above plus:
Fr. Beverley Ahearn C.Ss.R
Fr Jim Casey C.Ss.R
Fr James Smale C.Ss.R
Fr. Brian Russell C.Ss.R
Fr. Kevin Callaghan C.Ss.R
Fr. Tony Hunt C.Ss.R
Fr Tony Johnson C.Ss.R
Fr. Michael Henesy C.Ss.R
Fr. Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R
Fr. Martin Gay C.Ss.R
Br William McDermott C.Ss.R
Br. Michael Duxberry C.Ss.R
FR ANTHONY JOHNSON CSsR RIP
FR ANTHONY JOHNSON CSsR died peacefully on Friday morning (26th June) in the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Fr Tony was born in December 1933 and did his National Service with the RAF in the military police. He was professed as a Redemptorist in 1957 and ordained to the priesthood in 1964. He was part of a vibrant School Mission Team based in Bishop Eton during the 1960s and then was appointed Novice Master in 1970. Unfortunately, he was involved in a very serious road accident in 1971 and was in a coma for over a week. He recovered sufficiently to be able fulfil supportive roles in different communities and in later years worked among the homeless in our Centre in Clapham, the Ace of Clubs.
He has enjoyed his final years in retirement here at Bishop Eton. We are greatly indebted to the staff of the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Church View Care Home, where he has received loving care and attention during the past few months. In spite of many health issues, he remained amiable and uncomplaining and he will be greatly missed. May he now rest in peace.
THE REDEMPTORIST COMMUNITY:
Firstly, I would like to welcome Fr Beverley Ahern to the Redemptorist Community.
He has joined us from Clapham, where a major renovation of the monastery is about to take place. At 90 he is the oldest member of the Province and continues to manage extremely well in spite of the serious deterioration of his sight.
In a sense he is returning home because he was born and bred in Liverpool.
Many of you will know his brother, Raymond, and his sister-in-law, Evelyn.
Welcome to Fr Gabriel Maguire and Fr Martin Gay
Welcome to Fr Gabriel Maguire and Fr Martin Gay who joined the community last Tuesday and are settling in well.
Fr Maguire has been parish priest at Erdington Abbey in Birmingham for 17 years and has battled on with great courage through his debilitating illness during the last few years. He had a wonderful send-off last weekend and now deserves time to rest and recoup.
Fr Martin, like Fr Andrew and Fr Tony Hunt, has spent most of his priestly life in South Africa, but more recently worked for the General Council in Rome and has come to us from the Perth community. He too has had some health problems, but we hope the Liverpool air will suit him!
Comings and Goings:
The coming week is presenting us with a few challenges. Fr Charles and I are due at a Provincial Council meeting in Perth on Thursday and Fr Andrew is not due back from America until Friday night. I will check on various contingencies and we will let you know on Sunday whether we will have to adjust the usual timetable.
Fr Charles will be in Lourdes this week with the HCPT group from his old school, the Salesian College in Farnborough. Best wishes to our own parishioners who will also be with HCPT groups: may they all be richly blessed. At the end of the week Fr Andrew leaves for a Marriage Encounter meeting in Toronto and will not be back with us until Friday 10 May
COMINGS AND GOINGS:
Fr Andrew left on Thursday for Brussels, not to try and sort out Brexit, but for another international meeting ofMarriage Encounter. He then has Provincial Council meetings and will not be back with us until Thursday. Fr Charles has returned from his break but will be leaving us at the end of this week for the Parish Mission in Norbury, South London. He will be back with us in Holy Week.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Fr Charles is due to give a parish mission with Fr Charlie Corrigan in Norbury (South London) later in Lent and is away this weekend preparing the way.
I made a mistake in last week’s bulletin, thinking Fr Andrew would be in Dover with Marriage Encounter this weekend. In fact he guided a morning of recollection in St Mary’s on Saturday. However, he will be away on Redemptorist business for most of the coming week.
Comings and Goings:
I very much enjoyed my week in Gibraltar with Bishop Ralph, in spite of the fact that the weather was not as settled as it was here. Indeed some of you may have seen the British Airways flight last Monday morning being blown around and unable to land at the airport! This weekend Fr Charles has been at the youth event, Flame, at Wembley.
Fr Andrew will be away next weekend with Marriage Encounter in Dover
Gill Bickerstaff has returned from her visit, working alongside our confrères in Zimbabwe, touched by the cheerfulness and faith of the people, who have so little by comparison to ourselves, but who cope with such grace and dignity.
Frances is staying on until towards the end of this month. Frances has written an article for the March 2019 edition of BE Alive. Click here for the magazine.
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