Redemptorist Community News

The Parish Team


 Fr Tim Buckley C.Ss.R

Parish Priest


Other members of the Redemptorist Community

Fr Andrew

 Fr . Andrew Burns C.Ss.R

The Retor

  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. Michael Henesy C.Ss.R

Fr. Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R

Fr. Martin Gay C.Ss.R

Fr. Michael McGreevy C.Ss.R

Br William McDermott C.Ss.R

Br. Michael Duxberry C.Ss.R


This week we have welcomed Fr Michael McGreevy to our community. The Clapham community has had to disperse while the monastery is being completely renovated, leaving just a skeleton team there to look after the parish and the Ace of Clubs (our centre for those who are homeless and deprived).

It is no secret that many of the confrères in the Bishop Eton community are reaching a stage where they are going to require more support and with Social Services we are investigating ways in which we will be able to provide that help. Once it is clear what the nature of that support will be and how many hours are involved, I anticipate advertising firstly in our bulletins.My hope is that we will be able to build a homogeneous team around the wonderful morning team and the cook who already care so lovingly for us.

Again, on the bright side, Fr Andrew was discharged from hospital on Tuesday and resumed his treatment on Friday. Please keep him and all those who are sick in the community and in our parishes in your prayers.



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.



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.


Fr Andrew and I will be away during the early part of the coming week. We both have the AGM ofRedemptorist Publications to attend and Fr Andrew needs to spend some time in Birmingham.

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!

Homily at Fr Barrie's funeral

Fr Tim preached the homily at Fr Barrie's funeral on Tuesday 21st May.  He has kindly made it available and it can be found on the Province website click here to read it

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


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.


Fr Charles, Fr Andrew and I will be in Clapham tomorrow (Monday) for a Provincial Council Meeting. Thereafter, Fr Charles will take a break until the following Monday


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.