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 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


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.

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.


Fr Andrew has hardly been able to draw breath since we returned from the Chapter in Perth a couple of weeks ago. In the interim, he has had meetings in Glasgow, Manchester and Perth, plus Marriage Encounter sessions in Madrid and Daventry. He returns this Tuesday evening and hopefully will be able to touch base for a couple of weeks before he heads for Brussels.