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

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.

Comings and Goings:

Fr Charles returns to be with us this weekend: we hope in fine spiritual fettle after his retreat!   Although Fr Andrew has a Saturday engagement, we will have the full complement of priests available on Sunday, so I will not have quite such a manic Sunday morning as last week.

May I just say how pleased I was with the liturgies and prayer services for that special Remembrance Day. Thanks to one and all.

Comings and Goings:

Fr Andrew has been in Madrid since Wednesday but returns this Sunday evening. Fr Charles will be making his personal retreat at St Beuno’s this week. Fr Henesy has made his usual speedy recovery from a second cataract operation and is already back in action.

Comings and Goings:

This weekend, Fr Andrew is away for the second of three successive weekends on Marriage Encounter business.

Fr Henesy had a second cataract operation on Friday and one or two or the community have been under the weather during the past week. Hopefully, with the help of the visiting deacons, we will manage.

Comings and Goings: Fr Andrew is in Cardiff this weekend with Marriage Encounter. Otherwise we are all in residence for the time being.

Comings and Goings: Fr Charles has returned from Granada and reports that the international meeting was a huge success. It was good that Patrick McKean from Bishop Eton and Jen Monkhouse from St Mary’s were able to represent our respective parishes. Charles leaves for some holiday next Friday and will return on August 26. I plan to get away this Tuesday and will return before Fr Andrew leaves for Ireland in time to join Marriage Encounter for the papal visit.

Since Hayley Metcalfe (Bishop Eton) and Ann O’Neill (St Mary’s) are also on leave at present, it will be good if you can leave anything which does not require immediate attention until we are all back later in the month. Kris Reeds and Gill Bickerstaff will keep things ticking over in the offices.

Comings and Goings: We trust that the Youth Gathering in Granada (Spain) is going well. Fr Charles returns this coming Wednesday.

You can follow what is happening in Granada by going to (The page is public so you do not need a Facebook account to view it, however, you may be asked to log in, just click on the not now button and you will be able to continue viewing the page.

Comings and Goings: Fr Charles leaves tomorrow (Monday) for the Redemptorist Youth Event in Granada (Spain) and will not be back until the end of the following week. Meanwhile, Fr Andrew should be back tomorrow evening.

Comings and Goings: Fr Andrew is now in Madrid and Fr Charles is away for a couple of days until Tuesday evening.

FrMilcz2FR JAN MILCZ, CSsR died peacefully at Marie Curie at around 9.00pm last Tuesday evening.

Fr Charles and Bro Michael Taylor were with him.

When I took him Holy Communion last Sunday morning, I sensed that this would probably be the last time I would see him. To say that John had an eventful life would be something of an understatement.

Having been taken prisoner as a boy during the Second World War, he was later to serve in both the Polish and British Armies. His deep faith led him to try his vocation for the priesthood and he joined the Redemptorists in 1958, was professed in 1959 and ordained in 1966. He was a good and holy man and we will miss him, but we are grateful that the final struggle is over.


We, the Redemptorists, are immensely grateful for all the love, friendship and support you have given him over the years and especially for your prayers in these last months of his life. We are also very grateful to Philip Sergeant (who is now coordinating the nursing care of our sick confrères), the carers and nurses who came to the monastery and the staff of Marie Curie during these final weeks. May he rest in peace. 

His funeral will be on Wednesday 11 July at Noon.