Redemptorist News


The Esker Healing Mission will take place from Monday Nov. 14th to Friday Nov. 18th, at 10am and 8pm, daily. Spread the Word. Spread the Joy. 








Esker Events until November 30th 2022


Candle light Mass for the dead  on 9th November at 8pm


PLEASE NOTE: There will be no

Solidarity with Ukraine

The Redemptorists have a strong presence across Ukraine. The Redemptorists are also actively engaged in emergency responses in Poland and Slovakia.

The Redemptorists are/have:

  1. Opened their houses, churches, and halls as shelter areas in Ukraine for fleeing and frightened


It is with immense regret and after lengthy consideration that we must announce a decision to bring our mission at Esker Monastery to a close. The Redemptorists first came to Esker in 1901 and since then have experienced and valued

St. Gerard Majella Feast day is Sunday October 16th 2022

St. Gerard’s Feast day is October 16th.  St. Gerard is so much part of Esker and of the Esker story. Countless couples have come for the blessing of St. Gerard’s relic, for over one hundred years. Names of Redemptorists…

Coping with Anxiety: a prayer for any time

St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva in the late 1500′s, was a man of great compassion and gentleness of spirit. Amongst his writings, we find this prayer that has helped many people over the ages: it may help you…

Prayer to St. Michael, the ArchAngel

Pope Leo XIII composed this prayer in the 1890′s, as he foresaw great attacks upon the Church and the Christian faith. Pope Francis, in September of 2018, invited Catholics to pray this prayer during the month of October of that

Congratulations to three Diamond Jubilarians in Esker, Sept. 25th, 2020

On Friday, September 25th, three members of our Esker Redemptorist Community celebrated sixty years of their Ordination to the Priesthood, on Sept. 25, 1960. They are Fr. John Corbett C.Ss.R., a native of Athenry: Fr. Phil Hearty C.Ss.R., a native…

‘Gospel Reflection’ – ‘Lectio Divina’ –




Known also as ‘Lectio Divina’, this reflection together on the Word of God for the following Sunday, helps us to go deeper into the Word, and to hear how it speaks to any one of…

Celebrating the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, August 1st.

August 1st, Redemptorists worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, their Founder. We give thanks for him and for the group he gathered around him ono missionary men not long afterwards became officially recognised as The Congregation of the…


Esker Pitch & Putt course will remain closed for the remainder of 2020 due to Covid 19.  Looking forward to welcoming you all back in 2021.


Golden Jubilee of Ordination, Fr. Brian Holmes C.Ss.R., in Mozambique

Fr. Brian Holmes, a Cork man and a Redemptorist, celebrates 50 years of priesthood this Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Brian works in our Redemptorist Mission in Mozambique, begun in 2011.  Asked by the parish priest in Curaheen in Cork to…

Redemptorists worldwide celebrate St. Clement Hofbauer, March 15, 2020








Click here to watch a 6-minute video on St. Clement Hofbauer, on YouTube.

Redemptorists in Esker, Redemptorists worldwide, together with Redemptoristines and all our Redemptorist Co-Workers, celebrate this weekend of March 15th,…

Death of Fr. James Duggan, C.Ss.R., in Brazil, Friday Dec. 6th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of Redemptorist Confreres in Fortaleza in Brazil. Fr. James (Jacó) has spent almost all of his priestly ministry working in North Eastern Brazil. Ar dheis Dé go raibh…

Death of Fr. Matt (Matias) Ryan, C.Ss.R.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Redemptorist Confrere, Fr. Matt (Matias)  Ryan, who passed away today, November 25th 2019, in Fortaleza in Brazil. Matt had been ill for several months. Fr. Matt…

Death of Fr. Phil Dunlea, Redemptorist.

The death occurred suddenly on Tuesday last, July 23rd 2019, of Fr. Phil Dunlea, in our Clonard Community. May he rest in peace. His funeral took place in Clonard Church on Friday 26th, with burial afterwards in the Redemptorist plot…

Death of Brother John Long, C.Ss.R., Esker

It is with sadness that we announce the death at 3.30am this Sunday morning, June 30th, 2019, of our Redemptorist confrere, Brother John Long. He passed away peacefully here in his Esker community. May his soul rest in peace.


Death of Fr. Brian McGrath C.Ss.R.

It is with great sadnness that we announce that Fr Brian McGrath CSsR has returned home to the God that he loved and served so faithfully. Fr Brian died peacefully on Saturday morning, March 30th,  in the Abbey Nursing Home,…

Fr. Brendan O’Rourke says his farewell.

Fr. Brendan O’Rourke, the Rector in Esker for the past eight years, says farewell to us, this weekend of March 31st. He will be Celebrant and preacher at the Masses on this Sunday. We in the Esker Redemptorist Community want…

Galway Cathedral Novena 2019 – completed.

The annual Galway Cathedral Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help – or Our Galway Festival of Faith –  began on  Monday February 18th and concluded on  Tuesday February 26th inclusive.  The number who attended each day, at

Monday,Feb. 11th, 2019: 70 years a Redemptorist: Bro.James Casey

‘Only for the snow, I would have been a White Father!’

Brother  James Casey, Redemptorist, celebrates 70 years as a Redemptorist on Monday, February 11th, 2019. He took his first vows on February 11th, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,…

Happy 97th Birthday Fr. Anthony Mulvey, Esker Redemptorist Community.

‘… like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither…’:  (Psalm 1:3)

We wish every blessing on our Fr. Tony Mulvey whose ninety seventh birthday is on January 30th.

Fr. Anthony Mulvey, a Redemptorist for 75 years, on September 8th, 2018.


Where were you, and what were you doing on September 8th, 1943? That’s a while ago, now! On that day, Feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, a young man of 21 took his first…

St.Alphonsus de Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists. Feast August 1st.






Read a short summary of the life of St. Alphonsus de Liguori: click here:

Click here to watch a short video on Youtube about Alphonsus de Liguori:



Death of Fr. Louis Eustace C.Ss.R., Thursday Nov. 30th, 2017.

Fr. Louis Eustace, C.Ss.R.                +Nov. 30, 2017, Dundalk, Ireland.

We regret to announce that the death has occurred, on Thursday, November 30th, of Fr. Louis Eustace, Redemptorist, who passed away after more than…

Death of Fr. Pat Reynolds, C.Ss.R.

We regret to announce the death of Fr. Pat Reynolds, Redemptorist, who died peacefully at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, today, Wednesday November 22nd 2017, at 4.40am.

Fr. Pat was Rector here in Esker Community from about 1999 to 2005.…

What Milo (7) in Esker showed me about the Icon

Milo and his Mom and his Grandmother were in Esker on the last day of the visit of the Pilgrim Icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help, in April 2016. His response to the icon and his photograph of it,…

Death of Fr. Tommy Byrne, C.Ss.R, Esker

Yesterday, October 26th, we buried for tommy Byrne, in our Esker Community Cemetery. There was a great turnout of local Esker folk, of Redemptorists, of local priests and religious, and Bishop John Kirby presided at the funeral Mass.As his coffin…

Death of Fr. Brian Foley, C.Ss.R., September 11.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Esker Redemptorist Community, Fr. Brian Foley. He died at noon today, Sunday September 11, in University College Hospital Galway. Fr. Michael O’Flynn was with him at…

Death of Fr Pat Egan C.Ss.R.

The death has occurred today, July 9th, at c. 5pm of Fr. Patrick Egan, Redemptorist and member of the Esker Community. He died in University Hospital Galway, after a couple of weeks of illness. May he rest in…

Big Day for Redemptoristine Nuns. Beatification of their Foundress, June 18th.

Saturday June 18th, 2016: Beatification of Venerable Maria Celeste Crostorosa, Foundress of the Redemptoristine Order, the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer.

On Saturday of this weekend,  Maria Crostorosa will be beatified by Cardinal Angelo Amato, in Foggia in Southern…

Death of Fr. Jim O’Connor, Redemptorist.















We regret to announce the death of one of our Redemptorist confreres, Fr. Jim O’Connor, who went to God on Monday morning April 18th, 2016. May…

Patricia with the Icon – and another ‘icon’!

Patricia Wade, Secretary at Esker, helping with the pilgrimage of the Icon: met another ‘icon’ in Kilkenny, hoping to bring it back to Galway later in the year!


Death of Brother John Augustine (‘Senan’) Forrie, C.Ss.R.

Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Brother John Augustine (‘Senan’) Forrie,

C.Ss.R., of this Esker Community.

Brother Senan died peacefully on Thursday night, February 11th, 2016,  at about 9.30pm, in Galway University Hospital, where he had…

Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli, Redemptorist: Feast June 30th.

Feast of Blessed Gennaro (‘Januarius’) Maria Sarnelli, Redemptorist. 1702- 1744.

GENNARO SARNELLI  was a very close friend of young Alphonsus de Liguori,. They met in Naples, and both were lawyers, there. They came from fairly well-off families,- Alphonsus from Naples,…

Death of Fr. Martin Ryan C.Ss.R.

The death occurred unexpectedly on Friday June 5th in Marianella, Dublin, of our confrere Fr. Martin Ryan, aged 63. R.I.P.

Fr. Martin was from Templederry in Co. Tipperary. He took his first vows as a Redemptorist on September…

Tribute to Fr. Vincent Kavanagh.

Great to find this on an international Redemptorist website! Found on Facebook.

Fr. Vincent died on Friday May 15th, 2015. May he rest in peace.

Death of Fr. Vincent Kavanagh C.Ss.R., member of Esker Community.

The death has occurred of Fr. Vincent Kavanagh C.Ss.R. peacefully, at Flannery’s Nursing Home, Abbeyknockmoy on Friday 15th May 2015. Deeply regretted by his sister Eileen, his brothers Tom and Liam, (predeceased by his brother John,his sister Marjorie and Jim…

Death of Fr. Flann Daffy, C.Ss.R., April 26th, 2015.

From the Provincial of the Cebu Province of Redemptorists, Fr. Nico Perez: an email sent to Fr Dan Baragry, C.Ss.R., Provincial Dublin Province, following the death of Fr. Flann Daffy, in Esker:

Yes kindly extend our prayers and condolences to

Death of Mrs. Phil O’Rourke.

Mrs. Phil O’Rourke, the mother of Fr Brendan O’Rourke, Rector in Esker Community, died earlier today, peacefully, in Esker Monastery. She has been cared for here for over a year and a half, by her son, Fr Brendan, and by…

St. Clement’s Students, on house-building project with SERVE in Brazil.

See article in Irish Catholic on the recent visit by students from St. Clement’s Redemptorist College in Limerick, to Brazil, along with some teachers and two Redemptorist priests from Ireland. Click here or go to

The St. Clement’s School…

Death of Fr. Peter Ward, C.Ss.R., on Saturday November 1st:

Fr Peter Ward of Clonard community, Belfast, died at 4.15am this Feast of All Saints, 1st November 2014, in Our Lady’s Home, Belfast

Fr Phil Dunlea was with him 

May Fr Peter rest in peace with all the saints of God…

What Blessed Pope Paul VI said spontaneously to a Redemptorist gathering, in 1973.

Recently, Pope Paul VI was declared ‘Blessed’, or beatified. It was he who was the ‘helmsman of the Second Vatican Council’, guiding it to its completion in 1965. Years later, in 1973, he met with a group of Redemptorists who…

Death of Fr. Stephen McCabe, Redemptorist.

The Month’s Mind Mass for Fr. Stephen McCabe, Redemptorist, was celebrated on Sunday Nov. 30th at 3pm in Marianella Chapel, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin. The chapel was packed with people who knew and loved Stephen and/or members of his family,…

Death of Fr. Alec Reid, Redemptorist, Peace-Maker.

Fr. Alec Reid C.Ss.R., (RIP) died  22nd November 2013

The Funeral of Fr. Alec Reid, ‘the quiet peacemaker’, took place on Wednesday November 27th, at 12 noon, in Clonard Monastery. You can watch it on the archives  on

Death of Fr. Willie Power, Redemptorist, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.

Fr. William (Willie) Power, C.Ss.R.

1922 – 2013

The death has occurred in Carrigoran Nursing Home in Newmarketonfergus, Co. Clare, of our Redemptorist confrere, Fr. Willie Power. He was born on 20/02/’22. He died on October 23rd, 2013.…

Death of Fr. Michael Browne, C.Ss.R. Sept. 5, 2013.

The death has occurred today, Sept. 5th at c. 4.30am, in Belfast of a dearly-loved Redemptorist priest, Fr. Michael Browne. Fr. Michael was ordained in Cluain Mhuire by Bishop Michael Browne, in 1961. The day of his ordination co-incided with…

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Feast Day, August 1st.


To learn about Alphonsus Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists, click here to listen to YouTube, a 6 minute talk given by Fr. Michael Brehl, former Provincial of the Redemptorists of the Edmonton/Toronto Province,…

Death of Fr. Paddy Breen, C.Ss.R.

Death of Fr. Paddy Breen, C.Ss.R.

The death has occurred on Wednesday March 27th of Fr. Paddy Breen, a Redemptorist much loved among his confreres and by so many among whom and to whom he ministered over his long…

Death of Fr. Denis Cronin, Redemptorist, in Brazil, Dec. 12, 2012.

The death occurred on December 12th in Brazil, of Fr. Denis Cronin, Redemptorist. Fr. Denis was born in Kiskeam in County Cork, in 1933. He had been part of the Irish Vice- Province of Fortaleza, in North East Brazil, since the…

Homily given at Esker Cemetery Sunday Mass, Sept. 9, 2012

CEMETERY SUNDAY 2012:  A great number of family members of Redemptorist Brothers and Priests, buried in our community Cemetery here , travelled to Esker for our annual Cemetery Sunday. The weather was not kind to us, the Mass…

August 17th, 2012,- New Irish/Brazilian Redemptorist Mission to Africa.

AUGUST 17TH, 2012 will be remembered for the Formal Opening of the New Irish/Brazilian Redemptorist Mission in Mozambique and Malawi:

Plant an acorn, wait for an oak.’

Ever heard of ‘Chechewa’ ? Across Mozambique and neighbouring Malawi,…

Alphonsus, A Man on Fire

Alphonsus, A Man on Fire

Return Love for Love
is what he said to do.
When all was said and done, this was his heart’s deep cry,-
‘return love, for love’.

Live in the Birth

August 1st,- Feast of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists.

The first day of August is dear to Redemptorists throughout the world. It is the Feast day of their Founder, St. Alphonsus de Liguori. Born in Naples in 1696, he died at Pagani in 1787, in his 91st

‘Copiosa apud Eum Redemptio’ -the Redemptorist Motto.

‘Copiosa apud Eum Redemptio’ -the Redemptorist Motto. On the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Third Sunday of July each year, -and this year on July 15th- , a short reflection on the motto of the Redemptorists since the…

Panis Angelicus, O Sacrum Convivium, O Salutaris Hostia, Adoro Te Devote, Tantum Ergo


Below are three hymns composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Google any one of them on YouTube, to…

The Opening of a new Redemptorist House, ‘Scala’, in Cork.

This past Sunday, May 20,2012, saw the official opening of the new Redemptorist House, called ‘SCALA’, in Blackrock, in Cork. Located close to Blackrock Castle, the surroundings of what was formerly known as Castlemahon House are beautiful, with miles of…

Fr. Finbarr Connolly C.Ss.R., R.I.P.

Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R.

1924 – 2012

Fr. Finbarr was born on 24th August 1924 in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  He professed his vows as a Redemptorist in Dundalk on 8th September 1942.  After his profession…

Death of Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R.


Fr. Finbarr Connolly, R. I. P.


Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Fr. Finbarr Connolly, C.Ss.R. who died peacefully on Monday 7th May 2012.  He had been declining over the past few years and…

Death of Brother John (‘Baptist’) Cashman, C.Ss.R.

We regret to announce the death of Br. John (Baptist) Cashman, C.Ss.R. of the Redemptorist Community at Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick.  Br. John died peacefully at 3.10pm on Wednesday, 18th April in the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.  Fr. Adrian…

Easter Sunday Reflection: ‘Funny Bones’

Funny Bones:

Them bones, Them bones-

are some good bones

for living to the full;


Head bone for thinking well

on all that is

and how and why

it is.


Back bone for Will,

decisions made

and followed…

Fr. Jim Stanley, Redemptorist, R.I.P.

We regret to announce the death of Fr. Jim Stanley, C.Ss.R. in our Redemptorist community in Marianella, Dublin, on Monday, 2nd April, 2012.

An outline of the life of Fr. Jim Stanley, C.Ss.R.

Fr. Jim was a native of Woodford,…

Fr. Sean Lawlor, C.Ss.R., R.I.P

Fr. Sean Lawlor, Redemptorist, died (suddenly) in Limerick, on Feb. 7th, 2012.The following was written by Fr. Dermie O’Connor, who lived and worked with Fr. Sean in Esker for several years, as well