by PETER GRACE
AUCKLAND — The Faith in Art roadshow for the jubilee of the Catholic Enquiry Centre completed its national journey in Auckland on August 28.
At a function at the St Columba Centre in Ponsonby, the two national winners each received a certificate and $1000. Barnaby McBryde of St Mary’s Parish, Mt Albert, won the national adult section and Rhonwen Grace of Holy Family Parish, Te Atatu, the national senior student section.
Catholic Enquiry Centre director Fr Allan Jones, SM, told the 70 guests that the two winning paintings would be hung in the centre’s offices in Wellington.
The journey through the six New Zealand dioceses started on July 24 in Wellington with competition entries from the archdiocese, plus the two national winners, being displayed. The celebration journey then continued the same pattern in going to Palmerston North, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton and Auckland.
After an opening prayer by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Fr Jones spoke about the work of the centre and the importance of the support provided by its promoters.
He told how the previous Sunday he had been in Hamilton, where he had over-reached himself a bit. “I preached at four Sunday Masses,” he said, as well as being at the Hamilton diocese Faith in Art function.
But the good thing, he said, was that at those four Masses, “14 people came up to me and said they had come into the Catholic Faith through the work of the Catholic Enquiry Centre”.
After his talk, art studio director and Faith in Art competition judge Michael Pervan spoke about the two major winning paintings — with the two painters then providing their own insights.
Bishop Dunn presented the pair with their certificates and cheques.