Patrick Seconi and Ted Downs of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui took a final look at the stations of a Rosary Way after a complete upgrade.
The set of 15-plus-5 explanation-boards had suffered much damage from the weather since they were erected along the shady dirt path beside the old orphanage in Jerusalem 25 years ago.
Rotten timber was replaced, all of them were painted and new images were inserted in each.
“I was aware of Rhenus Veldhoen and the late Malcolm Russell, who were master carpenters and originally built the stations as I worked,” said Mr Seconi. “The detail of painting in the groove of the actual carvings demanded a steady hand,” he said.
“To celebrate the 25th anniversary on 25th March 2020, Emeritus Bishop Peter Cullinane will rededicate them since he blessed them at their initial opening,” Mr Downs said.
Parishioners are generously “adopting” a station, donating $25 for each, which will cover costs.
Mr Downs said that a visit to Aylesford Carmelite Priory just outside London inspired him to initiate such a Rosary Way.
“They had a Rosary Way there and [I] thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have our own.”