Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Bishop Patrick Dunn: The gift of sight

We all know that the gift of sight is precious, and perhaps one we take for granted — until we are faced with the possibility we might lose it. Glaucoma...

Men’s order moves from outside to inside

by ROWENA OREJANA ORKNEY, Scotland — The Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer called Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones their “quiet shepherd and instrument of grace” as its...

Pope appoints Fr Michael Dooley as Bishop of Dunedin

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Dooley as the new Bishop of Dunedin diocese. Bishop-elect Dooley will be the seventh Bishop of Dunedin and succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell who has...

Miraculous medal led satanist Zachary to God

by ROWENA OREJANA Magic lured Zachary King at a young age into a satanic coven, and he spent the next 26 years pushing Satan’s agenda. “Satan attacks you at any...

Town’s Mill Hill priests remembered

by JOHN FONG At a ceremony on Sunday, March 15, after the morning Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Putaruru, Deacon Joseph Haumaha presented Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne with the...

Priests’ retirement house to expand

by ROWENA OREJANA Tucked in the heart of Ponsonby is St John Vianney House, home to 10 retired priests. The latest resident, Msgr Brian Arahill, said 58 years ago, when he...

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Martin, SM, as new Bishop of...

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin, SM, as the next Bishop of Christchurch diocese. Bishop-Elect Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch and succeeds Bishop Barry Jones...

NZ Mary apparitions marked on map

by MICHAEL OTTO Two apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary that were claimed to have happened in New Zealand have been depicted in a recent National Geographic feature article. The...

Priests told they serve even in infirmity

by ROWENA OREJANA Priests are called to serve the Lord even during times of infirmity and seeming helplessness. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared this reflection during his homily at the...

Many priests in NZ now from overseas

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — As the Catholic Church in New Zealand becomes more diverse, priests from overseas have helped ease the shortage of clergy in various dioceses. Auckland Bishop Patrick...

‘My first priority is supporting Bishop Pat’

When the priest who is to be a new auxiliary Bishop for Auckland was in Rome last year, he received an unexpected message. It was...

Tokelau celebrates 150 years of Catholic Faith

by Bishop PATRICK DUNN Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand. It comprises three coral atolls — Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo — lying 500 kilometres north of Samoa. Tokelau has...

Motuhoa Island pilgrimage recalls rich heritage

by PATRICIA BROOKS One hundred and seventy five years ago on the feast day of St Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Jean Baptist Francois Pompallier, Fr Philippe Viard, SM, Br Michel Columban...

Zaoui shares the journey of his life

by PETER GRACE An Algerian-born Muslim leader told an audience in Auckland last month of his journey from happiness to struggle, and back to peace. The man was Ahmed Zaoui, possibly New...

535 years of ministry celebrated

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — A total of 535 years of priestly ministry was celebrated in Auckland as 13 priests were acknowledged and appreciated for their years of service to...

Patronal feast transferred

by PETER GRACE The patronal feast of Catholics in New Zealand will be transferred to Sunday this year and in 2016. The Feast of the Assumption falls on August 15....

520 years of service honoured

by ROWENA OREJANA The oldest priest in New Zealand and oldest Mill Hill father in the world celebrated 70 years as a priest as Auckland diocese honoured him and 10...

The cosmic love of the Eucharist

by Jim Consedine “I see a picture of our blue planet with a large bread and a chalice of wine poised above it, and the risen Christ offering himself as...

A saint walked among us in 1973

Mother’s Maori moments Pa Henare Tate (Kohukohu) looks back on the encounter between Mother Teresa and Maori in 1973. A big contingent of the Māori community of Te Unga Waka...

Uncertainty led new priest to Hamilton

by PETER GRACE One of Hamilton diocese’s two newest priests, Fr Joseph George, was ordained to the presbyterate on October 10 in Hamilton. He was ordained alongside his colleague Fr Stuart Young...

Two Hamilton men ordained to priesthood

by PETER GRACE A former accountant and general manager of Dunedin diocese was ordained to the priesthood in Morrinsville on October 10. Stuart Young grew up as a Presbyterian and attended...

Carmelite nuns celebrate founder’s birthday

by JENNY McPHEE Christchurch Carmel was founded from Sydney in 1933. The sisters continue living this tradition, with the belief that labour is also a way of associating themselves with...

JPII’s friendships with women no surprise to Kiwi woman

by MICHAEL OTTO A Northland Catholic woman has good reason not to be surprised that St John Paul II had a close friendship with a married woman, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. Wiga...

Beloved New Zealand bishop dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Bishop John Mackey, a man who was gifted with one of the best minds in the New Zealand Church, according to one historian, died...

College wins shield for first time

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Sancta Maria College has won the prestigious Pompallier Shield for the first time. The Pompallier Shield refers to an Auckland Catholic competition between 16 Catholic colleges from...

Cathedral plans give hope to Christchurch

by KATHLEEN CASEY Hope has been given to Christchurch hearts with the diocesan announcement of plans to save the nave of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. This decision follows four...

Coast parish marks 150 years

by JIM COSTELLO About 150 years ago, a priest on his way to a posting in Greymouth died when the City of Dunedin sank in Cook Strait. Fr Michael Driscoll...

Kaitaia celebrates success of sexuality course graduates

by NZ CATHOLIC staff At Palm Sunday Mass in Kaitaia the community celebrated a growing understanding that helps people as individuals and teachers. At the Mass, the principal, teachers and support...

Korowai blessed at Marian College

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The recent presentation and blessing of a korowai cloak, commissioned by Marian College’s whanau committee, has reaffirmed the central role that tikanga Māori plays at the school. As...

Three Wanganui parishes unite

by SUE SECONI One thousand Catholics gathered around the altar to celebrate Mass in Wanganui’s massive War Memorial Hall, heralding the reunification of the three parishes in the city. Leadership chairman...