Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pope Francis prayer intentions for May are on respect for women

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that...

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...

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...

Passing through the door of mercy

by Louise Campbell The gesture that marks the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is the opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome....

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....

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...

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...

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...

Family celebrate success by degrees

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — This year is doubly special for Arthur and Maretta Solomon of Mangere. Not only is it 50 years since the young Arthur and Maretta arrived...

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...

Samoan centre celebrates

by RITA O’CALLAGHAN The home of Samoan Catholics in Auckland, Malaeola Centre, celebrated 20 years of community life last month. Samoan Catholics in Auckland diocese consist of 25 Samoan communities. In 1952...

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...

Memorial wall could remember those shut out

One of New Zealand’s oldest Catholic parishes long ago ran out of land for the burial of lay parishioners. But several current and former parishioners are proposing a memorial wall to ensure parishioners are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Progress slow on ‘Olive Leaf’ centre

by Peter Owens Further documentation has been filed with the Queenstown District Council in connection with a proposed “Olive Leaf” centre next to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic church in...