Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Fond memories revisited at Southland’s 150 celebration

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH When Southlanders held sesquicentennial celebrations over Labour Weekend, 150 years after the building of that first St Mary’s Church in Invercargill, it was an Aucklander who...

Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ

Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby is now the proud owner of an icon of the Transfiguration written by an artist of international renown.The icon, written by Michael Galovic, now...

Three-in-one ordination in Christchurch

by KATHLEEN CASEY When Jesus spoke to crowds, there must at times have been no standing room. This was how it was in St Mary’s Pro-cathedral for the triple ordination of...

Art training for the Solomons

by ROWENA OREJANA Sacred art transcends culture and shows the universality of the Church, according to two artists from the Solomon Islands. Liborio Maemauri, 43, and his nephew, Stephen Maetora, 24,...

Six hundred walk the capital for life

Six hundred people from all over New Zealand joyfully walked the streets of Wellington on December 9, marching in defence of human life from conception. The National March for Life,...

Organised gap year valuable for young adults

by HEATH HUTTON WELLINGTON — In 2008, Challenge 2000 entered into a partnership with the Society of Mary to provide a programme that gave young people the chance to serve...

Grey Lynn school looks for attention

by PETER GRACE A small Catholic school has been finding and using ideas to become more visible and to increase its roll. St Joseph’s Catholic School in Grey Lynn is in...

New initiative will assist those on benefits

A programme to help people on benefits was launched with a Mass in Wellington on May 10.Cardinal John Dew celebrated Mass that day to launch the Wellington archdiocese initiative, Benefit Impact. Benefit Impact...

Making Jesus relevant in a secular society

Making Jesus relevant to the lives of young people given the complexity of New Zealand secular society is the main challenge of religious educators today, said National Centre for...

NZ bishop’s voice heard at Rome synod

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called for “a new model of formation” of young people that will make them missionary disciples “in and for the contemporary age”. On October 4 at the Vatican,...

Marian wins coveted shield

In this, its 70th year, and after a weekend of hotly contested competition, Marian College’s team of 10 students were delighted to be awarded the highly coveted Bishop Lyons...

P. North VG is now a monsignor

Palmerston North vicar-general Brian Walsh had been given the title of Monsignor by Pope Francis. This was announced by Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan on his facebook page on July...

From Bethlehem to Holy Cross Seminary

Leaving Bethlehem University was bitter-sweet for De La Salle Brother Mark McKeon. “It was one of the biggest blessings of my life . . . a wonderful opportunity to be...

Events encourage cultural awareness

by MICHAEL OTTO A visit to a marae in south Auckland was the culmination of a series of events organised by Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, focusing on Maori...

Cardinal Ouellet responds to Archbishop Vigano on McCarrick case

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington had been told by Vatican officials to withdraw from public life because of rumors about his sexual misconduct,...

Faith is keystone to marriage

Faith is the keystone that has kept the marriage of former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia and his wife Bernadette going for 65 years. The couple, who celebrated their...

Hamilton bishop at first NZ Mass commemoration

by WIGA AUTET “Bishop Pompallier had a greatest gift to give, a gift of Jesus.” With these words Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton greeted the faithful at Totara Point in the Hokianga on Epiphany Sunday, January 8. “Today is...

Brother still on the ball after 60 years

by PETER GRACE Last year Marist Brother Dunstan Henry’s 7A rugby team became the first Sacred Heart College team to put 80 points on a King’s College team. Making that more...

Kiwi priest pedals miles on Dutch roads

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Kiwi priest Fr Marcel Smits might have 11 churches in his parish in the Netherlands, but getting to them by bicycle is no problem. Fr Smits,...

Papal preacher to young people: Discover love, joy, life Jesus offers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the church listens to young people in preparation for this year's synod, the church must not forget to also help them listen to Jesus...

Throwaway line leads to new publication on the why of faith

A throwaway cuss line resulted in a book that deals with the question young Catholics are grappling with today: the why of Faith.  Sydney-based Jesuit priest and author Richard Leonard, known for his interdisciplinary work in theology, education and culture,...

NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches

Whatever shape the new Government’s promised independent inquiry into historical claims of abuse of children in state care takes, the past actions of churches, including the Catholic Church, will...

Devotees promote saintly pioneer priest, Fr Garin

Although one of New Zealand’s early missionary priests, Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, died in 1889, he still has passionate devotees. This was shown by the turnout at a Mass at St Michael’s Church...

21 Kiwis heading for WYD in Panama in January

A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for the 2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.  The event will be attended by thousands from around the world in January...

Participation seen as key to vibrant Church in PNG

by ROWENA OREJANA DARU-KIUNGA, Papua New Guinea — Participation is how the Catholic Church is kept alive in the wilds of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, despite many physical,...

Evangelising one bite at a time

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That was the analogy United States Catholic digital media and evangelising couple Greg and Jennifer...

SVDP initiative popular with prisoners

by MICHAEL OTTO Imagine two large hands struggling to tie a bow made of ribbon. Picture other large hands, some with tattoos, trying to do the same thing. They are...

First Baptism at the Otago Corrections Facility

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley baptised a prisoner inside the Otago Corrections Facility on December 9, in what was a moving ceremony witnessed by prison staff, inmates and Catholic volunteers. Otago...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens to have been St Dominic...

CWL hears about change at conference

by SARAH ROBERTS Women from all over the country came together with one goal in mind — to make a positive change through faith.The biennial Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand conference was held...