Sunday, December 15, 2019

Featured Catholic News

New Scout camp takes shape in Bethlehem

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Two New Zealand members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem have visited the Palestinian Catholic Scout camp site for which their group...

Final bell for principal after 38 years

by PETER GRACE New Zealand’s longest-serving secondary school principal, Tom Gerrard of Rosmini College, retires at the end of this year. Mr Gerrard told NZ Catholic that he began at the...

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...

Big need shown for military chaplains

by MICHAEL OTTO When Rev. Lance Lukin walks into a room, wearing his military garb, the image of Fr Francis Mulcahy from the TV series M.A.S.H springs to mind. While there...

Vocation ‘speed-dating’ a hit at Carmel College

by ROWENA OREJANA Picture 12 religious women from different charisms in the Carmel College hall, each talking to a small group of year 12 students. After five to 10 minutes,...

Bishop-elect Lowe gets a diocese

When he left the Holy Cross Seminary at the end of his term as formation director, all Bishop-elect Stephen Lowe wanted was to go back to a parish. Instead, he...

Mass en masse at stadium

by JEFF DILLON Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has been a venue for many different events since it opened about three years ago, but a new first was achieved on...

‘Pope of Peace’ fondly remembered as mischievous

by RENZO ALLEGRI, Zenit Paul VI was beatified by Pope Francis on October 19, during the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Born in Brescia on September 26,...

Spiritual journey begins for 21 pupils

by SUE SECONI As a Catholic school community, St Mary’s Primary School in Wanganui extended an invitation to its own pupils to begin their spiritual journey — with amazing results. “With principal...

Catholics and Anglicans meet at Mercy Spirituality Centre

by DAN STOLLENWERK In his recent pilgrimage to South Korea, Pope Francis reminded the Church that the first step to authentic ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is self-identity. Avoiding the temptation to...

Divine Mercy Congress strengthens faith

by PAT BARRETT BOGOTA, Colombia — From August 15 to 19, I attended the Third World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WA- COM), held in Bogota, Colombia, with four young women...

Kiwi reactions on the Synod

Soon after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family closed in Rome last month, NZ Catholic asked several New Zealanders for their thoughts on the synod. Steve McNicholl, Oamaru...

Final message much changed from early report

The synod’s final report, released on October 18, presents substantial changes with respect to the much-discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried. The final report...

Little ‘paper pills’ prove a miracle for NZ woman

by ROWENA OREJANA Every day is a miracle for Ilse Hanekomhull. Diagnosed with sarcoma, a type of cancer that started in her leg and spread to her lungs, she was...

Former formation director returns home

by ROWENA OREJANA After seven years, Fr Stephen Lowe has stepped down from his role as formation director at Holy Cross Seminary and has returned to Christchurch to his first...

Three senior staff 106 years at same school

by PETER GRACE Three staff at Liston College in Auckland know the school more than extremely well — they have been there a combined 106 years. Principal Chris Rooney told...

New glossary brings languages together

by SUE SECONI A new glossary of Maori words and phrases is expected to become a valuable resource for the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. The dictionary is by newly...

Peace award for busy couple

by PETER GRACE Retired couple Helen and Patrick Doherty can show, should they want to, that they have been wholly dedicated and committed to peace, the environment and the community. In Auckland...

Education direction not right, says head

by PETER GRACE Catholic schools aren’t quite fulfilling their roles as missionary schools, according to resigning primary school principal Ken McKay of Howick. Mr McKay was farewelled from Our Lady Star of...

Walker writes a book on NZ’s golden era of running

by PETER GRACE Despite his name, Blockhouse Bay parishioner Vern Walker was for some years one of New Zealand’s best runners. The contemporary of Peter Snell, Barry Magee, Bill Baillie,...

Can’t beat hard work for success, says top sportsman

by Michael Otto It is sometimes said that humour and commonsense are the same thing moving at different speeds. The combination, balanced at the right level, is usually a winning one. That...

Diocese wants beautiful churches to rise

by ROWENA OREJANA Beautiful traditional churches are expected in Christchurch as the diocese gears towards rebuilding next year some churches destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Bishop’s Pastoral Office director Mike Stopforth...

Sleeping rough raises dollars for homeless

by KATE MAHONY St Joseph’s (Upper Hutt) parishioners Teresa and Stewart Homan spent a Friday night dossing down in a carpark in the centre of Wellington on October 10, surrounded...

Chch bishops’ PA has loved her job

by KATHLEEN CASEY Serious travel is in Angela Woolstencroft’s retirement plans, but she is unambiguous about out how much she has loved her job as bishop’s PA in Christchurch for...

Cullinane students raise voices for mission school

by SUE SECONI St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s dare to “Never see a need without trying to do something about it”, was not so much seen but heard by...

Devotion to Our Lady grows

by ROWENA OREJANA More than 750 devotees of the Our Lady of Penafrancia celebrated the 25th anniversary of their arrival in New Zealand with a procession around Our Lady of Assumption...

Survey has hard messages for Church

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — The responses of more than 2000 New Zealand Catholics provided to the survey for the Third Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family showed Catholics feel...

Journey takes Jeanne to Sisters of Life

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Travelling was Jeanne Ng’s passion until she found something more worthwhile to pursue. She will be travelling to New York on September 3 to be the...

A life turned around

Rob came to prison with a long list of offences that included various types of violence with weapons, including two rape charges and some drug charges. His family had disowned...

Faith firmly behind work to help those in crisis

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — A young mum had just given birth and was leaving hospital with nowhere to go. A 14-year old girl caught trains and buses at night...