Saturday, July 20, 2019

Featured Catholic News

NZ legionary priest sees hope for order

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Scandal will always be part of the Legion of Christ, but its members have hope that the recently concluded general chapter meeting will be the...

Iconic churches included in two-year earthquake study

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Iconic Catholic churches in New Zealand will be included in a study funded by the Earthquake Commission to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes. The two-year study, headed by...

Young St Peter’s student stops thief

by ROWENA OREJANA The New Zealand Police have recognised the heroic efforts of St Peter’s College student Eamon McArdle for helping a younger St Peter’s boy recover his iPad from...

Fiso had big impact despite his short life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — In November 2012, Fiso Tanuvasa, a former prefect at Marcellin College in Auckland, was a 22-year-old man enjoying life. He was the manager of a Barkers...

John Lennon and his family connections with Catholicism

by PAUL SANCHEZ NEW YORK — On February 9, when the United States commemorated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America and performing on The Ed Sullivan Show,...

Winning the battle of the school lunchboxes

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Below is a selection of schoolkids' best ideas for their school lunches — here’s hoping some of them will work for you. (See also Michelle Vollemaere's Around...

Duck chooses a holy nesting spot

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A duck nesting close to heavy car and pedestrian traffic in Auckland must have felt safe next to a statue of Our Lady. The duck nested...

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...

18 pilgrims enjoy South Island Road Retreat

by JOY COWLEY Put together 18 pilgrims, a bus brimming with laughter, sun-blessed scenery, prayer, Catholic history and the newness of God, and you have the fourth of annual Road...

Fun family weekend held in Canterbury

by JOHN KENNEDY CHRISTCHURCH — Catholic families from Christchurch diocese gathered at Waipara, North Canterbury, at the end of September for the second Catholic Family Camp. Inspired by the Catholic Family...

NZ graduates speak of struggles to find work

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Young people shared their experience of unemployment and work search in a Social Justice Week seminar in Palmerston North on September 14. Organised by the...

Random acts of kindness abound

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — If you are in east Auckland in the next few months, you might be the surprised recipient of a random act of kindness from a...

Catholic buildings get heritage status

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The historic importance of two Auckland Catholic landmarks has been recognised. The NZ Historic Places Trust recently registered Bishop’s House in Ponsonby, and St Benedict’s...

Solomon Islands uses NZ as education example

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s experience with state-integrated schools is being drawn upon as the Solomon Islands’ education system is being reformed. Experienced educationalist Brendan Schollum, a former principal...

Sister has ministered to generation of patients

by MICHAEL OTTO HAMILTON — In 1978, the Catholic Church had three popes and Jimmy Carter was president of the United States of America. It is also the year Sr Carmel...

Politicians challenged over youth work

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Representatives from six political parties were challenged to respond to two young women’s testimonies about unemployment at a social justice forum in Auckland on August...

Same-sex parenting claims hotly contested

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A New Zealand pro-life commentator has blasted the methodology and findings of an Australian sociological study that found that children with homosexual, bisexual or...

Seven lay Carmelites make their professions

by JULIA DU FRESNE The first lay Carmelites of the Order of the Ancient Observance (O. Carm) in New Zealand made their first profession in the Cathedral of the Holy...

Pro-life internship trains 16 young people

by CHRISTINE GOUNDER PARAPARAUMU — Voice for Life has run another successful Stayin' Alive Pro-Life Internship programme at Kapiti in Wellington. Sixteen interns, the maximum number the programme can take, gathered...

Bohemian settlement marks 150 years

by JUDITH WILLIAMS PUHOI — Thousands of visitors passed through Puhoi over the weekend of June 28-30, most honouring their connection to the place as the settlement celebrated 150 years...

Likely NZ martyr centre of Year of Faith celebration

by KATE MAHONY WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew has encouraged parishes in the archdiocese to plan something special to mark the Year of Faith. Commemorating the courageous life and death of...

The Vietnam war through a Catholic priest’s eyes

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived in New Zealand to a...

Food help delivered to the struggling

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Those with intellectual disability and those struggling to feed their families have benefited from recent activities of St Vincent de Paul and Christ the...

Multi-skilled woman returns to the tropics to teach

by PETER GRACE DUNEDIN — A teacher who became a medical social worker has returned to the Solomon Islands to teach English for several months. Pat Robertson left for the Solomons...

Tauranga Rosary pray-ers are long stayers

by MICHAEL OTTO TAURANGA — In the 50 years since 1963, there have been many changes in Church and the world, but one thing has stayed constant — the Greerton...

Young Auckland builder’s Solomons sojourn rewarding

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — For one young Kiwi, doing volunteer work in the Solomon Islands as part of a Mahitahi — Catholic Overseas Volunteers programme will have a special...

Moot response: Many issues due to ‘disconnects’, says bishop

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Responding to concerns expressed at a Moot in Rotorua about the role of women and youth in the Church, as well as the relationship between...

Year of Faith Moot speakers make call to change patriarchal Church

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Removal of discrimination against women in the Church was called for by several speakers at a Year of Faith event for Hamilton diocese. At a Moot...

Mercy sister’s missionary dream eventually came true

by Sr ENID LAGAN, RSM CHRISTCHURCH — Well here I am at age 86 having lived a full and happy life as a Sister of Mercy. Retirement in a rest home...

Primary school pupils train with the Blues

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Keen 10-year-old rugby players from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Howick tackled a training session with Blues players Sean...