Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Marists move to new centre in Wellington

by LYNDSAY FREER WELLINGTON — The Society of Mary has moved into a new province centre in Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It is the culmination of many moves over the...

Indian Kiwi gives help to his own

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A Catholic missionary who became a Kiwi is now working with poor communities in India. Tony Vijayraj told NZ Catholic on a visit to Auckland in...

Meditation seen as positive for school life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fr Peter Murphy of St Mary’s Parish, Papakura, may be the Johnny Appleseed of meditation. It seems that wherever Fr Murphy goes, meditation grows. And some...

Christchurch schools cope through seismic struggles

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Earthquakes have plunged Christchurch into a city of contrasts, from badly damaged to almost normal, a situation reflected in Catholic primary schools. School is not usually...

97-year-old soup kitchen legend honoured

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The many years of work among Wellington’s poor and forgotten by Sr Felix Breen, DOLC, has been acknowledged with a Local Heroes Award. A Sister of...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their hearts. “It has not been easy,”...

Church should break boundaries, says Chicago-based priest and professor

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — God’s job description is mission, Jesus’ is evangelisation, and ours is discipleship, says priest and professor Fr Anthony Gittins, CSSp. But the concepts of mission and...

Contemporary justice message needed, says Anglican economist

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Economist and journalist Rod Oram has issued a challenge to Christians who advocate for social justice — that they update their message in contemporary,...

Ten new seminarians at Holy Cross in 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Five New Zealand dioceses have seminarians starting at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby in 2012. The diverse group of 10 new seminarians features Kiwis, an American...

Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of Rongotea received Benemerenti medals and...

Young Aaron’s football success a tribute to Dad

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Thirteen-year-old Aaron Dahmen scored the winning goal for New Zealand in a football match against Australia in January — but, sadly, his Dad was not...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia will take up the position...

Ethnic mix increasing at Catholic schools

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Maori, Pasifika and Asian children and young people make up about 40 per cent of students enrolled in Catholic schools in New Zealand, according to...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive practical wisdom from the way...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of Advent — November 27 —...

Bush work no sweat for 93-year-old

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Roye Hammond is 93 years of age and still swings a pick and shovel with a vigour that would put men decades younger to shame. For...

Powerhouse priest guided young Kiwis

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY A man of medium height and of strong muscular build, in his mid 30s, is bounding up — or down — the stairs. A man who exudes...

Wanaka pupils create seasonal saga

by MICHAEL OTTO WANAKA — Ten students at Holy Family School, Wanaka, have been writing and drawing to highlight the meaning of Christmas. The fruit of their work is a full...

Christ’s mercy a turning point for former atheist

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Realising the mercy of Christ when he was a teenaged atheist was a turning point for French priest Fr Patrice Chocholski,who was keynote speaker at...

Bishop objects to anti-Catholic insert

AUCKLAND Thousands of words attacking the papacy and Catholicism appeared in an Auckland community newspaper in late May.  The North Shore Times, owned by Fairfax Media, carried an insert...

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A step on the journey to Easter sacraments

Catechumens and candidates from throughout Hamilton diocese travelled to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton on March 10 for the Rite of Election. In this rite, leading up to the...