Saturday, December 14, 2019

Featured Catholic News

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...

Huge farewell for storytelling priest

by MICHAEL OTTO NAPIER — The thousands of people who encountered Msgr Tim Hannigan at presbytery doors during his 57 years of priestly ministry met a shepherd who knew all...

Ugandan priest takes two-year break in NZ

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A change is as good as a rest for Ugandan priest Fr John Vianney Makanda, in St Mary’s parish, Papakura. Fr Makanda told NZ Catholic that...

Auckland parishioner shows care for Burmese children

by PETER GRACE ADELAIDE — New Zealand-born Dominican priest Fr Alex Vickers is doing his best to live what he believes — that if a bad situation seems too big,...

Mary provided comfort to dying and bereaved for 17 years

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Accompanying dying patients and their families, comforting people after a loved one has died, conducting funerals and memorial services, praying with and for patients and...

Seminarian is a top speaker

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — A seminarian has been awarded the top National Scholarship in Professional Speaking. Bryan Buenger, who is in his second year of studies at Holy Cross Seminary...

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,...

370 years of religious life celebrated

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — A staggering 370 combined years of religious life were celebrated by six Sisters of St Joseph Whanganui, on January 21, with Mass celebrated in St...

It’s a long way to go to voluntarily work

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Four hundred and eighty kilometres is a long way to travel for a working bee, but some parishioners from St Mary’s, Northcote, did it twice...

Focolare co-leaders speak in Wellington

by SUSAN FOGARTY WELLINGTON — While many Wellingtonians revelled in the recent rugby sevens, St Mary’s High School hall in Thorndon overflowed with people attending a public meeting of the...

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...

Parish and school celebrate 100 years

by COLLEEN LINNELL DUNEDIN — St Mary’s Parish and school in Kaikorai celebrated 100 years in good southern style over Labour Weekend. The sun shone for the gala on Saturday, October...

Priest climbs peaks with young people

by ANGELA PYKE CHRISTCHURCH — As parish priest of St Teresa’s in Riccarton, school chaplain for St Teresa’s School, and local superior of the Community of St John, French priest...

One door closes on 23-year CIT journey

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The closure of the Catholic Institute of Theology is like shutting the door to a room, Pa Henare Tate told 150 institute friends and supporters...