Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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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...

Vibrant message of love at Lifefest

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — You have got to pray, rapped out the rapping priest Fr Stan Fortuna, CFR, to young people at the Lifefest festival at Takapuna on September...

Goodness comes from the Christchurch rubble

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — On the Nazareth House site in Christchurch there’s a lot of space, a digger and truck amid remaining rubble and the 1939 Chapel of the...

Judge’s decision leaves disabled with a disturbing message

AUCKLAND — In mid-September, Auckland boat-builder Evans Mott was convicted and discharged at the High Court in Auckland after pleading guilty to assisting the suicide of his wife Rosie. Justice Patricia...

Mission Sisters continue their 150 years celebrations

by CARMEL COLE AUCKLAND — Celebrations throughout New Zealand marking 150 years of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission continued in Pukekohe on September...

Helping young people discover God in their lives

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — Logos was founded in 2000 by the Society of Mary as a Marist Youth Development organisation, and became a Charitable Trust in 2010. I did...

Shelter for the soul at Amsterdam youth hostel

by ANGELA PYKE Travelling overseas is exciting. It is filled with new experiences, people, customs, religions, languages, food and time zones. This can be overwhelming, and travel is generally more...

Tiny figures revealed in iconic image’s eyes

MEXICO (EWTN) — A Peruvian expert who has been studying the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico for 34 years, says the microscopic figures that appear in...