Friday, April 10, 2020

Late fatherhood a key in Wanganui man’s work

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — “Surprised and unexpected, but absolutely delighted to receive this acknowledgement,” was the immediate response from Wanganui’s Ted Downs after he was awarded Life Membership...

Carmelite monastery a ‘powerhouse of prayer’, says bishop

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Bishop Stuart O’Connell, SM, asked God to continue blessing the Carmelite nuns as they celebrated their feast day on July 13. “This monastery is a powerhouse...

The early bird gets the very best on modern Mother’s Day

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE My kids are big teens now, so Mother’s Day this year will mean a long sleep in — for them, at least. Having sadly lost the art of...

Much loved Otago priest farewelled in Wanaka

by PETER OWENS WANAKA — On Friday August 1 the beautiful Church of the Holy Family at Wanaka was filled to overcrowding by more than 300 people for the funeral...

Priest who never wavered dies

GORE — Long-serving diocesan priest Fr Gerard Mary (“Gerry”) Fitzgibbon, who died on January 23, was described by Bishop Colin Campbell as a man committed to the celebration of...

Puhoi link to German tragedy described

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Fr Jack Ward’s act of reconciliation in Bremen (NZ Catholic, July 15) impressed reader Helen Moverley of Auckland. In an email to NZ Catholic, she...

Marist priest and teacher Fr Delaney,SM dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Fr Noel Delaney, SM, died in Wellington on February 13. He was 93. Fr Delaney was ordained in 1942 and worked in a number of the...

NZ Catholic wins four awards

by PETER GRACE NZ Catholic has won four awards within 12 days, from August 29 to September 10. At the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) conference prizegiving in Broome on September...

Religious people are needed to inspire others

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — When Fr Fredy Permentilla joined the Mission Society of the Philippines, he knew he was going to be sent to the ends of the Earth. He...

Diversity wows new rector major

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On Tuesday May 12, the 10th rector major of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, visited St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Massey, west Auckland. He and...

‘I feel at home,’ says new Josephite

by SUE SECONI It was with a deep sense of joy that Adrienne Gallie received the emblem and constitutions of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart from...

Columbans give calendars to prisoners

NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — One way the Columban Mission reached out to the marginalised at Christmas was by donating 800 Columban Calendars to prisoners around New Zealand. The calendars were...

SetFree 2014 was ‘the best yet’

by BRIEGE KONING MATAMATA — More than 300 young people gathered at Totara Springs Christian Camp in mid-April for what is regarded as the best SetFree weekend yet. This year brought...

Much-loved Invercargill organist remembered

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH INVERCARGILL — Marie Seymour Searle played the organ at St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill for 70 years — and stopped about 11 years ago only because...

St Peter’s principal to retire

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The principal of St Peter’s College in Auckland, Kieran Fouhy, has advised his school’s board that he will retire at the end of this year. The chairman...

Hamilton priests gather and recharge in South Waikato

by PETER GRACE OKOROIRE — Hamilton diocese priests got high quality input on Vatican II in the first week of July. About 30 priests, several seminarians and Bishop Browne heard a...

Warkworth- Puhoi parish hosts State Of The Nation Report presentation

by Judith Williams For its first initiative the newly formed Warkworth-Puhoi Catholic Parish Social Justice Group will host a local area presentation of the Salvation Army’s report, A Mountain All...

Positive start for new St Mary’s principal

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The new principal of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Jane Holloway, told a formal welcome to the school that there is nothing more important to society...

St Mary’s School, Gore, celebrates 125th anniversary

by PETER OWENS Described as a “most friendly and happy occasion” by organising committee chairwoman Mary Pullar of Kaiwera, the St Mary’s School, Gore, anniversary weekend was a great success....

Pupils raise $380 for missions

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Room 5 children at St Joseph’s School in Grey Lynn raised $380 for Missionz before Christmas. Missionz is the Pontifical Mission Society of New Zealand. Under the eye...

Anzac unity helps Victorian parish

by JEFF DILLON About 20 kilometres as a Victorian crow flies, in an eastern direction from the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, you will find St Philip’s parish in Blackburn North....

Community loses popular teacher

by SUE SECONI The sudden death of popular secondary school teacher Liam O’Gorman was received with disbelief and sadness throughout the Catholic school community in Wanganui. Mr O’Gorman died on Saturday...

Cathedral candles lit for Blessie

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — At St Patrick’s Cathedral, where killed woman Blesilda “Blessie” Gotingco often attended midday Mass, people were invited to light a candle in prayer and remembrance. The...

Irish-born Sr Carmel was a late vocation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Irish-born Sr Carmel Mary Corcoran, RSM, died in Auckland on June 23 aged 101. Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Msgr Bernard Kiely on June...

Faith rekindled at camp

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Rekindling of faith and friendships for life were the results of the two-day national conference of Youth for Christ (YFC) at Hunua Camp in Papakura...

Last of the Irish farewelled

by KATHLEEN CASEY For more than 100 years, Irish priests came to serve the New Zealand Church. Fr Finian Conway brought to an end this era in Christchurch diocese with his...

Feast of first Filipino saint celebrated

by ROMY UDANGA AUCKLAND — Close to 400 Catholic Filipinos celebrated the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and his companions at the Star of the Sea Parish in...

Rosmini students reach over the back fence

by ROWENA OREJANA Rosmini College students involved in mentoring Cook Islands students have received certificates of appreciation from Cook Islands Education Secretary Gail Townsend. The Te Kura Uira (TKU) project...

Another prominent Maori leader dies in Wanganui

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — St Mary’s Parish and Wanganui City lost two prominent Maori Catholic leaders in the deaths of Ariki Hanare Mare Mare Uncle Bill Murray and Morvin...

Argentinians in New Zealand hail Francis

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — “Joy, excitement and pride” — that's how Walter Alvarez described his reaction to the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as Supreme...