Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gifted sister touched many

by Sr ELIZABETH SNEDDEN,RSCJ Sr Fleurette Caldwell’s parents met as Kiwi casualty and French nurse during the Great War and returned to raise a large family in Karori, Wellington. When her...

Seafarer service leads to papal acknowledgement

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Service over 20 years with the Apostolate of the Sea has led to a papal award for Philip Dromgool of Auckland. Mr Dromgool was invested with...

NZ liturgy director returns to parish life

by MICHAEL OTTO HAMILTON — The director of the National Liturgy Office, Fr Trevor Murray, has stepped aside from this role to return to parish ministry. Fr Murray became parish...

Young environmentalists go native

by NZ CATHOLIC staff RICHMOND — Catholic pupils turned out ready to work on Sunday June 10 in the Tasman District. St Paul’s Catholic School had a working bee to plant...

Two loved missionaries die three days apart

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Two well-loved Mill Hill missionaries died just days of each other. Fr Wim Tuerlings MHM A priest accused of perhaps working too hard in Maori ministry, Mill Hill...

French connection in Far North detailed

by NZ CATHOLIC staff RUSSELL — A new book reflecting on the early French Catholic presence in the Far North of New Zealand was launched by the Ambassador of France...

Palmerston North student is top scholar in Maori

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — A young man who is passionate about keeping the Maori language alive has been awarded the 2011 top subject scholar for Te Reo Rangatira. The...

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...

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...

Flatbush friends help enliven parish

by ROWENA OREJANA When former Couples for Christ members Mel Nepomuceno and his friends from the Philippines talked about their faith journey to New Zealand, they found they shared a...

Parish cherry picks its work

by NZ Catholic staff A cherry picker and sense of adventure have proven invaluable for Marist priest Fr Michael Mahoney. Fr Mahoney, who had 30 years in Brazil, now works in...

Order marks 150 years in NZ

by Sr COLLEEN EDGECOMBE, RNDM On Wednesday, February 25, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions celebrated the 150th anniversary of the arrival of their first sisters in New...

Poverty in an affluent society a statement from the New Zealand...

Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his being for all; it makes it our own way of beingThe love of God is revealed in responsibility for...

Pro-life victory on Auckland campus

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — An attempt to disaffiliate a pro-life club from the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) has failed by a considerable margin. In a students’ association special general...

Chaplaincy for the deaf turns 35

by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — About 50 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North, to celebrate 35 years of Catholic Chaplaincy in New Zealand (1978-2013)...

Special Catholic school blessed

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — An educational gem was blessed by Bishop Barry Jones on December 6 in Christchurch, the fulfilment of a dream for Rashan Rayen. Mrs Rayen, a Montessori...

Bigger base for wider outreach in south Auckland

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholic Social Services Auckland opened its bigger base at Otara on February 19, its “hub” for providing faith-based social services in South Auckland. CSS Director John Metherell...

Accident takes loved trainer

by GILLIAN VINE St Mary’s Church, Mosgiel, overflowed on February 10 for the funeral Mass of Steven Anderton, one of New Zealand’s most respected thoroughbred trainers. Mr Anderton, 43, died on February...

‘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...

Speaker is a St Bede’s old Boy

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt Hon David Carter, is the second St Bede’s College old boy to hold this...

Stolen chalices found

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — A rare find shows the hand of God once more in Christchurch. Squatters took historic and valuable chalices from the forbidden territory of the Cathedral of...

Betty Bourke’s life was full of community action

by SUE SECONI The seat that Betty Bourke occupied for years in her parish church, Holy Family, Wanganui, is now vacant. Her life’s work for Church and community ended unexpectedly...

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...

Wgtn priest dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Msgr Patrick Edward O’Connor, long-time parish priest and first superior of the Missio Sui Iuris of Tokelau, one of the most isolated places on Earth, died at...

Up north and back south on my day of little miracles

by JENNY McPHEE CHRISTCHURCH — The first little miracle was that I was asked to fly to Auckland for a day at Pompallier House to meet the NZ Catholic team...

One chicken can last for three family meals

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Crikey, chickens are expensive. Well, the free-range ones are, and those are all I buy these days. All the media hype about the terrible conditions that intensely farmed...

NZ-born Jesuit dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A New Zealand-born Jesuit priest suffered a stroke while celebrating a Latin Mass in Queensland and died in hospital soon afterwards. Fr Gregory Jordan, SJ, aged...

Ethically compromised vaccines named

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Australian researchers have listed ethically compromised vaccines for rubella, polio, chickenpox, shingles, hepatitis A and rabies available in New Zealand, as well as ethical alternatives...

Invercargill man Sailor Sam returns and talks to students

by NZ CATHOLIC staff INVERCARGILL —Former St Theresa’s Primary School and Verdon College student Sam Shannon visited both schools recently after returning from overseas service. Mr Shannon spoke to years 12 and...

Beloved Christhurch priest Msgr O’Connor dies

A priest who served Christchurch diocese for 63 years, Msgr Gerard Michael O’Connor, died at his home in Greymouth on April 12. At his requiem Mass on April 15, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking told mourners...

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Auckland diocese welcomes new general manager

Auckland diocese’s new general manager, James van Schie, was “handed over” to his new role by friends, family and other supporters at a powhiri at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby on...