Friday, November 16, 2018

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...

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...

Focus on St Peter Chanel

by Wiga Autet The missionary life and work of St Peter Chanel was a focus of a challenge at the National Shrine of St Peter Chanel at Russell on April 28.In his homily...

Newly combined Wellington South parishes celebrate

by KATE MAHONY People from four Wellington South parishes gathered on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the naming of their new combined parish. The new parish, to operate from February next year,...

St Joseph farewells Norgate

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A former chief executive of Fonterra was farewelled in a funeral service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hawera on July 21. Craig Norgate was in London...

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....

Marist educator, author dies

by LYNDSAY FREER Fr Craig Larkin, a Marist priest, educator and author, died on June 27 in Wellington aged 71. He had been based in Rome for 12 years, but returned...

Monstrance meant to be in Chch

by JENNY McPHEE On a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fr John Adams saw a beautiful monstrance in a little shop window. As it was the beginning of the tour, which included...

Society of St Pius X finds a permanent home

by PETER GRACE The Society of St Pius X now has a permanent place of worship in Auckland. On December 20, Bishop Alfonso Ruiz de Galarreta from Spain consecrated the chapel...

New grotto for Helensville

by NZ CATHOLIC staff HELENSVILLE — A new grotto honouring Our Lady was blessed at St Joseph’s Church in Helensville on May 24. The statue was blessed by Fr Alfonso Dujali,...

Bishop celebrates Caring Mass

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Bishop Patrick Dunn, as patron of the Catholic Caring Foundation, celebrated the Caring Mass on July 22 in St Patrick’s Cathedral. The 12.15pm Mass included students from...

New Lower Hutt classroom block blessed

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Our Lady of Rosary School will formally open and have blessed its new classroom blocks on April 6. Catholic Schools Board Limited Operations Manager Corinne Richdale said...

Fr Phelim Keane celebrates 70 years ordained

by Msgr FRANK EGGLETON St Mary’s parishioners gathered at Leighton House in Gisborne on November 19 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Fr Philem Keane’s ordination to priesthood on...

Four decades of worship end

On April 24, a good-sized crowd of present and former parishioners gathered to mark the end of more than four decades of worship at St Alphonsus Church in Waverley on the Otago Peninsula. Bishop Colin...

Little Christchurch organ looking for a new home

by KATHLEEN CASEY With parishes combining, the Mairehau parish of St Francis of Assisi has a small Positive organ looking for a home. In good condition, this instrument would suit a...

Former NZ freezing worker now vice-president of Burma

Henry Van Thio, who lived in Dunedin from 2011 until last year, has been sworn in as second vice-president in a historic moment for Myanmar (Burma).Only two years before his swearing in, he was working...

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...

Educator and ‘loving workaholic’ sure to be living it up in...

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Catholic educator and author Brendan Warwick Schollum was laid to rest on September 24 at the Puhoi cemetery — although family and friends knew him as...

Taize brothers reach out to youth in NZ

by KATHLEEN CASEY More and more young Kiwis are heading for Taize in France on their OE, said Taize prior Br Alois in a seminar in Christchurch last month. Brs Alois...

‘Laid back’ Marist fondly remembered

by PETER GRACE New Zealand Marist priest Fr Bernard Ryan, who died on February 21 in Sydney, was a remarkably laid back and friendly person, according to fellow Marist Fr...

New Rosmini bio grabs attention

by PETER OWENS A Yorkshireman now in retirement in Dunedin has written a biography that is said to be arousing considerable interest. Father Michael Hill, IC, was the second headmaster of...

Gisborne church rededicated

by JOHN GILLIES GISBORNE — Gisborne Catholics celebrated a return to their spiritual home on December 3, with the rededication of the church of St Mary Star of the Sea...

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...

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...

Priest celebrates his parents’ anniversary

By NZ CATHOLIC staff In December 2015,Fr Alex Vickers, OP returned to New Zealand for the 60th wedding anniversary celebrations of his parents, Kath and Maurice. Fr Alex presided at a...

NZ lawyer ordained deacon in Melbourne

by PETER GRACE New Zealand lawyer Dr Justin Glyn was ordained a deacon of the Society of Jesus at St Carthage’s in Melbourne on November 28. The main celebrant at the...

New Suzanne Aubert portrait blessed

by PETER GRACE Only a few days before an announcement about the cause for Mother Suzanne Aubert, a new portrait of her was blessed in Auckland. On October 4 in a...

Caritas appointment

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Wellington archdiocese vicar-general Msgr Gerard Burns has been appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the executive board of Caritas Internationalis. Msgr Burns, who is president...

Tokoroa welcomes seminarians

by JENNY FLAVELL Fr Michael Gielen and seven first year seminarians travelled from Auckland to Tokoroa on October 27 on their way to Taupo and stopped in for dinner at...

Pakuranga fisherman and parishioner farewelled

by MICHAEL OTTO Fishermen are known for their stories, but there were many stories about one particular fisherman told at St Mark’s Church in Pakuranga on August 21. The occasion was the...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...