Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...

Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss,...

Call for stronger environmental policies

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the new Parliament of New Zealand to implement stronger policies and frameworks that take account of the impact of environmental degradation on...

A new era starts for Island Bay Home of Compassion

by MARTIN DE JONG Our Lady’s Home of Compassion at Island Bay, Wellington, entered a new era on October 14 as the final resting place for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

Family Pilgrimage visits North Island Marian sites

by PATRICIA SISON On September 30 to October 1, a contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites in the North Island associated with the titles of...

Caritas responds to emergencies

Caritas is responding around the world to humanitarian emergencies related to extreme weather, earthquakes and refugee relocation. Monsoon rain has led to flooding in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that has...

Jeanette on vocational journey of Mercy

Sunday, September 17, was a special day for Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Sr Jeanette Mathers professed her vows to God in the presence of...

Rejoicing at restored Hamilton St Mary’s Chapel

by JOHN FONG The instruction from Bishop Denis Browne (when he was Bishop of Hamilton) was clear: Restore St Mary’s Chapel. This involved earthquake-strengthening, upgrading building services, re-wiring and undertaking...

Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth” in Christchurch celebrated the 10...

Indian cardinal liked NZ during pastoral visit

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community in New Zealand was thrilled to be visited last month by Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the major archbishop of their church. The church is an Eastern...

Cluny nuns have chapter

On August 14-19, the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny held their provincial chapter at their Cluny Retreat Centre, Tauranga. The elected members came from the four countries belonging...

19,000 cans collected for SVDP benefit

The Cans for Christmas project this year exceeded expectations in collecting 19,000 cans of food for the Society of St Vincent De Paul for their Christmas food bank supplies....

Digital learning programme to 100 schools

The Manaiakalani Education Trust is rolling out its digital education programme to 50 more low decile schools throughout New Zealand next year. Manaiakalani trust chairman Patrick Snedden told Catholic journalists...

Hamilton looks to encounter Christ anew

Hamilton’s diocesan pastoral council has suggested several reasons why numbers are declining at Sunday Mass. In a forum made available on the Hamilton diocese’s website, the council was one of...

St Dominic’s College celebrates jubilee

by SARAH ROBERTS A beaded tapestry, with roots dating back to the 1870s, has helped mark 50 years since St Dominic’s Catholic College opened in Henderson in west Auckland. Dominican sisters...

Move for bi-culturalism at the synod

by MARTIN de JONG For Frances Peho Wilson, of Te Ngakau Tapu parish in Porirua, the synod was an event of “total reliance on the Holy Spirit”. Among the optional groups,...

Fr Larsen elected to lead Marists

A New Zealand priest, Fr John Larsen SM, has been elected superior general of the Society of Mary. Fr Larsen succeeds Fr John Hannan and is the first non-European to...

Aaron set to make waves in media world

by SARAH ROBERTS Aaron Dahmen dreams of one day hosting a prime time multimedia show and at its backbone will be his Catholic values. The 19-year-old already heads his own digital...

Faith, Fatima and family focus at Tawa

by PATRICIA SISON To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017), the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) organised events to rediscover the message of...

Students dig deep to help the earth

“It was great helping the nuns, it was fun planting the trees, we loved it”, were just some of the instant responses from Room 8 students from Whanganui’s St...

Recognition for Sian’s engineering work

Carmel College former student Sian France has been recognised for her work on the Waterview Connection Project by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Ms France, technical director...

A moving memorial Mass for Sr Jean

It was a very moving memorial Mass for a very special person. Residents, students, friends and family of G.I.F.T. Centre founder Cenacle Sr Jean Mary Sinclair remembered her fondly at...

Night school an opportunity for faith formation

The Catholic Discipleship College on Auckland’s North Shore held a twelve-week night school that allows people to go deeper into their faith.This was the first time the college has...

Adventurous Sr Maryanne fondly remembered

by JEFF DILLON Saying farewell to Sr Anne (Maryanne) Fahy, RSM, at her funeral was not so much of a sad affair but rather a joyous commemoration of her life...

Auckland University pro-life group disaffiliated

As a result of online voting, the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) has provisionally disaffiliated the ProLife Auckland group. AUSA members were asked if the association should disaffiliate the club...

NZ Catholic wins at press awards

NZ Catholic won five awards at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards and the separate Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards held in Auckland last month. An article by...

2nd Fr O’Donoghue dies

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Kevin O’Donoghue, SM died recently at Wellington’s Home of Compassion aged 91. His priestly and Marist life of 67 years spanned a wide range of ministries and...

Chilling with Bishop Dunn ahead of 2018 synod

On August 2, at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre, Auckland diocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry team ran the first of a series of “Chill with the bishop” sessions. Bishop...

Upper Hutt parishioner of many talents honoured

by JOSEPH O’MALLEY A papal honour has been bestowed on Josephine Eynon of Upper Hutt for services to the Catholic Church. On July 30 at Sunday Mass at Our Lady of...

Couple’s story captures courage of a French village in WW II

LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE: The Story of Magda and Andrew Trocme and the Village That Said No to the Nazis, by Hanna Schott; translated by John D....

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Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October 29, went down well. The process...