Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beatification process is formally opened for Fr Jean-Claude Colin

On January 26, a meeting took place in the archbishop’s residence in Lyons, France, to formally open the beatification process of Fr Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Society of Mary.  The meeting was...

Msgr Harrington dies in Chch

Christchurch diocese has bid a fond farewell to one of its senior priests, Msgr James Harrington, who died on January 28 at Nazareth House, in the 60th year of his priesthood. Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe was...

Taonga of Our Lady made

Students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Whanganui line up underneath their art work expressing their image of Our Lady which hangs as a mural in the school hall.  The mural, painted in...

2016 Walk by Faith graduates

Ten people from Auckland and Hamilton dioceses graduated from the Walk by Faith programme with Diplomas in Religious Education towards the end of 2016.  Most of these graduated at a ceremony at the Pompallier Diocesan...

Sacraments received with joy in Te Tai Tokerau

by WIGA AUTET “Sealed with the Holy Spirit, you must stand tall and have courage.”  Children, teenagers and young adults from Panguru, Kohukohu and Broadwood have been entrusted with this mission as they were receiving...

Kids quizzed about their principal

by JOHN FONG John Coulam’s 17 years of dedicated and outstanding service as principal of Marian School in Hamilton was acknowledged and celebrated by the school on December 8 at a morning gathering...

Spiritual fire burns at 2017 Hearts Aflame

by KEN JOBLIN Scrub fires are an unwelcome, but all too common summer event in Canterbury. However, just before the new year, fire of a spiritual kind engulfed part of Christchurch. Around 80 Hearts Aflame...

Church decommissioned

by JOHN FONG St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, was closed and decommissioned at a Mass on December 22, with Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe the celebrant. A social function was held afterwards...

‘Hospital for the soul’ set up in north Canterbury

A plan to set up a “hospital for the soul” is now coming to fruition. Emotionally Free Prayer Counselling chairperson Diana Ingle said after six years of praying and discerning, the organisation is finally able to offer the...

Maori Catholic principal is new dame

Long-time principal and teacher at St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier Georgina Kingi has been made a Dame (DNZM) in the New Year’s Honours List. Miss Kingi has been...

Dunedin diocese restructuring

The diocese of Dunedin is undergoing a major restructuring aimed at addressing the financial difficulties it is facing. This was confirmed by Bishop Colin Campbell who said, “at this...

Marist dies helping out in Kaikoura

A Marist priest who travelled to Kaikoura to help after the earthquake last year died on Christmas Eve. Fr Kevin Mears, SM, 81, was scheduled to celebrate Masses over the Christmas period in Kaikoura, which is still recovering from...

How wise men of the Gospel became kings

In the way Internet memes go viral, the tale of the three wise men caught the imagination of Christendom and got a life of its own, said Fr Merv...

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn talks about his faith

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn shares with NZ Catholic some thoughts about the role faith plays in his life. Can you tell us something of your Catholic upbringing? I started...

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students at the school’s sports centre...

Dominican family in NZ celebrates 800 years jubilee

The members of the Dominican family in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated their 800th jubilee with a national gathering in Auckland on the weekend of November 18-20. Sr Margaret Butler, OP,...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

2017 synod plan for Wellington

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Cardinal John Dew has decreed the convocation of a synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington, to be held on September 22-24 this year. He said he did...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday...

First filipina JP in district

by John Foley A notable milestone occurred at the Timaru Courthouse on September 23 when Waimate’s Dr Marieta Chan was sworn in as South Canterbury’s first Filipino Justice of the...

Bishop Drennan’s father passed away

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan's father passed away on January 20, 2017. Oliver John Drennan, 99, was a NZ Army major during World War II. He died peacefully at Chatswood...

Call for boycott of TV 3 “Fifty Shades of Grey” advertisers

Family First NZ is calling on TV3 to cancel the broadcast of “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie this Sunday evening, and is going to ask families to boycott businesses...

Asylum seeker trust thankful for ongoing Catholic support

Eight-year-old John (not his real name) wants to be a player for the All Whites and help New Zealand win a FIFA championship because he is “very good at soccer”. Four years ago, this...

Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former rector and lecturer at Holy Cross...

Ellerslie principal leaves after 30 years

by SAIRA BOYLE Cheryl Cowan’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, concluded at the end of the 2016. Mrs Cowan’s 30 years of service and leadership of the school,...

Tamaki misses mark with remarks

Courage New Zealand chaplain Fr Peter Farrant said he would not take seriously the comments of Destiny Church Bishop Brian Tamaki linking the actions of gays, sinners and murderers with some earthquakes. Bishop Tamaki made the...

Marist acting principal at theologate

Theologian Fr Mervyn Duffy, SM, has been appointed acting principal of Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby from January, 2017. Good Shepherd College provides theological education in the Roman Catholic tradition and has a...

Easter hope for St Mary of the Angels

It is hoped that the seismic strengthening work on St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington will be completed in time to celebrate the 2017 Easter liturgies in the church.  On October 30,...

Funeral planning sessions held at Tauranga parish

The Vatican’s recent instruction on Christian practice with regard to human remains confirms what has been taught in funeral planning sessions in Tauranga parish. The Parish of St Thomas Aquinas has been running such sessions...

Week of devotion to Mary for Mangere parishes

by BRENDAN ROBERTS Candles flickered, voices rang out joyfully with prayers and singing as parishioners adored the Blessed Sacrament at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St Therese church in Mangere on...

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Bishop’s headstone unveiled

Christchurch diocesan administrator Fr Rick Loughnan blessed the headstone on the late Bishop Barry Jones’s grave on February 12, one day before the late bishop’s one year anniversary. Bishop Jones...