Thursday, April 18, 2019

Discipleship College in flux

The Catholic Discipleship College has not received any applications at all for its 2019 programme, forcing it to suspend operations this year. In a letter to its supporters, CDC Board of...

Multi-talented Fr Paul steps down

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, retired in February after 55 years of priestly service. He leaves Akaroa parish, where he has served as parish priest for the past six years.In addition...

After attacks, NZ bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) -- New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw 49 people killed. The shootings...

Papal award for Papanui parishioner

by LAUREN BUTLER On January 20 at St Gregory's church in Bishopdale, Christchurch, Bishop Paul Martin, SM, presented Janette McKee with a Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Medal. This medal was...

Happy 100th for Fr Timmerman

By LYNDSAY FREER Much loved Mill Hill priest Fr Anton Timmerman celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday January 19 with a Mass at Mercy Parklands Hospital and Retirement Home in...

Remember World Day of the Sick

New Zealand parishes are being encouraged to mark this year’s World Day of the Sick through prayer, reflecting on a video, anointing of the sick and a pastoral response...

Cardinal John Dew at protection of minors summit at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In an opulent Vatican room designed in the 16th century for papal meetings with kings, a cardinal read, "We confess that we have shielded the...

Time for all-out battle against crime of abuse says Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis...

Measures flowing from protection of minors summit are imminent says moderator

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is...

New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...

Tongan tribute to a ‘pastoral ministry’

The esteem in which a New Zealand missionary priest was held was demonstrated by the turnout at his funeral. Among those at the funeral for Fr David Mullins, SM, at...

P. North diocese loses two women of great faith

Palmerston North diocese has lost two women of great faith with the deaths on the same day of Sr Helena Hart, DOLC, in Whanganui and Sr Marlene Dunn, RSJ,...

Polish Knight’s Cross for Dunedin woman

by JEFF DILLON Some Christmas presents can provide a great sense of gratitude for what the gift represents. This has proved to be the case for Cecylia Klobukowska, one of...

Remarkable Little Sister farewelled

by JEFF DILLON The remarkable life of Sr Marie of the Holy Redeemer, LSP, (aged 104) came to an end on December 21st, 2018 at the Little Sisters of the...

Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...

Upgrade for St Peter’s College chapel

by PETER OWENS The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension. The St Peter's College Foundation has announced that their 50th Anniversary Project will...

Catholics in P.North anti-weapons protest

Catholics in Palmerston North were among the 200 protesters who joined the Peace March on October 31 in opposition to the trade fair for the weapons industry held at...

Port Chalmers church celebrates 140-year history

by JEFF DILLON To the words of the hymn "Gather us in", a group of people with a variety of connections to the St Mary Star of the Sea church...

Thomas Merton anniversary marked

By Sr Eleanor Capper, RSJ December 10 marked 50 years since the death of the famous Trappist monk and international author Thomas Merton. He died unexpectedly in 1968, at the...

Hamilton diocese event celebrates families

More than two hundred people from some 39 families in the Hamilton diocese came together on the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate families. The Family Weekend provided “a chance...

The Christmas season can be full of surprises for chaplains who work with seafarers. Last year, the Apostleship of the Sea Catholic chaplain at the Auckland Seafarers’ Centre on Quay...

Filipino priest brings faith and food together

by PATRICIA SISON Close to two hundred people were fed physically and spiritually at the Family Banquet event on November 10 in Tawa Wellingon, featuring priest and celebrity chef Fr...

Cardinal Dew holds up Nano Nagle as example

Wellington Cardinal John Dew called on the faithful to heed the words of Nano Nagle “who was giving her all to the poor long before Pope Francis began this day to remember the poor”. Cardinal...

Accompanying a suffering person gives perspective

Suffering has become a taboo in modern culture, but it is actually the greatest privilege in the world. This was what writer and academic Dr Colin Harte told residents of...

Former NZC editor ties the knot

At a joyous nuptial Mass, former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham and Anna Surrey, a former lecturer at Good Shepherd College, said their “I do’s”. The Mass, at St Patrick’s church in Pukekohe on November 10,...

Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...

Jesus admired in NZ; Church not so much

Although the Church as an institution, whether Catholic or Protestant, is being viewed with increased suspicion, Jesus is still very much admired and respected in this country, the results...

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...

Dunedin High Tea for very good cause

by JEFF DILLON An opportunity to share High Tea with Bishop Michael Dooley proved attractive as about 100 Dunedin faithful gathered recently at a former Sisters of Mercy convent, Marinoto House, in the grounds...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in order to hear the “hushed pain”...

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Protest at March for Life disappoints

Hamilton’s March for Life around the streets of the city this year was followed in close proximity by a noisy pro-choice counter-protest.  Voice for Life’s Kate Cormack, who was the main speaker at the...