Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Honour for theology work

A New Zealand Marist priest has received a lifetime achievement award in “practical theology”. On May 4, Fr Gerald Arbuckle, SM, received the award in Sydney, the first such award...

Book on NZ Dominicans sold out at southern launch

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH With a cast of hundreds the Dominican book Windows on a Women’s World by Susannah Grant was a sell out on the night of its southern...

Crosses made of driftwood put on Napier beach

The sight of the rays of the rising sun on Holy Saturday hitting the crosses made of driftwood on Marine Parade beach in Napier was a powerful reminder of...

Joy as Far North church restored and re-opened

by WIGA AUTET Dominating the Makora Pa (the birthplace of Te Aupouri iwi) and overlooking the Whangape Harbour, St Gabriel’s church in Pawarenga in north Hokianga was impossible not to...

Former Papal Nuncio to New Zealand dies in Ireland

by LYNDSAY FREER The Papal Nuncio to New Zealand from 1989 to 1995, Archbishop Thomas White, has died in Ireland. Born in Durrow in County Laois, Ireland, Fr White studied Canon...

Furnishings of three churches sold at auction

by PETER OWENS Following the sale at auction of three Catholic churches in Eastern Southland, some of the non-ecclesiastical furnishings of the churches have also been sold. In early March, St...

Hundreds at NZ Fatima shrine for anniversary

Hundreds of people packed Our Lady of Fatima shrine in Meadowbank, Auckland, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima to...

St Peter’s College new cross blessed

A majestic 11.5 metre steel frame inverted cross now stands at the previously non-descript front entrance of St Peter’s College in Auckland. The 7.5 tonne cross was blessed on April...

Diocese stalwart leaves after 29 years

by LYNDSAY FREER After 29 years of uninterrupted service to the Auckland diocese, Myra Crawford decided it was time to retire. A farewell function was hosted by Bishop Patrick Dunn...

Kiribati people to benefit from Caritas Challenge

Young Catholics around New Zealand are making a difference by stepping into the shoes of the most vulnerable and taking on the Caritas Challenge. An annual event aimed at raising...

Hundreds at Hui Aranga in Tauranga

There were 600 Māori Catholics from throughout the North Island at Aquinas College in Tauranga over Easter for the annual Hui Aranga. Eleven teams from the Hokianga to Wellington attended...

Dunedin students rough it overnight for challenge

by JEFF DILLON A forecast cool Friday evening ahead of them could not dampen the enthusiasm of 23 year-4-to-6 pupils as they prepared for their Caritas Challenge of sleeping in...

24 Hours for the Lord in Waikato

Pope Francis invited parishes all around the world to open their doors for 2 hours on March 24-25 this year so that the faithful could encounter Jesus in the...

Helensville couple honoured

by JULIE COLVILLE Recently, while Bishop Patrick Dunn was visiting St Joseph’s parish in Helensville for the celebrations marking 100 years since the arrival of the first parish priest, the...

Chch Theology on Tap hosts Aussie singer

by SANDRA RAJENDRAN Christchurch had its first Theology on Tap of the year on April 1 with guest Emma Fradd, an Australia-based Catholic singer and songwriter, whose music is currently...

Stirring send off for Pa Henare Tate

by PAT LYTHE A giant totara has fallen. From the time of his death at 12.15pm on April 1, people from all walks of life, Māori, Pakeha and everybody in...

Re-opening of St Mary of the Angels

After being closed for seismic strengthening work since 2013, St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellingon was officially re-opened and blessed on April 12. Cardinal John Dew presided...

Beloved Fr Des dies in Whanganui

When Fr Adonis Rancho announced at a Sunday morning Mass on March 26 in Whanganui that Fr Des Levins had died, there were exclamations of disbelief. Fittingly a minute of...

Seven stained glass windows brighten Taranaki chapel

Amazing patterns of light now flood through the Mary Phelan Chapel at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New Plymouth after seven stained glass windows were installed early this year. The chapel windows were...

Family retreat led by Indian priest

by JACOB ANITHOTTAM The Syro Malabar Catholic Community in Auckland was blessed with the presence of Fr Mathew Elavumkal, VC, who is the director of the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor...

Eucharistic Convention stalwart dies in accident at fishing spot

Auckland’s Eucharistic Convention lost one of its stalwarts in tragic circumstances just a few weeks before this year’s convention is to take place. Gary Menzies, described as the “clerk...

Busy Whanganui couple celebrate 60 years married

“60 years of marriage have gone by very fast because, having a large family, we’ve been constantly involved in their lives throughout,” said Marie and Gary Joblin of St...

New Plymouth hall rises from ashes

Pupils of St Pius X School in New Plymouth were stoked about the opening of their school’s new hall on the grounds of the old church that was gutted...

Historic collar owners sought

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit parishioner in Palmerston North and past national president of the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society Ian Bailey is appealing to the families of the owners...

Environmental video wins award for Rotorua students

Three students from John Paul College in Rotorua have been acknowledged nationally for making a video about protecting their local environment. A three minute video by Eamon Walsh, David Harrison...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth despite the cooler autumnal conditions...

Blood spilled for drone victims

Protestors spilled their own blood on the steps of the Government Security Communications Bureau building in Wellington on March 3 as part of a protest action that called attention...

St Michael’s celebrates a century of education

by LEIA MARQUES-RUIZ From February 24-26, St Michael’s Catholic School celebrated its centenary — 100 years on Beatrice Road, Remuera (1917-2017). The celebrations began on the Friday with a photo taken of the current...

Studies part of ‘tradition’

Bishop Peter Cullinane has told students and staff at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby that their academic year is part of what the Church calls “tradition”. In his homily at...

Book helps parents combat pornography

The international best-selling book Good Pictures Bad Pictures is now available in New Zealand exclusively from Focus on the Family NZ. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is an illustrated book that...