Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kiwi priest gets PNG OBE

Fr Philip Gibbs, SVD, who was ordained in New Zealand in 1978, was awarded an OBE in the Papua New Guinea Queen’s Birthday Honours. According to Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe, writing on Facebook, Fr Gibbs...

Singing out for justice

Standing out from 120 entries in Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s SINGout- 4JUSTICE competition , three students from Hillcrest High School (Hamilton) and Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) wowed the judges. Year 11 students, Shanille Lat...

Stained glass installation turns heads in Gore

by Peter Owens The Catholic people of Eastern Southland were among the first settlers in the region. This is exemplified in the number of Catholic churches built in this southern rural area over...

Fr Bugler’s 60 years as priest

For Fr Martin Bugler, despite celebrating his 60 year jubilee as a priest, the call to priesthood is still a mystery. “Priests come from all backgrounds and starting points,” he said in a...

Famous bookshop next to St Ben’s

The new location of Auckland’s iconic Hard to Find Bookshop is a very blessed place. That’s what St Benedict’s parish priest Msgr Paul Farmer told people at a blessing ceremony at the shop just across...

Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the two parishes in Mangere, St...

Northern pilgrims honour Our Lady in Hokianga

by WIGA AUTET In spite of the threatening clouds — huge and heavy with rain — gathering on the horizon of the Hokianga sky on the morning of Saturday, May...

Religious, consecrated persons thanked at Mass

A “Thanksgiving Mass for Religious and Consecrated Persons” was celebrated at Christ the King church in Owairaka on May 26, the feast day of St Philip Neri. A similar...

Joint winners of the 2018 O’Shea Shield competition

The host of the 72nd O’Shea Shield competition, St Catherine’s College, shared top place with Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, in the event held on the weekend of May...

St Mary’s wins Pompallier Shield

St Mary’s College has won the 2018 Pompallier Shield, a prestigious competition for Catholic secondary schools in Auckland diocese. Principal Bernadette Stockman said they were “thrilled” to be this...

Full house for St Paul movie

by WIGA AUTET A private screening of Paul, Apostle of Christ on Thursday, May 31, at Cathay Cinemas in Kerikeri turned out to be an extraordinary success. What had started...

‘Man of great heart’ remembered

by PETER GRACE The coffin made by Pa Yvan Sergy told much about the man and priest at his requiem Mass in Hamilton on May 29. Swiss-born Pa Yvan Daniel...

50 capital pilgrims pray for families

by PATRICIA SISON A Family Pilgrimage with Mary in the Wellington region on May 12 saw some 50 pilgrims praying for the needs of families. The pilgrims visited churches and...

North Otago students do good on visit to Cuba

by JEFF DILLON Getting first-hand experience of third world conditions during a trip to Cuba was a memorable experience for a small group of senior students from St Kevin’s College,...

Cluny sister’s final profession

by LYNDSAY FREER Sr Pacifica made her final profession as a Sister of St Joseph of Cluny at St Michael’s church, Remuera on May 12. Chunmin Sun (now Sr Pacifica)...

Chaplaincy a bulwark against cults on campus

by LYNDSAY FREER A cult is generally accepted to mean a religion or sect considered by mainstream religions to be unorthodox or extremist, with members often living outside conventional society. The...

Young Kiwis look forward to missions

by SARAH ROBERTS Two young Kiwi missionaries are embarking on an adventure into the unknown and they trust God will guide them. Olivia Frahm and Samuel Pitcaithly, both 22, will be...

Progress slow on ‘Olive Leaf’ centre

by Peter Owens Further documentation has been filed with the Queenstown District Council in connection with a proposed “Olive Leaf” centre next to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic church in...

Commission pans liquor tactics

Auckland diocese’s Commission for Justice and Peace has criticised provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 that have been used to delay the introduction of a...

Waikato students help kids from refugee families

by CLARE DEVINE From April 16-20, 16 volunteers from the Waikato University Catholic Club (WaiCath) used their university break to run a holiday programme for children from refugee backgrounds. The programme,...

Pa Anahera departs joyful ministry in Northland

by WIGA AUTET On Easter Sunday, Fr Jun Peralta, SVD, locally known as Pa Anahera, celebrated his last Sunday Masses with the parishioners of the North Hokianga, whom he had...

Q&A with the seventh Bishop of Dunedin

NZ Catholic put some questions to Bishop Michael Dooley about his future ministry. The questions and answers are below. What would you list as your main priorities as Bishop of...

40 Days for Life brings some special graces

by MICHAEL LORETZ On Palm Sunday evening, nearly 350 people gathered on Auckland’s Dominion Rd to pray the final hour of what has been a prayer marathon for the unborn,...

Students follow in footsteps of Mother Aubert

Ten students and two support staff from John Paul College in Rotorua have retraced the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert in Whanganui city and in Jerusalem on the Whanganui...

All Black giant locks in Rosmini success for 2018

Students at Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore were wowed by the appearance of All Black Brodie Retallick at a lunchtime presentation ceremony on April 4. Retallick was invited to...

An extra special Easter for the Bridge family

by MARK EBERY A total of 13 catechumens were baptised, and 12 candidates were confirmed at the Easter vigil and first Mass of the Resurrection held in a packed-out Cathedral...

Leading sister leaves our shores

In 1960, a young Bridget Anne Donnelly left her home in Coventry to join the Little Sisters of the Poor in London. While her father was supportive of her decision,...

Rome ecumenism impresses Anglican

by DAN STOLLENWERK It was with great joy that the Anglican Roman Catholic Conference of Aotearoa NZ (ARCCANZ) welcomed back Archbishop Sir David Moxon to their semi-annual gathering at Vaughan...

Shock in Whanganui as rest home announces closure

Taking the decision to close Whanganui’s Nazareth Rest Home and Hospital was just as serious and difficult for the board to do as it was for the residents, their...

Whare Taonga for history collections closer

After 30 years, the late Pa Henare Tate’s dream of having a whare taonga to house a massive collection of artefacts relating to the Catholic Church’s history in New...

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Spiritual and pastoral boost in Nth Shore parish

St Mary’s parish, Northcote, Auckland is endeavouring to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the community.Parish priest Fr Lio Rotor said he was assigned to a very strong faith community...