Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diocese shares plans for coping with rapid growth

by MICHAEL OTTO Auckland Catholic diocese is moving to accommodate pastoral needs associated with the rapid growth of the region. At a bishop’s forum at St Mark’s Church in Pakuranga on...

Free news on Suzanne’s cause

by MICHAEL OTTO A new free publication aims to keep Kiwi Catholics up to date with the latest developments in the cause for sainthood of Mother Suzanne Aubert. The first...

New vicar general for Dunedin diocese

Bishop Colin Campbell has announced the appointment of Fr Michael Dooley as vicar general of Dunedin diocese, The Tablet reported. The previous Dunedin vicar general, Msgr Paul Mahoney, died late...

Death of friends drove Renee’s passion against euthanasia

by MICHAEL OTTO There are plenty of secular arguments against the legalisation of assisted dying, a church audience heard in Auckland. About 35 people gathered at St Mark’s Parish Centre on...

NZ bishops reject latest push for euthanasia

by ROWENA OREJANA The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has again rejected euthanasia, in response to a petition to Parliament. The Health Select Committee received a petition from Minister Maryan Street...

Catholics now NZ’s largest Christian denomination

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Catholics are New Zealand's largest Christian denomination according to 2013 Census data on religious affiliation released by Statistics New Zealand on December 10. The number of...

New vicar general for Hamilton diocese

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Bishop Stephen Lowe has appointed Fr Leonard Danvers as vicar-general of Hamilton diocese. Fr Danvers, who is the parish priest in Taupo, was ordained to the presbyterate...

Christchurch diocese clergy appointments

Christchurch diocese administrator Fr Rick Loughnan made the following clergy appointments last month. The changes take effect on the weekend of July 9 and 10, 2016. Fr Loughnan has advised the priests that as diocesan...

Synod not about trends, Bishop Drennan

by ROWENA OREJANA Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan says the Synod on the Family, which starts this weekend, is not about accommodating trends but about the way the Church views...

Bishop Barry Jones passes away

by NZ Catholic staff The Christchurch Diocese announced with great sadness the passing of Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones today (February 13,2016) at 3:30 am. He was 74 years old. Christchurch Vicar-General...

Happy Catholics School Day

Excellence is the main focus of Catholic Schools which are celebrated today for their continued contribution both to the Church and the country said Chief Executive of Catholic Schools...

Finn’s Seven Worlds shows key truth

The family home of New Zealand rock royalty, Neil Finn, is on the market. His two boys have long moved out and it seems that he and his wife Sharon no longer have...

NZ abortion figures reach 500,000 mark

by ROWENA OREJANA The number of babies aborted since the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act was implemented in 1974 reached half a million in the first quarter of the year...

India now responsible for NZ Capuchins

by ROWENA OREJANA Almost 60 years of responsibility for New Zealand by the Irish Capuchin friars ended after responsibility for the community here was transferred to the St Fidelis province...

Others can learn a lot from Catholic schools – Metro

by MICHAEL OTTO Catholic secondary schools have once again received high praise in Metro magazine’s annual “Best schools in Auckland” feature. McAuley High School in Otahuhu is particularly lauded, and is,...

Catholic character helps schools in time of loss

by MICHAEL OTTO Three Auckland secondary schools are thankful for their Catholic character, which helped inform their responses to the recent deaths of students. Robbie Taylor, 17, from St Peter’s College,...

Popular Morrinsville parish priest returns to England

by PETER GRACE After 20 months as parish priest in Morrinsville, Fr Mark O’Keeffe has returned to England. Fr O’Keeffe told NZ Catholic that he came to New Zealand a few...

Catholic Education CEO’s retirement announced

by ROWENA OREJANA De la Salle Brother Sir Patrick Lynch, chief executive of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office, will step down from his role by the middle of the...

4000 cans can help at Christmas

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On September 18, ten Catholic schools and the Pompallier Diocesan Centre banded together to run a programme called Cans for Christmas. This project was a mufti day...

Beloved Christhurch priest Msgr O’Connor dies

A priest who served Christchurch diocese for 63 years, Msgr Gerard Michael O’Connor, died at his home in Greymouth on April 12. At his requiem Mass on April 15, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking told mourners...

Migrants help keep the Catholic ship afloat

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The entry of Asian migrants in Auckland diocese presents that local Church with more tremendous growth, possibilities and challenges than any other diocese in New...

Vatican official declaration of homosexuality “damaging”

by NZ Catholic staff The news of a Polish monsignor who works in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had publicly declared his homosexuality is "damaging", according to...

Jerusalem Bible on outer with CDW

by ROWENA OREJANA The Congregation for Divine Worship has suggested the use of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the English Standard Version (ESV) for lectionaries in New Zealand...

Defence Force struggles to find Catholic chaplains

by MICHAEL OTTO The Principal Defence Force Chaplain says New Zealand’s military is “desperately short of Catholic chaplains”, and more are needed. Wellington-based Rev. Lance Lukin said there are no regular...

Catholic MP in euthanasia hot seat

Parliament’s Health Select Committee is undertaking an investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand. This came after a petition from Maryann Street and 8974 others asking that, “That the...

Priest talks to his lawyer

by NZ Catholic staff A priest who had been serving in the diocese of Hamilton, Fr Alex Kapiarumala, may take legal action against Bishop Steve Lowe. The New Zealand bishops’ communications...

Apostolate to ships’ crews given a fresh challenge

by MICHAEL OTTO Finding new ways of being Church. That was a challenge given to delegates at the Apostleship of the Sea Oceania regional meeting in Sydney in early March. The challenge was issued by Fr Bruno Ciceri, from the...

Retirement nears for South Island bishops

by MICHAEL OTTO Two South Island dioceses will be in for changes at the helm in the not-too-distant future as their bishops approach the age at which they are asked...

Gain for foreign workers still not enough?

by PETER GRACE Overseas foreign workers have gained something from a new international agreement, but more is needed, says Christchurch priest Fr Jim Consedine. In September, Workplace Relations and Safety and...

Traditionalists put case

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A traditionalist group seeking more access to the Tridentine Mass says it appreciates the access it has now. Ecclesia Dei has for some years had access...