Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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...

‘Dominican Centre’ opens in Central Otago

by PETER OWENS A new multi-purpose “Dominican Centre” has been opened and blessed in Cromwell in Central Otago. The new facility, which will serve as a weekday Mass centre and a...

Upgraded facilities mean a brighter future for Cambridge school students

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe blessed the newly-refurbished junior student classrooms at St Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge on March 9. School principal Grant Stuart said the existing building had been...

NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy. In a message to Coping International’s Vincent Doyle sent last...

Hundreds walk in Hamilton March for Life

by John Fong The March for Life in Hamilton on March 11 attracted some 450 people who came from different parts of the diocese, with some arriving by chartered bus....

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church hall in Orewa on February...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long term result could be an...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is studying for Christchurch diocese, is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

Milestone for Central Otago church marked

Several dozen people from throughout Dunedin diocese gathered on the Saturday evening of February 24 for a vigil Mass to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of St...

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Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...