Saturday, January 18, 2020

22 new Catholic schools principals

WELLINGTON — Four secondary principals and 20 primary school principals are new — or relatively new — at Catholic schools this year. St Peter’s College, Gore Kate Nicholson is the first...

Two Catholic schools hide identity?

A senior Christchurch diocese priest has gone public with concerns over what he saw as the secular way two Catholic schools presented themselves in a local newspaper. In a posting on his blog...

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...

NZ Catholic bishops’ positions reshuffled

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has been appointed president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) following a reshuffle after Wellington Cardinal John Dew’s three year term ended last month. Cardinal Dew became the conference’s vice-president, replacing Dunedin...

Tortured Iraqi priest grieves for his flock

Newly-arrived Chaldean Catholic priest Fr Douglas Al-Bazi still feels a little guilty for leaving Iraq for New Zealand. There is so much work to do in his parish church, Mar-Elia, in Erbil,...

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...

NZ order denies its founder went to pot

by MICHAEL OTTO There is no evidence that Mother Suzanne Aubert ever used or grew cannabis, her order says, despite claims made in a new film about the drug in...

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...

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...

Puhoi prepares for 150th anniversary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff PUHOI, Auckland — Invitations are on the way to a special group of priests as celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Bohemian community of Puhoi,...

Hamilton clergy moves announced

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has announced clergy moves in his diocese for the latter half of 2018.Fr Robert Sharplin was appointed in Ngakuru effective June 24. Fr Rico Enriquez will move to Tauranga...

Bishop becomes a ‘parishioner of Matamata’

by JULIE SOUTH “Blessed” is how Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne, CNZM, DD, describes his time in priestly ministry and his life in general. Bishop Browne retired as Bishop of Hamilton on...

The tragedy of Kiwi child prostitution

by MICHAEL OTTO Think back to your first conversation about sexuality, researcher Natalie Thorburn asked people gathered at Baradene College on a cold, windy night in June. “Was it with your...

Fears Mass in Te Reo Maori may die out

by ROWENA OREJANA Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones is concerned that the celebration of Mass in Te Reo Maori is slowly dying. “We have a shortage of priests who can celebrate the...

Student’s sudden death hits school hard

by MICHAEL OTTO Aquinas College in Tauranga is mourning the sudden death of Year 11 student Andy Kim on February 5. Writing in the college’s February newsletter, principal Ray Scott...

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...

Nine schools form first faith-based group

by PETER GRACE Nine Catholic schools have become the first faith-based “community of learning” in New Zealand as part of a key government education programme. Communities of learning are at...

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...

God-denier Leah sought not knowing she looked for him

by ROWENA OREJANA Leah Libresco’s search for God, although she did not know she was looking for him and whose existence she denied, went through a winding road of deontology,...

Youth ministry in Wellington receives a shake-up

by CALLUM TOWNSEND WELLINGTON — Youth ministry in the Wellington archdiocese has received a shake-up, with a renewed focus on mentoring and training to be implemented from early next year. A...

Simpler annulment pleases NZ cardinal

Cardinal John Dew says he is pleased with Pope Francis’s announcement about simplifying the marriage annulment process. The Pope made the announcement on September 8. Cardinal Dew, the moderator of...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga. Queen Mata’aho died in Auckland...

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...

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...

Sisters act against trafficking and slavery

by ROWENA OREJANA With 36 million people enslaved in the world today, a New Zealand inter-congregational group is raising awareness and advocating against human trafficking in New Zealand and internationally. Sister Gemma...

Open to talks on Maori papal apology call

Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa chair Sr Tui Cadigan, RSM, said she would be open to a thorough discussion on a call by the...

New church and primary school up soon

Hamilton diocese, in conjunction with St Thomas Aquinas parish in Tauranga, has bought a one hectare property adjacent to Aquinas College for $2.25 million. The property is to be the location of a new Catholic...

Inauguration Masses held for six new parishes

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew announced the formation of six new parishes in Wellington, effective from February 1. The move forms part of the restructuring of...

Plans for new Queenstown school under revision

by PETER OWENS The rapid growth of the Catholic community in the Queenstown area has caused Dunedin diocese to revise its plans for a new Catholic primary school. Although the...

Cardinal Dew gets special synod role

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis has appointed Wellington Cardinal John Dew as one of his personal representatives to the 2015 Synod on the Vocation and Mission of the Family to...

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...