Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bishop Dunn slams Madonna’s materials

by NZ Catholic staff Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn criticised some of popular music icon Madonna's materials which are "highly offensive to Christianity" in an interview with NZ Herald. This is the...

Schools battle to find RE teachers

by PETER GRACE Some Catholic schools are struggling to permanently fill positions the law requires them to have. Neither of Wanganui’s three Catholic primary schools has a permanent director of religious...

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...

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...

Flaw in Church’s attitude to education noted

by MICHAEL OTTO The Church hasn’t valued higher education in the way it should have, says a prominent New Zealand artist and academic. In an address given at the Good Shepherd...

Social media coordinator for parishes?

by ROWENA OREJANA Parishes need to think about designating a social media coordinator to communicate their vision to their members, according to a church ministry expert. A specialist in social media...

Sexual abuse film described as ‘powerful’

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand’s National Office for Professional Standards director has described as “powerful” a film now showing in this country about the uncovering of a child sexual abuse scandal...

‘It makes you weep,’ pope says of refugees’ stories

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE (CNS) -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope...

Cause for Fr Garin’s sainthood begins

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The launch of the cause of sainthood of Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, will take place with a Mass on April 14 at St Michael’s Church, Auckland,...

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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...