Monday, June 17, 2019

Obedience to God’s will brings wisdom, joy, hope, pope tells religious

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Total obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis told religious men and women. "Yes, the happiness of a religious is...

SMSM sisters establish new religious community in Kaikoura

by Sr KATHLEEN RUCK,SMSM For SMSM Sisters Maureen Connor and Frances Anna Remnant their Advent journey began with the invitation of Cardinal John Dew to establish once more a religious...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth despite the cooler autumnal conditions...

Volunteers wanted to help outside jail

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — A Christian based fellowship that supports convicted people, and their families, is looking for volunteers. Phil McCarthy became the national director of PFNZ (formerly Prison Fellowship...

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...

Ancient wisdom heard in the time of the ‘instant’

Hearing voices from the ancient world, praying ancient prayers and having hope in the same way as our ancestors in the faith did were topics touched upon by Bishop...

Poverty in an affluent society a statement from the New Zealand...

Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his being for all; it makes it our own way of beingThe love of God is revealed in responsibility for...

NZ dioceses ready for Year of Mercy

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholic dioceses in New Zealand are in the final stages of their preparations for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, a time Pope Francis declared “for the...

Warning that euthanasia will ruin the medical profession

The medical profession should stay out of euthanasia and assisted-suicide to prevent tragic consequences for the profession. Wellington specialist in Palliative Medicine Dr Sinead Donnelly spoke passionately against euthanasia at...

Recognition for Sian’s engineering work

Carmel College former student Sian France has been recognised for her work on the Waterview Connection Project by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Ms France, technical director...

Friars seek help for friary renovation

St Francis Retreat Centre on Hillsborough Rd in Auckland is closed for renovations until the end of August. This is the first time the friary has been closed for...

Economic decisions are moral decisions, voters hear

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Award-winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce reminded voters that economic decisions are moral decisions, and to keep this in mind as the election reaches the home stretch. “Economics...

Southerners to celebrate sesqui

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH INVERCARGILL — Cometh the day, cometh the man. As parish priest of St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill, Fr Christopher O’Neill chairs the committee set up now to...

Meeting won’t change decision, says diocese

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Auckland diocese will hold to its decision to close Hato Petera College boarding facilities, even though a delegation on behalf of college families was seeking a...

Hato Petera to get commissioner

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has asked the Secretary for Education to appoint a commissioner to take over the governance of Hato Petera College in Auckland. “Hato Petera has a proud...

Hospital chaplaincy work is much appreciated

by MATT GRAY Fr Martin Bugler is winding down his chaplaincy duties at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital and easing himself into retirement at the age of 91.Fr Bugler, who has just celebrated...

Sister sees bishop’s death as a blow to Maoridom

by ROWENA OREJANA The death of Bishop Barry Jones is a big blow to the Maoridom, said Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa chair Sr Tui Cadigan, RSM. “It...

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...

Discourage mixed marriages, women accepting abuse, some say at synod

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Observers told the Synod of Bishops on the family to discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, urge priests not to tell women...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the parish and the wider community. It...

Bishop Campbell’s ongoing 75th birthday

by JEFF DILLON With a seemingly endless round of birthday celebrations which threatened to equal in number his actual years, the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Colin Campbell marked a major...

Hamilton bishop knight chaplain in equestrian order

by PAT McCARTHY Seven new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were invested in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, on September 15. The grand master of the order,...

Complaints cut little ice

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Voice for Life and Right to Life has formally asked the Ombudsman to investigate and seek evidence that people going to abortions clinics are being verbally...

High tea with bishops a great money-spinner

by JEFF DILLON The opportunity to chew a crust with a bishop proved a drawcard for a good number of Dunedin Catholics in November. The Dunedin organising committee for the...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

Chch City Council waives diocese’s $150,000 bill

Financial pressure relating to a new Catholic school in Christchurch has eased, after Christchurch city councillors waived a development fee of $150,617.  According to a CathNews report, city council staff had in fact recommended...

Kiwi cardinal celebrates historic Mass

Cardinal John Dew of Wellington was the principal celebrant at an historic Catholic Mass in the undercroft of the Church of England’s Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. The vigil Mass, which was celebrated on October 1, took place in...

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...

Blessed Paul, the great helmsman

by FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as...

2nd Fr O’Donoghue dies

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Kevin O’Donoghue, SM died recently at Wellington’s Home of Compassion aged 91. His priestly and Marist life of 67 years spanned a wide range of ministries and...