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...

Destiny Church challenge for Catholics

Many questions and challenges are being raised as a result of parish small group discussions in Hamilton diocese’s “With Hearts Burning” programme, reflecting on...

Tributes paid to remarkable Dame Sr Pauline

The eulogies at the funeral Mass for Dame Sister Pauline Engel, RSM, while tinged with sadness, also elicited fond laughter from many present. Those eulogies...

Ablaze conference inspires Chch for mission

by KEN JOBLIN The second weekend of November saw nearly 200 Catholic parish leaders converge on the St Mary's Pro-Cathedral precinct in Manchester Street for...

Cardinal John Dew has accepted the vast majority of recommendations made by a recent Wellington archdiocese synod, but has chosen not to include three...

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...

Food parcel demand up in South Auckland

The Society of St Vincent de Paul Centre in south Auckland saw an increase in demand for food parcels by 30 per cent just...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of...

Reformation anniversary marked in Auckland

Roman Catholics and Lutherans held a special commemoration of the Reformation marking its 500th anniversary with a liturgical service that called for thanksgiving, repentance...

Making our parishes into oases of mercy

The way to set England and New Zealand ablaze is to make of our parishes oases of mercy, which radiate Christ.  How and why Catholic...

NZ ambassador to Vatican at papal audience

New Zealand’s new ambassador to the Holy See was among diplomats received in audience by Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican...

Valuable resources to help us grow in personal prayer

PRAYING ON EMPTY: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Prayerful Self by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND. TwentyThird Publications (New London, Connecticut, 2017). 104 pp., US$12.95....

Public gets closer look at historic St Gerard’s

by GORDON COPELAND St Gerard’s church (1908) and monastery (1932), which were built by the Redemptorist order and are now owned by the lay-led Institute...

Newly-arrived priests learn about NZ

by Msgr DAVID TONKS Nine priests who have come to serve in Auckland diocese from other places participated in a three day orientation programme, held...

NZ ministers at audience where Pope talks climate issues

New Zealand’s Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio were among leaders from the Pacific who had an audience...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October...

Greek myth inspires thriller

The French theory of “auteurism” has proved a valuable way to view and analyse films. Though it originated in France as far back as...

‘Overseas’ Chinese Catholics meet in NZ

Many dozens of “overseas” Chinese Catholics from throughout the world gathered in Auckland last month for a conference with the theme of “faith and...

Bishop dons skis on southern heights

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin may well have participated in a first for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. While visiting Central Otago to administer...

School mural shows beautiful North-East Valley

by JEFF DILLON Thinking positively by Sacred Heart School in North East Valley, Dunedin, produced a top result with the school winning the primary school...

NZ bishops to ask ICEL to look at 1998 translation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will ask the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998...

Farewell to Polish refugee who had remarkable life

The life of Helena Wanda Ellis, a leading light in Auckland’s Polish community, was a story of resilience, tragedy, faith and love that is...

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Martin, SM, as new Bishop of...

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Paul Martin, SM, as the next Bishop of Christchurch diocese. Bishop-Elect Martin will be the tenth Bishop of Christchurch...

The spiritual dimension of suicide prevention

A recent UNICEF report showed that New Zealand has the highest rate of adolescent suicide of any country. What a record to have! If...

Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide

The Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui in celebrating a Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide, acknowledged that...

Pope shines light on Huntington’s disease

At 10 o’clock on the morning of May 18 this year, 79-year old Steve Martin found himself seated at the Pope Paul VI Audience...

St Mary’s new science block named after former principal

A much-needed architecturally-designed science centre was opened at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on October 14 to cater to its more than 900 students studying science. ...

Maori college celebrates 150 years in style

by PAT HICKEY Many fond memories were shared and many remarkable achievements were noted at the 150th anniversary celebrations of St Joseph’s Māori Girl’s College...

Euthanasia referendum given bioethicist thumbs down

A Catholic bioethicist has given an emphatic thumbs down to any use of a referendum on legalised assisted suicide and/or euthanasia in this country. Director...

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) -- Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27...