Joy as new school opens in Takanini

Auckland’s diocese’s newest primary school, Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, celebrated its official opening on June 9. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn thanked “the...

Suzanne Aubert Day in October

The Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have announced the first Sunday of October as a day of celebration for...

The wisdom of monks and mystics

ILLUMINATING THE WAY: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, by Christine Valters Paintner (Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2016). Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies...

Hamilton clergy appointments

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe announced the appointments of several priests in new roles.These appointments took effect in May. Fr Santey Kizhakkinedath, SDB, was made chaplain...

First album for Kiwi cruise musician

Working as a musician on a cruise ship gave Eli Moore a trove of music that eventually led to his first album. “I have maybe...

Deported Doug trying to return to PNG

The role of religious workers in Papua New Guinea became the crux of a controversy as the Papua New Guinea government deported Kiwi lay...

Fr Fitz – a shearer who became a good shepherd

A priest who once worked as a shearer is being remembered as a dedicated good shepherd to many. Fr Terry Fitzpatrick, SM, died at St...

Top UK Catholic composer coming to Christchurch

One of the world’s pre-eminent Catholic conductors/composers, Sir James MacMillan, has added a visit to Christchurch in late July to his other New Zealand...

Readings at funeral Mass said a lot about Fr Penny

In Fr Peter Thomas Penny’s room at the St John Vianney House in Ponsonby sat a tin box that contained detailed instructions about his...

Service to Maori and education honoured

Former Zealandia executive manager Patrick Snedden has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and Māori. Mr...

Guiding our kids in their use of technology

Parents need to work on “getting technology back” from their children to protect the kids from pornography. American author and international speaker Jessica Harris explained...

An intimate look at Churchill

The rewriting of history by filmmakers is an occupational hazard for audiences. Most aren’t as egregious as some of Hollywood’s biggest distortions, such as...

Women can be pornography addicts too

She was a young Christian girl, head of her youth ministry, an academic standout, outgoing and prayerful. But she had a dirty little secret. She...

Challenge for Akaroa parish to restore church

The iconic St Patrick’s church on Rue Lavaud in Akaroa is to receive a major restoration. The 153-year-old category 1 historic church was built in...

Aranui Sisters of Mercy farewelled by parishioners

by Sr MARY WOOD, RSM The Aranui Sisters of Mercy were farewelled by a gathering of parishioners from the Catholic Parish of Christchurch East on...

‘Human books’ tell of homelessness

Some sleep rough in the streets. Some live in overcrowded rooms, motels or night shelters. But all had a story to tell. And that...

A measure of respect in the questions

“Jesus, Jesus, I’m still looking for answers / Though I know that I won’t find them here tonight / But Jesus, Jesus, could you...

Kiwi priest completes US degree by studying online

A Kiwi priest has become the first New Zealander to be granted a degree from Divine Mercy University in Washington, DC — and he...

Dozens of NZ religious renew their vows at Mass

Some 140 religious, representing most of the congregations or orders in Auckland diocese, renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at a Mass...

Fewer Sunday Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

by PETER OWENS The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St...

Theology must speak to cult of humanism

A rising cult of humanism is in danger of moving down a dark and sinister road — and theology needs to respond with powerful...

Life is messy, yet God is present

MARY’S WAY — the power of entrusting your child to God, by Judy Landrieu Klein, (Ave Maria Press, 2016, Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies);...

Long time Chch correspondent dies

NZ Catholic’s long time Christchurch correspondent Kathleen Casey has died, aged 75. Ms Casey’s most recent contributions to NZ Catholic were photos of the Easter...

Catholicism’s empty corner?

by Marcus Roberts Bonjour tout le monde! I write from Montreal where I am currently on sabbatical. It is an interesting place with a seemingly very...

NZ Ad Limina request

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has asked the appropriate offices in Rome to set a date for them to make an ad limina...

Church leaders seek more action from gov’t

Church leaders met the Prime Minister and Government ministers in the week before the Budget to ask for more action in the areas of...

Voices raised against Seymour bill

Objections are being raised, and opposition mobilised, against David Seymour’s Ending of Life Choice Bill which was drawn from a private members’ bills ballot...

Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for respecting the wishes of a terminally ill child's parents to accompany and care for...

New reliquary for church

God’s Holy Spirit not only operates in mysterious ways, but very swiftly, given an experience in St Mary’s Catholic Parish Whanganui — Te Parihi...

Safeguarding role is an NZ first

Christchurch diocese has appointed a safeguarding coordinator, and is the first diocese in New Zealand to have such a dedicated position. Virginia Noonan, who has...