by PETER GRACE
AUCKLAND — A Joy Cowley presentation was a highlight for directors of religious studies on a
retreat conference north of Auckland last month.
About 40 directors (DRSs) gathered for the conference at the Anglican venue, Vaughan Park,
at Long Bay.
According to Margaret Fitzpatrick, from Auckland diocese Catholic Schools Office, Ms Cowley’s
presentation was called “Simple is Close”.
“Her comment was that she prepared this workshop, and she did it about a year and a half
ago. Little did she know that there would be a pope doing just that — really getting back to the Gospel basics.”
The workshop day was Thursday, and the business day was Friday.
Day one ended with Mass celebrated by Msgr Bernard Kiely, the administrator of St Patrick’s