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New priest Fr Monty Bamford knows all about being a shepherd

By Rowena Orejana | August 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

One week after being installed as the Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Michael Gielen ordained Fr Monty Bamford to the priesthood in a packed St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. At the Mass on July 16, before the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Gielen spoke in his homily about Jesus the Good Shepherd, who lays … Read More about New priest Fr Monty Bamford knows all about being a shepherd

Long-time youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

By MARK HART WASHINGTON (CNS) – My cradle Catholic parents instilled in me the importance of going to Mass religiously (no pun intended) but were never able to articulate why we went, answering only “because we are Catholic and that is what good Catholics do”. It wasn’t until a youth … Read More about Long-time youth minister offers suggestions to get teens excited about Mass

Pastor of St Peter’s Basilica: Friar helps tourists become pilgrims

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In his small office next to the world’s largest Catholic Church, Conventual Franciscan Father Agnello Stoia spoke about the unique joys and challenges of being the pastor of St Peter’s Basilica. Like most parishes, St Peter’s has actual territorial boundaries: the exterior walls of the basilica … Read More about Pastor of St Peter’s Basilica: Friar helps tourists become pilgrims

Cardinal John Dew reflects on the Plenary Council in Sydney

By Michael Otto | July 28, 2022 | 1 Comment

I have been privileged . . . to be an observer at the Second Session of the Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in Australia. The previous council was held in 1937. It has been wonderful to be here for these days, as the assembly reflected together on the vision … Read More about Cardinal John Dew reflects on the Plenary Council in Sydney

New grand prior for Holy Sepulchre order in NZ

By Michael Otto | July 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Auckland Bishop Stephen Lowe has been appointed as the Grand Prior of the New Zealand Magistral Delegation of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ). Invested into the order in 2018, Bishop Lowe officially assumed his new role on July 3 at a ceremony at the Pompallier … Read More about New grand prior for Holy Sepulchre order in NZ

Presbytery housekeeper in Gore for nearly 30 years

By NZ Catholic Staff | July 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Eileen Hickey has resigned from her position as the housekeeper at the Gore Catholic Presbytery from May 31 this year. She had been in this position for almost 30 years, and has seen many changes in the Church over that period of time. When she was first engaged by the … Read More about Presbytery housekeeper in Gore for nearly 30 years