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New pastoral plan launched in Auckland

By Rowena Orejana | December 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new pastoral plan for Auckland Catholic diocese, which promotes being a more mission-focused Church, was launched at a diocesan youth Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on November 29. The diocesan “mission map” has three key goals – to strengthen Catholic communities for missionary discipleship, to build up the spirituality … Read More about New pastoral plan launched in Auckland

Ordinations for Society of Mary

By Rowena Orejana | December 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

“You are ready.” With these words, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Gielen gave encouragement to newly-ordained Society of Mary priest Fr Benedict D’Souza. Fr D’Souza was ordained by Bishop Gielen on November 27 (check) at the Sacred Heart church in Ponsonby, Auckland. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn and Society of Mary provincial Fr … Read More about Ordinations for Society of Mary

NOPS to investigate Bishop Kavanagh’s handling of abuse complaints

By NZ Catholic Staff | December 18, 2020 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Church has appointed an experienced independent investigator to look at whether a former Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop John Kavanagh, acted properly when he received complaints of sexual abuse. The Metropolitan Archbishop of New Zealand, Cardinal John Dew, has instructed the Church’s complaints body – the National Office for … Read More about NOPS to investigate Bishop Kavanagh’s handling of abuse complaints

New wheels for St Vincent de Paul Centre, Otahuhu

By Rowena Orejana | December 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

After many years of wishing, the Society of St Vincent de Paul Centre in Otahuhu, Auckland, has finally got a brand-new truck. It came just in time, too, as demand for food parcels and furniture soared this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the centre’s old truck was on … Read More about New wheels for St Vincent de Paul Centre, Otahuhu

Dr Kevin Shore is new CEO of Catholic Education Office

By NZ Catholic Staff | December 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dr Kevin Shore has started in his new roles as chief executive officer of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office and of the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools. In a November 3 Lighting New Fires newsletter, Dr Shore paid tribute to his predecessor in these role, Paul Ferris. “Paul … Read More about Dr Kevin Shore is new CEO of Catholic Education Office