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Kiwi Columban’s long ministry in Pakistan

By Rowena Orejana | February 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the late 1970s, a young dairy farmer from Hokitika was leafing through the Far East magazine, published by the St Columban’s Mission Society, and saw an advertisement for “young, adventurous Kiwi men”. It was a call for vocation, said Fr Daniel O’Connor, a call that he answered “yes” to. … Read More about Kiwi Columban’s long ministry in Pakistan

Preparing to be rector of Holy Cross Seminary

By NZ Catholic Staff | February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last month, the New Zealand Catholic bishops announced the appointment of Auckland priest Fr Mathew Vadakkevettuvazhiyil as rector of Holy Cross Seminary, starting at the end of 2021. NZ Catholic put some questions to Fr Vadakkevettuvazhiyil about his appointment and his new role. NZC: How did you receive the news … Read More about Preparing to be rector of Holy Cross Seminary

‘Low sensory’ Masses encouraged

By Rowena Orejana | February 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dioceses and parishes are being encouraged to look into the possibility of offering a “low sensory Mass” for people who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory processing disorders. Mental health expert Michael Hempseed said that a lot of people who have these disabilities find it difficult … Read More about ‘Low sensory’ Masses encouraged

Covid situation being monitored ahead of Ash Wednesday

By Rowena Orejana | February 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

There is a reasonable likelihood that New Zealand priests will still use ashes to form a sign of the cross on parishioners’ foreheads this Ash Wednesday (February 17), rather than sprinkling the ashes on their (parishioners’) heads, as recommended by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of … Read More about Covid situation being monitored ahead of Ash Wednesday

Young people alive in faith at ‘Hearts’ 2021

By Sue Seconi | February 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

This year’s Hearts Aflame (Fides et Scientia) had one of the biggest attendances in the annual summer school’s history. The setting was Nga Tawa Diocesan School in Marton from January 1-10. Into its twenty-ninth year, 2021 was the first-time registrations closed 3 months out from the event, after reaching the … Read More about Young people alive in faith at ‘Hearts’ 2021

‘Eminent Māori Catholic scholar’ dies

By Michael Otto | February 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dr Manuka Henare is being remembered for his scholarship, leadership, mana, wisdom, advocacy and his commitment to social justice. Dr Henare, 78, died on January 23, after a period of illness. Cardinal John Dew said on Facebook that he joined many others in mourning the loss of Dr Henare, who … Read More about ‘Eminent Māori Catholic scholar’ dies