Posts Tagged ‘Religious Life’

Dunedin’s Dominican Priory cleaned, repaired to attract buyer Comments 0

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Work has begun tidying and repairing the long-neglected former Dominican Priory in Dunedin, as the Catholic Church makes another attempt to sell the historic building. Scaffolding and a skip have arrived outside the priory for what Catholic Diocese of Dunedin general manager Gerald Scanlan said was ”a bit of a clean-up”. The 138-year-old building has Read more

Year of Consecrated Life: Pope Francis’ message Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Consecrated Life, I am writing to you as the Successor of Peter, to whom the Lord entrusted the task of confirming his brothers and sisters in faith (cf. Lk 22:32). But I am also writing to you as a brother who, like yourselves, is consecrated to God. Together let us Read more

Society of Mary sells former novitiate farm at Highden Comments 0

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Society of Mary is selling Highden farm in Manawatu ending an association with the property that goes back to 1922. The homestead was owned by the society for 67 years and for 64 of those it was the house of formation for novice priests and brothers. The house was sold in 1990 but the Read more

Nuns — frontline superheroes Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes. And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns. ‘‘I may not believe in God, but I do believe in nuns,’’ writes Jo Piazza, in her forthcoming book, If Nuns Ruled the World. Read more

Signs of hope in the Church and world Comments 0

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

What are the signs of hope in the Church and the world? My initial reaction to that question was somewhat confronting. Besides the “Francis factor”, I saw very few signs of hope in the Church. This response was probably strongly influenced by the heart-rending stories of pain, suffering and broken trust that have been told Read more

Being a “Nun on a bus” Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014

It is difficult to believe that it has been fifty years since I joined my religious community, the Sisters of Social Service, and began a lifetime of commitment to the quest for justice based in the Gospel. Over the decades my spirituality and prayer life have deepened to be a contemplative life of “walking willing.” Read more

SMSM jubilee begins with thanksgiving mass Comments 1

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A mass to officially open the 150th jubilee of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM) in Samoa was held at the newly opened Mulivai Cathedral on Sunday Bishop Peter Brown from American Samoa was the principal celebrant. Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi addressed the crowd. “On Tuesday Read more

Woman who killed her new born son at convent gets 4 years Comments 0

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A Samoan woman who acknowledged she killed her new born son at a Washington convent where she was studying to become a nun was sentenced to four years in prison. Sosefina Amoa, 26, has said she didn’t know she was pregnant before she gave birth to a baby boy in her room at the Little Read more

Little Sister of the Poor turns 100 Comments 0

Friday, May 9th, 2014

She might have just turned 100, but Sr Marie Fitzpatrick still helps other residents and staff at Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Home, in Dunedin. She celebrated her birthday yesterday with more than 70 family and friends. Religious Superior Sr Bridget Donnelly said Sr Marie assisted hospital residents at mealtimes, and sometimes set Read more

Pahiatua convent now a private home in Greytown Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A century-old convent’s transformation into a gracious family home got a tick from perhaps the hardest people to please – the nuns who used to live there. The former Brigidine Sisters convent, built in Pahiatua in 1912, was bought and trucked to Greytown in December by retired academic John Bushnell to be turned into a Read more