Bishop Drennan welcomed as PN’s 2nd Bishop – “Bishop for young people”

The bishops of New Zealand, the Apostolic Nuncio and clergy joined hundreds of people at a Mass to mark the liturgical installation of Bishop Charles Drennan as the 2nd Bishop of Palmerston North on Saturday 17 March.

After the Mass there was a luncheon at which Bishop Peter Cullinane’s many years of leadership in the Diocese were acknowledged and celebrated.

Bishop Drennan said his priority in the diocese was to encourage more young people to find faith.

“I’ve found young people are very responsive in coming to understand faith,” he said.

“I’ve been given the name Pihopa O Nga Rangatahi which means the Bishop for young people in Maori, and I am embracing that vision.”

Bishop Charles had never been to Palmerston North before being appointed to the position last year.



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