Auckland volunteer manages Marist HIV/AIDS project in Ranong

Aucklander Kirsten Sloan is a volunteer on mission with Fr Frank Bird and others at the Marist Family Mission in Ranong, Thailand, where she manages the HIV/AIDS Health Project.

The mission has been serving Burmese migrants for the past 6 years providing community support, education for Burmese children and support and health access for HIV/AIDs sufferers and their families.

This week, in Thailand, Kirsten renewed her commitment to the Marist Association of Mary.

Last Sunday, 8th December, in Auckland, William Gee, Kathleen Baran and Judith Leonard also made permanent commitments as Lay Marists in the Association of Mary. 

The commitments were affirmed by Bev McDonald, the coordinator for Marist Laity and Fr David Kennerley SM at a Mass with family, friends and Associates at the Logos centre followed by celebrations.

Fr David has been the Marist Laity spiritual director for two years.

It was also an occasion to thank and farewell Fr David as he takes up a three year term as Provincial of the Society of Mary in the New Year.

Fr Chris Skinner SM was welcomed as the new spiritual director.


  • Supplied: Beverley McDonald
  • Image Supplied: Beverley McDonald





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