Taizé New Zealand pilgrimage next year

Next year Brother Alois, the prior and successor of Brother Roger the founder of Taizé, will be visiting New Zealand from the 9 t0 11 February.

He will be accompanied by Brothers Matthew and Ghishlan.

While they are in New Zealand they will be taking part in events in Otaki, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Taizé community was founded by Brother Roger in 1940 in a village in France of the same name.

Taizé has become a significant gathering place for young men and women from all over the world.

During the European summer it is not unusual for up to 5000 young people to be welcomed there each week.

Their distinctive form of music is profound and yet simple and accessible and seems to strike a chord with young people.

In 2015, the Taizé community will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of its foundation and it is inviting everyone to remember its founder, 100 years after his birth and ten years after his death.

To prepare for this Brother Alois inaugurated a new stage in the pilgrimage of trust, which Taizé has led for many years.

Gatherings with young adults were planned for each continent – in 2012 in Africa, 2013 in Asia, 2014 in the Americas and in February 2015, Brother Alois will make his pilgrimage to Australia and New Zealand.


Monday 9 February at Otaki and Ngatiawa

  • At  7.00 a welcome (powhiri) and service in Rangiatea church at Otaki with the local communities.
  • After at Ngatiawa River Monastery for those who wish.

Tuesday 10 February in Wellington

  • 7.00pm: Workshop at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Wellington
  • 8.00pm: Pilgrimage to St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington
  • 8.30pm: Evening prayer with a short reflection by Brother Alois, prayer around the cross and celebration of the Resurrection in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Wednesday  11th February in Christchurch

  • 7.00pm Workshop for young adults: “Becoming the salt of the earth – Taizé; the life and prayer of a community.”
  • 8.30 pm Evening prayer

These events will take place in the transition cathedral.

North Island enquiries mpoynton@xtra.co.nz ; South Island enquiries taizechristchurch@gmail.com


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