Marists and bishop commemorate first South Island Mass

Society of Mary provincial Fr David Kennerley preached the homily at a Mass on August 23, commemorating the first Mass celebrated in the South Island.

Bishop Barry Jones led the Mass of Commemoration at a packed St Patrick’s Church in Akaroa, with Frs Paul Shannahan, SM, and Peter Conaghan, SM, also concelebrating.

French Marist missionaries celebrated a Mass on the foreshore of Akaroa Harbour on August 19, 1840, 175 years ago.

After this year’s commemoration Mass, a social hour took place.

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