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Laura Vicuna School in Bethlehem

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

  Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is excited today as they launch a new initiative for New Zealand Catholic schools.   For 15 years, the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association (NZCPPA) and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partnered with Catholic schools across New Zealand to raise almost $300,000 to support small schools in need across the Read more

Catholic bishops welcome Covid restrictions easing in time for Easter

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are welcoming the end of vaccine passes and restricted numbers of people allowed at Mass. The Government announced on Wednesday a 200-person limit for those with a vaccine pass at a religious gathering such as Mass, says a statement from the bishop’s conference. “It is really welcome that these restrictions are Read more

Theology of chocolate

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

If you’ve given up chocolate for Lent, you are in good company. Not only is this fast shared by many contemporary Catholics but, from the time they discovered it during Spanish exploration of Central America, Catholics have been torn over the seductive power of cacao. Dr Miles Pattenden recently published a short history of The Read more

Bishop Morris tell-all book blocked by four Aussie bishops

Friday, June 20th, 2014

At least four Australian bishops have banned or restricted sales of a book by Emeritus Bishop William Morris, which details how he was sacked by Pope Benedict. Bishop Morris’s book “Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three”, published by ATF Press, is banned from sale in Catholic bookshops in Toowoomba and Brisbane. It is only available Read more

Tim Howard

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Why did I join? Well the short answer is, I went to college one night and I was getting some material for an assignment that was overdue. I popped in to see Father Fred Bliss and he said, “What are you doing next year?” I said, “Well, I don’t know.” What might you be doing?” Read more

Chanel Houlahan

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Being ordained was a time of giddy celebration. I was vaunted as one of the celebrities of life. I remember actually the day after my ordination saying to Joan, my sister, “Gosh, I was at the centre of attention last night at the ordination and now I’ve got all this responsibility and all the hype Read more

Merv Duffy

Monday, August 12th, 2013

One of the negatives I would have about Greenmeadows is there is no old boys association. The relationship between it and its alumni was bizarre. There were hangovers of the Irish ‘spoiled priest’ routine – that there was something bad about opting out along the way. In the early days people just disappeared. There’s be Read more

Andrew Gunn

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I’ve spoken to Gerard Vaughan and Kingy, and I think there is an underlying issue for us all: how do we replace something as intense and as wonderful as our live in the seminary? It left quite a vacuum. When I left the seminary, i did struggle to find the signficant meaning that it provided. Read more

Dennis Farrelly

Monday, August 12th, 2013

In my fifth year they decided I would go to Mount Street. I was enrolled for the polytech and also for two papers at varsity: New Zealand History and Comparative Religions. As time went on I dropped the polytech and concentrated on the papers at varsity  I quite enjoyed history and Comparative Religions but whether I should have gone Read more

Wellington Diocese has never needed an exorcist

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, has responded to yet another wave of the media’s perennial fascination with exorcists and exorcism by saying Wellington does not have an appointed exorcist, and as far as he knew, the Wellington Catholic Archdiocese had never needed one. Exorcisms in New Zealand are rare, but they do happen – and Read more