Dunedin’s Dooley meets the Pope

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Dunedin’s Bishop, Michael Dooley met with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday. Bishop Dooley (top left) is among the 74 newly-appointed bishops from 34 countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America including those as diverse as Algeria, Myanmar, Cameroon and Indonesia attending a 12-day seminar learning about the roles and responsibilities of bishops. Bishop Read more

Joy Cowley’s Notes to a Friend a ‘new age’ book award finalist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Joy Cowley’s book “Notes to a Friend” has been named as a finalist in the Ashton Wylie Book Awards. “Notes to a Friend” is a group of short letters around nine Christian themes and joins four other finalists in the “New mind, body, spirit” category. Ms Cowley’s motivation for writing the book came by way of her conducting retreats. She noticed that while most 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

New lead apostle for Apostleship of the Sea

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The NZ Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Catholic organisation serving visiting seafarers and fishers in NZ ports, held its AGM at the Pa Maria Retreat and Spirituality Centre in Wellington at the weekend. The organisation is reported to be “ship-shape” with sound management and financial reports as well as a boost to volunteer numbers. Read more