Posts Tagged ‘Chaplain’

Once was plumber now hospital chaplain

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Life has changed a lot for Joe Gray since becoming an Ecumenical Chaplain at Taranaki Base Hospital. He’d been a plumber for 32 years before that. “When you hang a toilet, fit a bath, turn it on and it’s done, you walk away” he said. Gray says life is extremely different going from a 9am Read more

Catholic Chaplaincy in Antarctica ends after 57 years

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

For 57 years a Protestant chaplain from the U.S. Military and a Catholic priest provided by the Diocese of Christchurch have offered religious services, personal counselling and individual support for as many as 2000 men and women stationed at McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott Stations and Scott Base at any one time. The National Science Foundation, (NSF) Read more

Waikato hospital chaplain has interesting background

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Daniel Sitaram has taken an interesting route to his present job as a chaplain at Waikato Hospital. Born in Fiji, he is of Indian Fijian heritage. He was ordained an Anglican priest and worked in parishes in Fiji before spending 8 years as a high school teacher. Then he moved to Anglican diocese of Christchurch. He obtained Read more

Atheist church has homilies and passes the plate

Friday, June 28th, 2013

It’s Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a rapt congregation listens to a chaplain preach about the importance of building a community. Outsiders could be forgiven for believing this service, with its homilies, its passing of the plate, its uplifting songs, belongs in a church. If so, it’s an atheist church without God — the brainchild Read more

Priest feels call of Antarctica again

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Holy Family’s Father Brian Fennessy is hoping he passes the stringent medical tests again so he can do another four-week stint at American Research Centre McMurdo Station in November. He has already completed two trips to Antarctica in 2005 and 2007, as one of the five Catholic priests who work as chaplains to all denominations Read more

Priest’s cup role ‘divine intervention’

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Father James knows he has his work cut out for him today.

As the chaplain assigned to the Italian rugby team which meets Russia at Trafalgar Park tonight, he will be quietly praying for a better result than a fishing expedition he took part in on Tasman Bay last Saturday.

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Fr David Bell supporting the French in RWC

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Monsignor David Bell of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Whanganui has been assigned as team chaplain for “Les Blues”. Msgr Bell was appointed to accompany the French side during the Rugby World Cup after he included on his application that he knew a little bit of French. However, he admitted a fluent conversation could be difficult. Read more

Prison chaplain Marie Roche honoured

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Sister Marie Roche  received a civil honour at Queen’s Birthday. She becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit after nearly half a century as a nun, including 15 years as Rimutaka Prison’s Catholic chaplain. “I am very humbled by it because I look around and see all those wonderful people doing wonderful Read more

God wins in Australian budget

Friday, May 13th, 2011

A non-believing Australian Prime Minister has made God the winner in the Australian budget. School chaplains at 1,000 extra schools will receive A$222 million more. The significant increase in funding comes despite a High Court challenge to the programme on constitutional grounds and speculation prior to the budget that the future of the school chaplaincy programme was Read more