Posts Tagged ‘Christchurch’

$100 million Christchurch Catholic Cathedral complex

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
christchurch catholic cathedral

The new Christchurch Catholic Cathedral complex is estimated to cost $100 million. The announcement was made Monday by the Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington and Apostolic Administrator of the Christchurch diocese, Paul Martin. The diocese hopes the whole complex will be completed within five years. To fund the project Martin says the diocese is considering selling Read more

A tale of two cathedrals

Monday, December 9th, 2019

This is a tale of two cathedrals. It’s a story of two bishops, a tragedy and even a prince. There’s more than one battle in this long saga and only one of the cathedrals will have a happy ending. Both buildings were severely damaged by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and aftershocks, and both sit Read more

The rot behind New Zealand’s cloak of decency

Monday, March 25th, 2019
This is not New Zealand

I remember going back to Iran when I was younger and listening to my grandmother describe New Zealand to anyone who would listen. She had visited us in Christchurch and her eyes gleamed with hope when she spoke of it. It’s just paradise. Heaven. In the polluted concrete jungle of oppression and poverty that is big Read more

New ministry models challenge NZ priests

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Parishes around the world are emptying, ageing, sleeping and dying. According to Fr James Mallon, it does not have to be this way. Mallon, a Canadian priest, last week spoke to New Zealand’s diocesan priests in Christchurch to explore what he calls “Divine Renovation.” The present century demands new models of ministry and new ways Read more

Bishop Martin tells ordination crowd Christchurch is now home

Monday, March 5th, 2018
Bishop Paul Martin Bishop of Christchurch

An optimistic crowd on Saturday packed a very hot Christchurch Boys’ High School auditorium for the ordination of Bishop Paul Martin SM. Martin, ordained the tenth Bishop of Christchurch on 3 March 2018, by Cardinal John Dew, succeeds Bishop Barry Jones, who died in February 2016. In a ceremony involving Latin, Māori and English, Pope Francis’ Read more

New Christchurch bishop surprises with top priority

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Marion College

Christchurch Bishop-elect says re-siting Marian College is his number one priority. Students from Marion College have, for six years, operated from a temporary building. Currently, Marian College is sited at the southern end of the earthquake-damaged cathedral. “They have had a whole generation of students go through since the earthquakes”, he told The Press. A Read more

New Christchurch church complex ‘startingly beautiful’

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Construction is set to begin on the central Christchurch site where three people were killed in the February earthquake. Neil Stocker, Paul Dunlop and Scott Lucy died when Durham Street Methodist Church – one of the city’s oldest stone buildings – collapsed in the earthquake, burying them under rubble. The three men were recovering a Read more

The Christ Church Cathedral dilemma: What would Jesus do?

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

On February 22, 2011 at 12.51pm I was in Christchurch having lunch with Bishop Victoria Matthews. I am ever grateful that her choice of restaurant meant we were sitting on large bench seats in a corner away from windows. As we sheltered under the sturdy tables, I learnt that in the advice “duck, cover and hold”, Read more

One of NZ’s worst abusers hired on Catholic ‘reference’

Friday, March 18th, 2016

One of New Zealand’s worst child sex offenders once got a job at a King Country school as a result of an alleged reference from a Catholic school. Robert Selwyn Burrett, 64, pleaded guilty to 21 child sex abuse charges last month. His 40-year career in New Zealand’s education system came to an end last Read more

Bishop Stephen Lowe ordained in packed Hamilton cathedral

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

After Bishop Stephen Lowe was ordained as the third Bishop of Hamilton on February 13, he told the people that God does amazing things using simple things. The use of water in Baptism and bread and wine in Communion are examples of this, Bishop Lowe said. “With sinful and weak men, [the Lord’s] priesthood lives Read more