Posts Tagged ‘Diocese of Palmerston North’

Nick Wilson of Palmerston North new Council for Young People Chair

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Nick Wilson of Palmerston North is the new chair of the Council for Young People of the Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand. Nick is the Diocesan Young Catholics Team Leader for the Diocese of Palmerston North. He has had a career in education in New Zealand and overseas. He works as the Manawatū Catholic Read more

John Adams ordained bishop of Palmerston North

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

People from Christchurch joined with those from Palmerston North to fill the Palmerston North Holy Spirit Cathedral on Saturday for the episcopal ordination of John Adams. Adams was ordained bishop by the President of the New Zealand Bishops Conference and Bishop of Auckland, Steve Lowe and also installed as the third bishop of Palmerston North. Read more

Pope Francis appoints John Adams as Bishop of Palmerston North

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
Bishop John Adams

Pope Francis has appointed Fr John Adams from the Diocese of Christchurch as the new Catholic Bishop of Palmerston North. The appointment was announced in Rome at 10pm New Zealand time, Thursday 22 June and it fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Bishop Charles Drennan in 2019. Ordained as a priest in 2003, Read more

Diocese mergers? Why?

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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The Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, became the centre of controversy last year when Bishop Jeff Monforton announced to his priests in October that the diocese would be merged with the neighbouring Diocese of Columbus, Priests of the diocese pushed back on the plan, arguing that they had not been consulted, and eventually, a planned USCCB Read more

Palmerston North Cathedral arsonist recorded on CCTV

Monday, May 1st, 2023
Palmerston North Cathedral

CCTV helped identify a man who, on Thursday, set fire to the Day Chapel in the Palmerston North Cathedral. According to the Cathedral Parish Priest, Fr Joseph Grayland, the man was caught on camera lighting the fire. Grayland says the fire shocked everyone. The alarm was raised by a man who is in Palmerston North Read more

Caritas Aotearoa NZ not involved in post-cyclone relief

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has confirmed it is not leading the post-cyclone Catholic relief effort for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC). It told CathNews that Caritas’ focus was not New Zealand, but on helping fund development and emergency relief work worldwide. However, Caritas’ comments seems to run counter to the information the charity Read more

Palmerston North Diocese responds immediately to community needs

Monday, February 20th, 2023
Palmerston North Diocese

On Friday, the Palmerston North Diocese Administrator, Fr Craig Butler (pictured) acknowledged the diocese’s responsibility to show care, and outreach to those impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. A significant portion of the area on the east coast of the North Island is in the Palmerston North diocese, and in the absence of a bishop, Butler is Read more

Cyclone Gabrielle: Pope Francis close to people in New Zealand

Monday, February 20th, 2023

In the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the people of New Zealand. Renewing his appeal for Turkey and Syria earthquake victims, Francis also turned his attention to New Zealand. “I am close to the people of New Zealand, who have been hit in recent days by a devastating cyclone. Read more

NZ bishops re-emphasise need for two new bishops

Monday, November 14th, 2022

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are again stressing the importance of bishops to the Palmerston North and Hamilton dioceses. At their November meeting the bishops re-emphasised the need for two bishops to the Pope’s diplomatic representative to New Zealand, His Excellency, Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa (pictured). New Zealand bishops are appointed through the Dicastery for Evangelisation headed Read more

It takes a long time to appoint a bishop

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
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It takes a long time to appoint a bishop, says Steve Lowe, Bishop of Auckland and Secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. Lowe is responding to a piece by Luke Coppen in The Pillar, suggesting the Vatican has forgotten about New Zealand’s need to find two bishops. Coppen points out that the Diocese of Read more