Posts Tagged ‘Dunedin Diocese’

Angels reappear in Dunedin Cathedral

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

In a tale that could be straight out of a religious fable, two celestial figures have emerged from over half a century of seclusion. But there’s a heavenly hiccup with the angels: their wings are missing. These angelic figures fell from grace during the sweeping changes ushered in by Vatican II in the 1960s. Destined Read more

Four Dunedin diocese priests farewelled in a few weeks

Monday, August 21st, 2023

In about the same time span as three new priests were ordained for Dunedin diocese, four priests of the diocese have died within weeks of each other. The first was Fr Tom Keyes (94 ) on May 10. His death was followed by that of Fr Vincent Smith (91) on June 9. Both priests died Read more

Olive Leaf Church design stirs up Central Otago

Monday, February 24th, 2020

A proposed design for an Olive Leaf Church – so named because of its shape – has been rejected. The controversial design by Central Otago architect Fred Van Brandenburg will be decided by the public in May. The proposal has split the Central Otago town of Arrowtown, attracting 369 submissions last year. One-hundred-and-fifty opposed the Read more

Bishop Kavanagh’s historic handling of sexual abuse referred to Rome.

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Cardinal John Dew has referred to the Vatican the handling of historic sexual offending within the Dunedin Diocese. The period under review is when Bishop John Kavanagh was bishop. Recently Pope Francis’ published new procedures for making bishops accountable for their actions and non-actions. The new procedures give power to a Metropolitan Archbishop to refer Read more

Dunedin abuse survivor fails to meet Pope

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Dunedin sexual abuse survivor, Darryl Smith, has been unsuccessful in his attempt to meet Pope Francis. “We were blocked by the Swiss Guard who dismissed the letter from Bishop Dooley”, writes Spokesman for the Auckland-based Network of Survivors of Abuse in Faith-based Institutions, Dr Murray Heasley. Heasley is in Rome with Smith. Writing on Facebook, Heasley reports,”They Read more

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

Magnus Murray: The Church response

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
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The Church cannot “hide” from the story of Fr Magnus Murray, one of Dunedin’s top Catholics says. But nor can all Catholics be tarnished by the actions of one man, Monsignor John Harrison, (pictured), of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, says. “It actually reflects on the rest of us and everyone gets tarred, and yet Read more

Bishop Michael Dooley ordained as 7th Bishop of Dunedin

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Bishop Colin Campbell was the principal celebrant at last Thursday’s ordination of the new Bishop of Dunedin, Michael Dooley. There were 11 concelebrating bishops: Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop Martin Krebs, and bishops Patrick Dunn, Stephen Lowe, Paul Martin, Charles Drennan, Dennis Brown, Peter Cullinane, Owen Dolan, Basil Meeking and Stuart O’Connell. The ordination was attended Read more

Date set for ordination of Dunedin’s new bishop

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The dates for the Ordination of the new Dunedin Bishop, Michael Dooley, have been confirmed. Bishop-elect Michael will be Ordained on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 6pm in the Dunedin Town Hall.   The Installation Mass will be at 9:30am in St Joseph’s Cathedral on Friday, 27 Supplied

Bishop Boyle farewelled

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Dunedin’s St Joseph Cathedral was packed with people paying respects to Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle. Boyle, who was the fifth bishop of the diocese of Dunedin, died on June 1. A requiem mass – held at St Joseph Cathedral – featured Catholic bishops from around New Zealand. The Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, the former Read more