Posts Tagged ‘Fr Bill Te Awhitu’

Pā Wiremu Te Awhitu SM: why is he important in NZ Church history?

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Perhaps Fr Te Awhitu’s main place in the history of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa / New Zealand is that he is the first Māori to become a Catholic priest. He was ordained in 1944 when 30 years old by Archbishop O’Shea. Wiremu Hakopa Toa Te Awhitu began his life near Taumarunui on 28th July Read more