Posts Tagged ‘French Missionaries’

Early missionary commemorated on first war memorial

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Marist brother, (Antoine) Br Euloge Chabany, is the only European commemorated along side 15 kūpapa (Māori fighting on the government side) on New Zealand’s first war memorial. They died during a skirmish that took place on Moutua Island in the Whanganui river. The Society of Mary’s archivist, Elizabeth Charlton visited the memorial this month and Read more

Catholic Church in Tonga celebrates 175 years

Monday, July 10th, 2017
175th anniversary

The 175th Anniversary of the Catholic Church in Tonga was celebrated with a mass led by Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi at Pangaimotu Island. At this site a white cross that marks the place where the first mass celebrated in Tonga took place on 2 July 1842. Pangaimotu is a small island in the Tongatapu Read more

Memorial unveiled commemorating Wellington’s first missionaries lost at sea

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Members of the Marist family along with representatives of the Archdiocese of Wellington and the Friends of the Mount Street Cemetery joined the Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, at the Mount Street Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday 17 February to unveil a memorial which commemorates two early French Marist missionaries who died at sea. Read more

New book on Pompallier mission

Friday, November 4th, 2011

A new book on the work of Bishop Pompallier,“The French Place in the Bay of Islands”, was launched recently by the Ambassador of France to New Zealand, Francis Etienne. The ceremony was attended by Church, Marists and other dignitaries from around the country, The book is a series of essays by a number of eminent authors, including Fr Read more