Posts Tagged ‘Lay ministry’

Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes Comments 0

Monday, May 27th, 2019
lay leadership

Almost a decade ago, as a young graduate student in theology, I lived for a year in the rectory of a Catholic parish. Like many other parishes in Boston faced with an ever-worsening clergy shortage, St. Mary of the Angels did not have a priest in residence. Rather than allowing the creaky 19th-century Victorian estate Read more

Welcomes and farewells for hospital chaplains Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
hospital chaplains

Last Friday at the Pompallier Centre in Auckland, Sister Jane O’Carroll (Bishop Dunn’s pastoral assistant) hosted a ceremony to commission three new hospital chaplains and farewell two long-serving ones. Fr Talipope Vaifale, Elaine Harvey and Marcelles Amiatu were commissioned by Monsignor Bernard Kiely, vicar general of the Catholic diocese of Auckland. The event was well Read more

St Vincent de Paul Society – Celebrating 150 Years of Service Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Vincent de Paul

This year the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrates 150 years since it was first established in New Zealand. Anniversary celebrations are planned for the weekend of October 13-15 in Christchurch. On Sunday October 15, an Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Martin Krebs as well as Bishops Owen Dolan and Charles Read more

Columban Companions in Mission attend workshop in Suva Comments 0

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

About 100 Catholics from around Fiji attended a one-day Columban Companions in Mission (CCIM) workshop at Corpus Christi Teachers College in Suva last Saturday to fundraise and learn more about the work their missionary brothers and sisters do. “There are a lot of challenges that the missionaries face when they go on missions and the Read more

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide Comments 0

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October. “It is directed to all the lay faithful that want to know more about their vocation, about their role within the Church,” Ana Cristina Betancourt of Read more

Belgian Catholics sign manifesto for lay-led Sunday services Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A severe priest shortage and a lack of priestly vocations has seen thousands of Belgian Catholics sign a manifesto urging their bishops to let lay people lead Sunday services. “It’s time for the Church to open its functions to people who are not only celibate men,”  Mark Deweerdt, a layman among the 12 priests and Read more

Gaudium et Spes: Go where I cannot go, bishop tells lay people Comments 0

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The title of this talk, The Church and the Modern World, is the English title of the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes. It was issued in December 1965. The central theme of this document is this – the Church is to be engaged with the world, it is to be its Gaudium et Spes Read more