Posts Tagged ‘Lyndsay Freer’

Lyndsay Freer changed Catholic communications for the better

Monday, May 2nd, 2022
Catholic Communications

The Catholic Church has “lost the plot” and needs to rethink its media strategy according to Emeritus Bishop of Auckland Patrick Dunn. Dunn made the comment at a farewell lunch for Dame Lyndsay Freer, who for so long was the voice and face of Catholic Communications in New Zealand, and latterly communications spokesperson for the Read more

Dame Lyndsay Freer: 30 years as a Catholic communicator

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Last month marked 30 years since Dame Lyndsay Freer started working in media and communications for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. She has been arguably the most visible and recognisable “face” of the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Recently NZ Catholic interviewed Dame Lyndsay Freer about her career in Catholic communications. Dame Lyndsay worked Read more

NZ media note Time’s choice of Pope Francis as Person of the year

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Time magazine’s choice of Pope Francis a Person of the Year has prompted interest from the New Zealand media. Auckland Diocese spokesperson Lyndsay Freer was interviewed on RadioLive last Thursday. Mrs Freer told CathNews, “It’s no surprise, after reading his apostolic exhortation, Joy of the Gospel, and the many impromptu homilies at his daily Masses and Read more

Media spokesman Fr Michael Gielen recalls his Rome papal election experience

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Fr Michael Gielen

It was fortuitous the Catholic Church in New Zealand had Hamilton priest, Fr Michael Gielen, who happened to be studying in Rome, to liaise with New Zealand media, commenting on the atmosphere, the scenes, the hopes and excitement as the world waited for a new pope. Fr Gielen captured some of the excitement of the event Read more

Pope Francis gives New Zealand Catholics a voice again

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
John Murphy together

As a somewhat old-fashioned, traditional type, I welcomed the engaging presence and comment of Dame Lyndsay Freer to my radio and TV during the recent papal conclave. Long before the advent of television, St Thomas Aquinas said, “faith comes from hearing“, and the Catholic Church in New Zealand, once again, at least for a limited Read more

High expectations for new pope

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

I’m amazed at the interest shown by the New Zealand media at what is happening here in Rome in these days. The interviewers from back home whom I speak to each day seem really intrigued by this whole conclave phenomenon. It is something unique in the world – the perceived “power” or influence of the Read more

Smoke signal billows “no”

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Hurrying in the cold and rain to St Peter’s Square this evening to await the first smoke signal, I was amazed to find that there were already thousands upon thousands of people braving the conditions there. People of all ages and stages and ethnicities from the very young to the very old all with eyes Read more

Lyndsay Freer: Cardinal factions line up in Rome

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The excitement is increasing around St Peter’s Basilica as people arrive for this historic time and discuss the perceived needs of the church and the strengths or weaknesses of candidates. It is recognised that much is at stake in this conclave, perhaps more than ever before. A number of candidates’ names keep surfacing with the Read more

What will Sky City do next – ban the wearing of crosses?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

We can take pride in the fact that New Zealand is a democratic society and our freedom is guaranteed. So what was Sky City thinking of when it threatened to dismiss an employee for having a small pocket sized Bible on her at work? “If the reading of her bible took place in those times Read more

Half a Million dollars for GC but nothing for TVNZ 7

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

TV3 says 413,400 viewers aged five or older watched the first episode of GC, a reality show about a group of young Maori on the Gold Coast. It was watched by 42 per cent of Maori watching television It out-rated 3News and Campbell Live and became a trending topic world wide on Twitter, but attracted Read more