Posts Tagged ‘Marist’

Gap Year students tested by new experiences and strange places

Friday, November 8th, 2013

On Wednesday afternoon, 8 Marist Challenge 2000 Gap year students who have recently returned from their month-long pastoral placements, reported back to their friend and colleagues gathered  at Pa Maria in Wellington. This year the ‘Gappies’ went to a variety of placements around New Zealand and overseas. They were sent to the far north of Aotearoa New Read more

Captivating weekend marks “On a Mission” book launch; tracing lives of 22 former Marist seminarians

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Chanel Houlahan reads from his chapter in "On a Mission"

More than 200 people gathered in Wellington on the weekend marking the launch of On a Mission, a book, tracing the lives of 22 former Marist seminarians. A weekend chocker of catchups, re-introductions and lots of stories, for old mates, some who had not seen each other for 30 years or more focused around Friday Read more

Scaffolding for the spiritual journey

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

I often see scaffolding wrapped around buildings. Rigid metal poles bolted together. Planks and ladders providing safe passage from one place of work to another. Scaffolding is needed for major repairs and maintenance, such as replacing a roof, or painting a tall building. Sometimes, this scaffolding is then plastic-wrapped, to provide privacy, safety, and a Read more

Jeff Toomaga-Allen named 2012 NZ Marist Player of the Year

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Hurricanes and premier prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen has topped off a stellar season by being named the New Zealand Marist Player of the Year for 2012. Newly-wed Jeff, who featured in a recent DomPost profile, was nominated by MSP for the award which was announced at the NZ Marist AGM on 23 February. His nomination stated: ‘In his first season Read more

Fr George Duggan dies aged 100

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Well-known Marist priest and “defender of the faith” Rev Dr George Duggan died on Sunday at the age of 100. In recent years he had became increasingly frail, and lived in the care of the Silverstream Home of Compassion. Despite impaired hearing, he enjoyed visitors and conversation and happily recounted stories of his many and Read more

McAleese: Vatican silencing of Irish priests ‘consumes the truth’

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Popular former Ireland President, Mary McAlese has criticised the Catholic Church’s treatment of five silenced Irish priests, accusing Rome of operating through fear and imposing strictures on clerics “which consume the truth”. McAlese described Marist Fr Sean Fagan and Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery as “good men who have loved this Church with a passion” who are Read more

Marist Convent School marks 75 years

Friday, October 12th, 2012

One of Vatukoula’s oldest primary schools will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee this month with hundreds of former students expected to flock to the gold mining town for the event. Former students of Vatukoula Marist Convent school from Nadi, Suva, Lautoka and overseas have been preparing for the three-day celebrations. Association president Graham Peckham said he Read more

The Logos ICE programme keeps kids cool

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Youth development has kept the Logos Project busy all year. In Auckland the Logos Project (the Marist Youth Ministry Trust) team runs programmes based in one of three core areas of church, schools and community. All have youth and faith at their centre. This school term, the Logos Project is running a community-based programme called Read more

Deacon ordained at Manurewa

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Samuel Maetara was ordained deacon at St Anne’s parish in Manurewa on Sunday 15 July. It is hoped that he will be ordained to the priesthood in December in the Solomon Islands. Deacon Samuel Maetara, 33, is from Malaita Province in the Southern region of the Solomon Islands. He says that he feels called to serve Read more

Has the ‘real Ratzinger’ come out to play?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

ROME — When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papacy in April 2005, the popular forecast called for stormy weather ahead. This was, after all, the Vatican enforcer who had been leading a “smack-down on heresy since 1981”, in the words of T-shirts and coffee mugs marketed by a Ratzinger fan club. His rise elicited Read more