Posts Tagged ‘priest shortage’

Three more Wellington parishes merge Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Three Catholic parishes in Khandallah, Johnsonville and Newlands are the latest in Wellington to merge. The move will mean a new name and structure for St Andrew’s in Newlands, St Benedict’s in Khandallah and St Peter and Paul’s in Johnsonville. The new parish will be established at a mass at St Andrew’s on February 28, Read more

Cardinal Dew thanks Marists as 170 years in Otaki ends Comments 1

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, has announced that as from 1 February 2016, the Archdiocese will take responsibility for the pastoral care of the parish of Saints Mary and Joseph in Otaki and Levin. Dew has thanked the priests and brothers of the Society of Mary for their pastoral care and leadership in Read more

Ten UK bishops want to look at ordaining married men Comments 0

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Up to ten bishops in England and Wales would support the Church discerning if ordaining married men is a way forward, a retired bishop says. This is because those bishops are in charge of diocese where there is a significant shortage of priests, said Bishop Crispian Hollis. The former ordinary of Portsmouth diocese said he is increasingly Read more

Irish bishop calls for serious look at married priests Comments 1

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

An Irish bishop wants his fellow bishops to set up a body to look at the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore has urged his colleagues to arrange a commission to this end. Bishop O’Reilly also wants such a commission to study the possibility of female deacons. He will raise the Read more

Napier’s new combined parish to sort out buildings Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Now that Napier’s three parishes have been combined decisions have to be made about the use of the buildings. The four lay staff and three priests, who previously worked within the three parishes of St Mary’s, St Patrick’s and St Thomas More, are presently working out of the unified parish’s temporary site at St Mary’s Read more

Lack of priests forces 3 Wairarapa parishes to merge Comments 0

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

An overhaul of the Wellington Archdiocese will soon see the three Catholic Wairarapa parishes merge into a single combined parish. The three separate parishes of Masterton, Carterton and Featherston will combine to become the Catholic Parish of Wairarapa, as of February 1. The new parish will be centrally administered from Masterton, but all five Catholic Read more

Lack of priests leads to Hutt Valley parish mergers Comments 0

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The Hutt Valley’s 11 Catholic parishes could be reduced to six as the wider Wellington archdiocese struggles with a declining number of priests. Wellington archbishop John Dew has produced a discussion document for consideration by all church members detailing proposals for wide ranging structural changes. It includes amalgamating 47 regional parishes into 23. Proposals to Read more

Church in Ireland denies plan for lay-led Sunday services Comments 0

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The Catholic Church in Ireland has denied a report in the Irish Catholic newspaper that plans are being drawn up to allow parishes to hold lay-led Sunday services. But, across the Irish Sea, the archdiocese of Liverpool is preparing to have lay people conduct funeral services and committals at the graveside when no priest is Read more

Wellington provides orientation for recently arrived priests Comments 0

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

The Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand, is presenting a four-day orientation session in May for recently arrived priests coming to serve in the NZ church, called “Landing the Waka.” These priests come from Samoa, Kiribati, the Philippines and India.   As well as information about the church, their welcome pack includes information on New Zealand and Read more

Number of Parishes reduced from 50 to 24 in Christchurch Diocese Comments 0

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Earthquake damage, ageing clergy and smaller congregations have led to a decision which will see the number of parishes reduced  from 50 to 24 in the Christchurch diocese The new parishes are larger and often involve a single priest holding services at more than one church. Christchurch Catholic Bishop Barry Jones said the reduction would “cause some Read more