Posts Tagged ‘Religious Life’

One of the 20th century’s greatest magicians was a religious brother Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

When magicians are asked as to who qualifies as a Magician’s Magician, the first name that comes up is Br. Hamman. Most magicians are incredulous when they find that the standard by whom all card tricks are judged was not only a devout Catholic but, in fact, a consecrated brother. He went by the stage Read more

Does religious life have a future? Comments 1

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Those of us who entered religious life just after Vatican II will probably remember it in the words of Wordsworth after the French Revolution: “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive”. Those were exciting years. In February 1968, aged 19, I entered an Irish Cistercian monastery. It was just three years after the Read more

Nuns make room for fancy ice cream Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Before Hamilton East was a destination for recycled clothing and fancy ice cream, it was a home for nuns. Nuns have been in Hamilton East since 1884, says Sister Raewyn Hogan, and four generations of her family have gone through Marian Catholic School and Sacred Heart.  Euphrasie House is now an earthquake risk building is being Read more

95-year old Anglican Friar farewelled Comments 0

Friday, November 13th, 2015

About 200 people turned up at Hamilton’s St Peter’s Cathedral this afternoon to farewell Br Brian Harley, a 90-year-old Franciscan Friar who spent the last 10 years of his life at Hamilton’s Friary of Divine Compassion. When you consider that Br Brian had long had a love of what he called a “semi-erimitical life” – Read more

Flying Nun celebrates 80th birthday on a Harley Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Sister Cecilia celebrated her 80th birthday by taking a spin of a Harley. “It was lovely,” she said. “I was nervous before I got on, but once we got going it was great.” It started as a joke but before she knew it Cecilia was flying down the Parade in Island Bay, a Wellington Suburb, on Read more

Oprah doubted Sisters’ community would come on her show Comments 0

Friday, October 16th, 2015

On Saturday, October 17 Dominican Sisters of Mary will be part of a “where are they now?” show on Oprah’s OWN Network. The appeared twice on the Oprah show in 2010. Then, when their participation first was suggested Oprah was hesitant. “Do you really think a community like that would be willing to be on Read more

Auckland SMSM training centre to close Comments 0

Friday, October 16th, 2015

After more than six years, the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary ( SMSM ) has stopped using four adjacent homes in Gloucester Rd in Manurewa, as its training centre. The religious order has run training programmes in New Zealand for 80 years and in Auckland since 1995. The society’s Auckland administrator Sister Patricia Leamy Read more

Sisters and priests wowing the judges in Reality TV Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Church is well represented on Reality TV in the last 12 months. Last year, Sister Cristina Scuccia won Italy’s version of The Voice talent show, and went on to release a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin as her debut single. Father Damian Maria Montes, 29, from Madrid, appeared  wearing  his clerical collar on Read more

Taking a leap of faith into religious life Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Young men and women in New Zealand are devoting their lives to the Church. We hear from some of them about their path ahead. Jane Maisey spent her twenties exploring, both physically and spiritually, looking at different religions and ways of being. But it wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes that she came back to the Read more

New generation nuns Comments 0

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Mechanical bulls, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, go-karts: Before becoming a nun, Sister Virginia Joy helped insure them all. “I was a go-between between the underwriters and the customers,” said Sister Virginia Joy, a former high school soccer star from South Carolina now wearing a habit of white and navy blue. She was fighting Midtown Manhattan Read more