Posts Tagged ‘Religious Life’

Sister Beverley Grounds never lost her grounding in faith Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Sister Beverley Rita Grounds was born in Christchurch in 1928, the only daughter of four children born to James and Mary Grounds. The family were well-known in Catholic circles, with brother William going on to become a priest in the diocese. Grounds read newspapers in Italian, translated religious scripture from French to English and keenly studied te Read more

Nuns help to save the axolotl Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Conservationists from Chester Zoo have formed an unlikely partnership with an order of nuns – in a project that could save a critically endangered amphibian from extinction. A salamander that is unique to Mexico – has almost been wiped out of its freshwater habitat by pollution and over-fishing. Read more Related Posts:Nuns withdrawn from violent Read more

70-year-old heads off to work with refugees in Thailand Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

70-year-old Brother Denis O’Brien was farewelled from Ōtaki last weekend. He has been there only for a short time but now he is off on a mission to Thailand. He is planning to stay in Thailand for two years and then he will come back to New Zealand. O’Brien celebrates his 50th Jubilee of Marist Religious Read more

Religious Sisters discuss moving from being multicultural to being intercultural Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

A recent meeting in Manila focused on the theme of “building community in an intercultural world.” In her opening remarks, International Union of Superiors General (UISG), President Sr. Carmen Sammut spoke about how Religious congregations are changing. Communities in Europe, America and Australia are shrinking, with more younger members coming from Africa and Asia. Cultural Read more

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