Posts Tagged ‘St Mary of the Angels’

Covid closes prominent Wellington church

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Covid has closed St Mary of the Angels Church until March 20. The prominent central Wellington church is closed due to a positive case of Covid within the priests’ community. A March 7 notice on the parish’s website says the Church is closed immediately. Four priests live in the Marist community and all are fully Read more

New Zealand Catholics re-dedicate the country to Mary

Monday, August 16th, 2021

A packed congregation, on the feast of the Assumption, joined most of the country’s bishops at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington to rededicate New Zealand to Mary. Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier and the early Marist fathers and brothers first dedicated the mission to New Zealand before they left France. Then, after arriving, in 1938 Read more

Aotearoa-NZ renews dedication in ‘Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way’

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Complex messaging surrounding the renewing of the country’s dedication to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and the creation of a National Shrine has been clarified at a special meeting of the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference. One element of the messaging surrounds the translation of the shrine’s name which was corrected then confirmed by the bishops Read more

St Mary of the Angels receives an architectural award

Monday, May 13th, 2019

The New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Wellington branch announced the winners of their local awards on Wednesday, 8 May at the Parliament Buildings. Twenty-five projects were commended that “have changed the face of Wellington city and other regional centres. Bulleyment Fortune Architects and Ian Bowman, architectural conservator were the winners of the Heritage Award for Read more

Thief steals lectionary and church candle

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

It was almost a matter of bell book and candle after a thief stole the lectionary and the pascal candle from St Mary of the Angels in Wellington. First to disappear was the paschal candle. It had been used in a shrine halfway up the main aisle on the weekend of the mosque shootings in Read more

Wellington priest ‘mends fences’ with sex abuse survivors

Monday, November 5th, 2018
sex abuse survivors

A Wellington parish priest changed tack on Sunday, joining his congregation in supporting sex abuse survivors, and tied a ribbon to the church fence. The move by the parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, Fr Kevin Conroy SM, came after helpful conversations with Liz Tonks, an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, and Read more

St Mary of the Angels wins New Zealand’s Heritage and Restoration award

Monday, May 21st, 2018
Heritage and Restoration

The seismic strengthening and upgrade of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels Church won two awards at the New Zealand Master Builders Commercial Projects Awards. Entered in the Heritage and Restoration category, the St Mary’s project took out both Gold and Category Winner medals. The awards were announced on Friday, at Sky City, Auckland. With Read more

World premiere of documentary about strengthening of St Mary of Angels

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
a test of faith

A Test of Faith had its world premiere at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington on Thursday. The feature-length documentary is about the seismic strengthening of St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington. Parish priest Father Barry Scannell, who features in the film, says it “beautifully captures” the scale and challenges of the $9.5 million rebuild. Read more

Wellington organist wins prestigious international organ competition

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Thomas Gaynor, at one time an organist at St Mary of the Angels Wellington, has been awarded both the first and the audience prizes in the 2017 St Albans International Organ Competition. He is only the second New Zealander to win the competition, after New Zealand-born organist Dame Gillian Weir in 1964. In 2009, as an Read more

Wellington priest gets award for outstanding contribution to the city

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, recently presented St Mary of the Angels parish Priest, Fr Barry Scannell with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award. The city council’s Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Awards acknowledge members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to the Capital and its people. The picture above shows mayor, Justin Lester,  Mr Keith Quinn, who received Read more