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Mary, first and perfect disciple (0)

April 30, 2022 • Category: Focus Editorial, This Month's Cover

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 26 May
  • St. Philip Neri, priest

    Acts 18:1-8; Psalm 98; John 16:16-20

    Big-picture joy

    Jesus is always drawing his disciples out of themselves and their way of thinking.… More

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Christianity in Action»

Who is Mary in the Life of a Social Justice Advocate? (0)

When you enter into my home, you are confronted with various Marian icons. 

Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mother of the Oppressed, and Mother of the Streets.… More

Church History»

The Beginnings of the Catholic Church in Tonga (0)

Based on the writings of Fr Joseph Deihl SM, adapted by Fr Kevin Head SM
Part 4

Fake News!

Towards the end of 1851 and in early 1852, rumours circulated in Tonga about the downfall of the monarchy in France.… More


May Crossword (0)









The winner of the Marist Messenger prize for the March Crossword was Marie Prescott of Tawa, Wellington

Solution for April

Across: 2 Deuteronomy, 7 Lei,
8 Sofa, 11 Tappet, 14 Escargot,
16 Axe, 17 Tiara, 18 Esther,
20 Tomtit, 22 Lambda,
25 Zephyr, 28 Snipe, 30 Lad,
32 Ionising,  34 Redeem,
35 Gets, 36 IHS,
37 Forgiveness. … More

Death of a Marist»

Death of a Marist (0)

Bishop Robin Leamy SM

Born: 27 July 1934

Ordained: 21 July 1958

Died: 1 January 2022

Bishop Robin Leamy SM died aged 87 on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.… More


The Cry of the Earth (0)

Twenty-six years ago, we lived in Motueka and one of our favourite weekend outings was to take the 12-minute drive down to the Kumaras, a wilderness reserve on the Motueka foreshore.… More

Focus Editorial»

Mary, first and perfect disciple (0)

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru.… More

Francis Speaks»

Francis Speaks… (0)

Going to the school of Mary is going to a school of faith and life. She, a teacher because she is a disciple, teaches the ‘A’ to ‘Z’ of human and Christian life.… More

Inspiring lives»

Beatification of Pauline M Jaricot (0)

Pauline Jaricot will be beatified in Lyon on 22 May 2022. She is best known as the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.… More


Can You Bear It? (0)

“An abstract noun,” the teacher said, “is something you can think of, but you can't touch it. Can you give me an example of one?”… More

Marist Spirituality»

Marist Spirituality: An Introduction (0)


The Gospel Applied to a Time and Place


1. Where are you with God?
What seed of ‘new life’ has God perhaps planted in your thoughts and hopes?… More


‘The Word was made Flesh and Dwelt Amongst Us’ (0)

Part 1 of 4

I was at a place recently where the Angelus was prayed daily. It took me back to my childhood education with the nuns and the habitual, holy nature of prayer which they instilled in me.… More


Words and God’s Word (0)

Part 4 of 10

“You did a good job”.

 “Well done!” “You were great!”

When you think about it, such phrases are first cousins of ‘thank you’. … More

Reflection - 2»

Opening the Book of Your Life (Comments Off)

At a lovely dinner with a family a few nights ago, a fresh-faced 15-year-old tells the story of the special Christmas present she had requested from her extended family last year.… More


St Bede the Venerable – 25 May (0)

On 26 May in the year 735 AD, Fr Bede died at Jarrow in England. His death was described in a letter by one his students, Cuthbert.… More

Social Justice»

River Blindness (0)

Debilitating Neglected Tropical Disease causes avoidable blindness in sub-Saharan Africa

Imagine thousands of painful parasites crawling under your skin, making their way into your eyes, gnawing away at your optic nerve, slowly stealing your sight and eventually making you go blind. … More

Messenger Briefs


Fr Carlo Maria Schianchi SM, Postulator for the Cause of our Founder, informed us this week that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has sent us the Decree of Validity of the acts presented by the Diocese of Lyons. He is pictured here with a volume entitled ‘Copia Pubblica’ [Public Copy] – a bound copy of the essential documents to proceed with the Cause. 

The next step in this process will be that the Society request the Vatican to present us with a ‘Relatore’ [Relator] who will work with us to proceed to write the ‘Positio’ [Position document], promoting the cause for beatification of Jean-Claude Colin.  

From SMBulletin, March 11