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Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua – Holy Mary, Mother of God (0)

July 31, 2022 • Category: Places of Pilgrimage, This Month's Cover

To celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven, the Bishops of New Zealand commissioned a new artwork.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 9 August

  • Ezekiel 2: 8 – 3:4; Psalm 119: 14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Matthew 18: 1-5,10-14

    Who is the greatest?

    Competition can be fun.… More

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Mary belongs to us and we belong to her (0)

Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o Te Atua

In Aotearoa - New Zealand, in Māori culture, meeting houses (whare nui or whare puni) are symbols of tribal prestige and are often named after, and seen as the embodiment of, a tribal ancestor.… More

Christianity in Action»

And Just Who is my Neighbour? (0)

Roma Termini is the main central transport hub in Rome, and as such it tends to attract many of the city’s unwanted – migrants, the homeless, and the otherwise destitute.… More


August Crossword (0)



The winner of the Marist Messenger prize for the June Crossword was Carole Brajkovich of Auckland

Solution for July

Across: 7 Christ the King,
8 Festival, 9 Naos, 10 Atheism,
12 Kyrie, 14 Curse, 16 Opus Dei,
19 Vice, 20 Ceremony, 22 Fear of the Lord. … More

Focus Editorial»

Up, Up to Heaven (0)

I can remember watching the first moon landing. It was probably a few days after the event. There was no capacity to stream live TV in New Zealand in 1969.… More

Francis Speaks»

Francis Speaks – Do Not Be Afraid (0)

In these days, news reports and scenes of death continue to enter our homes, even as bombs are destroying the homes of many of our defenceless Ukrainian brothers and sisters.… More


Can You Bear it? (0)

A driver got a speeding ticket and went to pay the fine.

The police clerk issued a receipt for payment and the annoyed driver said,

"What am I supposed to do with this?"… More


Seven Spiritual Lessons from a Thief (0)

During the 18th century, Rabbi Zusya of Hanipol (1718-1800) was travelling through the Ukraine on a unique and important mission. He was carrying a significant amount of money with which he planned to release captive Jews held prisoner by Cossack militias.… More


Silence and Sound (0)

A profoundly deaf person faithfully attends Mass in our parish every week. It makes me wonder what it must be like to be in a silent world all the time.… More

Places of Pilgrimage»

Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua – Holy Mary, Mother of God (0)

To celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven, the Bishops of New Zealand commissioned a new artwork.… More


The Word was Made Flesh and Dwelt Amongst Us (Comments Off)

Part 2 of 4

In revitalising old traditions of prayer, and perhaps sowing the seeds of new ones, it is good to remind ourselves about our Catholic understanding of God.… More


Becoming Holy (0)

These August days we are surrounded by images of real holiness. We will celebrate this month, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, our first canonised Australian Saint.… More

Reflection - 2»

Nau Mai – Welcome (Comments Off)

As part of my formation for priestly ordination I spent a year involved in pastoral work with the Marist community of St.… More

Reflection - 3»

Spiritual Pathways Through Suffering (Comments Off)

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it. -

  Helen Keller

It’s impossible to avoid and evade suffering.… More


Saint Monica (0)

There is a church in Rome called S. Agostino (St Augustine’s). It is easy for a tourist to find because it is very close to Piazza Navona which is on all the tourist maps.… More

Theological Reflection»

On the Synodal Journey (0)

As Catholics, we believe that the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church into a fuller understanding of the divine mysteries of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.… More

Messenger Briefs


Pilgrimage Places in Aotearoa - New Zealand

Some of New Zealand’s pilgrimage destinations: the tomb of New Zealand’s first Catholic Bishop Pompallier at Motuti in the Hokianga; the National Shrine of St Peter Chanel at Russell in the Bay of Islands; Hiruharama (Jerusalem) up the Whanganui River; the statue of Our Lady of Kapiti in Paraparaumu; the tomb of Suzanne Aubert – Mother Joseph in Wellington, and the most recent; the shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption at St Mary of the Angels in central Wellington


Pilgrimage - a Christian Journey

The word ‘pilgrim’ comes from the Latin ‘peregrinus’, meaning ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’. This is what all Catholics are: a people on a journey through this world, travelling to the Heavenly Jerusalem. In that journey towards heaven, we can make smaller journeys to sacred places, or ‘pilgrimages’.

We travel in a spirit of penance; fasting and giving alms along the way. Perhaps we do so joyously, in thanksgiving for blessings received, or in a spirit of supplication for blessings desired. Or we wish to be blessed by visiting holy relics or ground hallowed by the Lord or the saints. Leaving behind what is comfortable to us and visiting a strange place is a way to get out of a ‘spiritual rut’. We step outside of our normal routines, focused on the wrong things, or perhaps focused too much on otherwise good things. Pilgrimage is a way to ‘lose’ our lives for His sake.

Pilgrimage gave birth to many of our devotions. When Islam cut off access to the Holy Land, the Franciscans popularised the Stations of the Cross, a way of ‘walking the steps’ Our Lord took during His Passion without having to travel to Jerusalem. Labyrinths, set out on cathedral floors and grounds, are a similar way of meditative walking dating from the Middle Ages.

Marist Seminary Shifts Location

The Marist formation house in Auckland has moved. The Seminary’s former buildings at Hopetoun Street were discovered to have serious structural problems. Fortunately and providentially, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master have generously made their property available on loan to the Society of Mary for use as the seminary. 

The Marist Seminarians now just have to cross the road to attend courses at Te Kupenga - Catholic Theological College. The former seminary buildings are being surveyed with a view to deciding on their future.

The statue of Mary and Jesus at Marist Seminary