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March Marist Messenger (Comments Off)

28/02/2023 • Category: This Month's Cover

Cover: A workshop in Nazareth.

Our cover this month is part of a work by Canadian Catholic artist, author, speaker and essayist Michael O’Brien. … More

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Daily Reflections

  • Friday 31 March
  • Jeremiah 20: 10-13, Ps 18: 2-7; John 10: 31-42

    Jesus first

    The opposition against Jesus is reaching its climax. Jesus returns to the Jordan to where his cousin preached and baptised.… More

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that the Marist Messenger closed down in March 2023.
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Catholic Life»

Light of Patriarchs, Pray for us (Comments Off)

Fr John Rea was curious about the traditional title of St Joseph as ‘Light of the Patriarchs’.
This is what he discovered...


March Crossword (Comments Off)


The winner of the Marist Messenger prize for the December Crossword was Joyce Taylor of Christchurch

Solution for February

Across: 1 Minibus, 5 Climb,
8 Satyr, 9 Oarsman, 10 Social justice, 11 Medico, 12 Wimple, 15 Salvation Army, 18 Inspire,
19 Amble, 20 Harks, 21 Pretend. … More

Death of a Marist»

Death of a Marist (Comments Off)

Fr Allan Connors SM 

Born 6 March 1928

Professed 2 February 1946

Ordained 26 July 1952

Died 30 November 2022

Allan was born at Macksville on the north coast of NSW, from German, French, English and Irish ancestry.… More

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Death of a Marist (Comments Off)

Fr Louis Molloy SM

Born December 18 1929

Professed 2 February 1953

Ordained 13 December 1957

Died 9 November 2022

Marists in Australia mourn the passing on Nov 09 of Fr Louis Molloy SM, aged 92, at Crowley Care Nursing Home, Ballina, after several years of debilitating illness.… More

Focus Editorial»

Change – Farewell to the Marist Messenger (Comments Off)

“The only thing that is constant is change.”
Heraclitus, Greek philosopher.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building on the new.”… More

Francis Speaks»

Francis Speaks – on our Lenten journey (Comments Off)

In our Lenten journey, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”.… More


The Parole Board (Comments Off)

Eight years of being a member of the New Zealand Parole Board and I still get asked the same question every time.… More


Can You Bear It? (Comments Off)

A talking horse walked into a bar and approached the manager. “Excuse me, good sir,” the horse said, “are you hiring?”… More


The Cub (Comments Off)

A whimsical letter recalling a beloved Irish Marist.

Dear Father Byrne

After my visit with you, I realised that there are memories that have always given me pleasure so here are my imperfect recollections of the events surrounding: 

The First Summer Camp

In 1957 after my father died, summer stretched into a bleak holiday-less infinity.… More


Rights and Privileges (Comments Off)

At the time of writing, Geelong and Melbourne, the two top teams in the AFL  played a cracker of a match.… More


To Listen is to be Silent (Comments Off)

When I undertook my counsellor training, one of the core skills we were trained in was listening. It was drilled into us on a daily basis.… More


24 Lights of Lent (Comments Off)

Lent, the 40 weekdays preceding Easter, was established to give Christians an opportunity to renew their commitments, reflect on their lives and respond to Jesus' teaching to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and ...… More

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The Word is Alive! (Comments Off)

The season of Advent begins in the last week of November. As we journey deeper into Advent two persons more and more take over centre stage, Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his cousin John.… More

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There is a Time for Everything (Comments Off)

“There is a time for everything , and a season for every activity under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

I recently celebrated a grandson’s birthday, his thirtieth!… More


March Saint – St Frances of Rome (Comments Off)

St Frances of Rome -9 March
Francesca Busso was a 'Roman of Rome', one who lived her whole life in the Eternal City.… More

Messenger Briefs


Marist Messenger is closing

It is with great sadness that we write to inform our readers that the Marist Messenger is closing. The decision has been taken by the Society of Mary that this issue will be the last Marist Messenger. There are many reasons for the decision to close, especially the increasing cost of production, particularly postage; the difficulty in finding a new editor for the magazine and the decrease in subscriber numbers which has made the magazine financially unviable. Print magazines here in New Zealand and the world over have been facing similar challenges and many have closed. Sadly, the Messenger will join the rank of these casualties.

We understand that this news is difficult to hear and that many will be saddened by the demise of such a long-lived and popular magazine.

We give thanks for the 94 years of publication and the immense good that the magazine has done over these years. We are grateful for the support of you, all our readers over the years, for your interest and the letters of encouragement and even correction you have sent us. God bless all of you.