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Catholic Disciplehip College in Auckland Lay Led in 2013

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Fr Hollowell admires Hato Petera Chapel

The first few months of this year have seen many changes. Founder Fr Neil Vaney sm has moved to Hawkes Bay and now is on sabbatical study leave in Chicago. We are still supported by three Marist priests, based at the Marist Seminary in Auckland, who are available for daily Mass and the sacraments. Fr Peter McAfee sm, an international formator; Fr John Allardyce sm, College chaplain and Fr Chris Skinner sm a well known singer/ songwriter.

Fr Chris Denham, a Diocesan Priest, has made himself available to say Mass on the days when the Marist priests are not available. Fr Chris will teach Moral Theology at Good Shepherd College once his studies in Melbourne are completed, and will teach at CDC in the meantime.

Lisa Small is Household and Formation Leader.

Students 2013

The students are embedded in the campus of Hato Petera College, North Shore.  We have six students this year who are all profiled in the April Southern Sun (if you would like a copy, please contact Anne Marie – details below).

After two weeks of Orientation, the students have dived into their classes. A full complement of teachers is taking them through Outreach Training, Public Speaking, Scripture, the teachings of the Church and so much more.

Students at the beach

Students at the Beach: From L , Daniel, Maui, Kirsten, Phil, Judith.

Recently the students went on a Pilgrimage up North to visit the sites of the beginnings of the Catholic Church in New Zealand. In August, they will go on another Pilgrimage to visit the Marists in the Hawkes Bay and then on to Whanganui to learn of our church history there.

In May our students led the Retreats for the senior students at Carmel College and in June they will lead the retreats for all the students at Hato Petera College, where they have also been involved in teaching the Sacramental Programme.

After a full year of studies, outreach and retreats, the students will graduate in late November. Past students have come away with not just a wealth of knowledge, but also significant growth in their personal and faith lives. Some have gone on to enter the seminary and some have taken on leadership roles in Youth ministry.

Students & Friends

Students with Friends outside College

Come and have a taste of CDC teaching with our Open Teaching Weeks and evenings which are free to the public. Fr Carl Telford sm, from Otara, will be teaching on “Mary, the Mother of God”, in July, and Brendan Malone, from LifeNET will be teaching on “Contemporary Life Issues” in September. The teaching weeks are free to the public and go from Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am to 2pm and include Mass and lunch (koha). The Teaching Evenings are on 3 June, 8 August, 5 September and 3 October.

More information on any of the Teaching weeks or evenings  is on our website: www.cdc.ac.nz, or phone Anne Marie on (09) 480 0548. 

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