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Tangiwai and Whaia Te Whaea(0)

August 1, 2019

This oil painting Tangiwai (River of Tears), by Julia Lynch, Sister Mary Lawrence RSM, depicts the Mother Mary and her Son dressed in Māori kākahu (clothing). The painting resides at Hiruharama, Jerusalem, on the Whanganui River.

Pā Hemi Hekiera, during his pastoral ministry, was instrumental in gathering the family Māori for catechetical training and mission to families.… More

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Sea Sunday: 14 July – “For Those in Peril on the Sea …”

Working at sea is a dangerous occupation. For instance: in New Zealand waters in June and July last year, 96 “accidents, incidents and mishaps” were reported to Maritime NZ, as required by Section 31 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. Wikipedia records 229 ships ‘sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost’ during 2017, 193 in 2018, and 87 from January to mid-May this year.… More

The Early History of the Marist Sisters – Part 1 of 3

Bi -Centenary

In October 2017, the Marist Sisters celebrated their bi-centenary. Jeanne Marie Chavoin and Marie Jotillon left their home village, Coutouvre, in 1817, to travel to Cerdon, to join the two Fathers Colin.

When I was in the novitiate in 1960 we heard almost nothing of Jeanne Marie Chavoin.… More

Out of Darkness … into Light

Out of darkness God has called us,
Claimed by Christ as God’s own people.
Holy nation, royal priesthood,
Walking in God’s marvellous light.
-- Refrain from the hymn Out of Darkness by Christopher Walker

The images on the cover and on page 2 of this issue of the Messenger are evocative of the account of Easter morning in St John’s Gospel (20:1).… More


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