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Father Francis Vernon Douglas(0)

March 1, 2020

It is good news that the Vatican’s Congregation For the Causes of Saints is wishing to investigate the cause for beatification of Francis Vernon Douglas, a New Zealand Columban priest who was murdered by the Japanese Military during World War II.… More

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From Nieuw-Zeeland to Nouvelle-Zélande

European voyages to New Zealand happened quite late in world history. The Spanish and Portuguese ventured across the Pacific after they had discovered the Americas, and it is not impossible that one or more Spanish galleys reached New Zealand or at least was wrecked in New Zealand waters.… More

Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap –

- and the Early Catholic History of Wellington

Part 4 of 4

Fr O’Reily was an excellent writer, with an appetite for debate. He engaged in robust, but generally good-humoured, argument with Protestant writers in the colony’s newspapers. Papers of the day were prepared to publish remarkably sophisticated and extended correspondence.… More

Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap

And the Early Catholic History of Wellington

Upon arriving in Wellington on 31 January 1843, Fr O’Reily took up lodgings with a Mrs Kennedy somewhere in Cuba Street. He said a public Mass on Sunday 5 February. The unlikely location for this auspicious event was the timber hotel, sometimes simply referred to as a tavern, of the colourful German immigrant, Baron Charles Ernest von Alzdorf.… More


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