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River Blindness

Debilitating Neglected Tropical Disease causes avoidable blindness in sub-Saharan Africa Imagine thousands of painful parasites crawling under your skin, making their way into your eyes, gnawing away at your optic nerve, slowly stealing your sight and eventually making you go blind.  This is the harsh reality for millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa who […]

February Crossword

  The winner of the prize for the November Crossword was Sr M Susana OCD of Royal Oak, Auckland. Solution for December Across: 1 Prophet, 5 Defer, 8 Pontificate, 9 Lax, 10 Scripture, 12 Photon, 13 Peanut, 15 Vestments, 16 Arm, 18 Edification, 20 Yeses, 21 Magenta.  Down: 1 Papal, 2 Obnoxiousness, 3 Hailstorm, 4 […]

A New Bishop for Auckland

Bishop-elect Michael Andrew Gielen was born in 1971 in Cambridge, NZ, and was ordained priest in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Otago, a Master in Theology degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA, and a Licentiate in Theology from the St. Peter Favre Centre for Formators to […]

Marist Messenger — the Beginning

by the Editor The Marist Messenger, with Fr Kevin McGrath SM as the editor, began life as The Empire Fetelist in a very modest way in St Heliers, Auckland, in November 1929. The old-fashioned term ‘fetelist’ meant something like ‘an advertisement for a fete’, in this case, the ‘Empire Fete’, to be held on 14 […]

A New Superior General for the Society of Mary

On 30 September, Fr John Larsen sm became the new Superior General of the Society of Mary, succeeding Fr John Hannan sm. Fr Larsen was born in 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand, and entered the Society of Mary in 1976. He taught for five years at St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream, before volunteering for the wider mission […]

Fr Antoine Garin in Auckland

On 14 April 2016 there was a Mass in honour of Fr Antoine Garin at St Michael’s in Remuera. Anyone with Nelson connections knows of the saintly Marist priest who organised the building of many of the early churches at the top of the South Island, but what claim does Auckland have on him? Antoine […]

Sea Sunday – The Apostleship of the Sea

10 July 2016 Never underestimate the value of a small gesture. That was the comment of a UK port chaplain after he responded to an unusual, but not surprising, request from a visiting ship’s captain. The captain had told the priest: “What my crew would really like is to walk on green grass. All they […]


Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn, has called for a full scale review of Maori education. When approached by the New Zealand Herald about the future of Hato Petera College, he said the church had serious concerns about the falling roll at the college – which is now below 100 – and wanted to do a […]

Stations of the Cross

Images: St John the Evangelist Church, Otara Photos: Manuel Beazley Text: Adapted from the Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum on Good Friday 2013  

Icon of the Cross

The Icon of the Cross was especially commissioned for St John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, Otara, in 2013. The Icon was written by Michael Pervan and Jenny Trolove of the Studio of John the Baptist, Takapuna, Auckland. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam For the Greater Glory of God  The pictures of the Stations of the Cross […]