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October Crossword

  The winner of the Marist Messenger pen for the August Crossword was Joyce Taylor of Christchurch Solution for September Across: 1 Starve, 4 Saints, 9 Psalter, 10 Summa, 11 Relic, 12 Genesis, 13 Burning bush, 18 Austral, 20 Op art, 22 David, 23 Ishmael, 24 Riddle, 25 Oremus.  Down: 1 Superb, 2 Avail, 3 […]

Fr (Michael) Vincent Curtain SM

Born: 4 July 1932, in Greymouth Professed: 7 February 1954 Ordained: 20 July 1958 Died: 20 September 2020 in Christchurch Michael Vincent Curtain was born in Greymouth in 1932. His family moved to Motueka and then to Nelson, where Vince attended St Joseph’s Primary School. His secondary education was at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, where […]

Strengthening Timaru’s Sacred Heart Basilica

Sacred Heart Basilica Timaru strengthening project

Fr Kevin Francis Peter Mears sm

Born in Westport, 11 January 1935 Professed 9 February 1955 Ordained 7 July 1959 Died in Kaikoura, 24 December 2016 Thanks to Fr John Craddock sm, for this edited version of his eulogy.  Allow me to take the name MEARS itself and use it as an acronym for this tribute. M is for the Mears […]

Fr Jean-Baptiste Chataigner sm – The ‘Apostle of Canterbury’

Cahtaigner won people over by gentleness and got his own way by tact, rather than by imperious commands.’


Christchurch Pro-Cathedral Work has started on new facilities and music centre at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Manchester Street, Christchurch.The new parish complex includes offices for use by the parish, an expanded space that will include the former Catholic Shop, which was in Chancery Arcade, and facilities for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir, other […]

Welcome to our new Editor

Father Bernard Carney grew up in Lauriston, near Ashburton, Mid Canterbury. He was educated at the local primary school, St Bede’s College in Christchurch and Mount St Mary’s Seminary Greenmeadows, being ordained in 1971. He completed a degree at the University of Canterbury, and spent three years as Chaplain to the Tertiary Institutions of Christchurch. […]

Brother Francis Brennan sm

‘Big, huge-hearted, open, friendly, lovable Frank’, said Brother Hugh Peacock sm in his tribute to Brother Frank at his funeral. Brother Frank was born in Dunedin in 1929, was educated in Waimate, and came to the Society of Mary as a postulant in August 1948. He was professed as Brother Ignatius on 25 March 1950. […]

Dame Betty O’Dowd

DAME BETTY O’DOWD  Historian, Theologian, Woman of the Church by Matthew O’Connell Dame Betty O’Dowd, who died in Auckland on the feast of Corpus Christi, made a huge contribution to the life of the Church in the Diocese of Christchurch, indeed in New Zealand. Dame Betty, originally from Auckland, lived in Christchurch for many years. […]

Missions Memoir: An Ode to Mary’s Love

Born the last of eight, how gracious that I came so late!! And why? Well my Mother might have said: ‘Have I not enough mouths to be fed?’ But I was given life by a generous Mother, Who chose to serve God and no other.Cared for and loved in the first years, even as a […]