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The Way of St James: France

Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrénées, 2 September – 8 October 2019 On the afternoon of the second day of this journey, I was sitting with the owner of a little pub in Monistrol d’Allier where I was staying, watching him peel enormous mushrooms that were the local delicacy, but which looked to me more like […]

Fr Jean Baptiste Petitjean SM ‘Parish Priest to all New Zealand’

Part 3 of 3 In the early morning of 1 May 1850, Bishop Philippe Viard celebrated Mass on the deck of the Clara as she sailed into Wellington harbour after a ten-day voyage from Auckland. This was his first Mass as bishop of the newly created Diocese of Wellington. Reflecting on the city of her […]

The St Peter Chanel Shrine, Cuet, France

Text and photos by the editor unless otherwise indicated When Peter Chanel was born on 12 July 1803, the church in Cuet had been deconsecrated, having been ransacked during the Revolution. So Peter was baptised in the village of Cras four days after his birth. The parish of Cuet was re-established only in 1847, so […]

Remembering the New Zealand Marist Chaplains of World War One

Fr Segrief was the first NZ Catholic Chaplain to serve in World War One and saw service throughout the whole war.

An All Souls’ Day Mass: Selle, France, 1917

At the request of the Bishop of Arras, Monsignor Julien, Fr Adolphe Roger described events and activities within the parish of Selle during World War One. In his report, mention was made of the presence of New Zealand troops and an All Souls’ Day Mass in November 1917. 1 Fr Jean Barra SM described the service […]


Young lay Marists Dare to Dream in France A sense of expectation is rising amongst young lay Marists around the world as they begin the count down to the International young Marist meeting in Lyon, France. More than 400 from the four branches of the Marist family will attend the 17-23 July event. New Zealand’s Jen Martinez […]

September Saints

Saint John Gabriel Perboyre (1802-1840) John Gabriel Perboyre was born in Montgesty, France, in 1802, into a family which gave three other religious to the Church. John’s younger brother, Louis, felt called to the seminary, and John was asked to accompany him to help him adjust.  Like his uncle and brother, Peter joined the Vincentians […]

November Saints

Saint Leonard Murialdo  (1828-1900) Born to a wealthy, pious family, Leonard studied at the University of Turin, and the College of Saint Sulpice in Paris, France, before being ordained in 1851. After studies in France, he returned to Italy to take the assignment of provisional director of an impoverished college for young working men. He […]

Can You Bear It?

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an plane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.” The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would […]

Saturday 28 April

St Peter Chanel SM Acts 13:44-52; Ps 96; John 15:12-17 Beware growing mouldy Peter, (and many other Marist missionaries to the Pacific), came from isolated little pockets of rural France very limited in their contact with the wider world. In spite of this they had a great sense of mission to foreign lands at a […]