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Celebrating the Immaculate Conception in Wellington, 1855

M Jean François Yvert was born in Pleuville, France on 10 June 1796. He arrived in Kororāreka, Aotearoa New Zealand, on 15 June 1841, and was the printer for the Catholic Mission based at Kororāreka. He arrived in Wellington with Bishop Viard on 1 May 1850. He was a school teacher and assistant to Bishop […]

The Final Marian Dogma

A recent article in the Marist Messenger (July 2015) questioning the need for, or indeed the authenticity, of  proclaiming a final Marian Dogma – that of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, has brought to mind some important truths concerning this much hoped for definition. While the aforementioned article attempted to address this issue with some […]


The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia was dedicated on the 31 May. Announcing the dedication ceremony on the church TV, Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga thanked the church members for their continuing support in building the church. Leading the list of overseas guests was the Pope’s representative in the Pacific, Archbishop […]

Pompallier Madonna

The Pompallier Madonna is a painting of the Blessed Virgin brought to Rome from Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul) by the nuns of the Immaculate Conception in the Campus Martius in the year 750. It was given to Bishop Pompallier by Pope Pius IX when the bishop visited Rome in 1847 and the bishop brought it to […]

Mary for Today:- Mary in the Year of Faith – The Assumption

Introduction:  “The law of prayer is the law of belief” is a saying that owes much to Augustine and the theological battles of the fifth century. It implies that the basis of doctrines can be seen in popular consensus as shown in liturgical celebration, of feasts in honour of Mary. Pius XII appealed to this […]

Mary in the Year of Faith: The Immaculate Conception.

The Problem: This is a feast that made its first appearance towards the end of the seventh century, again influenced by popular apocryphal accounts of Mary’s own miraculous birth. A vision seen by the abbot of a monastery in Kent during a life-threatening storm led to the choice of December 8th and promotion of devotion […]

Mary for Today: Part 10

Mary in Church Dogma. Liturgical Feasts: Understand and Accept What?: The church has stated that there is ‘a hierarchy of truths’ and from the current scene one could easily get the impression that the Marian dogmas, for better or worse, do not have the priority and influence that they used to have. They are often […]

Saturday 11 February

Our Lady of Lourdes (Feast) Isaiah 66:10-14; Judges 13: 18-19. John 2:1-11. On February 11, 1858 a young lady appeared to a poor girl, Bernadette Soubirous, at Lourdes in south west France. The lady identified herself as ‘the Immaculate Conception,’ Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was exempted from any stain of sin through the […]