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The Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking

By Sr Anne Powell rc  Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. Pope Francis, 10 April 2014. The situation Human trafficking is now the second most significant organised type of crime globally, with an estimated ‘income’ of $150 billion annually. The Asia-Pacific region […]

A Note on Fr François Delachienne

Fr Christopher Martin’s article on Fr Delach in the June Marist Messenger was most interesting, as he is not well enough known in New Zealand. I knew him when I was a young schoolboy in France, and he knew my family, often talking about his time in New Zealand, which he always remembered with fondness […]

150 Years of Generosity, Service and Compassion

The Society of St Vincent de Paul When Pope Francis described the kind of church he would like to see, he could have been talking about the vision that inspired the Society of St Vincent de Paul. ‘I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty,’ said Pope Francis, ‘because it has been out […]

Pā Hohepa’s Dream (1)

Pa Hohepa, Fr Delach

Friday 28 April

St Peter Chanel, Proto-Martyr of Oceania, Patron Saint of New Zealand Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 96; John 15:12-17 Men to inspire St Peter Chanel and Br Marie Delorme-Nizier were chosen by the Lord, sent to the ends of the earth to be a light to the nations, to bear fruit that would last. In the face […]

Thursday 23 March

Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95; Luke 11:14-23 God defend New Zealand Re-read Jeremiah today as addressed, not to the people of ancient Israel, but to the people of modern New Zealand. Once called ‘God’s Own,’ our country has now transformed itself into the so-called ‘secular’ society, one which ‘… neither listen(s) to the voice of God […]

Liturgy and the early Catholic missionaries to New Zealand (2)

This article was first published in the Auckland Diocese Liturgy magazine. It is used with permission. Karakia, prayer and chants, were already part of Māori culture. The innovation brought by the Catholic Missionaries was a new set of prayers, not the idea of prayer. Fr Forest tells Fr Colin about a missionary trip in the […]

From Fourvière to Ross

Fourvière On 23 July 1816 twelve men committed themselves to forming a religious congregation of ‘Mary-ists.’ They did this in the Chapel of the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France. A good part of this issue of the Marist Messenger is devoted to remembering and celebrating this event. The commitment those men […]

Tuesday 10 May

Acts 20:17-27, Ps 68, John 17:1-11 In the world In the first reading Paul is arrested for spreading the good news of love and liberation. In the Gospel reading, Jesus speaks to his Father, saying he has done the work he was sent to do. Jesus showed the ones he was given what the reign […]

February

Welcome to our new Editor Fr Kevin Head was born in Hokitika and grew up in Ross. He was educated at St Patrick’s Ross and at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School in Christchurch, at St Bede’s College and at Mount St Mary’s Greenmeadows, after which he was ordained in 1973. He completed a degree […]