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Congratulations to Fr Setefano Mataele, who has been re-elected Provincial of the Oceania Society of Mary Province for another three-year term, beginning on 1 January 2021. An important message for subscribers who do not live in New Zealand As from this month, we can no longer accept cheques drawn on non-NZ banks. Please pay your […]

Fr Colin’s Cause — A Long and Winding Road

Part 3 of 3 This article is based on the work of Fr Ronald Nissen SM in his Chronology of the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin, and from his article in the MM in March 2018. Fr Ron writes, “I am especially grateful to Fr Gaston Lessard for his encouraging, thorough and ready assistance […]

Of Choice and of Discernment

Prayerful Reflection with the movie The Children Act If the movie Of Gods and Men (2010) illustrates perfectly what is meant by ‘group discernment’, then The Children Act (2018) can be said to illustrate perfectly how ‘choice’ on a personal level is not necessarily discernment. Before getting into what is missing from The Children Act […]

From Nieuw-Zeeland to Nouvelle-Zélande

European voyages to New Zealand happened quite late in world history. The Spanish and Portuguese ventured across the Pacific after they had discovered the Americas, and it is not impossible that one or more Spanish galleys reached New Zealand or at least was wrecked in New Zealand waters. There is no solid evidence of this, […]

A Short History of the Marist Brothers

Part 2 of 4 In 1896, our Founder, Fr Marcellin Champagnat, was declared Venerable, Fr Chanel having been beatified in 1889. By this time, teaching brothers had been present in the Pacific for some twenty-five years and in New Zealand for twenty. The congregation was in a state of rapid expansion. Just three years had […]

Marist Messenger 1959 — 1964

Fr Kevin McGrath continued as editor … 1959 6/- for one year January “Fourteen students of five races have already enrolled at the new Corpus Christi Teachers’ Training College in Suva which was blessed by the Most Reverend Romolo Carboni, Apostolic Delegate to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania”. The president of the College was Fr […]


A new Provincial for New Zealand Congratulations to Fr Timothy Duckworth SM, who has been elected as Provincial of the Society of Mary in New Zealand. He will succeed  Fr David Kennerley SM, who will have completed a six-year term as Provincial in January 2020. Fr Duckworth is currently Vicar-Provincial and Provincial Bursar. He has […]

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 […]