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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 […]

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 […]