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Marist Messenger is closing It is with great sadness that we write to inform our readers that the Marist Messenger is closing. The decision has been taken by the Society of Mary that this issue will be the last Marist Messenger. There are many reasons for the decision to close, especially the increasing cost of […]

Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking – 8 Feb

Trafficking occurs for many reasons – for work in sweatshops, illegal adoption of children, organ transplants, forced marriages, drug trafficking, begging and prostitution among others. When she was twenty-six, Blessing Okoedion went to Spain from Nigeria with a promise of work in a computer business. However, when she reached Spain, there was no job for […]


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 […]