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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 […]

The First Martyr of Oceania – St Peter Chanel

Underlying his approach was his personal motto, ‘To love Mary and bring others to love her.’

Thursday 28 April

St Peter Chanel Patron Saint of New Zealand Acts 13:44-52; Ps 96; John 15:12-17 Committed in love Peter Chanel was the first Marist saint and the first martyr of Oceania. By human standards he didn’t have a successful time in Futuna – all the success came after his death. But what he did have was […]

Thursday 17th December

Gen 49:2,8-10 shows the consciousness of the chosen people as bearers of the word. With Jesus redemption passed to all peoples. Of this I am a part in this modern time in Oceania. Such is the graciousness of God. Mt 1:1-17 this genealogy of Jesus seems unrelated until I remember there are only 5 degrees […]

Thursday 17th December

The calendar now changes from the ordinary days of Advent to the novena before Christmas to spiritually focus us on Mary and the birth of Jesus. Gen 49:2,8-10 shows the consciousness of the chosen people as bearers of the word. With Jesus redemption passed to all peoples. Of this I am a part in this […]

Centenary of the Death of a Missionary Artist

On 19 January 1914 in Carcassonne in the South of France a diocesan priest died. He was Fr Clair Marie Léopold Verguet, and he had lived there a long time, being born in the town 97 years earlier in 1817. He had a reputation as the first photographer of Carcassonne, he was an honorary Canon […]

Churches of the Pacific

On May 12th the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania met in Wellington.   There was a gathering of more than 80 bishops.  In an insightful homily (on page 47) Bishop Charles Drennan points to the power of the Holy Spirit working with parish structures. The Church in New Zealand began with many threads […]