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Discovering the Society of Mary in New Zealand

Fr Paul Walsh SM is an Assistant General for the Society of Mary. He recently visited New Zealand for the first time and wrote about his time here for the Provincial Newsletter. In writing about his trip he gives a brief snapshot of the works of the Society in New Zealand. This is an edited […]

Thursday 13 September

St John Chrysostom 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 139; Luke 6:27-38 Generous mercy Even a great saint would be the first to say that God is a God of surprises and that we can never say that we know all there is to know about God. What our Gospel wants to make sure that we […]

Fr Jean- Claude Colin in Rome (3)

The Third Visit: July-August 1846 In June 1846, Fr Colin heard that Propaganda Fide had added Wallis, Futuna and Tonga to Bishop Pompallier’s responsibilities. Taken aback by this turn of events, Fr Colin wanted to speak directly with authorities in Rome about what was going on, and about other issues to do with the mission […]

Br Raymond (Anthony John) Kelleher SM

Born in Oamaru 15 February 1938 Professed 15 August 1957 Died in Hawkes Bay on 26 June 2018 Thanks to Fr John Walls SM, for this summary of his eulogy. Anthony John Kelleher’s life trip began in Oamaru, 80 years ago. He attended local schools, including St Kevin’s and from there went to the Minor […]


        The new Provincial of the Society of Mary in Oceania as from 1 January this year is Fr Setefano Mataele sm, who is from Tonga. His deputy is Fr Susitino Sionepoe sm, from Wallis-Futuna. Fr Setefano took over the provincialate from Fr Bernard (Ben) McKenna sm, an Australian from Tasmania, who […]

A New Superior General for the Society of Mary

On 30 September, Fr John Larsen sm became the new Superior General of the Society of Mary, succeeding Fr John Hannan sm. Fr Larsen was born in 1955 in Auckland, New Zealand, and entered the Society of Mary in 1976. He taught for five years at St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream, before volunteering for the wider mission […]

The General Chapter of the Society of Mary

in September and October this year, Marists from all over the world will meet in Rome to have the once-in-eight-years assembly of the Society of Mary

Pā Hohepa’s Dream (1)

Pa Hohepa, Fr Delach

St Marcellin Champagnat 1789 — 1840

I joined a group of students saddened at the chaotic and depressed state of the Church in post-Revolutionary France, and together we forged the shape of a new kind of priesthood


Congratulations to Br Adrien Lemo sm, pictured above, who celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Profession on 4 February 2017 at Lano and Finetomai, Wallis. Also on 4 February, at Marist College, Suva, Fiji, two men made their Final Profession in the Society of Mary. They are Mika Tuilau, above left, from Fiji; and Peter Puamae, […]