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St Bede the Venerable – 25 May

On 26 May in the year 735 AD, Fr Bede died at Jarrow in England. His death was described in a letter by one his students, Cuthbert. According to him Bede spent his last day working on a translation, dictating to a scribe – a young boy called Wilberht. The well-known painting is based on […]

St Bede the Venerable

25 May St Bede is not a particularly well-known saint in New Zealand. Bede was born in the north of England, near the monastery of Wearmouth. He joined that monastery at the age of seven, and spent all his life there or at Jarrow, teaching and writing. Regarded as the outstanding Church author of his […]

Fr Kevin Francis Peter Mears sm

Born in Westport, 11 January 1935 Professed 9 February 1955 Ordained 7 July 1959 Died in Kaikoura, 24 December 2016 Thanks to Fr John Craddock sm, for this edited version of his eulogy.  Allow me to take the name MEARS itself and use it as an acronym for this tribute. M is for the Mears […]

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Father Bernard Carney grew up in Lauriston, near Ashburton, Mid Canterbury. He was educated at the local primary school, St Bede’s College in Christchurch and Mount St Mary’s Seminary Greenmeadows, being ordained in 1971. He completed a degree at the University of Canterbury, and spent three years as Chaplain to the Tertiary Institutions of Christchurch. […]


The tradition of Marist Fathers-educated Politicians holding high office continued this week when Hon David Carter MP was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in Wellington. He is a past pupil of St Bede’s College Christchurch, as is the Leader of the House Hon Gerry Brownlee MP, and both are members of the ruling […]

New Bishop for Rarotonga

Fr Paul Donoghue – Oceania Marist Provincial named for Diocese of Rarotonga He will be ordained July 16 Pope Benedict has appointed 62 year old Paul Donoghue sm as Bishop of the Diocese of Rarotonga. The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Stuart O’Connell sm, who has reached the age limit. Fr Donoghue […]