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Fr Jean Baptiste Petitjean SM ‘Parish Priest to all New Zealand’

Part 3 of 3 In the early morning of 1 May 1850, Bishop Philippe Viard celebrated Mass on the deck of the Clara as she sailed into Wellington harbour after a ten-day voyage from Auckland. This was his first Mass as bishop of the newly created Diocese of Wellington. Reflecting on the city of her […]

Fr Jean Baptiste Petitjean SM

‘Parish Priest to all New Zealand’ Part 1 of 3 It was a quick and peaceful death. On the 21st of September 1876, Father Jean Baptiste Petitjean SM knelt at the altar of St Mary’s Cathedral in Thorndon, Wellington, to pray his evening Office. Within a few minutes he was seen to slump to the […]

Brother Joseph Lamb SM

Born in Wellington, 27 June 1934 Professed at Highden on 15 August 1954 Died in Napier, 15 June 2019 John Lamb, known to most of us as Brother Joe, had an identical twin, David. Joe’s mother came from Limerick, Ireland, and his father from Glasgow, Scotland. Brother Joe was very proud of his Celtic heritage. […]

Sea Sunday: 14 July – “For Those in Peril on the Sea …”

Working at sea is a dangerous occupation. For instance: in New Zealand waters in June and July last year, 96 “accidents, incidents and mishaps” were reported to Maritime NZ, as required by Section 31 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. Wikipedia records 229 ships ‘sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost’ during 2017, 193 in 2018, and 87 […]

Marist Messenger 1934 — 1947

By the Editor Since it began, the Marist Messenger has carried a wealth of information about Pacific, New Zealand and Australian Church history, about Marist history, ministry among Māori, and about Marist and Church personalities. There was also a wide range of devotional material and poetry. This article aims to convey something of the spirit […]

Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap –

– and the Early Catholic History of Wellington Part 4 of 4 Fr O’Reily was an excellent writer, with an appetite for debate. He engaged in robust, but generally good-humoured, argument with Protestant writers in the colony’s newspapers. Papers of the day were prepared to publish remarkably sophisticated and extended correspondence. Topics O’Reily debated ranged from […]

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 […]


Welcome to our new Editor Fr Kevin Head was born in Hokitika and grew up in Ross. He was educated at St Patrick’s Ross and at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School in Christchurch, at St Bede’s College and at Mount St Mary’s Greenmeadows, after which he was ordained in 1973. He completed a degree […]

Tuesday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac & companions Cant. Daniel 3:57-61; Daniel 2:31-45; Luke 21:5-11 Free will That wonderful church in Wellington, Saint Mary of the Angels, is now empty as it awaits earthquake strengthening. The Cathedral in Christchurch needs to be repaired following their earthquake as do some churches. Every day we hear of some catastrophe that […]

Crucifixion of Jesus

The stained glass window of the Crucifixion of Jesus on the front cover is part of a window designed by Beverley Shore Bennett in St Michael’s Church, Kelburn, Wellington. The whole window is shown here.  The words at the lower left of the window state:     a reference to Matthew 27:54 Photo Glen McCullogh