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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

Challenge 2000

Celebrating 25 years of Service and Ministry  to Youth and Families Small beginnings Challenge 2000 began in 1988 in the kitchen at Ss Peter and Pauls Presbytery in Johnsonville, Wellington, as a Youth Development and Social Work agency with one staff member and a supportive parish priest. Challenge 2000’s mission was to live the gospel and […]

Catholic Discipleship College: Outreach and Retreat

After being a student at the Catholic Discipleship College in 2012 I have come back this year as a volunteer on staff. It has been an intense year full of learning, prayer, self-discovery and outreach. I’d like to share about some highlights from the second half of this year of the programme with our students. […]

Gardening with Soul: a documentary about Sister Loyola Galvin D.O.L.C

…should you find yourself wanting your faith in humanity buoyed up a little, may I direct you to ‘Gardening with Soul’, a lovely, gentle study of a year in the life of Sister Loyola, the 90-year-old chief gardener of Wellington’s Home of Compassion. You will not encounter a more energetic person on film this year: […]


We welcome His Excellency Archbishop Martin Krebs, Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, who arrived in Wellington in July. His Excellency’s most recent appointment was as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea and Mali. He replaces Archbishop Charles Balvo who has been appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya.   The Columban Fathers recently presented a […]

What my Faith means to me

To speak at Mass is a privilege and a slightly unsettling challenge, because articulating the elements of a Faith has been something I’ve tended to shy away from. The very word Faith suggests confidence, conviction, steady belief. I really don’t feel I can claim that – indeed I’m more familiar with the Doubting Thomas of […]

Sea Sunday – 14 July 2013 – Life at Sea

by Kevin Head sm  The Apostleship of the Sea (Inc) New Zealand Away from family and friends for many months at a time, working long hours and navigating some of the world’s most dangerous stretches of ocean, seafaring can be a tough, lonely and hazardous career. Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are […]