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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 […]

Early French Missionaries Lost at Sea Honoured in Wellington

On February 17, 2013 there was a ceremony at Mount Street historic cemetery to unveil and bless a plaque in honour of Jean Villmagne (Brother Deodat) and Fr Michel Borjon sm who perished on a sea journey from Auckland to Wellington on board the Speculator. Society of Mary Archivist Ken Scadden unveiled the memorial stone, […]


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 […]

A road less travelled

Road Retreat: 17-25 November 2012  by Sister Ann Powell SC What began as a week-long ‘Road Retreat’, a bus journey through the North Island, quickly  grew into a journey of the heart.  Our group of twelve  pilgrim-retreatants gathered at Paihia within the Gospel context of the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24) and across the water […]

An Unexpected Journey

My story began when I received an unexpected phone call from a friend, asking me if I would like to join her and her husband on a trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I had always wanted to visit Europe when I was younger, but never got around to actually planning a trip there, […]