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Facing imperfection

We are living in an unprecedented time in the history of the Church. There are major challenges for anyone in leadership today, from Pope Francis to anyone who leads in the Church in any way. I fully acknowledge that all leaders must be accountable to the people they serve, and that there should always be

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Irish Ambassador speaker at upcoming Cardinal’s Lunch

On Friday 2 November, Ireland’s first Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Peter Ryan, will take the opportunity to meet with community and business leaders at the Cardinal’s Lunch in Wellington. After arriving in New Zealand with his wife Teresa and their two daughters in August, Ryan was recently received at Government House, complete with a

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CompassionFest

  The Presbyterian Church in Island Bay is putting on a festival from 4-7 October called CompassionFest, which celebrates the virtue of compassion through the life of Mother Aubert. The festival explores and celebrates the life and work of Mother Suzanne Aubert, a New Zealand and Island Bay icon. The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory Street

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World Meeting of Families

It was a great privilege to be present in Dublin for the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis spent a very hectic two days in Ireland. The people gathered for the World Meeting of Families loved his presence in the city, and especially at the Festival of Families in Croke Park, 82,000 of them, with

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Synod ’17

The Synod of the Archdiocese of Wellington took place from 15-17 September in Wellington. The outcomes of the Synod were promulgated by Cardinal John Dew on Sunday 5 November, and were published in WelCom on that day. The Synod Outcomes Booklet is available via the link below. Synod documents Parish Self-Review Resource This resource provides parishes with a robust

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The tiredness of priests

Ngā Mihi Nui ki a koutou katoa The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for July was focussed on “the tiredness of priests.”  Pope Francis is very realistic and down to earth and begins by saying: “The tiredness of priests… Do you know how often I think about it? Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in

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Tindall funding round now open

The 2018 Funding Round for the Archdiocesan Allocation Committee is now open. Parish Groups, Agencies and Church Organisations which provide a helping hand by supporting Families and Social Services are now able to apply for the annual Tindall Funding through the Archdiocesan Allocation Committee. The priority is to fund Catholic and community organisations who are

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Sir Bill and Lady Mary English speakers for inaugural Cardinal’s luncheon

A regular gathering for Catholic business and community leaders is one of many new initiatives stemming from the 2017 Archdiocese Synod, to particularly engage with new future leaders. Primarily this initiative aims to: find leadership in the Catholic community; create new environments where business and community leaders can engage with the Church; provide opportunities for

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Homilies and Reconciliation

Ngā Mihi Nui ki a koutou katoa This is the time of the year when the Clergy of the diocese gather, diocesan clergy and religious order clergy, to celebrate with and honour those who have reached Ordination Jubilees. Yesterday we gathered for Mass and a luncheon to honour Fr Pat McCann SM who celebrated 65

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Walking the Camino

Greetings and all good wishes from Portugal, where I am walking the Potuguese Camino, from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. I have been on the road for 11 days now and have arrived at a small town called Mealhada, having now walked 284 kms. I have been reminded again, as I was reminded

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