Category: Wel-com

New Zealand National Vocations Awareness Week, 5–12 August 2018

WelCom August 2018: Te Wiki Aroā mō Ngā Karanga Tūranga Hāhi a Motu ki Aotearoa, 5-12 Ākuhata 2018 To highlight National Vocations Awareness Week, 5–12 August 2018, WelCom presents reflections from a range of voices in our dioceses. The Good News Fr Bryan Buenger The truth is there are places in the world, Asia, parts of

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God’s love made visible in Jesus Christ

WelCom August 2018: Mark Richards Vocation – what does it mean today? On Sunday 15 July, I heard it in the readings: ‘He sent them out in pairs’, to interface with people just as they were. They didn’t have any books or aids, material helps; in fact he sent them without a spare tunic, without food

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The Prophetic Dimension of the Religious Vocation

WelCom August 2018: Fr Neil Vaney sm Loneliness in Our World Rightly famous is Thomas Merton’s insight on the corner of Louisville and Walnut in Kentucky “…I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realisation that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs.” The Cistercian monk who had fled what he saw as

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Enabling Communities: Social Justice Week Workshops

WelCom August 2018: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Wellington and Palmerston North Justice and Peace Commissions are holding interactive workshops on disability and participation in our community, through the lens of Catholic social teaching. The workshops will look at disability and participation in a local context, using the process of ‘See, Judge, and Act’. The

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Dominican Prior Provincial – Statement

WelCom August 2018: Following media reports in July 2018 about historical abuse claims involving Dominican priest, the late Michael Shirres op, WelCom contacted the Provincial of the Dominican Province for New Zealand and Australia, Fr Anthony Walsh op. Fr Anthony has provided the following statement. The abuse committed by Michael Shirres will have had a devastating

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Winter Film Series at Pā Maria, Thorndon

WelCom August 2018: For the past four years, Pā Maria Marist Spirituality Centre in Hobson St, Wellington, has been hosting a Winter Film Series as a gathering that offers an Ignatian framework for prayer, reflection and discernment. Brian Cummings sm, Director at Pā Maria, explains. Prayer with Movies The Winter film series began in 2015 with

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Compassion Soup Kitchen Wins Top Award

WelCom August 2018: The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington, which has been run by the Sisters of Compassion for over 100 years, was honoured as Supreme Winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on 26 July. They also won the Health and Well-being category. Karen Holland, manager of the Compassion Soup Kitchen, said,

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St John’s College Hastings

WelCom August 2018: Leading community engagement through social enterprise Annette Scullion Students at St John’s College continue to gain recognition for their business and social enterprise projects and initiatives. These include water-quality and weather-forecasting systems and community-based partnerships. Students and teachers are working with businesses and government organisations to take their developments to market and expand

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CWL ‘Women Welcoming Change’

WelCom August 2018: Annette Scullion More than 100 representatives of the Catholic Women’s League Aotearoa New Zealand ‒ Te Roopu Wahine Katorika o Aotearoa convened in Kilbirnie, Wellington, 25‒28 July, for their national biennial conference. Delegates represented New Zealand’s six dioceses, with 35 members from the Wellington Archdiocese and 12 from Palmerston North Diocese. There was

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A tribute to WWI Chaplain Fr Patrick Dore

WelCom August 2018: A Memorial Mass was held at St Mary’s Church Foxton on Sunday 15 July for the 100th Anniversary of the death of Chaplain Patrick Dore who was wounded on Gallipoli and died as a result of his wounds in Auckland in 1918. He is buried in Foxton. Mass was followed by a short

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