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Synod a win for openness

November 2014 News Archbishop John Dew The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome convened by Pope Francis on marriage and family, has been a triumph for openness and discussion in the Church. Over 200 bishops spent two weeks at the Vatican during October discussing issues around marriage and family life. Archbishop

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Archbishop John’s column: The heart of the matter

Cardinal John Dew

October 2014 Insight Archbishop John Dew ‘At the heart of the Catholic Character of a school are the Catholic hearts of those who work in the school – the principal, teachers, chaplains and other staff. They are witnesses to the students of a mature faith, and an integration of faith with life.’(NZ Catholic Bishops) Since

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South Hutt Valley merger discussed

August 2014 News Gerard McKee The four parishes of the Southern Hutt Valley have embraced Archbishop John’s call to become ‘One Parish – Four Churches’. Over 200 parishioners from four parishes – Sacred Heart, Petone, San Antonio, Eastbourne, Our Lady of the Rosary, Waiwhetu and St Patrick’s, Wainuiomata – came together to reflect and to

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Archbishop’s column: Response to calling and living discipleship

August 2014 Perspectives Archbishop John Dew I had a conversation recently with someone who was commenting on the gift we have in our Lay Pastoral Leaders. The part of the conversation I thought the most important was the comment that the lay pastoral leader’s role is a response to a calling. This person went on

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Archbishop’s column: Bishops from Oceania gather

May 2014 Opinion Archbishop John Dew The bishops of Oceania are assembling in Wellington this month, the largest gathering of bishops in New Zealand since the Federation of Bishops Conferences of Oceania’s first meeting in Auckland in 1994. Pope John Paul II wrote his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Oceania in 2001 specifically for the church

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Archbishop’s column: the holiness of papal saints

Opinion April 2014 Archbishop John Dew ‘Holiness, a message that convinces without the need for words, is the living reflection of the face of Christ’. Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium). These words have always appealed to me, challenged me and inspired me to try to be

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Archbishop’s column: a renewed encounter with God’s love

Opinion March 2014 Archbishop John Dew A parish is the People of God continuing the work of Christ in a certain area and in conjunction with the whole world. Parishioners of St Pius X Parish Titahi Bay wrote these words in 1968. I had great pleasure quoting these words at the parish’s Golden Jubilee Mass

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Archbishop’s column: Only the silent celebrate deeply

Opinion February 2014 Archbishop John Dew Another year has begun. I hear many people saying that the holiday season has gone too quickly and we are back into the rush, the hustle and bustle and I am no different. It has not taken me long to forget the still moments, the times of peace and

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Archbishop’s column: Walking the faith

Opinion December 2013 Archbishop John Dew Let peace fill our heartsLet love fill our mindsMake us loving disciples of Christ.May we be oneMay we be yours.Abide with us, O Spirit of life. These words have been prayed up and down the archdiocese during the ‘Faith on Foot Pilgrimage’ (17-24 November) to mark the end of

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Archbishop’s column: A future full of hope

Opinion   31 October 2013 Archbishop John A Dew Dear Friends, Hundreds of people have taken part in discussions and consultations relating to the document I published in May, A Future Full of Hope. The responses bear the results of deep reflection and fervent prayer, for which I am very grateful. It is very clear

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