"Pour out upon us the power of your love.." LS 246
"For all things speak of you..." Laudato Si 246
“The world is a joyful mystery." Laudato Si 12
“We journey through this land seeking God" LS 244
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Cardinal John Dew

4 days ago

On 19 June 1835 a child was born in the village of St Symphorien-de-Lay in France. Twenty-five years later she arrived in New Zealand and we know her as Suzanne Aubert, Meri Hohepa, Sister Mary Joseph, St Grandma. In this year of St Joseph we remember that she chose the name, Joseph – Hohepa, because she found in St Joseph a saint she could relate to and learn from. Pope Francis wrote in Patris Corde, his document for the Year of St Joseph, "our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people", which Mere Hohepa knew well because she was so practical. Being ordinary and living among ordinary people is a blessing, always a surprise, for as Mere Hohepa wrote: “Most of us have, like plants, hidden qualities that only chance discovers”. ... See MoreSee Less

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O’Shea Shield 2021

WelCom June/July 2021 The Year of St Joseph In this special year of St Joseph, it is fitting Hato Hōhepa – St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College, Napier, have won the…