WelCom February 2018:
E te whānau whakapono o te Rohe Pīhopa o te Papaioea, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou.
Bishop Charles Drennan, announced with sadness on Wednesday 24 January that Fr Don Hamilton sm had died at the Hawke’s Bay regional hospital in Hastings the previous day. Fr Don had been unwell for some time.
Bishops Charles said, ‘I extend our aroha and prayers to his Marist confrères, family and friends, and all those to whom he ministered so well during his many and varied years of priestly service. In our Diocese he has served in Whanganui at St Augustine’s College, at Paki Paki, in Waitara and Feilding, and in more recent years at Taradale, St Joseph’s Māori Girls College, and again at Paki Paki.’
Pā Don’s Requiem Mass was held at St Mary’s Church in Taradale, Napier, on Saturday 27 January and was well attended by the local community, by Maori, religious and clergy. Bishop Charles Drennan and Fr David Kennerly sm presided.
Hoatu ki a ia te okiokinga pūmautanga.