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The official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton February - April 2017

Historic MÄ ori Mass New role to Animate marriage and family Social Justice call to parishes Thanksgiving Mass honours teachers

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bishop’s message Honour your father and mother…honour their faith!

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Bishop’s Message Honour your father and mother...honour their faith

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have been thinking a lot about death and funerals lately… Death, because over Christmas I was waiting for a good friend to die… she died on the Feast of the Holy Family. And funerals, because we had a beautiful Funeral Mass. We had the readings of the Midnight Mass of Christmas, reminding us that the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light and that a Saviour has been born to you so that in our dying we might be born into eternal life. In the Christmas carols, we sang we were reminded of the promise of our faith.

Features Animating marriage and family at heart of new role 3 Bohemian memories at Ohaupo closure 4 Sadness as CWL branch in Taumarunui closes 4 New era in Hamilton Catholic Diocese with Miha Māori 8-9 Pilgrims and the Holy Door at the Church of St Bede, Matawai 15

And our eyes at last shall see Him, through His own redeeming love; For that child so dear and gentle, is our Lord in heaven above, And He leads His children on, to the place where He is gone.

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Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by, We shall see Him, but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high; When like stars His children crowned, all in white shall be around. A Catholic Funeral Mass always looks forward. Sure, we are sad at the loss of our loved one and are thankful for what they have meant to us. But so many funerals focus only on these thing as if they are the most important aspect of the funeral. Saying how great Mum, Dad or whoever was and playing their favourite music doesn’t change the fact that they have died. The Funeral Mass focuses on the fact that they live! In a Funeral Mass, as indeed every Mass, Jesus’ great offering on the Cross, his saving death and resurrection, is made present. As we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass at Jesus’ command we unite His perfect act of worship, His saving death, with the death of our loved one. And as we do this we pray, Father as you accepted the offering of your Son and raised him so accept the soul of our loved one, grant them mercy, save them and raise them up to be one with you as one of the saints of heaven. The greatest honour and service we give our loved ones who have died is to pray their Funeral Mass. Sadly, more and more families are choosing not to do this. Either the children themselves don’t want this and in doing so they strip their mother or father of their faith. Or, parents themselves are saying I don’t want a Mass because it will be too difficult for my children as they don’t go to Mass. The Mass is offered for the one who has died! The Mass is the greatest honour and prayer we can give for our loved ones who have died. Over the holidays, I was talking to a friend and she asked me if I remembered so and so. She told me I was a young priest when I buried this woman. And as she talked I remembered. The woman had married outside the Church and hadn’t been to Mass for years, but had kept her rosary beads. Her husband and daughters knew there was something still bothering their mother as she approached her death, so they suggested calling the priest. I visited her a couple of times before she died. Her non-Catholic family asked for a Funeral Mass. We had a packed church with only a handful of Catholics but it was a great funeral. Twenty years on the daughter still talks and is grateful for my visits and the funeral. And I’m sure her mother is grateful for her family and the way they honoured her faith and prayed Jesus’ great prayer of the Mass for her as they passed her from their arms of love to the loving and merciful arms of our God. What a way to honour their mother and her faith!

St Mary returned to rightful place overlooking chapel The Statue of St Mary is unwrapped after being refurbished as part of the St Mary’s Chapel Conservation Project in Hamilton. Pictured far right, the statue is returned to its place high up on the chapel’s south wall. Earthquake work and conservation have been done, and funding reached 90% of the target. Bob.Peacocke@gmail.com

Youth Young people answer Pope’s call

Parish News Bishop Steve to lead Holy Land pilgrimage 5 Holy Door of Mercy closes 5 What are you leaving to future generations? 6 How well do you know what Catholics believe? 6-7 The Catholic Development Fund - business as usual 7 Christmas flowers over Advent 11 Whakatane pays tribute to Sr Joan’s service 11 School News Flexible learning spaces open 10 Matata celebrates 125 years of Catholic education 10 All Saints Day at St Joseph’s Matamata 10 Senior School Student Leaders 10 Thanksgiving Mass honours two teaching Terrys’ lifetimes of work 12 Marian School farewell a new start for long-serving principal 13 The Religious Life Celebrating 25 years of tyburn contemplation

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The Kete Korero is an official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Deadline for contributions to the next issue is 8 May 2017 Kete Korero Magazine C-/ 51 Grey St, P.O. Box 4353, Hamilton East 3247 Editor: Michael R. Smith, P.O. Box 6215, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010 Tel: 07 349 4107, kete@cdh.org.nz Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/KeteFb Videos: http://tinyurl.com/ketekorero Sponsorship and advertising: David Barrowclough, C-/ Chanel Centre 0800 843 233 Fax 07 8567035 or email: cdf@cdh.org.nz Design and layout: Sandy Thompson, Advocate Print 248 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010 Printing: Beacon Print Ltd, 207 Wilson Road, Hastings 4153 ISSN: (print) 2357-2221 & (online) 2357-223X Cover Photos Front page: Pā Gerard Paterson, Pā David Gledhill (to Pā Gerard’s left); behind Pā Gerard is Deacon David Hōtere at the first Maori Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton. (page 8). Bottom right: Celebrating Christmas flowers at Advent Mass (page 11).


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feature Animating marriage and family at heart of new diocese role

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By Michael Smith t says a lot about Joe Hogan that his daughter accompanied him to his interview for the new position of Marriage and Family Animator for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Joe came from a background in the building and construction sector. A change in direction saw him utilise his secondary teaching qualification to teach religious education and graphics at Campion College between 2001 and 2006. Following the 2007 Gisborne earthquake, Joe became a building surveyor assessing damage for two years. He taught construction management at the then Tairawhiti Polytechnic (now EIT) until 2014. He also became an official Catholic ecumenical chaplain at the institute. “I have a desire to see people improve from where they are with their skills and abilities.” Joe comes from a family of teachers and nurses. His mother Ruth Hogan was a mother who had nine childen with, at one stage, six under eight years. Although she died five years ago at the age of 90, Ruth is still remembered in the community. Joe was out walking in Gisborne one day when two people came up to him separately and said how she was the best teacher they’d ever had. Although his new role with the diocese is different, Joe says he sees it as a continuing part of his faith journey. “I’ve always had an interest in family and faith, and those things have always sat easily with me,” Joe says, noting that he and wife Robyn, an Anglican, have their 25th wedding anniversary coming up on 20 April this year. They have been involved in the youth movement in Gisborne, initially through the Anglican Church-based youth initiative which came to be known as the “Fish and Chip Club” due to its regular order at a local shop. His decision to apply for the new position with the diocese came about from reading it in the newsletter during Mass one Sunday. The story goes that Monsignor Frank Eggleton wasn’t sure about whether anybody would apply for the job locally but the Parish Secretary Audrey Beuth insisted the advert should be included. At the time, Joe had been employed as a building foreman with Stead Construction, a leading Hawke’s Bay-based construction company, so he says his response was one of “a sense of call”. His daughter, Mary, who had started the Senior Catholic Youth Group in Gisborne with Kiera Lovelock, had been home from nursing studies. When Joe was going through to Hamilton for the job interview, Mary joined him to keep him company on the long trip. They would also visit The Base for “retail therapy”. On the way up, they stayed with friends where it was suggested Mary should accompany Joe into the interview. “Mary asked me what she should say during the interview and I said ‘well, you’re my daughter and that says everything as a marriage and family animator’.” The role of marriage and family life animator is supporting the vision of Bishop Steve Lowe

Joe Hogan and family (from left) Sam, Matthew, Robyn and Mary. for those aspects of Catholic life to be supported and animated. Marriage and family bring the opportunity for a deeper reality of love to be lived. A love that is full of action because family life is constantly “living” and demanding a concrete response of love; a child is sick, food on the table, time for each other, faith practice for strength, hospitality to all who come into your home, etc. “It is about supporting family life in all its various colours and marriage as long-life relationships. This includes also supporting those family lives where, for whatever reason, mum and dad are no longer together. And, of course, keeping with the faith wherever possible.” This will include ongoing support for the existing Seasons of Growth programme for young people aged between six and 18 who have experienced grief or loss. This caring programme for young people is non-clinical and helps the young identify and deal with feelings around the loss or pain and then to work out ways to move forward beyond the grief or loss. The programme is going to be made available to as many Catholic schools and parishes as possible through Catholic Family Care. Anglican Care will also support the programme being provided for the youth of the diocese. Anglican Care has been delivering a similar Catholic programme for the last 20 years and will work in unity to continue to provide the Catholic “Seasons for Growth” to our youth who ask for it. A new programme called “Explore”, a Westminster, London initiative, is being introduced to our schools. It brings life-long married couples into the classroom for young people to ask questions of how they make their marriages work. It is aimed at 16-18-year-olds, and a modified programme is being developed for Year 8 students (13-year-olds) to line up with their RE teaching strand on “Commitment”. Under Explore, volunteer Catholic married couples meet with small groups of young people to answer their questions about their own relationship and how they make it work. Although started in all schools 20 years ago, Westminster Cathedral Diocese adapted the programme specifically for Catholic schools. Explore will be taken into Catholic secondary schools in the Hamilton Diocese at the Year 12 Level to answer questions for students about how they make their marriage work. Tauranga’s Aquinas College will be the first to experience Explore on 18 May this year when it will be introduced to the young people during their retreat days.

“The more authentic the married couple are about how they live their lives and in answering the questions, the more well-received it is by the students.” Joe says young people are looking for role models for marriages and life-long relationships. “When the students come across a married couple who have lived together for so long, they can ask the couple how they make it work… It’s a sharing of how they make their marriage work.” The questions and answers, for older students particularly, go right into every aspect of a lifelong relationship, including sexuality. Joe says the programme has received a 95 per cent approval rating from students, teachers and parents. The programme has been used in Australia and Joe has been given the responsibility of bringing it to New Zealand on behalf of Bishop Steve. It is hoped the students and their families will take the messages from Explore back to their parishes and help spread the word. An adapted version of the programme will be available for Year 8 children, focusing more on the benefits of long-term relationships to help provide them with a model. This modified programme is being developed for Year 8 students (13 year olds) to line up with their RE teaching strand on “Commitment”. Ideally, the children would go through Year 12 later on in their schooling, providing them with another look at marriage as an 18-year-old. Another initiative that is being looked into is a scripture based “See-Judge-Act” programme for young married couples to be drawn into doing. For more information, contact Joe Hogan, joeh@cdh.org.nz 027-7424466 For more on Explore, go to: http://www.theexploreexperience.co.uk/ NOTE Celebrating marriages; Diocesan Mass in the Cathedral on Tuesday, 14 February on Valentine’s Day, after work. Celebrant is Bishop Denis Browne. Diocesan Marriage Preparation - Lovers for Life; 2017. Registrations are now being taken for the first three courses in Hamilton for 2017. If you are planning a wedding in the New Year please call Joe Hogan at Chanel Centre to register. Ph 027-742 4466 or email joeh@cdh.org.nz Two Weekend courses; 25 & 26 February at Marian School, Hamilton; 8 and 9 April at Marian School, Hamilton; A 7 week course starting in Hamilton during the week of 12 February.


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Bohemian memories at Ohaupo closure

Sadness as CWL branch in Taumarunui closes

Veronica Kelland t is with deep regret that the Taumarunui Branch of Catholic Women’s League have decided there is no choice but to go into recess after 71 years in the Parish. Over the last few years the membership has dropped considerably and it has been a problem to elect a president, secretary and treasurer from the small number of members. Our present treasurer, Veronica Hinz, has held that position for thirteen years with an occasional change of president and secretary. In 1945 Catholic Women’s League started here following a request from Archbishop Liston to Father Conroy for this to happen. A year later in May the First Birthday was held. I had arrived from England in April -a “war bride” -and two weeks later I was invited to the birthday with my mother-in-law, Lucy Kelland, and became a member. At that time, there were between 40 and 50 members who attended the monthly meetings. The week previously there was a committee meeting of 12 members, when all the business was done. As a result, the monthly general meeting was more of a social gathering at which there were often guest speakers or a demonstration of some kind and other interesting things. There was also a Mission Circle -all were Catholic Women’s League members who worked constantly at shop days and raffles and a week annually in the Opportunity Shop from 1977 to raise money for our delegated mission station. This was then at Bane Barrier in the New Hebrides and, although it is new a different mission, it is still in the New Hebrides (now called Vanuatu). Our branch will be sadly missed by the school at the mission station for which League members worked hard to make regular donations towards education. We, after 71 years in this Parish, have to close down and I know I shall miss it, as I am sure several other people will too but we can still individually abide by Catholic Women’s League motto “Faith and Service”.

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By Michael Smith he Bohemia heritage of the small Waikato township of Ōhaupō was to the fore when Bishop Steve Lowe closed St Michael’s the Archangel Church on 22 December 2016. A congregation of about 70 people gathered for the Mass, many of them dressed in the costume of the Bohemians who had settled in the area of the Waikato Wars. Bishop Steve acknowledged the church’s heritage. Bishop Steve acknowledged the church’s heritage but he noted how changing rural populations and the ease of travel had seen such closures becoming more common. Like nearby Ngāhinapōuri, Te Rore and Harapēpē, Ōhaupō was a military post during the Waikato war, NZ History web site says. One of the Bohemian descendants, Christine Krippner, told the congregation at the start of the decommission Mass that it was a sad occasion to be a part of Ōhaupō Catholic history in action. The Krippner family has links going back to those times, with their forebear Martin Krippner arriving in New Zealand in 1860 with his wife Emily. They had come from Bohemia (Czechoslovakia), where Martin had risen to the rank of captain in the Imperial Austrian Army. Emily was a well-educated Englishwoman and, after Martin resigned from the army in 1859, the family joined other Bohemians in coming out to New Zealand where they set up a settlement in Pūhoi north of Auckland. Krippner held the rank of captain during the 1860s Waikato wars and encouraged other Bohemian men to enlist in the militia. After the war, the Bohemians were offered grants of land at

Bishop Steve Lowe and Rev. Joe Stack locking the doors. Acknowledging how difficult travel was in the early years, Bishop Steve said the big rural families of the past were today diminished and the closure was a decision of the local people. “They are sad about seeing the church pass but they are happy to be worshipping at Te Awamutu, where they have been going for some considerable years now.” The trend for church closures was occurring throughout the country as rural populations changed.

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Ōhaupō, although Martin Krippner did not settle there.teara.govt.nz Christine Krippner (pictured) told the congregation how difficult it was for the church to establish itself in the small community. A Father Fynes, the parish priest at Panmure in Auckland from 18731875, is recorded as having sent Father John Golden to assume charge of the Waikato district in 1874. “In the early days, there was no train. Quick’s Stables in Elliott St. Auckland, was the rendezvous for passengers to the remote Hamilton, Waikato, with a 6am departure time.” Mr W Carter was the skilled horseman, who handled his team with dexterity. There were nine changes of horse teams on the journey. Ōtāhuhu, Drury, Bombay Hill, Mercer (the halfway house), Rangiriri, (where passengers found a “comfortable” dinner); on to Huntly, Ngāruawāhia (another halfway house), with Hamilton reached between 7pm and 8pm, depending on to road and weather conditions. At Ngāruawāhia, a group of

men captured Father Golden for a banquet prepared in his honour. The friends in Hamilton were sorely disappointed, as they had made similar preparations. As the coach only travelled tri-weekly, it was two more days before the Hamilton deputation received their new Pastor (Father Golden). Before the church was built at Ōhaupō, Mass was said in the house of Michael and Barbara Krippner house about once a month by visiting priests. When Michael brought land in Te Rore, Father John Golden, with parishioners’ help, built the first Catholic Church in the Waikato, Ōhaupō, sited at where the Catholic Cemetery is now. From 1876 to 1901, the church was called St James, but it was commonly known as St Finbarr. The second church, St Michael the Archangel, was opened in 1916 and closed in 1980 after it was damaged by the Te Aroha earthquake. “We are sitting in the third church, St Michael the Archangel, which was opened in 1982 and we are here for the last Mass and decommissioning of this church today. We welcome Bishop Steve, and everybody on this sad occasion to be part of Ōhaupō Catholic history in action,” Christine said.


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parish news Holy Door of Mercy closes

Bishop Steve to lead Holy Land pilgrimage

The congregation gather around Bishop Steve Lowe during the ceremony of closing of the Holy Door.

Pilgrims from New Zealand at Mass on a boat on the Sea of Galilee

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ishop Steve Lowe of Hamilton will be the chaplain for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in September-October 2017. The 20-day pilgrimage to Jordan, Israel and Palestine will leave New Zealand on September 27 and return on October 16. Bishop Steve has previously been to the Holy Land. In 2012, while director of formation at the National Seminary, Holy Cross College, he studied at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, located between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The 2017 “Journey to the Holy Land” is being organised by Pat McCarthy of Auckland, who began taking groups from New Zealand to the Holy Land in 2007. “On our pilgrimage we will visit the places where Jesus was born and was baptised, where he taught and performed miracles, and where he was crucified, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven,” he says. “Some of the places on the itinerary are Bethlehem, Nazareth, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Capernaum, Cana, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Via

Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Magdala, Ein Karem and Masada. “Bishop Steve will celebrate daily Mass including on Mount Tabor, on the Mount of Beatitudes, at Shepherds’ Field and on a boat on the Sea of Galilee.” Also in Galilee, the pilgrimage will visit the Wedding Church at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine. This church has a special connection with Catholics in New Zealand because their contributions to the Good Friday collection for the Holy Places help to maintain it. In Jerusalem, the pilgrims will follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa through the narrow streets of the Old City, leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which stands over the place of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Jesus.

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Article and Photos by John Fong ishop Steve Lowe officially closed the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary on November 20 2016. The Year of Mercy was inaugurated on December 8 2015 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) following the proclamation by Pope Francis that 2016 year would be the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. As well as marking the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, it also marked a 33-year span since the last special jubilee was proclaimed in 1983 by Pope St. John Paul II. Spanning the jubilee 33 years apart in memory of Our Lord’s life was a norm. The designation of Extraordinary sets it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees or holy years, which are called every 25 years. A particular theme or event was emphasised when a “holy year” was set outside the normal cycle. Bishop Steve, in his homily, said that so much more that still needed to be done. He set out the many problems we faced: Jesus’ life began in His mother’s womb; some in their mother’s womb are wanted and yet others are not. Some people suffer poverty and live in cars as they cannot afford rent. Bishop Steve drew a comparison to how Jesus’ parents fled from the mad king as refugees. “We have refugees from Syria, Iraq, Colombia, escaping violence from their country. “We in New Zealand live in a free land, yet we have problems such as the use of psychadelic drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography, which are destroying so many lives. “We have people who are hungry: In response, Jesus fed the 5000 and St Vincent de Paul feeds the hungry in schools. Women’s Refuge reports that it receives 700 referrals every

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week in Hamilton from women who need to escape from abuse. We take the world for granted and pollute it for our future generations.” What was Jesus’ attitude to sinners and the outcast, Bishop Steve asked? Jesus reached out to lepers; He embraced sinners and sought out Zacchaeus. “Jesus showed us a different way. He walked the talk. ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ When the thief asked for mercy, Jesus promised him paradise. We also ask Jesus for mercy.” Even though the Holy Doors are closed, the mission of mercy continues. God is the Father of mercy; Jesus is the face of mercy; and we are called to show the Father’s mercy - and be merciful like the Father.

Pa Yvan’s Christmas

Father Yvan Sergy with a crib carved on the Marquesas Islands for Christmas 2016. He celebrated Christmas on the Island of Ua Huka, where the crib was based on a new idea he and local sculptors devised that was closer to the traditional culture, incorporating Bethlehem (The House of the Bread) and local bread fruit.


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What are you leaving to future generations?

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arishioners throughout the Hamilton Catholic Diocese are being called on to answer Pope Francis’s call for action on social justice. Bishop Steve Lowe has appointed Alex Bailey (pictured) as the Social Justice Animator – a new position within the diocese aimed at galvanising parishioners into action. In framing his task ahead, he quotes Pope Francis, who said: “We may well be leaving, to coming generations, debris, desolation, and filth”. Alex says it is not only the poor of tomorrow but also the poor of today that we must listen to. The recent Caritas State of The Environment Report for Oceania 2016 documents how environmental impacts are severely affecting people’s access to safe food and drinking water in our region. Sister Julianne Olokwao from the Solomon Islands commented how reef fish are not as many as before and not as big. The main food in the Solomon Islands is fish. “We are all called to take personal responsibility for the earth,” Alex says. Alex says Environmental care

is one of the areas he looks forward to working in as the newly appointed Social Justice Animator. “However, in New Zealand many social issues appear to be addressed separately from the environment; such as, affordable and decent housing, the euthanasia debate, poverty, and the care of refugees and migrants.” Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si promotes an integral ecology where care for the earth and care for the poor are inseparably linked. “Each issue is not isolated from the other - earth care is connected to care for refugees.” Alex has developed the broad mission of the Social Justice Office. The extent of the mission the SJO is undertaking will see it promote Catholic Social Teaching to all people of good will including parishes, schools, youth groups, chaplaincies, and the wider community. Catholic Social Teaching is the Church’s teaching on social organisation and includes the subjects of work, family, poverty,

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the economy, and the role of the state, just to name a few. The mission of the SJO is threefold: 1. to educate people in Catholic Social Teaching and raise the awareness of important social issues. 2. to live in accord with Catholic Social Teaching and encourage others to do the same, recognising the vital role of prayer and work. 3. to advocate local and national bodies on important social issues and encourage others to do the same. The working out of this mission involves establishing two volunteer issue committees: The Committee for Care for our Common Home, and the Committee for Care of Refugees and Migrants. Other issue committees will be established later. Recognising the diversity of the diocese, the SJO will also seek to establish local committees in collegial areas and in parishes. “Local Committees will work to remedy local social issues. Exciting opportunities await,” Alex says. The Committee for Care for Our Common Home will work for an inhabitable planet for future generations. This committee will focus on projects and advocacy that promotes the responsible tilling and keeping of the earth. Perhaps you are passionate about the environment, or other social issues, and are interested in joining the Committee for Care for our Common Home, or the Committee for Care of Refugees and Migrants, or a local committee? Visit proudtobecatholic.org.nz/sjo to register your interest. “It is time to work, with a merciful heart, towards leaving future generations a healthy environment and a society that is directed towards the complete development of every person and the entire person,” Alex says.

How well do you know what Catholics believe?

Five hundred years after the start of the Reformation many Catholics still have a rudimentary understanding of what it means to be Catholic, how our beliefs differ from the other mainstream denominations, and importantly, what we all have in common. The bishops at the Second Vatican Council spoke about the importance and the special nature of the role of the laity in the mission of the Church. How many of us know what that role encompasses? In Lumen Gentium 36 we are asked to “remedy the customs and conditions of the world”, that in our everyday activities, at home at work, socially and in prayer, we give witness to Christ. (LG 34). This means we have a duty to learn more about our faith, become better informed about what Catholics believe (LG37) so we can carry out the task given to us. The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI) was established by the New Zealand Council of Bishops to encourage “inquiry, curiosity and contemporary faith understanding in the New Zealand Church” through teaching, research and being a voice for social justice. Their aim was to support their vision of an informed laity. TCI provides qualifications for teachers and leaders in Catholic schools, student teachers, people in the parish and other ministries, Contiuued on page 7


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Contiuued from page 6 chaplains, Māori and Pasifika, youth ministers and all those wanting to know more about their faith. Check out the TCI website www.tci.ac.NZ for course information. Each parish and school have been sent brochures advertising courses offered in Hamilton, Gisborne, Tauranga and Rotorua. People can enrol in a qualification or just for interest. You can either attend courses or study online at home. For mor information, email c.piper@tci.ac.nz or call 0800217411. Congratulations The Catholic Institute ongratulates the following recent graduates. Diploma in Religious Studies – Religious Education: Danny Nicholls, St Patrick’s School, Taupo; Ma Chanda Antoque, Sacred Heart Girls’ College Hamilton; Marcel Bormans, Saint John’s College, Hamilton; Marion Brits, St Michael’s Catholic School, Rotorua; Many-Pat Kengmana, Tauranga. Diploma in Religious Studies – Theology: Noreen Walsh from Opotiki. Diploma in Religious Studies – Pastoral Ministry: Gabrielle Daly, Putaruru. Certificate in Catechetical Studies, in conjunction with the University of Waikato: Catherine Barnett (née Sahlie); Arama Pou.

Windows on Lent

This year, Year A, we focus on the Gospel of Matthew in the Church’s cycle of readings at Sunday Mass. The Tyburn Monastery at Ngakuru features stained glass windows from this year’s Sunday readings for Lent. Bishop Steve will be running a weekend retreat at Tyburn based on these Windows on Lent. starting on 24 March and finishing after lunch on 26 March. The cost is $110 per person including meals and accommodation. Bookings can be made through Shona Richards, the Bishop’s personal assistant, shonar@cdh.org.nz or phone (07) 856-6989. There is room for 10 people so first in first serve.

The Catholic Development Fund business as usual The Catholic Development Fund (CDF) of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton transitioned to the Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMCA) effective 1 December 2016. Transition was necessary for our diocese to maintain holding and issuing debt securities (deposits from the public, including parishioner and Catholic school Boards of Trustee deposits). Debt securities remain an important part of our total CDF, and a significant funder of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Transitioning to the FMCA also means the Hamilton diocese is one of only two Catholic dioceses in New Zealand approved to hold debt security deposits (the other being the Christchurch diocese), and Hamilton still the only New Zealand Catholic diocese approved to hold Catholic School Boards of Trustee deposits. The other four New Zealand Catholic diocesan CDFs (Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington and Dunedin) have divested their debt securities and therefore have not transitioned to the FMCA. However, Catholics who seek a ‘Catholic home’ for their money, while still receiving an interest return on that money, can still support their faith by depositing in the Hamilton (or Christchurch) CDF, no matter where they live. The Hamilton CDF offers on-call accounts (including funeral savings, and education savings accounts) plus term deposit accounts (90-day and one-year). Furthermore, our investment policy is not to invest depositors’ funds in purposes contrary to Catholic teachings such as (but not limited to) gambling, cigarette manufacturing, ammunition, firearms dealers, or companies linked to abortion. So, if you already have a deposit with our Hamilton (or Christchurch) CDF it’s ‘business as usual’ for you, and if you want to add to that deposit, or invest with the CDF for the first time,

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feature New era in Hamilton Catholic Diocese with Miha Māori The first ever Te Miha Māori (Māori Mass) to be held at the Cathedral of the Bessed Virgin Mary has ushered in a new era for Maori in the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Bishop

By John Fong Article and Photos “A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots” (Isaiah 11.1). So wrote Bishop Steve Lowe in his invitation to the parishioners in the Hamilton Diocese to join in the first Te Miha Māori (Māori Mass) to be celebrated in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton on Sunday, 4 December 2016. He continued: “The giant tōtara that towers over the forest in light begins as a shoot in the shade of the forest floor. This is the story of our faith. It starts small but it is called to be great. Through the centuries, the Christian faith has had times of darkness and it has had times of great light. It has times where faith seems to die. It has times when faith grows again from tiny shoots. “One hundred and sixty years ago, Bishop Pompallier celebrated Mass in Tauranga Moana. Thirty-six years ago, the Diocese of Hamilton was formed. [On] Sunday at 10.30am on 4 December, a Miha Māori will be celebrated for the first time in our Cathedral in Hamilton. Bishop Steve concluded: “Come, be part of this day as new shoots spring forth in the life of the Christian family that is the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.” The faithful gathered with joyful anticipation on 4 December, converging from the many parishes in this diocese: From Catholic parishes in Hamilton and the Hui Te Rangiora Māori Mission and from throughout the diocese. The proceedings began at 10am with the tira waiata (choir) singing. A mihi whakatau (speech of welcome) by Peter Moeau was followed by the first hymn Koutou katoa ra, at which point Bishop Steve and the clergy entered. This signaled the start of the miha. The clergy who were present included Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne, Fr Richard Laurenson (Cathedral Administrator), Pa David Gledhill (Rotorua), Pa Anselm Aherne (Hillcrest), Pa Gerard Patterson (Opotiki), Deacon Carey Talauta (Tokoroa), and Deacon David Hotere (Kemureti, Cambridge). The Mass was prayed, sung or spoken mainly in te reo Māori. Those taking part were: First Reader: Ārama Pou (Kirikiriroa, Hamilton); Second Reader: Ben Pomare (Rotorua, an acolyte), and Gospel (Deacon David Hotere) (Kemureti, Cambridge). Prayers of the faithful were delivered by

Steve Lowe celebrated the mass with more than 700 people who filled the cathedral to capacity on 4 December 2016. John Fong, who took the photos on these

Arama Pou, Ben Pomare, Regina Tuwhangai (Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton) and Ria Nicholson (Gisborne). In his homily, Bishop Steve said that shoots are springing up everywhere. A shoot had sprung from the stock of Jesse – King David was chosen by God to be the King of Israel. And Isaiah spoke of another shoot that would spring up from the stock of Jesse, a shoot that was born in Bethlehem, a sapling first, and a gangly teenager. And He was the Anointed One to bring good news to the poor, to teach the ways of God. He later revealed Himself as the great tōtara, to sow the seeds with us. “Earlier this year, we had a baptism at a place where Bishop Jean-Baptiste Francois Pompallier had baptised 1,000 people. This number is still a record,” Bishop Steve said. “John the Apostle heard the call and became a tōtara. Polycarp also heard. He later became Bishop of Smyrna in Turkey, and died a martyr’s death, strong in his faith. Irenaesus from Lyons in France also heard and he also died a martyr’s death for his faith. Jean-Baptiste Francois Pompallier arrived in New Zealand on 10 January 1838. He became the first bishop of New Zealand and established missions to the Māori and was a bearer of good news. “He is a giant tōtara in the history of the Church. We hear of others such as Sr Suzanne Aubert and Pa Hemi. They wanted to be what God wanted them to be, filled with the fullness of God. We are to be the same, whether we are Māori, Pakeha or Indian. “In the great tradition of the Church, we are to be ferns on the forest floor, to progress to the next level, the ponga, and the karaka tree. The

pages, and Karen Moeau (page 8), who was responsible for organising for the miha, have prepared reports on this historic event in the history of the diocese.

Far left, Pā Gerard Paterson, Pā David Gledhill (to Pā Gerard’s left); behind Pā Gerard is Deacon David Hōtere. Left above, Peter Moeau, Kaikōrero for the Cathedral. Left, Prayers of the Faithful: Sacred Heart Girls’ College’s Regina Tūwhangai is reading her prayer. Above, Bishop Steve with Pīhopa Tīpene an altar server from St Pius X School, Melville. The Miha Māori underway, below.

tōtara tries to search for the light, to grow strong and tall. “John the Baptist prepared the way. We have received the seed of faith by baptism and are nourished in the Eucharist – we draw life from Christ. We are called to respond to the light, growing ever upwards, preparing the way. “However, there comes a point when the tōtara must die and crashes down, thus opening the space for others to rise.” Bishop Steve said we must remember what has gone before and repent. “At this point, we respond to the call of Love, who is the shoot from the root of Jesse, the One who gives us salvation.” After the Mass, the congregation enjoyed a hakari (feast) in the Gerry Sullivan Events Centre at the adjacent Marian Catholic Primary School. This historic event marks the beginning of another shoot from the root of Jesse and for which John the Baptist cried out to us to prepare the way for the Anointed One. We are responding.


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feature Miha Māori - history In the making By Karen Moeau Photos John Fong iha Māori has its origins in the late 1830s with the arrival of Bishop JeanBaptiste Francois Pompallier, New Zealand’s first Catholic Bishop. A hundred and seventy-six years ago, Bishop Pompallier celebrated the first Māori Mass (Miha) in Tauranga Moana. Miha Māori upholds the integrity and intent encouraged by Bishop Pompallier whereby Māori are able to relate to the mass through maintaining wairua Māori, manaakitanga and tikanga. Miha Māori should be seen in this light and not merely as a translation of the English. The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton was formed 36 years ago, and in that time no Miha Māori had been celebrated at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ‘mother’ church of the Diocese. As this was the first Miha Māori, it was not only important the invitation to celebrate the miha be extended to everyone but also to as many whānau Katorika Māori from throughout the diocese. Whānau Katorika Māori participated in every aspect of this inaugural miha; kaikōrero (narrator), tira waiata (choir), cantors, musicians, readers for scripture including the gospel, readers for Prayers of the Faithful, Eucharist Ministers, and school representatives for the offertory procession. The organisation of the Miha Māori involved a broad range of people and groups who got behind the initiative of Bishop Steve role. My role came from being a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and also Hui Te Rangiora. Bishop asked me to organise the Miha Māori, which led me to coordinating tira waiata practices and the miha on 4 December. Part of the organisation, among other things, included communicating with the kaumātua, networking with various parishes, clergy and local Catholic schools from across the diocese in order to find people who were prepared to take on specific roles in the miha. Producing a tira waiata/miha book for the occasion, sourcing readings, writing prayers of the faithful are examples of other essential tasks that needed to be completed. The Tira Waiata comprised of representatives from many parishes. They held a crucial role in leading the karakia, responses and hīmene for the miha and so having a tira waiata/miha book was a necessity in order to maintain the integrity and flow of the mass. One of the many highlights of the day was the participation of the schools: St John’s College, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Marian School, St Paul’s Ngāruawāhia, St Pius X Melville and St Columba’s Nawton.

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The first Miha Māori underway at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton.

The large congregation for Holy Communion. The schools were only too willing to support and be part of the occasion. Many from parents of students offered support and were excited their child was selected to be in the miha. Since the mass, schools have indicated that they are keen to learn the miha and to take a greater part in future miha. We worked in collaboration with Bishop Steve, Andrea Savage the Cathedral’s Pastoral Assistant and with Father Richard Laurenson to ensure the events organised for the day, including the hākari, were seamless and ran as smoothly as possible. The Bishop is keen that parishes and schools throughout the diocese learn the Miha Māori using the chant settings and music arranged by Richard Puanaki. The Bishop further reiterated this wish during poroporoaki (farewell speeches) at the hākari. Reference to the settings and music is made on the Catholic Church of Aotearoa New Zealand website. Richard Puanaki is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngai Tāmanuhiri descent. Richard was present with his whānau at the mass and hākari. He was heartened that his musical arrangements are being adopted and he was also impressed with Bishop Steve’s pro-active stance towards embracing the Miha Māori. Richard spoke about how “it’s been a long time coming” and Bishop Steve is leading by example. Richard Puanaki has had a long background in

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Bishop Steve Lowe with his Te Kaha family. education and has been Principal, DRS (Director of Religious Studies), St Joseph’s, Wairoa. He was Chairperson of Tawhiti a Maru Catholic Marae, Wairoa; a member of the Parish Council, St Peter’s Parish, and Wairoa; and was the Youth Co-ordinator of St Peter’s Parish, Wairoa. Working with the Bishop and the wonderfully talented and knowledgeable people involved made me feel honoured. This auspicious occasion was made possible only by the efforts of everybody. No matter how big or how small a contribution people achieved in the lead up to and on the day of the miha it was significant and combined these contributions made the miha the event that it was. I wish to acknowledge the tremendous love, support encouragement and help from my husband Peter, from Reihana Morunga and our kaumātua at Hui Te Rangiora, the great personal support and advice from many of our whānau Katorika Māori from various parishes was fantastic. I am truly grateful and thankful. L-R: Peter and Karen Moeau with and Louise Kirk (St Michael’s, Rotorua).

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school news Flexible learning spaces open

Bishop Steve Lowe is surrounded by children during the opening and blessing of two new learning spaces at St Michael’s Catholic

School, Rotorua on 30 November. The Ark and Galilee are stateof-the-art, innovative learning environments that can be used flexibly to meet future needs. They are full of new furniture enabling children to choose the best way for them to learn. School staff and board members have been on a three-year learning journey preparing for this remodel and are now very excited to be in their new spaces that the teachers have designed to meet the needs of our community.

Matata celebrates 125 years of Catholic education

All Saints Day at St Joseph’s Matamata Children from St Joseph’s Matamata who celebrated All Saint’s Day by finding a link to a saint. On the Feast of All Saints, the children and staff dressed as their saint or in some way represented them. Fr Leonard Danvers celebrated a very special Mass attended by all the “saints”.

The reenacting of Mary McKillop’s arrival in Matata. (Louis Klaassen)

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The Catholic community of Matata in the Eastern Bay of Plenty celebrated 125 year of Catholic education at St Joseph’s School on 27 October last year. The community paid homage to St Mary MacKillop and the Order of the Josephite Nuns, to the Mill Hill Brothers, to the Hau Kainga - past and present, to past teachers and pupils and to those with us today who continue to hold our school’s vision true to our hearts. We laughed, talked, listened, sang, prayed, shared kai, shared our stories, and shared our memories. We rejoiced in the future of our beautiful little school. We thank the many people who lent a hand: It began from the beginning of the year when we realised our school is 125 years old this year. The historical learning has been threaded through our school programmes, supported by the knowledge shared by our local people. We were blessed to have the knowledge shared by our two special Sisters, who guided us in our learning about Saint Mary

MacKillop and who wrote our ‘Play’, performed at our celebration (they also organised the horse and cmi-what a treat!) and taught us songs about Saint Mary MacKillop. The mass was one of the most moving services in which I have attended , blending the children’s and congregation’s voices was truly beautiful. One could feel the wairua. Briget Rika principal St Joseph’s Catholic School Matata


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parish news Christmas flowers over Advent

Kete Korero asked parishioners to send in photos of Christmas flowers over the Advent period. The pictures were sent in and posted on the Facebook page. See the pics at https://www.facebook.com/ketekorero/ Above left, Christine Tappenden created very simple, yet beautiful arrangements for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Otorohanga Christmas celebrations (Dianne Porter). Above right, beautiful displays at St Michael's Rotorua, one coming from Wellington (Frances Watson). Above far right, St Joseph’s Te Aroha captured the eye, particularly with flowers behind the altar arranged looking stunningly like icicles (Natalie Garcia). Middle right, Flowers arranged at St Pius X, Tokoroa, by Leonie Aiono (Jill Seerden). Far right middle, Isabel Neshausen sent pictures of beautiful Advent flower arrangements at St Mary Star of the Seas in Gisborne. Bottom right, flowers covered the altar at St Peter Chanel Whakatane (Peter Linder). Natalie Garcia received a copy of Joy Cowley’s ‘Honest Reflections’, a beautiful gook on ‘Personal reflections on the liturgy’.

Whakatane pays tribute to Sr Joan’s service Parishioners in Whakatane turned out in wet weather to pay tribute to Sr Joan Anderson at her farewell. The picture at below shows the procession of of the

statue in honour of St Joseph from the convent to St Peter Chanel church. The picture at right shows the procession with altar server Dominic Bhashkar in front, followed by Fr Robert Sharplin, Lindsay Riddick and Peter Lander carrying the statue of St Joseph, followed closely by a contingent of Sisters of St Joseph who had

travelled to Whakatane for the event, with parishioners bringing up the rear. Margaret Maynard, with the umbrella, is just behind Fr Robert.

Sr Joan cuts the cake baked in her honour, above. Pictures by Louis Klaasen

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Thanksgiving Mass honours two teaching Terrys By Michael Smith erry Consedine and Terry Eggleton were honoured at a Thanksgiving Mass in Tauranga on 23 November. Both had spent more than six decades teaching in Catholic schools, with a further 24-and-a-half years in state schools. In different ways, the two teachers had a dedication to helping students achieve the best they could during their time in the schools.

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Terry Consedine The Consedine name was well known in Christchurch, where Terry grew up, with five families each having five or six children. Terry told Kete Korero his grandparents were not well off – they had a small farm where they milked a few cows – but they had strong values. “They were people of principal and it carried over so that most of us do have a strong sense of justice.” The professions younger members of the family have gone into tended to be trying to get things right for people. As a teacher, this ethos had shone through in terms of respect for students. “Teaching is a profession where you are involved in young people’s lives, which is a privilege.” Terry had an aspiration to be the first of his siblings to go to university, but money was tight. However, he was able to achieve this goal through an option enabling students to be paid for attending teachers training college and university part-time. “Once I got into teaching, I found that I did really love it.” His focus science and biology from early on arose out of an inspirational nun during Year 13 when Xavier College combined with Sacred Heart College. Although it was late in his

Wendy and Terry Consedine (left) and Terry and Trish Eggleton with gifts after the Thanksgiving Mass. schooling, Sister Gabriel’s passion for biology and plants inspired him to such an extent that he went on to study it at university. Although he started teaching at Xavier in Christchurch, it was at Hamilton’s Fairfield College his career in science teaching began to blossom. Terry taught in both the State and Catholic education systems, before spending 2006-2016 at Aquinas College as Deputy Principal and Religious Education Teacher. Terry felt he was able to live by his Catholic value in the State system but his roles in Aquinas allowed him the freedom to express what he believed in and to fully share it with students. “Here at Aquinas, I do believe in what the school stands for and I do feel I have taken opportunities to share faith and support kids in their faith.” He valued the aspect that prayer and the Mass were part of the school, along with the school’s strong focus on service. “Between prayer and services and the combination of those two are helping us to help students.”

Terry received a National Excellence in Leadership Award in 2014, one of five teachers to receive the award in New Zealand, for his commitment to bringing out the best in students and his record of achievement. Although retired, Terry has an interest in contributing to the development of students through retreats. “Retreats are a significant part of Catholic education if they are done well and can be an opportunity for encountering Christ in the age of a broad spectrum in terms of where students are at in their faith.” The mounting desire from communities for children to attend Catholic schools like Aquinas could provide special pressures for Catholic educators where the schools were not based on a religious order. However, Terry says Aquinas did a particularly good job of setting the foundation around six touch stones of family, prayer, truth, joy, service and scholarship. “Of all the Catholic schools I have been in, this one is probably the clearest about what it is about.” The challenge for schools was that there was a limited pool of committed Catholic teachers at all levels. “Kids need to be able to see people who are committed [to the faith] at all levels, and that is becoming increasingly challenging.” When employing a teacher, the tension existed in balancing out excellence in education and commitment to the faith. The development of a Catholic schools’ network in the region offered the potential to make better connections and share opportunities. Terry lives in the inner Tauranga Harbour suburb of Matua with his wife, Wendy, who is the Gateway Coordinator at Aquinas. There, in the estuary as the tide comes in and out, Terry is able to walk along the shoreline and connect with God. Terry Eggleton Although born in Wellington, Terry Eggleton’s childhood was spent in Hamlton. He grew up inMelville, where he was a foundation pupil at St Piux X School at a time when it was a baby boomer suburb and the Catholic community was large. The four Eggleton children grew up in a strong Catholic family, with Frank going on to become Monsignor Frank and Maureen a nun. Terry went from St Piux, Marist Intermediate, St John’s College, and then on to tertiary study. Terry has taught a combined 42 years, 11 this

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time in state schools and 31 in Catholic schools. He did not fall into teaching straight away, he was working at the Hamilton Education Board when he was shoulder tapped by the teacher recruiting officer. After graduating from the Hamilton Teachers College, Terry taught in the State sector, starting at Kihikihi Primary School in 1974. He became the Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s Fairfield in 1985 and the Principal at St Peter Chanel (Te Rapa) in 1987 before moving to Tauranga as Principal at St Mary’s Tauranga in 1989. From 2003, Terry was at Aquinas College. Terry gave a tribute to David Beirne, now the of Administration Support - Property and Dues Officer at the Chanel Centre for the Hamilton Catholic Diocese, who was influential in encouraging him to move into Catholic school teaching in the early part of his career. Terry says he struggled at school but was drawn to teaching by a love of education, while faith was at the heart of his teaching. “You wouldn’t enter a Catholic school if you didn’t believe in what you were doing and have a Jesus-centred learning environment. That starts with prayer in the morning and ends with prayer.” Terry says he loves the religious education programme in schools, which is less bookish and more discussion-based today. He says students love being challenged with the Bible. Terry’s special skill as a teacher was in reaching out those children who may have been seen as quiet strugglers, using humour and music to build their confidence. His commitment was such that he enjoyed seeing the transformation in the students as they went from marginalised Year 7s to active and engaged Year 13s. Aquinas is a young school and Terry says it is good that it goes from children to young adults. The school is well-located and the roll is going from 330 to more than 800, and it has a close relationship with the two most important contributing schools, St Mary’s Tauranga and St Thomas More Mt Maunganui. Terry’s wife Trish has plans for the couple to travel overseas from their home in Bethlehem, utilising the increasingly popular home exchange system. Trish and Terry are looking forward to spending more family time with their two sons Justin and his wife Francesca and Adam. They live in Auckland. Thanksgiving Mass During the Thanksgiving Mass at St Mary Immaculate Church, Bishop Steve Lowe

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Bishop Steve Lowe blessing Terry Eggleton (left) and Terry Consedine for their years of service. thanked Terry Consedine and Terry Eggleton for their role in building not only the future of New Zealand but also of the Catholic Church. In his previous role as Formation Director at the Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland, Bishop Steve said he drew Pope John Paul’s II’s formation document ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis’, which provided four integral parts to the formation of priests. He referred to how these were reflected in the lives of the two teachers by way of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation. “Jesus was happy with who he was and recognised the goodness in others who called forth the goodness out of him.” This aspect was what Bishop Steve understood to be part of a key factor in the relationship between the two teachers and their students. “You were real with them and they respected you for that – you never gave up on them and you helped them to be people who are happy with who they are.” The Catholic faith and spirit shone through them, so teaching was not just a job but was a vocation entrusted to them. “The years of teaching you have given in Catholic schools, the vocation that has been entrusted to you, is a living response to your relationship with God.” Aquinas College principal thanked Terry Consedine and Terry Eggleton on behalf of the staff and students for their commitment to the college. “You gave yourselves selflessly to the school. Your love of the college and your personal warmth and joy have been special gifts and helped to create what is a special environment at Aquinas College.”

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By John Fong The new Schools’ Education Manager for the Hamilton Diocese John Coulam has come from years of service in Catholic education. His new role will involve working with principals who will be able to discuss with him difficulties they encounter. It’s a lonely job and John has been there before. John’s 17 years of dedicated and outstanding service as principal of Marian School in Hamilton was acknowledged and celebrated by the school on 8 December at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. John was born in Wellington and has five siblings, including a twin sister. He was educated at primary school by the Dominicans at St Mary’s, Northcote, and then his intermediate and secondary education at Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore. A career in Catholic education began in 1979 with John’s first appointment to his old primary school in Northcote. He loved his two years there and moved to St Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge in 1981. He was appointed Director of Religious Studies and became fully involved in parish ministry. He became principal of St Joseph’s School Matamata in 1986 and was there when Tomorrows Schools was introduced in 1989. He moved to Palmerston North in 1993 as principal of St James’ School in Hokowhitu, then arriving at Marian School in Hamilton as principal in October 1999. An experienced colleague told him when he first became a principal that when everyone else has given up on a child that he should leave no stone unturned to help them. The advice was that as principal he had to be the child’s advocate or society in turn will pay the price. “That advice has guided my decision-making. A child needs to know at all times that they are loved and it is the behaviour or attitude that is disliked,” he said. His hope is that as children go through a Catholic school, they encounter Christ as a friend and know that they are never alone. The challenge for children and us all is to be the hands, the face, and the voice of Christ to those we meet, he said. John has served as president of the Waikato Principals’ Association for the past five years and in an executive position in the NZ Catholic Primary Principals’ Association for 20 years with two years as its national president. In 2009 his contribution was acknowledged with the Laureate Award from the NZ Catholic Education Office.

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feature - the religious life Celebrating 20 years of Tyburn contemplation By Karen Moeau Photos Courtesy of Sr Agnes of the Holy Eucharist - (Oblate of Ngākuru Tyburn Monastery) On an absolutely beautifully fine and serene day, Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne led the birthday celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the first Tyburn Monastery in Aotearoa New Zealand. Bishop Browne has had a long association with the Tyburn Monastery, having been present at the opening of the Bombay Tyburn Monastery in 1996 and then 1997 celebrating Mass with Bishop Patrick Dunn in dedicating the St James Monastery Chapel. The birthday celebrations on Sunday 11 December 2016 saw Bishop Browne officiating at the Mass, supported by the resident Chaplain for Bombay, Father Arobati, Fr Maliu of Papakura and Fr John Roberts of Wanganui. Bishop Browne spoke in his homily about the establishment of the monastery. He acknowledged the dedication and commitment of the contemplative nuns in their monastic life and the benefits the nuns’ prayers and worship have on us individually and as a community. Mass was followed by a most memorable repast prepared by the nuns - the focal point being a birthday cake. The cake made and ornately decorated by Yvonne O’Keefe befitted the beauty of the occasion. The top layer was gifted to the nuns from Ngākuru Tyburn Monastery of Rotorua. Supporters and well-wishers came from throughout the region to celebrate the occasion, including the Mother (M) Prioress, M Rachel and also M Joanna from the Ngākuru

Mother Prioress Angela (left) and Mother Prioress Rachel enjoying the celebration cake (right). Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne

Monastery. As they live and worship in a cloistered community special, permission from the M General was required in order for the nuns from Ngākuru to be present at the birthday festivities. M Angela who is M Prioress of Bombay was responsible for seeking approval for M Rachel and M Joanna to attend the celebrations. Oblates from both monasteries also attended along with many other parishioners from the Auckland Diocese. At this time there are 11 monasteries around the world, as follows: England, Ireland, Australia, Scotland, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Italy, France and Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand is the only country in the world to have two Tyburn Monasteries. The Bombay Tyburn Monastery is situated in the quiet rural area of the Bombay Hills, south of Auckland. This monastery was established in 1996 by six sisters of English Congregation of the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred

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Heart of Jesus of Montmartre OSB. The church being dedicated in 1997 and other buildings, including the monastery building and a guest wing for devotees, having been completed since then. In 2008, Bishop Browne, then Bishop of the Hamilton Catholic Diocese, contacted M General Xavier, a New Zealander, inviting the sisters to establish a monastery in the Hamilton Diocese, as a centre of prayer and contemplation. From this invitation, the Tyburn Monastery at Ngākuru, south of Rotorua, was established, in May 2009, through the hard work of the sisters and generous donations from supporters and benefactors. The birthday celebrations were a significant event and were more than simply honouring 20 years of existence as a Benedictine Congregation in Aotearoa New Zealand. The event provided an opportunity to honour and acknowledge 20 years of devout adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The celebration highlighted the welcoming charism of monastic hospitality, prayerful support and understanding by the nuns and forging relationships with clergy, contemplative communities and worshippers who come to the Congregation. The Tyburn nuns at Bombay were excellent hostesses. It is always a delight to be in the company of these ladies. After tending to their guests the nuns from both monasteries retired to the enclosure. M Rachel enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the birthday celebrations. She said, “it was a time of connection, one

Emeritus Bishop Denis and Mother Joanna enjoying a chat during the celebration.

of sharing with the other sisters at Bombay and it was nice to see old friends.” M Angela commented how great it was, “to see the devout supporters of Bombay joining in the celebrations”. M Prioress also reflected on how Bombay has developed over the years. “Bombay has come a long way. The congregation has grown steadily.” She acknowledged the on-going support of the Tyburn devotees who often leave food and gifts for the nuns and the nuns are ever thankful to the devotees for their prayers. Many of the devotees have returned to give thanksgiving to the sisters for prayers answered. M Prioress also remarked that it was a “joy for me to be able to share the celebrations with the congregation and to thank them”. Bishop Browne acknowledges the important role the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in praying for us and for the whole diocese. They are a ‘welcoming community of contemplative nuns who provide spiritual hospitality and a pilgrimage for all people of the diocese.” A history of the Tyburn order and the monasteries will be in the next edition of Kete Korero.


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feature Pilgrims and the Holy Door at the Church of St Bede, Matawai By Meg Hills RSJ Blessed are you pilgrim if you allow yourself the opportunity to enter into silence and in entering into silence you meet the Hospitable Heart of God who is waiting for you there. Throughout the Year of Mercy parishioners were provided with a variety of opportunities in which to we might encounter the Hospitable Heart of God. One of these was to undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors within our Diocese. Given our geographical isolation, the time needed and subsequent travel and accommodation costs meant that the majority of our parishioners would be unable to undertake such a pilgrimage. Consequently we were delighted when Bishop Steve responded to our request and agreed to consecrate the door of our historic Church of St Bede which lies at the edge of the gorge in Matawai. In the weeks leading up to this, we were each invited to undertake a mini D.I.Y. pilgrimage - to step aside from our normal activity, reflect on our internal journey, give thanks and invite God to get into our being so that we can truly be the people we are called to be. During Mass on the Feast of All Saints, for those registered to undertake the journey to the Church of St Bede, the formal pilgrimage began with a blessing of commendation. When embarking on a pilgrimage a person often wears a symbol which is reflective on the spiritual and physical journey one is on. As St Mary Star of the Sea Church is our spiritual hearth place, and representing our Baptism and the call to discipleship, the symbol chosen for this, our parish pilgrimage, was a shell. These had been painted blue in

honour of Our Lady and on each was a cross to reflect this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pilgrims were encouraged to claim a few minutes each day to enter into silence, to hold in prayer those parishioners who physically

couldn’t join us on 8 November and to pray the Mercy Prayer. These Pilgrim Shells were ours to treasure and wear especially during times of prayer. Conscious of all those who were unable to make this journey with us, we were encouraged to invite family, friends and fellow parishioners to hold and quietly bless our Pilgrim Shell. we would also carry their thoughts and prayers close to our hearts on our pilgrimage. Over the days ahead, in order to fulfil one of the requirements to obtain a plenary indulgence before passing through a designated Holy Door or simply as part of their spiritual preparation pilgrims took the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On 8 November, we processed into our spiritual hearth place of St Mary Star of the Sea Church Gisborne where, following a special blessing from Bishop Steve, we then processed onto a bus. The hour’s travel passed quickly with a mixture of guided prayer, hymns and reflection (photo below). Having been dropped off at the

edge of the village of Matawai, Bishop Steve, Monsignor Frank and Father Jack led us in prayer and song as we processed to the Church of St Bede. Unlike the previous day when the heavens bucketed down on those decorating ‘the’ door, church and adjacent tree stump etc, the rain held off long enough for our procession. Once gathered at the closed door of St Bede’s, Bishop Steve undertook the Ritual of Consecration. We too were sprinkled with Holy Water as we walked through this now Holy Door and the ritual was completed with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises. Following morning tea which we had across the road in the Memorial Hall, pilgrims once again packed the wee church for the celebration of Mass. The Gospel of the Prodigal Son was most fitting for our pilgrimage to this Holy Door: Thoughts of new

The pilgrims process through the village of Matawai on State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne. Decorating the Holy Door (below left). kinship, on Sunday 20 November several made the journey from Gisborne to join with local parishioners to celebrate the Mass of Christ the King and to ritualize the closing of our Holy Door. Another wonderful opportunity to celebrate and give thanks (photo below).

beginnings; always being open to trying again no matter the number of previous ‘new starts’; the height and width, the depth and length of God’s Mercy, knowing no bounds. After Mass we were replenished with a simple but wonderfully prepared barbeque sausage sandwich, homemade slices, hot drinks and time to share and chat before boarding our bus for the return journey. Back in our spiritual hearth place of St Mary’s, we gathered to receive a final blessing. In preparing for this day we had been reminded that a pilgrimage “forms bonds of kinship reminding us that even though we may start out alone, we need others … these become companions on our journey home to the Heart of God.” This pilgrimage was indeed a great way to form bonds of kinship within our parish. And in the spirit of

Blessed are you pilgrim if you discover that in this Year of Mercy you have taken time to offer thanks for the myriad of ways in which you have been shown the Hospitable Heart of God and which, you in turn, have reflected this to others.

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