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From Flames to Restoration: Cleanup of the Cathedral

From Flames to Restoration: Cleanup of the Cathedral

On April 27 2023, a fire was lit in the day chapel of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North.  Despite being quickly extinguished, it caused significant damage to some of the furniture in the day chapel: namely the presider’s chair, the altar, a small...

Journey of Faith | Conversations with WYD23 Pilgrims

Journey of Faith | Conversations with WYD23 Pilgrims

Eleven young people from the Palmerston North Diocese experienced the trip of a lifetime when they attended World Youth Day in August this year. Their pilgrimage took them to sacred sites around France and Portugal before attending the week-long Days in the Diocese...

En Route to Lisbon | WYD Pilgrimage 2023

En Route to Lisbon | WYD Pilgrimage 2023

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. This year WYD will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Around 120 young people from Aotearoa have been travelling through Europe to attend WYD, with 11 of...

A Conversation with Bishop Owen Dolan

A Conversation with Bishop Owen Dolan

Sunday 23 July is the Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme this year is "His mercy is from age to age," from the Gospel of Luke (1:50). The Diocesan Comms Team sat down with Bishop Owen Dolan, the oldest priest in the country, to talk about his...

Making a Difference Together | Cyclone Gabrielle Appeal Update

Making a Difference Together | Cyclone Gabrielle Appeal Update

Cyclone Gabrielle, which struck earlier this year, inflicted widespread damage and brought immense suffering to numerous individuals across the North Island. The Hawkes Bay and Wairoa regions, in particular bore the brunt of its impact. To support the most affected...

Ordinary Time is Extraordinary Time

Ordinary Time is Extraordinary Time

As we celebrate Pentecost, it may seem like the grand feasts and celebrations of the Church are now behind us. We've journeyed through Lent, Easter, and various special days in quick succession. Now, with only a few solemnities ahead, we find ourselves in Ordinary...

Celebrating Mothers | Reflections for Mother’s Day

Celebrating Mothers | Reflections for Mother’s Day

In the Catholic Church, being a mother is not just about having children: it's a calling from God to raise and nurture them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As Pope Francis said, "Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered...

Are you willing?

Are you willing?

Each year, Good Shepherd Sunday marks the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week. To mark this, the two most recently ordained priests for the Diocese of Palmerston North share some reflections on their own vocation.  You can also find a range of stories...

Cyclone Gabrielle | 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle | 2023

Last month, Cyclone Gabrielle caused significant damage to certain regions across the North Island. Homes have been damaged or destroyed, livelihoods have been severely impacted and sadly, some have even lost loved ones.  In the Diocese of Palmerston North, the Hawkes...

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI | 1927 – 2022

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI | 1927 – 2022

On 31 December 2022 at 9:34am (Central European Time), Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died at age 95. He was the longest-living pope, having surpassed Pope Leo XIII who died at age 93. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he was elected as 265th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on...

Reflecting on Mary this Christmas

Reflecting on Mary this Christmas

I tend to think about Mary a lot during this time of year, especially since becoming a mother myself. I was pregnant once during the Advent season, and preparing for the arrival of my own baby at the same time made it feel more real. Decorating the Christmas tree,...

Prophecies + Prayers + Poems | Advent Reflection

Prophecies + Prayers + Poems | Advent Reflection

This reflection comes from a homily Bishop Peter gave in Taradale on the First Sunday in Advent in 2018.The beautiful season of Advent invites us to make our own the prophecies and prayers and poetry of the people of old in their longing for the promised Saviour. We...

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