pray for priests

Each month Pope Francis invites the people of the world to join him in praying for a particular intention presenting a brief video to extend his invitation. This month, July, he wants us to pray for priests. I often ask people to pray for me, and I ask people to take my request very seriously. […]

mature faith

It’s the feast of St. Thomas today 3 July,  and an opportunity to reconsider the term “doubting Thomas.” Thomas was not really a doubter. Instead he was an adult seeking the verification that all adults need if we are to truly believe.  A child will believe simply because someone they trust says it is so. […]


Last night our Christchurch seminarians gathered for dinner with a group of seminarians from the United States who are visiting New Zealand accompanying one of their newly ordained brothers. The night was hosted by a Christchurch family at their home, and the gathering was filled the good conversation and laughter that is a mark of […]

gift for children

A few weeks ago I was in a Catholic gift shop when a number of customers were searching for gifts for children preparing to receive communion for the first time. A number of the shoppers were at a loss about what gift to buy and asked my advice. If you want to hear what I […]

ordination pics

Thanks to Peter Fleming for sharing his photos of the weekend’s ordination, first Mass and social gatherings for the ordination to the priesthood of Rob Morris SJ. You can view the album by clicking on the image below.

Rob Morris SJ

I was privileged to be taught by Jesuits, first at Holy Cross College in Mosgiel then in the US for post-graduate studies. These were remarkable men who did not fit easily into any artificial or superficial priestly mould. They were passionate men, intelligent men, men who were not afraid to stand with and for Christ. […]

virtual or real?

Earlier this week Pope Francis offered a reflection on the importance of the reality which can be lost in a world focussed on what is “virtual”. He began his comment speaking of a recent visit: “I approached to greet the people and a few reached out their hands. But the majority were with their phones: […]

Trinity Sunday

Preachers all over the world will be wondering what to say in a homily for this weekend’s feast of the Trinity. I hope this reflection helps. The Trinity is known to be a mystery, but a mystery is often thought to be something that cannot be understood. This is not true. A mystery is something […]

maturing faith

“…This is different. This isn’t the same as the Easter bunny. This is mature. This is chilling. This is important. This isn’t something that is trivial, and is not something that I think I will ever outgrow whatever it means…? (Brian Holdsworth) Take five minutes to watch and then a moment to share your comment […]

Pentecost fire

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding was inspiring and makes an ideal reflection for today’s great feast of Pentecost. I especially enjoyed when the bishop’s passion even caused the candlesticks to vibrate – but many of the hearers seemed to remain unmoved…

power of words

A few days ago the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King passed quietly. While the anniversary is significant in the process of movement towards civil rights for all people and an acknowledgement of the great leadership of Martin Luther King, the date April 4 is also significant for one of the greatest […]

Suzanne Aubert

Only God can make saints, but is a great help to us when one who walked our own land is named by the church as being with God in heaven. We are encouraged in our own life with God when a “local” with human limitations and personality traits is called a model for a holy […]

rise up

Around the world in these Easter days hundreds of thousands of preachers have done their best to communicate the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus to hungry congregations. I suspect that few have hit the mark as well as Fr. Alex in this Easter homily. You can subscribe to Fr. Alex’s YouTube channel at this […]


The bronze sculpture above will be recognised by many as the magnificent tabernacle doors from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. These doors made by the Christchurch Sculptor Ria Bancroft, and since the earthquake which destroyed the cathedral in 2011 the doors along with many of the other Cathedral treasures have been in safe keeping. […]

Good Friday

There is one moment in the year when  Christians around the world gather at the same hour, 3.00pm on Good Friday for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion. This is one of the best attended liturgies in the year and it surprises and encourages me that people continue to come to this liturgy that seems […]