leading prayer

Prayer is a regular part of the day in a Catholic school or parish. I’m often asked by those who share the responsibility for leading prayer for ideas about how best to lead group prayer. In the video below I offer a couple of suggestions. Take a moment to watch the video then you will […]

to educate

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand we are preparing for the start of the new school year. School staff will meet in the next few days and students will soon arrive to begin the 2018 school year. It’s an ideal opportunity for us to reflect on the goals we have for the educational endeavour within a […]


Since Fr. Graeme Blackburn’s tragic death on Monday night we have been united in grief: Graeme’s mother Erin (above embracing Graeme at his ordination last year) and all Graeme’s family, his many friends, our diocesan family especially parishioners at his Sockburn parish of Our Lady of Victories, and his brothers in the priesthood in Christchurch […]


My friend Alex is an excellent preacher. Because he is in the US which is a day behind NZ and his homilies only appear online on NZ’s Monday I am unable to steal his thoughts and use them as my own Sunday homily!  Instead I am happy to share his YouTube channel and encourage you […]

a New Year gift

Today is the final email in the Advent / Christmas pilgrimage. If you have not yet completed the brief survey please take a moment to do so by clicking on the image below. The future of this Food For Faith mission depends on your feedback – even a word or two in response to one […]

where is love ?

Christmas Greetings to you all. There are many things that I could share in this Christmas day clip, but the image that keeps coming to mind is the Christmas dinner table around which people will gather today with family and friends. A few decades ago the people seated at one Christmas table probably held similar […]


In 2014 at the Rimini Meeting I was moved by an exhibition of the work of French artist Francois Millet marking the 200th anniversary of his birth. Millet appreciated the simplicity and beauty of peasant life and labour, and many of his works depict the poor at work in the field and home. Before Millet, […]

a discerning life

If you are following the daily liturgy gospel readings this week you’ll notice a couple of repeats. Yesterday’s gospel from Luke is the account of the encounter between the angel Gabriel and Mary and we will hear this again on Sunday. This is the moment we call the Annunciation, when God became incarnate in human […]

humble hearts

This year the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has celebrated 150 years of caring for the poor, the sick and the vulnerable in New Zealand. Throughout the country and in every other part of the world the Vinnies’ reputation is one of closeness to those who suffer most in our world. This week Food […]

just do it !

It is Monday evening as I write and I am just home from from the pre-Christmas gathering of priests of the Catholic diocese of Christchurch. It is always a remarkable and inspiring gathering. Fifty of us met at 5 this afternoon in the parish church of Christ the King, Burnside to celebrate the Sacrament of […]

not me but God

Many of the illnesses we have are diagnosed as sicknesses of the body, the spirit or the mind. But the the life of the soul, our relationship with Christ, is at the heart of human health. If my relationship with Christ is vibrant and healthy many of my daily struggles can be resolved, or at […]

leisure at last

It’s the weekend at the end of what has probably been a busy week. Do you ever find that you long for a break from the busyness of life, the weekend comes and goes, and on Monday you wake with the feeling that you need another weekend? This might have something to do with us […]

choosing life

This week the End of Life Choice bill has been debated in the New Zealand parliament resulting in the decision to send the bill to Select Committee and consult citizens in a referendum. The most reliable measure of a civilised society is the degree of care provided for those citizens who are most vulnerable and needy. […]


Humans are made for freedom which is why we react so strongly against anything that appears to limit our liberty. However our understanding of freedom is often very impoverished. Freedom is not about being able to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it. This is a definition of anarchy. Freedom […]

crooked lines

In his video reflection on Sunday Christchurch Bishop-elect Paul Martin encouraged us to use the daily scriptures to guide us through Advent. These daily readings are available at this link. Today’s scriptures remind us that God is not just another good human person, or even one being among many similar beings, but God is God, […]