It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Parish Priest of the Chatham Islands. Unfortunately I don’t get to spend as much time on the Islands as I would like, so it is especially good to be here this week.
I suspect that the Chathams are about as far as anyone can get from Rome. So it is good to see on every visit that Jesus Christ is alive and well here. Late yesterday afternoon it was good to meet with a number of parishioners on Chatham for Mass. I spent today on Pitt Island.
Chatham Airfield. Convair today to ChCh and Cessna to Pitt
Pitt Island emerging from the mist
Our Lady of the Antipodes Church is the red dot to the left of the trees
Pitt Island Airport
after Mass at Our Lady of the Antipodes
just after take-off on Pitt
the first part of the inhabited world to see the Sun (North Head) is at the far left of the picture.
This where the bishop of Christchurch celebrated the first Mass of the Third Christian Millennium
and where international TV news crews camped to film the first 2000 sunrise.
The rectangle of trees is the Tommy Solomon Memorial near Owenga on Chatham
about to land back on Chatham