Chatham Islands
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To make matters more complicated we are surrounded by signs pointing in every direction. Navigating a daily direction cannot be left to chance. It requires an intimate relationship with God and a keen and active discernment.

we will remember

we will remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember...

Chatham ANZAC

Chatham ANZAC

One year ago today I was on the Chatham Islands for Anzac Day on the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. The painting above is by one of the young Chatham Islanders....

a delighting bishop

This weekend marks one month since the death of Bishop Barry Jones, ninth bishop of the diocese of Christchurch, in the early hours of 13 February. On Monday evening...

Bp. Barry on Chats

Bp. Barry on Chats

One of the first phone calls I made on hearing of the death of Bishop Barry Jones on Saturday morning was to the furthest periphery of the diocese of Christchurch, the...

SMSM’s@Chatham

SMSM’s@Chatham

By the late 1940's the NZ government was finding it impossible to provide adequate medical care for the people of the Chatham Islands. The government made a request of...

Anzac Day

Anzac Day

The entire morning of Anzac Day on the Chatham Islands is taken with dignified commemorations.  The service at dawn is followed by breakfast. Then the parade from the...

Anzac dawn

Anzac dawn

Before dawn this morning here on the Chatham Islands, the Islanders gathered to remember that one morning before dawn 100 years ago this morning, New Zealand and...

Kaiangaroa visit

Kaiangaroa visit

The centre of the Catholic Diocese for the past few days has been the remote Islands of Chatham and Pitt because this is where the bishop has been bishopping. We have...

Moriori

Moriori

This morning, after arriving back from Pitt Island just after 7am, and before a few pastoral visits to the homes of parishioners, the bishop and I visited the Tommy...

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bridge building

bridge building

I first met Leonie when as a young priest I decided to use spare time in a small rural West Coast parish to study communication

seeding

seeding

Jesus help me to be more careful, more aware of the power of my words and actions…

a humble church

a humble church

The Church of Christ does not seek to dominate consciences and occupy spaces, but rather to be a “wellspring” of hope in people’s lives.

what wondrous love

what wondrous love

When words don’t come easily it could be that I (and maybe you too) don’t need more words.

standing by

standing by

When the night has come, and the way is dark… No I won’t be afraid… Just as long as you stand, stand by me.