Marist Laity News
February 2020
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple form for printing

For the February news
Click HERE to download the document

For the November 2019 Newsletter
Click HERE to download the document.

Kia Ora Marist friends, and welcome to our 2020.

2019 ended with compassion and prayer for the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption and we began the New Year with deep concern and prayer for the people, wildlife, firefighters and relief workers of Australia, due to the terrible bushfires in that beautiful country. We are encouraged in prayer and care by Fr Colin who said, “Oh let us be people of prayer, without that we shall achieve nothing.” We also send our prayer and care to Marists in Australia. Donations can be made to ‘Vinnies Bushfire Appeal 2020’ by going to

Blessings and prayer

We farewell Fr David Kennerley SM as NZ Provincial on 31st Jan.
He has been two terms in that role and we are grateful for his commitment to Marist Laity in New Zealand and Internationally. May you be blessed with some well earned ‘Nazareth’ time Fr David. You are in our prayers.

Equally we welcome Fr Tim Duckworth SM as NZ Provincial.
He shared: “Our focus will be on spreading the Gospel of justice and charity with mercy and reconciliation and doing so as Mary did.” Please keep him and our Marist Religious leadership in prayer.

New Auckland Auxiliary Bishop

We congratulate and offer prayer for Fr Michael Gielen, Aux. Bishop-elect, Auckland Diocese. His ordination will be on the 7th March.

Office Move:

We have moved to 14 East St Auckland City.
This is temporary until a long term home is found. Please keep that search in your prayers. Meantime phone numbers and postal address are unchanged.

P.O. Box 108027, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150

Marist Moment

Fr Colin used to speak of spending time in Nazareth with Mary to be embraced by God , hear the voice of the Spirit and be empowered to go out, carrying the Presence of Jesus - sharing His love. We stop to discern our unique personal call to mission and service, to encounter - be it in our families, in our wider community, in our parish and in so many different environments where God
has uniquely placed us.

From Marist Brothers Publication

Living the Word:

Please remember our Living the Word Sunday Mass Bible reflections. Wonderful for any age, young adult on, and suitable for small groups or individual reflection. Go to to sign up.

Reflection Days

GISBORNE VISIT: 13th-16th February.

There will be a REFLECTION Morning on Saturday 15th February, starting after the 9 am Parish Mass.

Topic:'Mary’s Magnificat - Blueprint for Lay Mission.'

Everyone is welcome.


I am giving a workshop at the Mission Expo at Viard College on 'Mary’s Magnificat - Blueprint for Lay Mission.'
We have a booth for Marist Laity and Marian Mothers and would love some volunteers to help please! It would also be good to encourage people to attend the Expo.

Please pray for:

Fr Kevin Manning SM - died 30 December 2019, aged 91.

The victims and whanau of Whakaari White Island eruption.

The deceased in Australian fires and the Puerto Rico earthquakes

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants' Cries

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

Mary: the outsider God chose to bring into the centre.

Your NEW Marist Laity WEBSITE is in development.
Hopefully we won’t have any disruption, but it is possible we could have the odd glitch. Thank you for your patience.

Pope Francis speaks:

It is essential that we as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for the most vulnerable.May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by victims and make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in
the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary.Mary, the first of the disciples, teach all of us how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice.

You can read the full text of his letter on our home page and also
a link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available there.
CLICK HERE for the homepage.

If any of you need to talk in confidence about any of it you are welcome to ring Bev.

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Marist Ministry
Marist Weekly BLOG

The Marist Fathers are offering a weekly reflection by weblog as a response to the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si. Links to it can be found on our Facebook page also. There are different articles from Marists around the globe, including New Zealand every week.

Click here to go to the Blog

Prayers for expectant Mothers

We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers - usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:

"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."

"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."

Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.



This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.

God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession.
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.

Icon of Marist Founder completed

The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.

Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.

Helping Our Work
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.

If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.

If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.

New Zealand Bank Account Number:
(BNZ) 02-0585-0079358-00

Thank you.

A Certain Way

This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' bookwe still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)