Kia Ora Lay Marists, Marian Mothers & friends,

The rain has been constant in many parts of Aotearoa, New Zealand recently, with the result that flooding is widespread and for many people, this is the 2nd or 3rd time this winter. We have also seen the devastating fires around the world caused by excessive heat and drought conditions. We remember these intentions in prayer, by placing them in God’s mercy and Mary’s tender care.

For Marist Laity NZ, this has been a month of shifting and settling, and getting used to new surroundings. Our new home at 20 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn Auckland, is spacious, with many rooms on the first floor for Marist Laity use. The LOGOS Project are on the ground floor, and have made it into a very welcoming space. There is still much sorting to be done, but it’s good to be here! 

You are most welcome to pop in for a visit. My usual office hours are Tues. and Thurs. 10am – 3.30pm.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some photos.


 Prayer & Blessings from Fr Chris, and Margaret



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August Marist Dates

2nd    St Peter Julian Eymard

4th     St John-M. Vianney, Curé of Ars

6th     Transfiguration of the Lord

15th   Assumption of the BVM

22nd  Our Lady, Queen and Mother

24th 1834     Pope Gregory XVI grants indulgences to Marist Lay confraternity at Belley, France. 

This blessing marks the first papal recognition of Marist Laity.


 Congratulations to the Jubilarians!


The Archdiocesan celebration of anniversaries of ordination was held on July 14th with Mass at St Patrick’s Church Kilbirnie followed by dinner. The Marist jubilarians attending were Frs. Rod Milne 60, Brian Wysocki, 65 and John Walls 50.  



July 17th was a very special day for Marist Sisters in Aotearoa, NZ.

They celebrated 250 years of Marist Religious Life via Sisters:

Margaret Cross, Marie Therese Ranum, Patricia Sarju and Shirley Day.

Congratulations and thanksgiving prayer for each of you.

Shirley was born in Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu and been a Marist Sister for 70 years and the other three Sisters, 60 years.

Some of the highlights over the years:    Margaret spent years in the mission in Brazil, Shirley spent 13 years in Colombia, Marie Therese spent 7 years in Ukraine and Patricia spent many years in Fiji, her country of birth!


Mary, Mother of Good Hope.

A reminder to dedicate pregnant mothers and babies to Mary Mother of Good Hope.(



The Marist Family, dedicate mother, family and baby to the care of Mary. They receive ongoing prayer for a safe delivery, a life of grace and the gift of belonging in the family of God. Also a prayer to join with.

All are welcome – please share the invite widely.


Living the Word Sunday Mass reading reflections are at

and are a help when we cannot attend Mass in person.






Pope’s August Prayer Intention  –  Small Businesses

We pray for small and medium sized businesses,

in the midst of economic and social crisis,

may they find ways to continue operating and serving their communities.

The following pictures are taken at our new home at 20 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.