Posts From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

The Christchurch School of Music (CSM) is to return to its former site beside the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes Street. For 17 years the CSM’s home was in the former convent for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, but the building had to be pulled down after the earthquakes…(Read More)

The National Science Foundation, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Programme, has announced that a steady decline in church-going at U.S. Antarctic stations means the Programme can no longer support the services of Catholic Priests through New Zealand’s Catholic Diocese of Christchurch’s Antarctic Chaplaincy Programme. The Diocese has been informed that…(Read More)

Recently we were fortunate to attend the Smartloving ‘Breakthrough’ workshop presented by Francine and Byron Pirola, directors of the Marriage Resource Centre in Australia, organised by the Christchurch Diocese Marriage Educators Committee. The Breakthrough workshop is a new resource developed by the Pirolas in response to recognition that it is increasingly difficult for married couples…(Read More)

In June Sister Mary Hanrahan RSM left as hospital chaplain after eight years at Christchurch Hospital.  In that time Sister Mary has provided pastoral ministry to patients, their families and staff. Sister Mary says her role as chaplain has been “wonderful”.  “It’s very privileged work in this ministry, being with people when they are…(Read More)

Bishop Barry has ordained three men to the Sacred Order of Deacons. The deacons are Do Nguyen, Tien Cao and Thanh Tran, three of the four original Vietnamese who arrived in Christchurch seven years ago,are now ordained as deacons for the Diocese of Christchurch. Bishop Barry in his introduction said to the large congregation…(Read More)

The Cathedral Announcement: On May 28th 2015, Bishop Barry Jones announced his plan for the future of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The significance of the timing of this announcement is that it marks the conclusion of over 4 years of extensive testing, modelling and reviewing of the options for all damaged, demolished or…(Read More)