On June 17, the Unit of Aotearoa-New Zealand gathered in the Mt Albert community chapel for a special Jubilee Mass celebrated by the local Parish priest, Fr Carlos. Celebrating their jubilees were Sr Shirley, 70 years, and Srs Patricia Sarju, Margaret Cross, and Marie Therese Ranum, 60 years. Mass was followed by a very fine lunch. Margaret was not able to take part in the celebration on the day but she was prayed for her!
The next day the sisters gathered again for “Matariki” – the time when we begin again, plant again, pray for our deceased members, forgive again and share a feast together. This occasion is inspired by the Maori New Year which is indicated by the constellation called “Matariki” . It also coincided with Laudato Si and Goal 6 featuring “ecological spirituality”.