Sr Rose Celebrates her Diamond Jubilee

Rose celebrates her JubileeSr. Rose Harris celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with the Kaikohe community, including Sr. Margarita Bourke, on Saturday, 19th July.  Srs. Julie Brand and Lorraine Campbell were also present on this joyful occasion.  Rose renewed her Vows during a time of prayer.  A delicious meal followed, with the traditional toast and cutting of the Jubilee cake.  Rose and the Sisters living in Kaikohe had been unable to attend the Sector Jubilee celebrations the previous weekend due to severe flooding in the North.  Rose was delighted that her Diamond Jubilee could be celebrated in Kaikohe, though disappointed that not all the Sisters of the Sector of New Zealand could be present.

Papua New Guinea Events

Srs Kathleen & Lavinia

Srs Lavinia and Kathleen recently left Papua New Guinea bringing an end to the Marist Sisters’ ministry in the parish of Wama in the Bereina Diocese. The sisters were filled with gratitude for the many varied experiences they had and for the friendships they formed over the last two and a half years and so there was sadness in their hearts as they said their goodbyes.

Blessing of New Toilet block


In the weeks prior to their departure they were able to be present at a day of celebration in Wama with the Opening and Blessing of the new Toilet/Shower Block. Preparation for this special event had been taking place for many weeks and there was great excitement when the day arrived. The amenities block was generously funded by Cerdon College, Sydney, with an additional amount given to complete the project through a donation made by the Sector of New Zealand. It is a colourful building surrounded by beautiful gardens and with traditional paintings on the outside walls. It was decorated with leaves and flowers, and was blessed by the Vicar General of the Diocese. Speeches, dances and a feast ensured an all-day celebration to be remembered!