Congratulations to Jaewoo Lee on his Ordination as Deacon in the Dunedin Diocese, 4th December 2017
David Haas (with Michael Mangan) at Holy Name in Dunedin North
David Haas delighted the people in Dunedin on October 11th with two sessions. The afternoon session was an interactive session on supporting ministers in music which attracted an ecumenical crowd. In the evening David shared his gifts of music and spirituality which enriched us all.
Refugee Youth Day Camp at Tirohanga - 16th September
Shouts of joy and laughter were heard ringing throughout Tirohanga Camp in Outram, on Saturday the 16th of September. The sun shone brightly, as 80 people from many faiths and cultures gathered for a Dunedin Youth Day Camp, offered for the recently resettled refugee community and various church youth group members. The youth engaged in sports activities, confidence course, arts and crafts, hiking and tie-dye t-shirt making. A highlight was when the Syrians spontaneously broke into song and dance and others joined in after lunch. It was a day that exhibited the strength of community as many groups joined forces to offer hospitality to our city’s newest members, including the Churches Welcome Refugees Group (comprised of Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian members), the Red Cross, Muslim University Students Association (MUSA), and several youth groups from Catholic and Presbyterian churches around the city. The day only happened because of the generosity of St. Peter’s College, Auckland, who chose Dunedin refugee resettlement as their fundraising mission in 2016.
Dunedin Young Catholics Candlelit Mass and Campfire - 8th July
It was a beautiful evening of candles and campfire at Mercy Parish on Saturday 8 July. Many youth and families came out to have a contemplative Taizé style Mass followed by fellowship around the campfire with s'mores under the moon. Gooey fingers and smiling faces said it all. Thanks to all who came out to share in celebrating our Dunedin Catholic Youth.
Jam for Joy music session at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Winton
St. Thomas Aquinas, Winton Parish hosted a group for a hot lunch and music "Jam Session" on Saturday 1st July. People drove from far and wide to share music and ideas. The weather was cold but the company was warm and the lunch delicious! A special thanks to Julie Moylan and Pauline Mitchell and the others who hosted us all and thanks to all who attended and shared their joy of parish music!
Shane Clairborne, Christian social activist in Dunedin, March 2017
Shane Claiborne led a Social Justice Leadership Workshop for our Catholic secondary schools at Burns Lodge at Holy Cross on March 15th. The interactive day including inspiring stories of Shane's modern Gospel living and in depth discussions about how the youth of Otago and Southland can live out The Way of Jesus in their own neighbourhoods. He also spoke at Holy Name to an enthusiastic crowd that same evening. The ecumenical audience went away reinvigorated to live out the Gospel in our part of the world.