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Emergency Request from Sri Lanka

An e-mail arrived from Fr Basil Fernando, the National Director of Missio Sri Lanka announcing the news that there is an outbreak of Covid19 Pandemic in St Aloysius Seminary in Colombo.

Rebuilding Churches in Sri Lanka after Easter Bombings

Click here to read the ‘Report on a string of suicide bomb blasts in  Sri Lanka ‘. After the devastating attacks on Church-going Sri Lankans, we would like to show our solidarity at this tragic time. Please send your support and through Missio-NZ. We will make sure much-needed funds will go to those who are devastated by these recent attacks. There is a new option in the Donate page for this cause.

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary started as a Minor Seminary in the 70’s. The war interrupted its operation and it can only resume as a seminary in 1992. It is affiliated to the Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome.  The seminary offers Philosophy, Theology and a year of Spirituality; it serves the three dioceses: Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and also Ban Me Thuot. It was necessary to construct an extension to accommodate the growing number of seminarians admitted. The government has given permission for extra candidates to be admitted. There are 270 seminarians this current school year. MissioNZ, though the generous

Mother of Perpetual Help Centre

Mother of Perpetual Help Center, in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand, first opened in 1997 and became a Centre for persons with aids to come for counselling.  It later developed an orphanage of children born with HIV/AIDS and whose parents have died. Closest family members have to give them up due to poverty. As the orphans grow into young teenagers a new house has to be built. Ban Mae Marie (the House of Mary) now houses teenagers . Mother of Perpetual Help Center also helps many young poor children who live in the vicinity. The Divine Word Missionaries believe that education

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Art Lesson with Sr. Marian Children’s Choir Before the Chapel. The Missionaries Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit work among the poorest sectors of Addis Abeba. The work ranges from children in the local school to families; from health service to religious formation in catechism.

Alotau-Sidea, Papua New Guinea

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Alotau-Sideia is located in the Eastern cone of the island of New Guinea on the shore of Milne Bay. Bishop Rolando Santos CM, the 4th Bishop of the Diocese resides in the city of Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province. In 1946 it was erected an Apostolic Prefecture and ten years later elevated to Apostolic Vicariate. It became a diocese in 1966. Diocese itself is spanned on the 20,000 km2 territory with population of 286,329 of which 17% are Catholics (48,675) There are 18 parishes with 29 priests majority are religious missionaries. There are

Supporting Seminarians

I am to celebrate my 34th anniversary as an ordained priest this year, and lately I have discovered that I am a child of missionaries. You should have seen the looks of shock among the parishioners when I declared this publicly during a Sunday homily. I had to calm them down right away by modifying my statement and say — “a child in faith” of missionaries!Yes! I was brought up in a parish where most of the priests I have known, in participating at Masses, were missionaries from Europe, the United States, Australia and even New Zealand. I remember how

Auki, Solomon Islands

Serving the Lord with Gladness in the Solomon Islands MissioNZ regularly assists the Diocese helping support the catechists and the seminarians of the Diocese. My name is Nancy Yurek. My brother Bishop Chris Cardone, O.P. has been an American missionary in the Solomon Islands for nearly 25 years. His motto “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” exemplifies how he shepherds his flock to lead faith-filled lives. The Solomon Islands is a poor country. It has a subsistence economy. Infant and maternal mortality rates are high due to illness, malaria and rudimentary health care. Educational resources are limited. Only about half of

Meet Fr Michael Useni – His Journey to Priesthood

In the Village I was born on 24th April 1969, first born son in a family of eight, five girls and three boys. I come from the very southern part of Malawi in Chikwawa district. My village is called Muonda. I was born in this village, not at a hospital, with the help of traditional birth’s attendants. In October 1976 I started primary school education. The primary school was four kilometres away, next to the Catholic Out church where we went to pray on Sundays. Some villages were even further away from the school and church. We all went to