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Bishop Steve Lowe shared Sunday TVNZ's photo.May 5th, 2016 at 2:50am
The beautiful Sisters of Carmel in Christchurch... I hope to see them while I am here...
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Bishop Steve LoweMay 5th, 2016 at 2:50am
Today marks 175 years since the martyrdom of our Diocesan patron, St Peter Chanel. Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge says, "The group was initially well received by Futuna's king, Niuliki. Fr. Peter struggled to learn the language and mastered it. Despite little apparent success and severe want, he maintained endless patience and courage. It was a difficult mission, coping with isolation, different foods and customs, but eventually beginning to bear some fruit. A few islanders agreed to be baptised while a few more were being instructed. Peter Chanel's selflessness and love was noticed and he was given the name 'the man with the good heart'. Wikipedia continues, King Niuliki believed that Christianity would undermine his authority as high priest and king. When his son, Meitala, sought to be baptized, the king sent a favoured warrior, his son-in-law, Musumusu, to "do whatever was necessary" to resolve the problem. Musumusu initially went to Meitala and the two fought. Musumusu, injured in the fracas, went to Chanel feigning need of medical attention. While Chanel tended him, a group of others ransacked his house. Musumusu took an axe and clubbed Chanel to death. Chanel died on April 28, 1841."

In our own time we too need to learn the language of our day and master it that we may proclaim so that people may hear it. Often we can see little apparent success. While we might not want for anything we can suffer frustration from the lack of response. We too are called to have patience and be courageous in the knowledge that it is the Lord’s work we do. Yes, ours is a difficult mission and we often have to cope with the loneliness of the celibate in an indifferent world. This can tempt us to find other less healthy ways of coping. But in the end these are the very things that can strike us down. Like Peter Chanel we are called to faithfulness not success. May we, like him, be men of good heart who reveal to our people our love for the Lord Jesus and his love for them.

St Peter Chanel, pray for us.
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Bishop Steve Lowe added 3 new photos.May 5th, 2016 at 2:50am
Yesterday our Bishop Denis Browne and Archbishop David Moxon received an honorary doctorate from Waikato University for their work in the Church and community as the Catholic Bishop of Hamilton and Anglican Bishop of Waikato
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Bishop Steve LoweMay 5th, 2016 at 2:50am
We become Christians by our baptism but the call to live our Christianity is constant. Part of our call to be Christian is to speak up the voiceless and for the vulnerable in all the stages of life and in all situations of need

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Bishop Steve LoweMay 5th, 2016 at 2:50am
Suzanne Aubert - Will she be New Zealand's first saint???

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