Anniversary Mass of the death of Fr Wiremu Te Awhitu

Father Wiremu Te Awhitu

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A Mass will be celebrated by Father David Gledhill on Friday 29th July, 9.00 am, at St Patricks Catholic Church Taumarunui, to celebrate the Anniversary of the death of Father Te Awhitu.

After the Mass, those who would like to are welcome to gather at the Marae and Uruapa on state highway 4.

Wiremu Hakopa Toa Te Awhitu, the first Maori to be ordained as a Catholic priest, was born at Okahukura, near Taumarunui, on 28 July 1914. He was the third of 10 children of Tamakaitoa (Toa) Te Awhitu and his wife, Katarina Toia Bell; Katarina also had four other children from her first marriage. The family’s main tribal affiliations were Ngati Hauaroa and Ngati Maniapoto. From his large immediate and extended families, Wiremu learnt the importance of sharing everything and working closely with others.

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