Affirmation for Hamilton Friary

For several months the brothers of the Province have been seriously reviewing our presence in New Zealand. A variety of reasons has reduced our numbers here to the point where we are now two; Brian and Damian Kenneth.

The Provincial Chapter meeting at Brisbane, 16th – 18th April 2007 reports that “both Brian and Damian Kenneth are happy to continue living in the friary as a praying presence, and in fact are already doing so. Chapter affirms them in this and assures them of the support of this Province and that their presence in Hamilton is greatly valued”.

One of the factors in this decision of the Chapter was the impressive volume of support from many facets of the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand for the ministry of the friary. For this support we are truly grateful.

We will be supported in community by our two Companion Brothers, Matua David and Doug Pratt together with the community of Te Ara Hou Village and the visit of other brothers from the Province from time to time. There will obviously need to be some variation to our ministries with the reduction in our numbers and a need to be prudent in the assignments we accept.

It is our fervent prayer that by maintaining our presence in New Zealand that we can provide the opportunity for young men called by God to the Franciscan religious life. The prayers and support of all our followers is essential and we ask you for a special effort in this regard as we move into a new phase of our being here.

Please celebrate with us the affirmation and support of our presence in Hamilton.

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