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Franciscan Angles 2012-3

2012-3 Franciscan Angles Newsletter 2012-3

Romanian Orthodox Festival

The Romanian Orthodox cogregation which shares the chapel at Te Ara Hou is dedicated to St George.

This year they held their festival on Sunday 25th April with visitors from the Auckland and Wellington churches. After the service in the chapel they all moved to the friary lawn for the feast in a joyful atmosphere. The weather stayed fine for the more than 50 guests.

Quiet Day – Easter Week

About 25 people came to the friary for a Quiet Day during Easter Week conducted by Br Clark Berge (our Minister General).

The photo shows;

Brenda Trim TSSF, Rose Christie-French TSSF, Br Simone ssf, Alison Molloy TSSF, Rosemary Blackwell, Br Clark Berge ssf, and Fr Terry Molloy TSSF.

Missy, the friary cat also got into the picture.

The Friary this Week – Holy Week 2010

Life is fairly busy this week.

Brother Clark Berge, our Minister General, arrived last Thursday to spend a couple of weeks with us. He has just come from Papua New Guinea, where he spent time living with the brothers and also participating in the Ministers’ Meeting. This week he and Br Simone are taking part in the Holy Week devotions in Cambridge parish and also at St Peter’s School. Next week Br Clark will have some speaking engagements and will conduct a Quiet Day at the Friary.

Brother Brian is assisting with the Good Friday services at Melville during an interregnum.

Brother Clark and Brother Brian will then go to our Provincial Chapter meeting at Stroud, NSW, Australia.

Friary guests at the moment include a family recently arrived from the United Kingdom to settle in New Zealand. So we are a full house!

    Brother Clark Berge ssf

Quiet Day – Saturday 10 March 2010






Saturday 10th April 2010


10:00 am – 4:00pm



Led by Br Clark Berge SSF

Minister General of the First Order Brothers


Friary of the Divine Compassion

Te Ara Hou Village

100 Morrinsville Road




Bring your own lunch

Hot and cold drinks provided

Koha welcome


The day will conclude with Evening Prayer at 3:30pm

followed by an Afternoon Tea to which people are

openly invited.

This Week – 14 Feb 2010

Sunday 14th February 2010

This week began with Brian preaching at both the 8:00 am and 9:45am Eucharists at St Peter’s Cathedral Church. We had lunch together as a community at a restaurant in town for a couple of small friary celebrations. In the afternoon and evening Brian, Simone and Joseph travelled to Auckland and back, for the Requiem for Archbishop Jabez.

Monday 15th February 2010

In the morning the Village Forum held a regular meeting in the friary. Simone was on duty at Manaaki Mai overnight.

Tuesday 16th February 2010 (Shrove Tuesday)

Damian Kenneth participated in the Anglican Action Council meeting. Brian Simone and Joseph attended the annual barbecue which Bishop Denis Browne (Catholic Bishop of Hamilton) hosts for Religious in the Diocese.

Wednesday 17th February 2010 (Ash Wednesday)

The brothers attended the combined Anglican/Roman Catholic Ash Wednesday service, held this year in St Peter’s Cathedral Church. Bishop Denis was the preacher.

Thursday 18th February 2010

Joseph returned to Stroud after his stay here.

Br Joseph Visit

Br Joseph

Br Joseph is with us at the Friary in Hamilton for a couple of weeks for a time of familiarisation. He is usually based at the Hermitage of St Bernadine at Stroud NSW. Joseph hails from Western Australia, a former Royal Australian Navy chef and a member of the Vietnam Veterans’ Motorcycle Club of Australia. We certainly enjoy having him with us albeit for a short stay.

Brother Colin R.I.P.

Brother Colin ssf  … Haere Ra Koro


 In 1970 four Brothers from four nations and three different SSF Provinces were chosen to pioneer our Franciscan First Order presence in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of them was a large Solomon Islander – Brother Colin – from Malaita. They were first at St Francis House, Greys Avenue, Auckland and then at St Mary’s Vicarage, Glen Innes.

 Colin was one of the first Solomon Islanders to come to test his vocation as a friar at what is now known as Haruro (formerly Jegerata) near Popondetta in Papua New Guinea. The other two were Michael Davis, who died in 1989 and Comins Romano who returned to Haruro this year from the Solomons for the celebration in July of our being 50 years in Papua New Guina. Both were from the island of Ulawa. These three Solomon Island Brothers had come to join SSF before there was a friary in the Solomons. Colin had previously resided and worked at Pawa boys’ secondary school on Ugi Island. Now we have to record that he has died in the general hospital in Honiara after a long illness, aged 73. He was professed in 1969.

 Colin had become the “patriarch” of our Brothers in the Solomons, being wise and faithful, though a little too fond of bettlenut. Many people sought his advice and encouragement. Having an infectious sense of humour he could tell many good stories and was a gentle mimic. He played the guitar and had a good bass voice. He was a reader but often admitting that “this book is too big for my head”. His sermons were powerfully delivered. He hated nonsense and pretence. And having a keen understanding of justice he founded and managed a school for girls at Fouala-a whom he felt were deprived of educational opportunities compared with boys. This was his main work in the second half of his Franciscan life. He was ordained priest at a late age at the hands of the then Bishop of Malaita.

 May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Te Ara Hou Celebrates Ten Years


Celebration powhiri

Celebration powhiri

The social services village Te Ara Hou (The New Way) celebrated its 10th anniversary this month with a party attended by local dignitaries, agency workers, clients, residents and people from the neighbourhood.

 In pre-European times the land was a village, Mangaonua, resourcing the local tribes with food from the stream and crops. After the land wars it became a sizeable farm which was later subdivided. The present site became a residence for the Society for the Intellectually Handicapped, Christopher Park. From there it became Chanel Park the headquarters for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.

 In 1999 the land and buildings were purchased by the Hamilton City Council in order to facilitate the founding a social work village. To this end they retained ownership of part of the land and on-sold the buildings to a Trust set up for the purpose of operating and promoting the Village and to promote social services generally in the Waikato region. The remainder of the land was purchased by the Anglican Diocese of Waikato in order to preserve the potential of a village concept.

 Te Ara Hou (The New Way) is an innovative village where we work together to respond holistically to meet people’s needs: a community of agencies collaborating for the benefit of all. The village honours the partnership inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

 The friary moved to Te Ara Hou in December 2001 and is an integral part of the village. The friary offers spiritual resources and encouragement for the staff of the various agencies on site; daily chapel offices and eucharist; hospitality to guests and visitors; and a place of peace, quiet and refreshment in the midst of an often hectic and confusing setting.

 The present village is a model of co-operation and a tribute to the foresight of those who worked so hard for the vision they held.

 Congratulations Te Ara Hou!

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