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50th Anniversary Celebration in Papua New Guinea

32 Dancers

The 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the First Order Franciscan Brothers in Papua New Guinea was celebrated at the Haruro Friary, near Popondetta. Franciscan Brothers and Sisters came from many parts of the world. It was a great day of Papuan-New Guinea celebration: well planned and organised by our PNG Brothers.

 A large number of Orokaiva dancers in traditional dress with their drums: singing and dancing led the procession for the Eucharist. Throughout the service there were points at which there was dancing by representative groups of Franciscan Brothers, Sisters of the Visitation, Melanesian Brothers, theological college students and the local Sunday school — all done so reverently.

 The President of the Eucharist was the Bishop of Popondetta, Joseph Kopapa. I was privileged to be the preacher. We tried not only to recall the past with thanksgiving, but to be aware of the challenges of the present, and the need to take risks in faith and hope for the future, seeing religious orders as beacons of light.

 At the end of the service the dancers led us all to a shrine in the garden where deceased brothers are recalled, especially two Papuans, Philip and Timothy Joseph and American Brother Justus, who was the Principal of Newton College. A plaque was unveiled and blessed by Brother Clark Berge. The Minister General of the Third Order, Rev Dorothy Brooker was present as this also marked the beginning of the Third Order.

 Feasting and dancing with drama followed. Nearly a thousand people were present. Much food; pigs, poultry and vegetables, had been cooked through the night. Speeches were given by people of the wider community. Oliver Ambo, the deputy Governor and son of late Bishop George Ambo, spoke of behalf of the Government and Bishop Joseph Kopapa on behalf of the church.

 Gifts were exchanged and Brother Lawrence Hauje spoke for the province. The proceedings concluded with evening prayer led by Bishop Tevita Talanoa. It had been an exhilarating and exhausting day and one long to be remembered.

 This event was commemorating not only what is happening in PNG but also throughout the South Pacific. From PNG the First and Third Orders of SSF have spread to the Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand and beyond to Asia. One of the reasons Bishop Philip Strong invited the Society to come was his firm belief that there would be vocations to the Franciscan way of the Religious Life among Melanesians. This visit showed me that there was not only an increase in the number of Brothers but also in maturity. There are now thirty brothers in PNG, all of whom are local people and a larger number in the Solomon Islands. We can give thanks to God.

 Br Brian SSF.

43 Brothers processing

 

   38 Hururo Friary

 

   46 Bishop Jo presiding

 

44 Led by the dancers

 

   53 The sisters bring their gifts

 

   26 Br Brian & airport welcome party

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Fr Massud ibn Syedullah TSSF

Fr Massud Ibn Syedullah TSSF

The friary was pleased to welcome Fr Massud ibn Syedullah for a three day visit in June 2007. Fr Massud was in New Zealand to take part in the Third Order Convention held in Wellington. While in this country he conducted workshops and seminars in Howick, Tauranga and Hamilton. A member of our Third Order, Fr Massud has served as Minister Provincial of the TSSF Province of the Americas. He is a parish priest in the Bronx, New York City.

For more than twenty-five years, Fr Massud has used his gifts as musician, educator, and spiritual director to create and lead retreats, conferences, and workshops, nationally and internationally. As Director of Roots & Branches: Programs for Spiritual Growth, he provides a variety of programs for spiritual formation to parishes, dioceses, religious communities, and other institutions of the Church. He also works closely with the Brothers of the Ecumenical Community of Taizé, France, leading conferences and workshops in the music, worship, and the scripture study style of that community. He has a strong interest in the relationships between Christianity and Islam and in developing further understanding between the two religions.

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Te Hurihanga Opened

On a wonderful afternoon on Friday 27th April 2007 the community of Te Ara Hou gathered to welcome the Hon Mark Burton, Minister of Justice together with many other dignitaries to offically open the Te Hurihanga Youth Justice facility.

Te Hurihanga

The photo shows some of the Te Ara Hou community at the welcome.

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Ceremony and Karakia to break the ground to begin building Te Hurihanga

On 3rd October 2006 (the Transitus of St Francis) the friars took part in the ceremony to break the ground to begin the construction of the buildings which will make up Te Hurihanga – the Youth Justice house next to the Friary.

The afternoon began with a p?whiri where Ng?ti Haua and te iwi o Te Ara Hou welcomed senior members of the Ministry of Justice and the members of Youth Horizons Trust, accompanied by the Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, their spouses and Personal Assistants meeting in Hamilton at the time, and many other local supporters. Strong support was vocalized and pledged during the speeches,

The combined group the moved to the site of the front door of the new building and karakia accompanied the turning of the first sod by Kaumatua Andrew Thompson of Ng?ti Haua and Archbishop David Moxon, Bishop of Waikato. Further expressions of support came from a number of speakers.

Ceremony and Karakia to break the ground to begin building Te Hurihanga

A group of local residents objecting to the project staged a protest at the front entrance to Te Ara Hou and the Waikato Times showed a photo on the front page of Br Kentigern captioned as Peacemaker (a very Franciscan role).

Of course we then moved to the cuppa!

For assistance with the translation of M?ori words we use the Ngata Dictionary

Photo courtesy of Waikato Times

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SPCA Service at Cathedral for St Francis Day

Animals and owners count their blessings

09 October 2006 – by Yvonne Tahana (Waikato Times)

Adrienne Corfu’s dog wore a red scarf to the SPCA annual blessing of the animal service – but it was a fashion choice that didn’t go down well with some of the well-hooved canines.

Ms Corfu is an SPCA committee member and took along her black labrador to St Peters Cathedral yesterday.
“I think they thought she was a bit of a show-off.”
Budgies, rabbits, poodles and schnauzers were among the 40 animals blessed.
It served as an opportunity to recognise the love and companionship animals give in homes.
But it was also a chance to raise awareness about animal abuse and neglect.
In the Waikato, the organisation received up to 30 complaints a week, she said.
“That’s anything from dragging a dog behind a car to not feeding a horse or donkey which means they can’t walk any longer.
“It’s just a reminder that animals are living breathing beings with feelings”.

SPCA Service at Cathedral for St Francis Day

Br Andrew Philip at the Annual Pets’ Service

(Photo and articles by courtesy of the Waikato Times)

 

Te Hurihanga Opening

After living in the centre of a construction site for the past several months the brothers were pleased to be present at the opening of Te Hurihanga, our nearest neighbour in the Te Ara Hou village.

The formal proceedings began on Monday 23rd April with the naming and prayers led by kaumatua and tohunga from Ngati Haua followed by speeches and breakfast prepared by Te Ropu Takarangi (a part of Anglican Action).

On Friday 27th April the Minister of Justice together with Judge Caroline Henwood (the initiator and driving force for the project) opened the new facility with a large crowd of supporters and well-wishers.

The facility will take young male offenders (14-17yrs) in an intensive two-year programme to integrate them into positive community relationships. The first six to eight months will see the young men as neighbours to the friary, and the brothers see themselves very much as supportive neighbours to them. This pilot project is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The Te Ara Hou site was specifically chosen because of the supportive environment such a Christian social services village can offer. We wish the Te Hurihanga project every blessing.

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.

Kentigern Returns to UK

Provincial Chapter in 2004 elected Kentigern John as our friary Guardian for a three year term. He has now completed that term and as we write is on his way back to the United Kingdom. This was his second term in New Zealand; he had previously spent two years here while we were at Vaughan Park and when we moved to Hamilton.

During this term he was a caring and much appreciated Guardian. His involvement in voluntary ministry at Anglican Action and the University Chaplaincy is highly regarded. At Anglican Action he supervised the Community Counseling Service; a gold-coin operation using senior counseling students from Wintec, Te Whiuwhiu and the Bible College.  He was a volunteer at the Men’s Night Shelter in the city, involved in inner-city ministry, and a part of the team setting up the ministry at 1190. Kentigern has had a huge impact on the native trees and shrubs planted around the friary during his time with us.

We are most grateful for his willingness to come to the other side of the world to help us with our friary and we wish him well on his return to the UK and the ministry he will take there.

Like the kotuku who comes in a passing visit we have been much blessed by his time with us.

Te Hurihanga – breaking the ground

On 3rd October 2006 (the Transitus of St Francis) the friars took part in the ceremony to break the ground to begin the construction of the buildings which will make up Te Hurihanga – the Youth Justice house next to the Friary.

The afternoon began with a powhiri where Ngati Haua and te iwi o Te Ara Hou welcomed senior members of the Ministry of Justice and the members of Youth Horizons Trust, accompanied by the Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, their spouses and Personal Assistants meeting in Hamilton at the time, and many other local supporters. Strong support was vocalized and pledged during the speeches,

The combined group the moved to the site of the front door of the new building and karakia accompanied the turning of the first sod by Kaumatua Anaru Tamihana of Ngti Haua and Archbishop David Moxon, Bishop of Waikato. Further expressions of support came from a number of speakers.

A group of local residents objecting to the project staged a protest at the front entrance to Te Ara Hou and the Waikato Times showed a photo on the front page of Br Kentigern captioned as Peacemaker (a very Franciscan role).

Of course we then moved to the cuppa!

For assistance with the translation of Maori words we use the Ngata Dictionary.

Minister Provincial TSSF

 Revd Dorothy Brooker was elected Minister General for the Third Order at the recent International Chapter in Canterbury. As a result Revd John Hebenton was elected Minister Provincial for Aotearoa New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The photo shows the hand over of the Melanesian Cross at a service at Mount Maunganui in April.

 

Young Adults’ Weekend

Over a recent weekend 16 young adults gathered at the camp on the Riches farm at Hikumutu, near Taumarunui for time of study, discussion and fellowship.

The Revd Jemma Allen, Ecumenical Chaplain to Waikato University was the discussion leader for the weekend and Wade Aukett the organizer.

Free time was spent on a horse-back trek across the scenic farmland, and the photo shows Wade on Big Red.

A highlight of the weekend was the sumptuous dinner on Saturday night.

Waikato Diocese 80th Anniversary

The Diocese of Waikato celebrated the eightieth anniversary of inauguration over the weekend of 10 – 12 March 2006. People came from all over the diocese to a weekend gathering at Ngaruawahia. Lord Eames, the Archbishop of Armagh, was the main speaker and preacher at the celebration Eucharist. There was time for old stories and reminiscences, workshops and discussions, bible studies, fun and laughter, a festal dinner and Eucharist on Sunday. Numbers required the Eucharist to be held in the chapel at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. Archdeacon Kelvin Wright, came from Dunedin to lead the studies; Bishop Made Katib and Dean Aeries came from Kuching (our partner diocese); Bishop George Connor, senior Tikanga Pakeha bishop spent the weekend here at the Friary.

Te Ara Hou [060309]

The life of the friary is set within a village of Christian social services called Te Ara Hou.  Like all large communities things are constantly morphing, growing and dying back in the usual way of things.  But we are having an unusually busy period of change at the moment.  The large agency Family Start are moving on to new premises to assist with their expansion, leaving quite a gap; the James Family (which is part of  the Presbyterian church) are having a name change, though I’m not sure what to, and a new manager and it has been agreed that Te Hurihanga will be built here, right next door to the friary.  Te Hurihanga will be a residential community working with teenage boys who are getting themselves caught-up in a pattern of offending behaviour and who want help to ‘turn around’ (which is what the name translates as).  We brothers are very much looking forward to having new neighbours and the sort of work that will be going on in the house resonates with us.  Apart from these changes the work of the other people on-site with us; Anglican Action, Catholic Family Services and Abbeyfield, carry on apace.  The brothers and the members of the community at Abbeyfield share in some fellowship once a month over a cup of coffee, we found that if we didn’t set-aside some time then we could miss each other in our busy lives.  So there is always something new going on here at Te Ara Hou and we brothers hope that our prayers join with the many others in invigorating the village with God’s holy spirit.

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