Posts Tagged ‘Kentigern’

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.

Burns Night 2006

During the year each of the groups at Anglican Action make a presentation of their own culture to the rest of the staff.

‘Burns Night’, 25th January, saw Kentigern and Jean Robertson in a fling of Scottish activity.

The evening began with Scottish country dancing led by Jean and her family with much toe-tapping and hoots of laughter as people were guided round the floor in what was for most an unusual experience.

Following the dancing everyone moved to the dining room where Kentigern had prepared a great feast for the night.

While folk were spared ‘deep-fried-Mars bars’ they were to experience haggis which, for many, was a first.

Poetry and stories from the bard, with a wee tipple of the national beverage from time to time, carried on into the night.

It was a wonderful evening with many heartfelt thanks to Jean and Kentigern for an interesting cross- cultural experience.

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