EVENTS AND ARTICLES
Events organised by Mercy Spirituality Centre encourage cultural awareness.
See the article in NZ Catholic. Read more.
Te Whakaruruhau mo nga Iwi katoa Shelter for all
Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand Mercy Reflection and Action Project August & September 2016
'In the tradition of Catherine and in the spirit of Whakawhanaungatanga making right relationship happen, we Widen Mercy circles Stand with fragile communities and Disturbed into action.'
Sr Katrina Fabish on Breakfast TVNZ
Bishop Patrick Dunn blesses Stations of the Cross
The chapel in Mercy Spirituality Centre is enriched by beautiful Stations of the Cross made of pohutukawa wood. Read more
Maori Events at MSC
A visit to Otara Marae “Whaiora” ended the 2015 series of events around Maori Culture organised by Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre.
The overall theme for the Mercy Spirituality Centre prgramme 2015 is “Roots” and within this theme participants of a number of events had the opportunity to explore some of the customs of the Tangata Whenua, the first people in Aotearoa New Zealand: Flax Weaving with Marama Piripi; an introduction to Maori Cultural Practices with Pani Chamberlin; legends around Matariki with Beate Matthies and Akuhata Rangi; “The True Vine – The Picture of the Catholic Church first preached to the Maori” with Fr Merv Duffy; “Toku Pepeha – I belong” and finally the Marae Visit facilitated by Manuel Beazley, the Pastoral Assistant of St Joseph the Evangelist Parish Otara. Read more
The Seder Meal
The Mercy Spirituality Centre in Epsom reached full capacity when Rabbi Brent Gutmann and Fr John Dunn spoke about the meaning and celebration of the Passover – the Seder Meal.
Rabbi Brent, a young and dynamic rabbi who had arrived in Auckland about two years ago, immediately captured the audience with his American accent and a kippah as black as his hair. He told the history of the Jewish Passover Meal in a very entertaining and yet educational way. Read more.
Sisters enjoy sabbatical at Mercy Spirituality Centre
On 28th January 13 Sisters from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga gathered at the Mercy Spirituality Centre in Auckland. Our group consisted of eleven Sisters of Mercy – (three from New Zealand and eight from Australia) and two Sisters of Compassion from Tonga. We spent the next six weeks exploring Scripture, Ecology, Spirituality and Art, Women’s Health Care, Byzantine Art through history. Read more.
NZ Catholic article about poverty in Auckland:
Working with the children
Sr Rita Vessey is working with the children of our neighbouring school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The children come to Mercy Spirituality Centre to learn gardening skills in our beautiful grounds. See picture on right.
Interfaith Event on Gratitude
Mercy Spirituality Centre and the Auckland Interfaith Council
Article about Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini, who recently spoke at Mercy Spirituality Centre, about the injustices happening in his country, Guatemala. Click here to read.
We are on the radio!
Mercy Spirituality Centre on Planet FM, click here to listen.
Read this article on Civil Society by Beate Matthies.
Our third Intergenerational Forum was a real success!
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Sr Rita Vessey working with the children from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.