Lil Kiwi Pilgrimages

A few years back our family spent Christmas camping in Russell, and amongst many other activities spent a good couple of hours looking around Bishop Pompellier's house. It was fascinating to find out more about his work and influence and to learn more about his important role in the growth of Catholicism in New Zealand. A couple of times since, when I've heard of friends heading to Northland for a break, I tell them to make sure they visit the Bishop's house. 

When our children were a little younger, we stopped off in Paraparaumu and climbed the hill to see the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes close up. It's a great little walk – doesnt take long, and obvious care has gone into setting up the walk as a Stations of the Cross experience.

Where else in NZ would you recommend a Catholic stop off or visit? What are some interesting places/ monuments/ experiences that perhaps aren't well known, but would be of interest to others of us here at Being Frank?   

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    Comments: 4

    1. Benedicta March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Lovely post…

      I propose the Home of Compassion in Island Bay. There you will find the grave of Mother Suzanne Aubert. Also there is a lovely Lourdes Grotto and of course the garden of the Sister awarded for her work in gardening. (I'm sorry I can't remember her name).

      The Basilica in Timaru - the most beautiful remnant of Catholic Churches before the bulldozers moved in.

    2. Rafaella March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Mount St Mary's – Traditional Latin Mass Church in Rangiwai Road, Titirangi, Auckland where there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 24hrs a day, seven days a week.

      Give the Lord just one hour of your time. 

    3. bamac March 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      A visit to te Tyburn Monastery at Bombay in South Auckland is always enjoed .  There is the Church/chapel where there is exposition throughout the day ,a bushwalk down to a creek … towards the bottom of the steepish path there is a side path where there are the Stations of the Cross.  There is a rose garden with a grotto of Our Lady … the garden is overlooked by a hall with a verandah where youcanpicnicand can make yourself a cuppa.   You are always welcome to attend Holy Mass at9.30 and listen to the Nuns chant the Holy Office .

      Rafaella,

      If Mount St Mary's is your parish church , how blest you are indeed,

      Mrs Mac

    4. MaryandMartha March 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      You stole my idea for next week's blog! I came across this cool little website that is kind of like a pilgrimage challenge complete with map, story/history behind the sites and twitter hash tag to connect with other pilgrims. Very cool. 

      http://www.nzcms.org.nz/2014-pilgrimage/