New to the Team

Hi I am writing under the name Boanerges and am very excited to join the BF team!

Firstly, about that name…it's the name Jesus gave James and John early on after he first met them. I love the idea that Jesus gave his mates a nickname – so bloke-y. It's not a high faluting honorific either… It translates as "Sons of Thunder"… referring to the fiery tempers and of James and John (although it may say something of their dad Zebedee too.. The original "thunder"?)

As someone continually searching to make sense and meaning of his own male spirituality, I love the image of two rough men of the sea being hand picked  by the Lord to do amazing works. Heart over mind. Passion trumping finesse. Or as G.K. Chesterton later described it, "Letting your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair".

In my writings you'll get some of that too – a guy who may not have every theological base covered, but what I write is from the heart and gut and comes from a place of genuine devotion and love for the Church. Sometimes you'll agree with me, other times you'll despair … just as I'm  certain Jesus did with his unruly mates.

So about me… I am in many ways a typical kiwi bloke – love my sports, my community and family – and save a few wayward years have always been committed to Catholic life. I have lived and worked in four of our diocese, so have a fair understanding of our national Catholic identity. I am married with children at different life stages – one new born and two teenagers . My wife and I seek to raise them in a church and community of rich faith, love and service, challenging as that can be in modern times!

I am an experienced Catholic school Principal who holds leadership roles at both diocesan and national levels, so from time to time matters relating to education and leadership will  come through in my postings. Mostly I want to focus though on matters of culture, family life, male spirituality and our contemporary church. I hope you enjoy what I have to say, and if you don't, you know where the "comment" button is!

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    Comments: 8

    1. bamac August 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Warm welcome Boanerges,


      Sounds as though you will be giving us some strong posts to get our thinking "teeth " into ….looking forward to them already … God Bless  ..

      Mrs Mac

    2. Don the Kiwi August 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Boanerges  Eh?

      Hope you don't live in Wellington – calling down fire and brimstone after the recent troubles would be truly 'Apocolyptic'  ;-)

      From one kiwi bloke to another,  welcome aboard. Maybe we'll cross swords at some stage. :-)


    3. Benedicta August 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm


      I loved the GK Chesterton quote.

      His cause for canonisation is beginning.

      Catholic World Report has an article about this process which is being opened by the Bishop of Northampton in England.

      I often remind myself of something GKC said…'that Our Father is younger than we are".

      Regarding marriage and the Church..a number of writers are saying that reestablishing Catholic marriage and family is the essential task for the Church today.



    4. MaryandMartha August 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Welcome to the BF family! Looking forward to your contributions. :)

    5. Abenader August 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

      This 'kiwi bloke' thing whatever that means (or supposed to) can be, maybe a little alienating. So like, do you guys slap each other on the back sort of thing? Or nudge, nudge, wink, wink? Sorry, as an aspiring 'kiwi bloke', just wondering, sort of .

      So, Son of Thunder, welcome; from one Catholic (universal) bloke to another.

    6. Abenader August 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Oops, my post did not show the smiley face/s 

      Welcome again

    7. bamac August 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      I seem to be having problems working this site . I couldn't put a comment on the latest post ….. I wanted to thank Marty for his latest post which has straightened out some confudion in mymind re that topic  … there semed to be conflicting opinions that I had come across  but this post cleared it … thank you Marty,

      Mrs Mac

    8. JimmyG August 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Welcome Boanerges! Look forward to reading your stuff.

      bamac, I too can't seem to post in Marty's lastest post. Something is not working.

      Admin people, can you fix it?