In recognition of the 150 years that the Society of St Vincent De Paul arrived on the shores of New Zealand, it is important to recognise the service and leadership of the Auckland Vinnies secondary school council and our young adults as a way to give thanks for the gift that they are to their community and to the society.
The thanksgiving ceremony took place at St Columba centre, it was a gathering for friends and family to celebrate and honour the journey and sercice work Vinnies youth leaders of 2017.At he end of the night the young adult Vincentians honoured the Auckland Vinnies School leaders with the Tika Tonu Haka in celebration of the mahi aroha (service of love) throughout 2017.
World Homeless Day
Standing in solidarity with those who have no place to call home is a tough concept to understand. However, this annual event was hold at Aotea square, organised by the Charlotte and her team from James Liston Hostel. Some of the young adults and secondary school students helped with setting up marquees and helped with packing down at the end.
The Society had the opportunity to have a stall at the event to promote the charism and different works of the society. An important part of this day is a reminder that the people who live out on the streets need to be supported. There were different organisations that were present at the event such as Auckland City Mission, Kiwi Harvest, Mother of Divine mercy who continue to do amazing work with the community.
Friday, 13th – Sunday, 15th
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Annual General Meeting
This month was the Annual General Meeting for the Society. It was particularly special being 150 years since the charism arrived on the shores New Zealand. It was even more so that it arrived in Christchurch where our meeting was held. Held over three days, the theme for the weekend was “Past, Present and Future”.
Fulled with conferences and sharing of experiences, the weekend managed to draw people from all over New Zealand and even from neighboring countries and islands such as Tonga, Australia and many more. Vincenetian Paul Mulvaney had this to say about his time at the AGM:
From 13th-15th October, 2017 people gathered here in ChCh for a weekend of celebration to commemorate 150 years of the St Vincent de Paul Society in New Zealand.
In addition local conferences of the society in other regions hosted events and celebration.
Among a number of National or International guests it included Tony Muir the Council General and the International Territorial Frank Brassil Vice-President.
On the Saturday night we attended a super dinner/camaraderie @ the Commodore. I purchased the book by Tim O’Sullivan ‘’Early History of the SVDP in New Zealand’’ This is the story of the Society.
On Sunday in a packed St Mary’s Catholic Church, Manchester St, held an Anniversary Mass celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Martin Krebs, Bishop Emeritus Basil Meeking, Bishop Owen Dolan, Bishop Charles Drennan, Father Chris Friel, Father Rick Loughnan & more. As usual the choir music led by Don Whelan was superb.
Afterwards we were treated to another form of food, cutting of the cake, a stirring haka outside from the Auckland troupers, more mingling, photos and fare thee wells.