Parishes to celebrate Passionist Family 20 year anniversary

28 May 2012

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Murray & Aileen Straight from the Passionist Family Group Movement (South Island Directors), and Bishop Barry Jones who has made an inscription on the back of the painting 'Voyage of Discovery' with his good wishes and blessings.

The 'Voyage of Discovery' image is travelling the country and is given to each parish when they celebrate their twenty years of being part of the Passionist Family Group Movement.

This painting was painted by Michael Pervan, a renowned NZ based iconologist, is passed on to the next parish as they celebrate their twentieth celebration.

Christchurch Diocese first Parish is Bryndwr which celebrates their 20 years starting with a parish gathering in 15th June and a Mass on 17th June where the 'Voyage of Discovery' will be placed in the 'custody' of the Bryndwr Parish. In July the parishes of Christ the King Burnside and Our Lady of Assumption Hoon Hay will celebrate their 20 th anniversaries.

Voyage of Discovery

Maori travelled to Aotearoa New Zealand from Hawaiiki in canoes (te waka). Today, different tribes trace their genealogy back to the canoe in which their ancestors travelled.

In this pastel, the occupants of the canoe represent Passionist Family Group members.  They are from many cultures and they undertake various roles.  Some are rowing, some steering, and some watching to see what is happening in the distance.  Some are searching the waters close by.  Some nurture children and some care for the sick and elderly.  Together, they make up “a tribe”, a Christian family.

New Zealand is a country of thermal activity. The glow of red showing through the Passionist logo represents the fire in our hearts. The logo shaped in the cloud reminds us that although there is no longer a resident Passionist community in New Zealand, there remains a strong Passionist presence and influence.  

Many times since the beginning of the Passionist Family Group Movement in our country, we have had to adapt and develop new roles and ways of doing things. We have taken the Movement to other areas throughout the North and South islands and to other Christian churches.  Always, the Passionist charism and support is here to guide us.