Auckland and Samoa
Redemptorists Mangere Parishes
Redemptorists have been present in the lives of the people of New Zealand for over 130 years. Australian Redemptorists began travelling to New Zealand to preach summer missions beginning in 1883. The success of these missions, and the connections they made with the communities they served, led to the acquisition of a property on Wellington’s Mount Victoria. This was to be the site of the first Redemptorist community to permanently settle in New Zealand.
Today the Redemptorists continue to accompany and journey with the people of New Zealand. The Redemptorists currently serve two parishes in Auckland New Zealand; St Anthony’s Parish and St Thérèse’s Parish. These two parishes are known as the Mangere Catholic Parishes. Both parishes have a significant community of Samoan and Tongan parishioners who bring distinct cultural traditions to these vibrant parishes.
For more information on these two parishes please visit : www.mangerecatholic.org.nz
A strong number of the Syro-Malabar community have migrated to New Zealand, most of them during the past decade. The spiritual centre of the Syro-Malabar Church, the second largest of the 21 Eastern Catholic Churches, remains in Kerala, Southern India. But Syro-Malabar folk have migrated in considerable numbers both to other parts of India and to such countries as the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
In order serve the Syro-Malabar community’s needs, the Redemptorists have taken responsibility for the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Auckland. Two Redemptorists, Fr Joy Thottamkara CSsR. and Fr Jobin Joseph CSsR guide the parish with the celebration of Mass as well as participating in faith formation programs. Both are committed to helping members of the Syro-Malabar community come together as a united community and move forwards in consolidating its liturgical and cultural identity.
For more information on the Syro-Malabar mission please visit: www.asmcm.org
In December 1972, the first Redemptorists from New Zealand arrived on the island of Savai’i. What they quickly came to realise was the island was teeming with faith and religious expression. These Redemptorists took great joy in sharing in the lives of the people of Samoa and celebrating Mass with their community. Unfortunately, due to the demands of the pastoral needs in New Zealand, the Redemptorists decided they could no longer sustain the Samoa mission. The last Redemptorists left Samoa in 1987 with a dream that they would one day return.
Since then, the Redemptorist region of New Zealand and the Redemptorist Province of Indonesia started a collaboration as a following-up of the spirit of restructuration, the possibility was seen that the dream of going back to Samoa would come to fruition.
On May 1st 2013, two Indonesian priests, Fr Oche Matutina and Fr Mans Wenge were sent to Samoa. Seventh months later in November 2013, they were joined by Fr Leo Ugapo, a Samoan Redemptorist under the region of New Zealand. Since then, The Redemptorit Samoa Mission Community was established.
Redemptorist Samoa Mission was given three parishes in the district of Aleipata by the Archbishop of Samoa, Mgr Alapati Lui Mataeliga, the parish of St Maria Guadalupe – Tiavea, St Michael – Amaile and St. Peter and Paul – Saleaumua.
For more information on the Samoa Mission please visit: www.redsamoamission.wordpress.com