Waitangi Day, the day which marks Aotearoa’s foundation as a bicultural nation. It commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the Maori chiefs of New Zealand with the British Crown on February 6th 1840.
The Catholic faith was brought to New Zealand by Jean Baptiste Pompallier SM, a bishop from Lyons, France in 1838, before the treaty was signed. Pompallier celebrated the first Mass in New Zealand on 13 January 1838 at the home of Thomas and Mary Poynton at Totara Point. Bishop Pompallier was appointed the first Bishop of Auckland in 1848, a post which he held until 1869. He died in Puteaux, France in 1871. In 2002 his remains were returned to New Zealand and buried under the altar of St Mary’s Church, Motuti.
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” (St Therese of Lisieux - Manuscripts Autobiographiques , C 25r)
St Therese of Lisieux
1873 - 1897