New Zealand: Mission Accomplished
Anton Timmerman (99), Michael Corcoran SG, Peter (Mick) Ryan (89)

New Zealand: Mission Accomplished

Anton Timmerman (99), Michael Corcoran SG, Peter (Mick) Ryan (89)

General Superior, Michael Corcoran mhm, visited New Zealand and our four remaining Mill Hill Missionaries residing in the North Island. Being with our missionaries and the leaders of the Local Church in Auckland he was greatly encouraged by the immense contribution Mill Hill has made especially to the Maori mission – a feeling of mission accomplished to be carried on my another generation of Church personnel including some now coming from Pacific Islands, Fiji, Samoa and the Philippines. The Maori peoples as Michael learnt do not come in great numbers to the special Maori centres with the exception of big occasions. The Maori mission still remains fragile as it faces the challenges of the present times even though there have been a number of Maori priests and one Maori bishop and dedicated lay ministers. Many would expect the Maori to integrate totally in Kiwi parishes. The abiding impression Michael got from his visit and looking back to our presence in New Zealand since 1886, was the deep concern our missionaries had for the Maori people, their welfare, social and spiritual and how their best interests might be served with the many changes taking place.

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