The Cathedral Connection 9 February 2020

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Dear parishioners and friends,

I am delighted to have been appointed Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish and to be working with Lay Pastoral Leader Debbie Matheson, Director of Music Michael Fletcher and Office Administrator Frank Doherty.  When I arrived in previous parishes I told the parishioners that I had no great ambition as a priest other than to be available for the people that I am privileged to serve.  I am looking forward to continuing this approach in the Cathedral Parish.

In addition to ministry in the parish, I help to guide and support young men who are discerning a call to priesthood in the Archdiocese of Wellington.  Gerson Badayos, a prospective student for the priesthood has recently arrived from the Philippines and will be in Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish during 2020 for a “come and see” experience.  Please keep Gerson in your prayers and welcome him into our parish community.  I will be introducing him at Masses this weekend.  In addition to Gerson we also have three seminarians in formation for priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland (Matthew White, Kinh Nguyen and Emilio Capin).  Alfred Tong is on pastoral placement in Our Lady of the Bays Parish in Richmond, Motueka and Takaka.

An essential part of being a priest is being about and getting to know people.  So I would be very grateful for invitations for a cuppa or a meal in the weeks and months ahead.  This will help Gerson and I to settle into the parish and get to know people. My email address is d.dowling@wn.catholic.org.nz and my phone number is 496 1790.  If you or anyone you know would appreciate a visit please feel free to get in touch.

Nga mihi nui
Fr David

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