Bishops renew country’s dedication to Our Lady

St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, New Zealand (NZ Catholic)

New Zealand’s bishops have chosen “Te Ara o Maria: Mary’s Way” as the name of the proposal to renew the country’s dedication to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. Source: NZ Catholic.

The name was suggested by Manuel Beazley, the Auckland diocese vicar for Māori, and was approved on June 18 by the bishops at a special meeting held to discuss the project.

“We needed a formal name for the renewal, and Manuel’s suggestion beautifully captures the role of Mary as the model of discipleship who leads us in the way of missionary discipleship,” said Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe, secretary of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

The bishops also confirmed that the historic St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington will become a national shrine to Mary.

A national tour of a new artwork of Mary and Jesus will begin after a Mass at St Mary of the Angels, renewing the dedication on Sunday, August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption.

Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier dedicated the country to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven when he celebrated his first Mass on New Zealand soil on January 13, 1838.

Bishop Lowe said the bishops decided to renew the country’s dedication to Our Lady following requests from parishioners during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown last year.


Renewal of dedication of NZ to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven to be title ‘Te Ara o Maria: Mary’s Way’ (By Michael Otto, NZ Catholic

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