OCEANIA/NEW ZEALAND - First Salesian foundation in the country, in Auckland suburb

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Auckland (Agenzia Fides) - Since 7 February the Salesians of Don Bosco have been present in a new country: New Zealand. The house in Auckland belongs to the “Mary Help of Christians” Salesian Province of Australia (AUL). This first foundation is a parish at Massey, an outer suburb of Auckland. There are two Churches in the Parish: one is Massey itself (St Paul’s) and another at nearly Ranui (St Malachy’s). The faithful come from all parts of the world, but especially Samoa (and other islands in the Pacific), India and Asia. They have begun their work immediately establishing close contact with all the already established groups in the parish. Among the first activities for the three Salesian missionaries, shorty after their official arrival, was the celebration of the Feast of Don Bosco kept on 13 February. Past pupils, and friends of the Salesians from Australia, Hong, Kong, India, the Philippines and other places formed a community of about 50 people. The people are already asking for information about Don Bosco, the Salesians, and their work. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 25/02/2010)