Congratulations to Fr Denzil Meuli who celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, 18 September, at the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Many of Fr Meuli’s former parishioners were in attendance to celebrate his birthday, some attending from other parts of New Zealand; many are parishioners of Mount St Mary’s Titirangi where Fr Meuli served as parish priest from 1989 up until his retirement just a few years ago. All remember, appreciate and love Fr Meuli for his dedication to the Traditional Latin Mass, the sacraments and his pro life work in defence of unborn children.

“P.D. Meuli, born 22 September 1926, entered the national seminary, Mosgiel, New Zealand in 1951. He transferred to the Urban College for the Propagation of the Faith and to the Urban University, Rome, in 1953 where he obtained a Licentiate in Theology and a Licentiate in Philosophy in 1956 and 1959 respectively. December 27, 1956 he was ordained to the priesthood. He secured a Doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University in 1959, returned to New Zealand to work in parishes in the Auckland diocese. He graduated Bachelor of Laws from the Auckland University Law School in 1976 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand the same year. He returned to Rome to enter the Lateran University School of Canon and Civil Law in 1976 and graduated in 1980 Doctor in Utroque Jure, Summa cum Laude after defending the thesis: ‘The Status and the Defences of the Unborn Child in Common Law’. A three year course of studies in law was then undertaken in the school of the Sacred Roman Rota leading, in 1983, to the qualification ‘Rotal Advocate’ licensed to appear before the Sacred Roman Rota and the Signatura Apostolica. This was followed by an administrative law course given by the Sacred Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Cult. From 1980 to 1985 he was attached to the Regional Tribunal located in Bologna, Italy where he functioned as Defender of the Bond.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR MEULI, DEO GRATIAS FOR YOUR PRIESTHOOD, DEDICATION TO CHRIST AND YOUR LIFE OF SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF AUCKLAND DIOCESE