Ecclesia Dei Society of New Zealand

Inscape : The Ecclesia Dei Journal seriesVol.XX, Newsletter 1: March/April 2015 : LENT & EASTER




The Society’s 2015 Annual General Meeting will take place mid-year (date tbc.) in Wellington. The Society’s Chairman Neil Coup will present his annual report; Treasurer Diana Ranger will provide a financial statement and update on the Society’s finances; National Secretary Melda Townsley will report on the Seminary Fund and other matters. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions from members followed by afternoon tea. For catering purposes please advise whether you are able to attend to: Toni Nacu:



EDSNZ held a very successful retreat in December last year led by Emeritus Bishop Meeking of Christchurch. The Lord Bishop gave excellent talks on Sanctifying Grace, sin, and God’s Love. Bishop Meeking has kindly agreed to lead the retreat again this year. The Traditional Latin Mass is offered each day of the retreat and we urge you to attend to support the Society’s annual retreat. The Home of Compassion can accommodate a maximum of 25 live-in retreatants. Anyone not requiring accommodation can also attend as a day retreatant.

Please advise your interest in attending the retreat by email to:

Or Jan Curran P O Box 27124, Garnett Avenue, Hamilton, Email:


PROPOSED PILGRIMAGE: Tokoroa to Ngakuru, Rotorua – December 2015


On 31 December last year there was a three day pilgrimage from Tokoroa to the Tyburn Monastery in Ngakuru (near Rotorua). The pilgrimage was organised by Roger Gilbride who is a seminarian (from Auckland) with the Fraternity of St Peter in Denton, Nebraska.

June Haly one of our Council members attended the Low Mass that was offered in Tokoroa at the commencement of the pilgrimage and the beautifully chanted Missa Cantata that was offered at the Tyburn Monastery in Ngakuru on the last day of the pilgrimage and stayed over-night at the Monastery. Sixteen young people attended the pilgrimage with several adults, accompanied by two priests from the Fraternity of St Peter, Fr Buist and Fr Sypher and seminarian Roger Gilbride.

The intention of the pilgrimage was for peace in the Middle East.

Roger Gilbride hopes that the pilgrimage will become an annual event and we will advise further details as soon as we receive them.

Photos of last year’s pilgrimage can be seen here:!12935&authkey=!AIaE_dvpTPNK4ik

WEBSITE: There have been further updates to the EDSNZ website which was set up by Tim Watanabe last year. You can now find copies of newsletters, pertinent articles on the Traditional Mass (including an Advent letter from the New Zealand and Australian seminarians about life in the FSSP seminary in Denton, Nebraska). Photos of last year’s retreat can also be viewed in the gallery. There is now a facility so that you can comment on articles if you wish to, plus the ability to contact EDSNZ via email and a sign up facility for those wishing to join the society. The website can be viewed at


SUBSCRIPTION NOTICES: Subscription notices will be sent out in June. Members are able to donate to the Seminarian Fund which we use to assist seminarians in their study in traditional seminaries. There are now three New Zealand seminarians with the Fraternity of St Peter in Denton: Roger Gilbride, Brendan Boyce, both from Auckland, and Daniel Mould from Timaru who is in now his fifth year of study. So we ask you to remember the three of them in your prayers.

The subscription notice also provides the opportunity for members to subscribe to the Latin Mass magazine at a discount to members.


JOHN ATCHERLEY CARDINAL DEW Chairman Neil Coup wrote to Cardinal Dew on 5 February to congratulate him on his appointment as Cardinal (5 January; Investiture in Rome, 14 February: Valuing our link with the Successor of St Peter, we are delighted to know that both you and the Church in New Zealand are honoured by this new role. Hopefully, as Cardinal, you will be able to further strengthen the bond of communion between the local New Zealand Church and the Apostolic See of Rome”.

GRAHAM CLIFFORD TOWNSLEY – RIP It is with sadness that Council record that one of our members, Graham Clifford Townsley, husband of our secretary Melda Townsley, passed away on 6 February 2015 following a long illness. Council extend to Melda and her family our sincere sympathy on the loss of a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather, and we ask you to remember Graham and Melda and their family in your prayers.



We live in God’s wonderful world. Yet it is also a world where there is suffering and evil and sin. Just think of the evil and confusion that comes into our own lives and into the lives of others because of our sins – when we are unfaithful, when we are dishonest, when we are greedy when we are unjust, when we tell lies, when we are hateful and unkind. It mounts up so easily; it becomes a cycle of wrongdoing, a kind of slavery; then it is hard to break out of even when we seriously want to.


It has taken the tragic death of the Son of God on the Cross to break the vicious cycle of sin and evil and human misery. Jesus has set us free, if we will accept it; he overcame sin by himself dying and rising again. So the Cross on which Christ died is the standard of liberation, the banner of victory. Yet it is rejected by many people, including some Catholics. They claim it makes God appear in a sinister light – as the angry Father punishing his Son for our sins, a cruel God who demands such an atonement. That is a dreadful caricature, a travesty of the truth. That opinion betrays a lack of a real sense of sin and its malice; it shows an inadequate knowledge of God and his will to rescue us from sin.


In the second volume of his book, Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Emeritus Benedict puts that right. He says: “The real forgiveness accomplished by the Cross functions in exactly the opposite direction. The reality of injustice and evil that disfigures the world and distorts the image of God in us – this reality exists through our sin. It cannot be ignored; it must be addressed. God himself becomes the place of reconciliation and in the person of his Son takes the suffering , the expiation, on himself. With the Cross, God himself grants his infinite purity to the world.” (p 232) The Son of God makes an offering of himself on the Cross. His self-giving. His obedience takes us up and brings us back to God; in that act his obedience wipes out our disobedience through his love; In Jesus the good is always infinitely greater than the vast mass of human sin and evil, however terrible that may be.


The Cross is the expression of a life that is completely for others. The Cross means it is not we who go to God for the expiation of our sins; the Cross tells us God comes to us so that, if we accept it, he enfolds us in his love; he makes the unjust just again; we do not have to try to conciliate God; as St Paul tells us God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. The Cross is the expression of the love of God which gives itself away; our part is to let ourselves be taken over by his love, to let him act on us in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the sacrament of penance. In shedding his blood for us he has made up for our wrongdoing.


The great supplication of Jesus on the Cross lifts up our cry for help and forgiveness. The risen Lord brightens the dark and painful parts of our life and gives joy to our prayer. Let us go with him during this Holy Week, through divine pardon to peace, through death to life, through suffering to glory.

Bishop Basil Meeking.

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