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EC2018 – Aurora Zacarias

In 2018 we are partnering with NPH New Zealand to bring Aurora Zacarias from Mexico to tell her incredible life story.

NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos) is a Catholic organisation which helps abandoned, orphaned and other vulnerable children throughout Latin America. Aurora is one of these children. She has now grown into a successful businesswoman and ambassador for NPH.

Aurora grew up in a very poor family in Mexico city. Tragedy struck when Aurora’s mother became sick and their family didn’t have the funds to help her.  When her mother died, Aurora’s father became depressed, addicted to alcohol, and then abandoned the children. In these cases many children end up begging on the streets, struggling to survive, often forced into gangs. Fortunately Aurora and her siblings were welcomed into NPH, an caring “family” started by Father William Wasson in 1954.


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Aurora looks forward to sharing her life story, giving you an insight into how our most vulnerable children survive adversity through faith in God, and a helping hand from generous people like Father Wasson.

Don’t miss out on hearing Aurora speak. She will speak at the convention on both Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of April, as well as be our guest speaker at the fundraising dinner on the Saturday night.

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EC2018 – Mother Mary Assumpta

Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., is the Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


She holds a S.T.L. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and has taught at the elementary, secondary and junior college levels.

Mother Assumpta is a former President of the Forum of Major Superiors and has served on the boards of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In the early 1990’s she was invited by John Cardinal O’Connor to assist with the initial formation of the Sisters of Life in New York.

In 1997 she and three other Sisters founded the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; in the intervening 20 years the Community has grown from four to over 130 Sisters with an average age of 30 years old.

The Community currently has Sisters teaching and serving as administrators in elementary and secondary schools in Michigan and seven other states across the country, and serving at the Pontifical North American College Seminary Library in Rome.

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EC2018 – Sister Joseph Andrew

Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, is one of the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI. 


As the Community’s vocations director, she travels throughout the U.S. (and beyond) giving talks that employ Sacred Scripture, anthropology and psychology, guiding audiences to a greater understanding of the Divine Image in both male and female, and the authority God has entrusted to each. 

Sister has published in various Catholic journals and magazines as well as led retreats for high school and university students, parishes, religious priests and seminarians in the USA, Canada and Austria. She has appeared on television including EWTN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, more recently, NPR, CBS, and Fox & Friends to speak about the amazing success of the Community’s first CD, “Mater Eucharistiae.”

In November of 2014, a second CD was made — “The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, Music.”  A Christmas CD, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” will be released in October of this year. 

Sister also served as general editor and an author of the Community’s “And Mary’s ‘Yes’ Continues,”  a much needed  and timely book about Religious Life in the Church today. 

In her Community’s 20 years of existence, it has grown from 4 to over 130 members, with women coming from 30+ states in the USA as well as from Canada and Australia. 

For more information about this Dominican Community, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please go to

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EC2018 – Aisha Te Kani


“My love of public speaking began when I was young when at the age of 12 I spoke for the first time in front of a school assembly sharing about my life. The uniqueness of my story is that I was born with a condition known as ectopia cordis – my heart being on the outside of my body. I am the only New Zealander with this condition. I use my story and different aspects of my personal experiences to encourage and inspire those I speak to. I have spoken at a range of events, conferences and gatherings both here in New Zealand and overseas”.


Aisha Te Kani has a heart so open that people are able to see it, literally!  Born with her heart outside of her body, she is a living miracle for those who consider her life to be “medically impossible”.   She is a passionate and inspirational speaker, whose voice comes at a time when it is often difficult for one to encounter encouragement and words of wisdomand hope to walk through the hardships that life throws at all of us.  Having faced some challenging times herself, she has a real determination to use her life story and experience to help others discover a sense of hope and purpose that will provoke strength and endurance.  


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EC2018 – MDM Refuge

The Sunday of the Eucharistic Convention is the big feast day of Divine Mercy established in the Church by Pope St John Paul II on the 30 April 2000 when he canonised Sr. Faustina who had visions of Jesus with messages central to the Divine Mercy devotion now celebrated around the world.

While there are many promoters of this devotion, some of whom have had promotional tables at some of our conventions over the years, the leadership and members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge are living examples of what the devotion is really all about.  Mother Susana Fiu and her community live the messages of Divine Mercy in such a way that kids not wanted by their families and dumped on their door step are nurtured, healed and restored back to life. Other kids are extracted from gang life, shown some love and encouraged to travel a new road of peace and stability they have never before known.  Yet others are rescued from violent home situations where all they have ever known are arguments, bashing’s, rapes and everything else that goes with the dark side of life.  MDM Refuge are the champions of Divine Mercy in our local community and as such are the champions of the Divine Mercy devotion at the Eucharistic Convention.

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Together with Father Tony Ricard and RabelztheMC, the community from MDM Refuge will have a central role at our 2018 Eucharistic Convention where they will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in a manner that will be aligned to the practical works of Mercy they carry out every day.  This will be something very special – not to be missed.

You are invited to view the following video recorded at our 2014 Eucharistic Convention. In it you will see four members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge in Auckland give their very moving testimonies of how their lives were saved, and changed by their association with Mother Susana, as they call her, and their experience of a new life at the Refuge she established



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EC2018 – Fr Tony Ricard

Fr Tony Ricard is returning to speak at our 2018 Eucharistic Convention.


Fr Tony wearing the beautiful cloak gifted to him by the late Joy Mendes
at a welcoming function for him at Te Unga Waka Marae in Auckland.  
Joy died a short time later – please say a prayer for the repose of her soul.

When he was here previously at our 2014 Eucharistic Convention Fr Tony fell in love with the members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge and is so delighted we have asked him to return for our 25th anniversary event next April.  If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience Father Tony Ricard in action you are in for a real thrill if you are lucky enough to be present at our Eucharistic Convention over the weekend
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April 2018.

Don’t miss our 2018 Eucharistic Convention – it will be something very special.

John Porteous.


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“My goal, my mission is to expose Jesus’ Divine Mercy to hip-hop culture,
to youth, and to the world before it’s too late”    RABELZTHEMC


Coming to the Eucharsitic Convention in Auckland, New Zealand
over the weekend 6th to 8th April 2018

RabelztheMC in conjunction with Father Tony Ricard and
the Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge community are planning
something beautiful for those lucky enough to be attending our
unique event next year.

The Spirit of God is moving through contemporary society
like you wouldn’t believe – RabelztheMC is an example of the
Grace of God that is being bestowed on young people who are
open enough to recognise what’s happening

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