19 June 2019


Cameron Surrey of the Tertiary Chaplaincy interviews Deacon Mark about the Convention




9th April 2019


The peace of our glorious Saviour be with you.


It is that time when many Convention stalwarts feel withdrawal symptoms as we look forward to our annual, spiritual shot-in-the-arm. Rest assured it is coming even though we have to wait a few more weeks.


May your celebration of Easter be the highpoint of your spiritual life and may our Lord grant you a very special time with those nearest and dearest to you. Our merciful Father is sure to continue showering many graces upon you at this time so, open your heart to Him.


Many parishes will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday and I hope you will support that celebration with renewed vigour. My prayer is that the remainder of Lent, your Holy Week and Easter worship and Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will draw you closer to our Lord.


Convention dates and venue

The dates for the Convention this year are Friday 12 July, Saturday 13 July and Sunday 24 July. This is the middle weekend of the schools July holiday. The venue is the magnificent facilities of Sacred Heart College in West Tamaki Road, Glendowie. We have secured this time (the middle weekend of the July holiday) and location for the next five years. We are very grateful to Sacred Heart College for accommodating us in this way.


Their auditorium seats 1500 so please bring a friend or two.


Ticket information

Tickets for the event: Friday evening youth night a koha of $5.00

one day (either Saturday or Sunday) $30.00

both Saturday and Sunday $50.00


Programme teaser

I hope you will be able to attend the Friday evening Youth Night – youth of all ages are welcome. The plans for that evening look wonderful, from a BBQ at 4.30 pm to Mass with Bishop Patrick at 8.00 pm, there is much in store.


The programme is firming up well but, as always, it remains subject to change depending on matters beyond our control. The theme comes out of Pope Francis’ assertion that we live in a change of era, not an era of change.


We have invited two international speakers, Professor Fr Thomas O’Loughlin who is the key note speaker on the Saturday and Fr Roger Landry. We will also hear from our own Fr Neil Vaney. More details on our speakers and the programme once Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are past.


Thank you in advance for your support, please make the Convention known in your parish and encourage as many as you are able to attend.


May God’s richest blessing be yours.


Deacon Mark