In 2007 Father Neil Vaney SM spoke about the progress made in establishing the Catholic Discipleship College in Auckland in the two years following his talk at the 2005 Eucharistic Convention where he spoke about his dreams and aspirations in respect of this great apostolate. In this video he is joined by students of year 2007 – you will see for yourself what CDC is all about by watching this presentation. Following is the promotional blurb from the 2007 advertising package promoting the event that year
Twenty-three years ago a small group of priests and lay people shared a dream. Two years ago at the Eucharistic Convention, Father Neil Vaney talked about that dream. And last month, the dream was realised with the opening of Catholic Discipleship College at St Joseph’s Centre in Takapuna.
“Though modeled on a Canadian initiative — the John Paul II Bible School in Radway, Canada — the CDC spirit, dream and philosophy are utterly kiwi. We hope to copy the successes of the early Marist missionaries who came to this land,” says Fr Neil, CDC’s principal.
Seven students, men and women ages 18-49, are enrolled in the full-time, nine-month course. Each week a new topic is delivered by a skilled teacher from the Catholic community. CDC is more than a dream, it is a miracle. Fr Neil and one or more CDC students will explain why this dream is so important to them and to New Zealand. “At the very heart of CDC lies the desire to spread the gospel of Jesus.”