Taonga Tuku Iho — Pompallier Heritage Centre & Archives
The Archives of the Catholic Church in New Zealand since the inception of the mission with the appointment as Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania of J. B. F Pompallier in 1836; Apostolic Administrator of Auckland 1848; Bishop in 1860. By then the diocese consisted of the Auckland province only.
The Diocesan Archive is constituted under Canon Law and is responsible for ensuring that all records generated by the Bishop and his administration, as well as those of his predecessors, are preserved, boxed and listed. Every diocese is obliged by Canon Law and by the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, to create and maintain an archive.
This is to ensure that all records generated by the Bishop and his administration, as well as those of his predecessors, are “preserved [boxed and listed], transmitted, renewed and appreciated because they represent the most direct connection with the heritage of the Church Community.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations
St. Patrick’s Day is not just about leprechauns and beer, the real reason for St Patrick’s Day is centuries old and definitely worth remembering. March 17th was put aside in recognition of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the work he did in converting pagans to Christianity. Nowadays however the day is used to celebrate all things Irish, and people all over the world join in the fun.
St. Patrick was the second bishop of Ireland, and spent 30 years spreading the Christian message to the Irish people. He was a passionate priest, and was so successful at converting people to Christianity, that the Celtic Druids arrested him several times in an effort to stop his work. Each time he escaped, St. Patrick would go on to set up more schools, churches and monasteries, which would in turn make the Christian movement stronger in Ireland.
Eventually St. Patrick retired, and died on 17 March 461AD. From then on Irish Catholics set aside the anniversary of his death as a religious holiday, and used it to commemorate his work. It soon became a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and various other denominations.
Some wonderful images below of St Patrick's Day 1929. We suspect it is a parade that started at St Benedict's Church in Newton and ended at the Auckland Domain.
Family Fun Day 1996
Photo shows the cast members of a play written by Robin Aitken on the life of St Patrick. The stage was the back of a truck at Alexandra Race Course in Auckland.
The Heritage Centre and Archives hold a wide range of records
Records are both internal and external.
Services provided by Pompallier Heritage Centre and Archives
Digital Exhibition - Bishop John Mackey
Bishop Mackey played a key role in the successful completion of the integration of Catholic schools into the state system in 1975. He travelled extensively around the world in his retirement.